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Yeoju is approximately one hour away from Seoul, the capital of Korea, by car. The place has been famous for its great foods owing to the great soil quality and abundant supply of water. It has preserved the old remains -- a rarity in the outskirts of Seoul -- well;
it becomes a place for relaxation and to enjoy the remarkable cultural assets of Yeoju mixed with natural scenery.

  1. Royal Tomb of King Sejong

    Royal Tomb of King Sejong

    Yeongneung in Yeoju is the tomb shared by Sejong the Great who left a number of great legacies such as the Korean alphabet and Queen Sohyeon.  Since King Sejong was the sagest of all kings, the tomb was named ¡°Yeongneung (Tomb of the Sage)¡±; it is also the largest and most maintained royal tomb of all.
    Located within the perimeter of the tomb, Sejong Hall shows the achievements of King Sejong at a glance. Visitors will notice that King Sejong has achieved much more than what is known through books such as various musical instruments, type, artilleries, and household items including the sundial.  There is a lawn and a pine forest, and various inventions produced during King Sejong¡¯s reign are exhibited in the lawn around Sejong Hall.

  2. Silleuksa

    Silleuksa

    This is a thousand-year-old temple founded by Priest Wonhyo of the Silla Dynasty. The temple became famous after it became the guardian temple of Yeongneung, the royal tomb of King Sejong -- which was moved to Yeoju -- and not really because of its age. Being the guardian temple for the tomb of the greatest king in the history of Korea, the temple is filled with cultural assets as valuable as national treasures. Many of them are also designated as national treasures: Treasure No. 225 ¡°Multi-storied Stone Pagoda of Silleuksa Temple,¡± Treasure No. 180 ¡°Josadang Hall of Silleuksa Temple,¡± and Treasure No. 228 ¡°Stele to Buddhist Priest Bojejonja of Silleuksa Temple.¡± One of the temple¡¯s cultural assets that draw great attention from visitors is the multi-story brick pagoda standing on the side of Namhangang (river). The pagoda creates an unusual ambience since it takes the form of a brick pagoda that is rarely found in the outskirts of Seoul and it is standing by the river. There is an admission fee to the temple.

  3. Empress Myeongseong

    Empress Myeongseong

    This is the birthplace of Empress Myeongseong, the wife of Emperor Gojong, in the latter era of the Joseon Dynasty. The place is unbelievably small, one will hardly believe it as the birthplace of the person who became the Empress. The passage written on the memorial stone in the courtyard, ¡°The village where Her Majesty Empress Myeongseong was born,¡± was written by Emperor Gojong himself. Currently, there is a memorial place for Empress Myeongseong in front of the house to enable visitors to understand the circumstances of the time and see the articles she left.