The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty are the best preserved mausoleums in Korea. The Joseon Dynasty was founded in 1392 following the fall of the Goryeo Dynasty and lasted for 519 years until 1910. The Joseon Dynasty, with its long history, had royal tombs where the remains of the kings and queens were interred.
The tombs for the kings and queens and those posthumously granted the title of king or queen were called the wangneung (王陵), while the other tombs for the Joseon royal family members were termed the won (園) or myo (墓). A king's father, his biological mother, a crown prince and his consort rested in the won, while a prince, a princess and a king's concubine in the myo.
There are a total of 119 tombs of Joseon royals including forty-two wangneungs, thirteen wons, and sixty-four myos. The Joseon Royal Tombs registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009 refer to the forty wangneungs except the two tombs-Jereung and Hureung-located in Gaeseong, North Korea.