As highlighted in a red box, the tourist sign of Huireung erroneously spells Jeongneung as “Jangneung” at Seosamneung Royal Tombs near Seoul. Photo by Tim Kim/Korea News Plus

Seosamreung error needs to be instantly corrected

This is the third of a series of checking mistakes and typos in English-language tourist signs or explanations on the country’s cultural heritages. _ ED. 


Seosamreung Royal Tombs are located northwest of Seoul, meaning three royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) are situated west of the country’s capital.

The royal family of the dynasty, who was the champion of Confucian world views, attached special meaning to the tombs of the supreme ruler and his family.

But their descendants seemingly continue to fail to respect such efforts by installing tourist signs with typos and controversial explanations of the royal tombs, which are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage.

A tourist sign of Huireung, one of the three tombs of Seosamreung, is found to include a critical typo.

The tomb is for Queen Janggyeong, the second wife of King Jungjong, the 11th monarch of the Joseon Dynasty. She died in 1515, several days after giving birth to King Injong, the successor of King Jungjong.

When King Jungjong died in 1544, his burial tomb was built near that of Queen Janggyeong, so the two tombs were named together as Jeongneung.

Later, Jungjong’s tomb was moved to southern Seoul for some reason, while Huireung remains on its own today.

But the tourist sign of Huireung mistakenly refers to Jeongneung as “Jangneung.”

When contacted, an official of the Cultural Heritage Administration said that the state-backed outfit would correct the typo as soon as possible.

“We plan to check tourist signs of our cultural heritage and update them in the near future. We will correct all the mistakes,” the official said.