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Out of the remaining royal tombs in and around Seoul, Tomb of Grand Prince Gwangpyeong (Hanja: 廣平大君墓域) in 20 Gwangpyeong Avenue 31st Street/Gwangpyeongno 31-gil, Suseo-dong san 10-1 beonji, Seoul Gangnam-gu was originally the most well maintained making it valuable in understanding the framework of a royal tomb and the culture of the Joseon Dynasty. It’s scale is rather bigger than that of a prince because it is a royal cemetery where Grand Prince Gwangpyeong and his wife, Grand Princess Yeongga of Pyeongsan Shin Clan, around 700 tombs of his family, and the ancient house of the head families are well maintained.
Grand Prince Gwangpyeong Yi Yeo (Hangul/Hanja: 광평대군 이여/廣平大君李璵) was the fifth prince of King Sejong the Great - the forefather of Hangul and Queen Soheon of Cheongsong Shim Clan. He was educated, and talented in calligraphy and Korean polo. He was known to be a man of wonderful disposition and countenance. There are many theories regarding the prince's sudden death, either he spontaneously died from a skin disease (i.e: psoriasis, leprosy or skin cancer) or that he choked to death on a fish scale are two of the most well-known opinions.
Grand Prince Gwangpyeong was just 20 years old when he died, but fortunately he was survived by his five month old son, Prince Yeongsun. However, he also passed away when he was 26 years old. Prince Yeongsun himself had three sons, and they produce many prosperous offspring, and the most descendants out of the entire royal family.
Many people think that Gangnam-gu is a cutting edge district in Seoul thoroughly entrenched in modern culture and Gangnam Style. Nevertheless, they are surprised when they see the Tomb of Grand Prince Gwangpyeong.
When approaching the tombs, one will see traditional Korean houses like the ones often seen in movies. These were the domiciles of the descendants of Grand Prince Gwangpyeong, named ‘Pilgyeongjae/필경재’. They are more than 500 years old, and one can see both the past and present of Gangnam.