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Stroll through the royal tombs with unique beauty - Gyeongju, Gyeongbuk, Korea

Pine forest road to Jeonggang Royal Tombs

Stroll through the royal tombs with unique beauty

Gyeongju, Gyeongbuk, Korea

In the Millennium Altitude Gyeongju, there are many royal tombs in harmony with the city. It has an ancient city that has been around for a thousand years, such as Hwangnamdaechong and Daereungwon with Cheonmachong, Hwangnamdae with hundreds of years old trees, and beautiful Samneung and Queen Seondeok with pine forests. However, it is not easy to find all the royal tombs in Gyeongju, which is hard to find even for a week. So it is often not found even though it is a special place. Here are three unique royal tombs you should visit in Gyeongju.

Jeongneung Royal Tombs and Heunggang Royal Tombs with beautiful pine forest
Anyone who has seen photographer Byung-Woo Bae's pine forest in Queen Seondeok wants to go there. There are many royal tombs where the kings of Silla are asleep. And there is a pine tree on the royal tomb. The path leading to the royal tomb along the pine forest is the first beautiful scenery that impresses before the history of Silla and the achievements of the king.
Pine forest path at the entrance of Heungwangwangneung
Among the royal tombs of Gyeongju where pine forests are beautiful, Queen Seondeok and Samneung are indispensable, but pine forests in Jeonggang and Heunggang are also beautiful. Kings of Heongang and King Jeonggang are kings of the period of the end of the Unified Silla period, when the country was inclined. Jeongneung Royal Tombs and Heunggang Royal Tombs are not only close to the Tongiljeon, which is located on the eastern side of Namsan in Gyeongju, but also have two royal tombs side by side.
Heongang Royal Tombs
King Heongang is the son of King Gyeongmun, who is known for his “King's ears are donkey ears.” It is also interesting that since King Heongang, King Jeonggang, King Jinseong, and King Hyogong are all the sons and daughters of King Gyeongmun. At least until the Hwanggang Dynasty, I can feel Silla's national cloud that flourished after the unification of the Three Kingdoms. One day King Heongang climbed down on the top of the moon with his servants and looked down at the crowded private house. King Heongang asked the civilian public. “I heard that people say that they are roofing with tile, not straw, and charcoal, not wood. Is that true?” In response to this, there is an article in the book "The Three Kingdoms History" in which the civilians of the city replied that they were. When King Heongang climbed in 11 years of reign, King Jeonggang was crowned. King Jeonggang is the younger brother of King Heongang. King Jeonggang passed away after he passed the throne to his younger sister, Queen Jinseong, within a year of reign without any time to continue the reign of King Heongang.
Stones built to protect the Heunggang Royal Tombs
The Heunggang Royal Mausoleum and the Jeonggang Royal Mausoleum can be found in the road along the pine forest. Although the pines are not thick, they are densely packed and feel lush. The feast of pine trees spreading through the wind is three-dimensional.
Pine forest road to Jeonggang Royal Tombs
The royal tombs of Heunggang and the royal tombs of Jeonggang are not large, but simple and modest, such as the tombs of Daereungwon, Labor, and Noseo-dong. The royal tomb of Heongang was built in four steps, returning to the grave to prevent the soil from flowing down as a circular soil. The royal tomb of Jeonggang also looks similar, but is said to be a special case among the royal tombs of Silla. It is recommended to visit Heongang Royal Tombs and Jeonggang Royal Tombs to Namsan at around 3 ~ 4 pm when the sun is overlooked. This is because the last sunlight of the day spreads over the pine forest and is spectacular. Heunggang Royal Mausoleum is designated as Historic Site No. 187, while Jeonggang Royal Mausoleum is designated as Historic Site No. 186.
Jeonggang Royal Tombs
Meet Royal Mausoleum, Royal Mausoleum, Royal Mausoleum
Each of the royal tombs of Silla welcomes visitors with special features, such as the huge Daereungwon's Hwangnamdaegun, the old trees growing at Dongdong-gun's Bongwangdae, and the Seogye Impression. Many royal tombs were found in the name ‘total’ without being able to find my name.
In the meantime, you can meet the most certain and most beautiful royal tomb, which is Seongdeok Royal Tombs. King Seongdeok is the first person to meet at the National Gyeongju Museum, the so-called 'Emileson'. King Gyeongdeok made this bell in honor of his father King Seongdeok's merit. King Seongdeok succeeded King Munmu and King Shinmun, who are the main characters of the Three Kingdoms Unification, and became king after the King of Enzymes. After the reunification of the Three Kingdoms, he was the king who led the heyday of Silla, with a reign of 36 years.
Seongdeok Royal Tombs
Seongdeok Royal Mausoleum is located in a place where accessibility is poor, so people have the best footing. The road is also not easy. You can meet only by crossing the train path into the forest at the Korean Advertising and Video Museum near National Road No. 7 to Bulguksa Temple. It's not easy to find, but once you're there, you'll find a meaningful treasure on a Gyeongju trip, so your effort is not in vain.
Zodiac statue with stone and neck fleeing
The Royal Tomb of Seongdeok is a royal tomb that remains almost completely in shape as a royal tomb of the Unified Silla period. In order to protect a large tomb that is 46m in diameter, a wide stone about 90cm high was put on it and a cover stone was placed on it. In addition, a triangular stone was supported outside the tomb to prevent the wide stone from falling.
A lion statue erected in four directions to the royal tomb of Seongdeok
What is unusual is that the zodiac is erected around the grave. They were all placed outside the tombs, but this is the only one among the royal tombs of Silla. However, the head disappears and only the torso in the armor remains, leaving a regret.
Seongdeok Royal Mausoleum
Four lions guard the four sides like the gwangneung, and the leftover Moon In-suk stands alone. The Royal Tomb of Seongdeok is designated as Historic Site No. 28. At the bottom of the tomb of King Seongdeok, there is a tombstone-shaped tombstone, and the tomb of King Seongdeok's brother, Enzyme King, can also be seen.
Enzyme Royal Tombs near Seongdeok Royal Tombs
Jinpyeong Royal Mausoleum protected by an elegant pine tree

If you follow the National Highway No. 7 from Seongdeok Royal Tombs and head toward Gyeongju City, you will meet Sinmun Royal Tombs, Sacheon Wangsaji, and Queen Seondeok. After passing the Gyeongju Neungjitop and descending along Soro, the farm road in Bomundeul-eul continues. There is a tomb to the left of the field head, the tomb of Queen Jinpyeong, Queen of Queen Seondeok. Could there have been more dynamic times in the history of Silla than the times of King Jinheung and King Jinpyeong? As it appeared in the drama <Queen Seondeok>, Queen Seondeok succeeded King Jinpyeong, Queen Seongdeok who was known for Gyeongguk, Sadada and Munno, well-known as galleries, and Muyeolwang and Kim Yusin, the leading roles of the Three Kingdoms Unification. It was.

The royal tomb of Jinpyeong remains large and large. The dignity of the Silla royal family cannot be found, but it feels simple and elegant. A small pine tree bows its head toward the Royal Mausoleum like a municipal bell, and it seems to be shooting Hwaryong Peak in the landscape. The royal tomb of Jinpyeong overlooks Mt. It's as if you're looking at Queen Seondeok, a daughter sleeping in Nansan. The royal tomb of Jinpyeong is designated as the historic site No. 180.
The sun is setting over the royal tomb of Jinpyeong
Bomun evening was originally the site of Bomunsa Temple. In the field, there are Bogansa temple Dangganji, stonework, and Dangganji with engraved Yeonhwamun. In the Bomun village, there is a tomb that is said to be the tomb of the snowy chong.
Jinpyeong Royal Tombs
Travel information

Jeongneung Royal Tombs: 53, Namsan-dong, Gyeongju-si
Heunggang Royal Tombs: Namsan-dong, Gyeongju-si 55
Seongdeok Royal Tombs: 8, Joyang-dong, Gyeongju-si
Jinpyeong Royal Tombs: 608, Bomun-dong, Gyeongju
* question : Historical Park Management Office 054-779-8745


* Self-driving

Heunggang Royal Mausoleum, Jeonggang Royal Mausoleum: Gyeongbu Expressway Gyeongju IC → Turn right at Buban Intersection toward Bulguksa Temple → Turn right at Sacheonwangsaji Intersection toward Unification → Turn Tongil → Hwanggangwangneung, Jeonggangwangneung
Seongdeok Royal Tombs: Gyeongbu Expressway Gyeongju IC → Turn right at the direction of Bulguksa at Baeban Intersection → Korea Advertising and Video Museum → Seongdeokdaewangneung
Jinpyeong Royal Tombs: Gyeongbu Expressway Gyeongju IC → Baeban Underpass → Turn right at Gampo at Guhwanggyo Intersection → Turn right at Bomun Village, Wangpyeong Royal Tombs → Jinpyeong Royal Tombs

* public transport

Seongdeok Royal Tombs: Take the No. 11 bus to Bulguksa from Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at the Korean Advertising and Video Museum
Jeongneung Royal Tombs and Heunggang Royal Tombs: Take the 11th bus bound for Bulguksa from Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal and get off in front of Unification
Jinpyeong Royal Tombs: From Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus # 100 to Gimpo and get off at the entrance to Bomun Village

2. Restaurants around

National Collection: Songuk-si / 410 Geumseong-ro, Gyeongju-si / 054-773-3050
Pahljeong Haejangguk: Haejangguk / 810-1, Taejong-ro, Gyeongju-si / 054-742-6515
Octopus drink: Stir-fried Nakji / 9 Bukgun-gil, Gyeongju-si / 054-749-0048



Wolamjae: 5-8 Namganan-gil, Gyeongju-si / 054-774-1950

Lagoon: 55-12 Expo-ro, Gyeongju-si / 054-778-2100

Herb Castle: 158-83, Mohwabuk 1-gil, Oedong-eup, Gyeongju-si / 054-742-0890


※ The above information was created in February 2014, and may change later, so be sure to check it before you travel.
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