Trip Planner:   Asia  /  South Korea  /  Seoul  /  Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine, Seoul

4.1
Visit the World Heritage Site of Jongmyo Shrine, an ancient Confucian shrine that holds traditional memorial services for royals of the Joseon dynasty. Erected in 1394, it was ruined in the Japanese invasions before being rebuilt in 1608. The well-preserved shrine still conducts elaborate rituals and performances that were established in the 14th century, involving the summoning of ancestral spirits. Take a tour of the spacious, austere building, available in English at scheduled times, to learn more about the shrine’s history and its role in South Korean culture. Plan to see Jongmyo Shrine and other attractions that appeal to you using our Seoul driving holiday planner.
Create an itinerary including Jongmyo Shrine
map
Jongmyo Shrine Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
588 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Interesting historical cultural heritage. Except 1 day only to visit with guide, is pleasant because there are many (in English) explanation is provided. Thereby goes FEA more life. Important sanctuary in Korean history.
    View original
  • Door does not open when an event may only because otherwise almost only tour of the building. Buildings still worship the King of the former Queen was a quiet force.
    View original
  • Joseon Dynasty past Kings and Queens are referred to as the new shrine. Visit the historical places in this once referred to the.
    View original
Google
  • A beautiful old traditional korean temple. It depicts the Korean traditions. Has detailed description about the religious rituals carried out in Confucianism.
  • If you go on Sunday, you can only go in with one of the guided tours. I was glad though as the tour guide was through and easy to follow. Good walk among the trees.
  • Authentic buildings from 1608 continuously expanded until early 20 th century. Closed on Tuesdays, join the guided tours at fixed timings for different languages for best visit
  • English guided tours are provided at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 16:00 on weekdays and Sundays. Go on Saturdays or the last Wednesday of every month if you want to see the shrine without a guided tour. But you can learn more about the history of the shine through the guided tour.
  • English tours at 2pm. Excluding Saturdays. Go with a tour to make the experience more memorable and fun. Get a multi pass to the palaces and the shrine for 10,000 won. It's close to Kwang Jang market so stop into the market for brunch, gimbap and mung bean pancakes before hand for a relaxing start to the day.

Plan your trip to Seoul

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Seoul

The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Seoul by other users

17 days in Japan, China & South Korea BY A USER FROM MEXICO March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Seoul, Busan & Jeju BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, kids, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Seoul BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA January, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM CANADA January, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM CHINA December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE February, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Seoul BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Seoul BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans