In the left picture, a tourist sign of Myeongleung erroneously notes that Queen Inhyeon was reinstated in 1649, as highlighted in a red box. In fact, she was reinstated in 1694. In the right picture, a tourist sign of Sugyeongwon mistakenly notes that it was moved to Seooreung on Sept. 9, 1970, as highlighted in a red box. Photo by Tim Kim/Korea News Plus

CHA promises to rectify misinformation at Seooreung

In response to the Korea News Plus article on the critical typos at Seooreung Royal Tombs (see the article published on July 25, 2022), the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) promised to correct them.

Seooreung houses five royal tombs, including Myeongleung, and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage.

But its English-language tourist boards include incorrect information, as shown by Myeongleung, which comprises three tombs of King Sukjong and his second consort Queen Inhyeon.

Queen Inhyeon became King Sukjong’s consort in 1681 and was deposed amid a conflict over the investiture of the crown prince. But she was reinstated as queen in 1694.

A tourist sign in front of the tombs erroneously notes that Queen Inhyeon was reinstated in 1649, even before she was born in 1667.

There is another typo in Sugyeongwon, a tomb for the grandmother of King Jeongjo, the 21st monarch.

It was initially located at Yonsei University in Seoul but was moved to Seooreung on Sept. 8, 1970. But the date is mistakenly put on Sept. 9, 1970.

“Both are obviously our mistakes. We have a plan to make new tourist boards for Seooreung tombs. We will correct the errors, then” a CHA official said.

However, the CHA official said that the tourist sign for Daebinmyo would remain intact. It is the tomb of Huibin, a royal concubine of King Sukjong and nemesis of Queen Inhyeon.

Its tourist sign says that she received poison as the death penalty. But there are controversies about her death as the Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty say that she killed herself.

The publisher studied Korean history in Seoul and management of business administration in the United Kingdom. He has 20-year experiences in the media business. Kim can be reached at voc200@gmail.com or 82-2-6956-6698.