Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs - South Korea

The Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs are three of 40 royal tombs from the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) that have together received the UNESCO World Heritage designation.
Johnson from Hong Kong, sent me this card some time ago and now i'm only missing 1 Unesco whs from South Korea.

As sites where not only the physical bodies of the deceased but also their memories and spirits were housed and honored, the burial sites of the Joseon monarchs were selected with great care. Traditionally, they were placed in auspicious locations where they could be protected by hills and face south toward water, ideally with mountain ridges visible in the distance.
Nestled in a quiet, wooded park that is surprisingly peaceful for being located in the heart of busy Gangnam, the Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs and their surroundings have a beauty about them that suggest the importance of the royal burial customs.
The Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs consist of Seolleung and Jeongneung. Seolleung is the burial site of King Seongjong (1457-1494), the ninth king of Joseon, and his second wife Queen Jeonghyeon (1462-1530). Jeongneung is where their son King Jungjong (1488-1544), the eleventh king of Joseon, is buried.
While placed together and collectively called Seolleung, the king and queen’s tombs sit apart. King Seongjong’s tomb sits at the western end of the park, closest to its entrance, where a red-spiked gate known as hongsalmun indicates sacred grounds. In accordance with custom, the royal burial mound is surrounded by a stone fence and stone sculptures of civilian and military vassals and their horses. Just below the tomb area is Jeongjagak, a T-shaped wooden shrine where sacrificial rites were offered in honor of the king’s spirit. - in:

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