Taereung Royal Tomb, located in Seoul, has been preserved without damage for nearly 500 years. It is the royal tomb of Queen Munjeong, the second consort of King Jungjong (11th king of Joseon), and stands alongside Gangneung Royal Tomb, the royal tomb of King Myeongjong (13th king of Joseon) and his wife Queen Insun. Both Taereung and Gangneung Royal Tombs are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. As you visit Taereung, make a left and stop by the Royal Tomb Museum of the Joseon Dynasty to study the history and structure of royal tombs. (Note, access is currently limited due to COVID-19.) The royal tombs are ensconced in a forest with a 1.8-km path that can be traversed in an hour back and forth, making it a great place to explore nature and ruminate on history. Walk slowly along this forest path and bask in the beams of sunlight shining through groves of various trees, and breathe in some fresh air and phytoncide.
681, Hwarang-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul
Feb–May, Sep–Oct: Admission from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM / Open from 9:00 AM to 6 PM
Jun–Aug: Admission from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM / Open from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Nov–Jan: Admission from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM / Open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Koreans (ages 25–64): KRW 1,000 per person / KRW 800 per person for groups of 10 or more
Non-Koreans (ages 19–64): KRW 1,000 per person / KRW 800 per person for groups of 10 or more
(ages 7–18): KRW 500 per person / KRW 400 per person for groups of 10 or more
※ Free admission on Culture Day, the last Wednesday of every month, for both Koreans and non-Koreans.