8 Days UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour
10 Days Best of South Korea Tour
1 Day Panmunjom JSA DMZ Korea Tour
2 Days Stopover Seoul City Tour
3 Days Jeju Volcanic Island Tour
1 Day Gyeongju World Heritage Site Tour by KTX
6 Days Exploration of Eastern Korea
6 Days Exploration of Western Korea
5 Days Introduction to Korea Tour
7 Days Highlights of Korea Tour
Ski Home
1 Day Jisan Resort Ski Tour with Full Day Lift Ticket
1 Day Learn to Ski Tour Korea with Beginner Ski Lesson
1 Day Nami Island Winter Sonata Seeing Snow Tour
1 Day Namiseom Island and Ski Tour (Beginner Ski Lesson)
2 Days Yongpyong Ski Resort Tour
2 Days Yongpyong Ski Resort Tour with Ski Lesson
3 Days Yongpyong Ski Resort PyeongchangTour
2 Days Alpensia Ski Resort Korea Tour
2 Days Alpensia Ski Resort Tour with Ski Lesson
3 Days Alpensia Ski Resort PyeongchangTour
Gyeongju Historic Areas
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram Grotto
Jeju Volcanic Island & Lava Tubes
Changdeokgung Palace
Jongmyo Shrine
Royal Tombs of
the Joseon Dynasty
Haeinsa Temple
Janggyeong Panjeon
Hwaseong Fortress
Gochang, Hwasun &
Ganghwa Dolmen Sites
Temple Stay
Master's Workshop Tour

Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
- structural and natural magnificence to honor the ancestors

  The ancient tradition of ancestral worship is perpetuated in modern times through the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Located in areas of sublime beauty, the tombs are sacred structures that inspire devotion.  
  The Royal Tombs of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) are an outstanding example of a type of architectural ensemble that illustrates a significant stage in the development of Korean burial mounds. The royal tombs, with their place in nature and their unique and regularized configuration of buildings and structures, manifest and reinforce the centuries-old tradition and living practice of ancestral worship.  
  The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty form a collection of 40 tombs scattered over 18 locations across the country. Built over five centuries, from 1408 to 1966, the tombs honored the memory of ancestors, showed respect for their achievements, asserted royal authority, protected ancestral spirits from evil and provided protection from vandalism. The Joseon Tombs completes the 5,000 year history of royal tombs architecture in the Korean peninsula.  
  The ensemble of structures that comprise the Royal Tombs features a ceremonial area and an entrance, alongside the burial mounds. In addition, associated buildings that are an integral part of the tombs include a T-shaped wooden shrine, a shed for stele, a royal kitchen and a guards house, a red-spiked gate and the tomb keepers house. The grounds are adorned with a range of stone objects, many featuring figures of people and animals.  
  The tombs were built in places of outstanding natural beauty, with the back side of the tombs protected by a hill as they face south toward water and, ideally, with mountain ridges visible in the distance.  
  Within the context of Confucian cultures, the integrated approach of the Royal Tombs of Joseon with nature and the universe has resulted in a distinctive and significant funeral tradition in Korea. The beautiful natural surroundings of the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, shaped by the principles of pungsu (feng shui in Chinese), create a delicate, sacred setting for the living tradition of ancestral worship and its associated rites in modern times.