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Jongmyo Shrine, Seoul

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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.
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  • October 3, 2017
    This is a good place to learn about Korean culture. You need to join a tour to see it (except on Saturday). Go to the website to check out times for your language. It costs 1000 krw including the tour...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Except for one day per week (Saturday I think) the tours are guided, around 4 per day in English. Worth the visit. Our guide was good, and explained plenty. This was very different to a temple tour. U...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    ... but very nice. Although in the middle of the city, it is relatively calm and idyllic. The shrine with all facilities is BB´s beautiful, with exhibitions and clean toilet.
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  • June 27, 2017
    A beautiful old traditional korean temple. It depicts the Korean traditions. Has detailed description about the religious rituals carried out in Confucianism.
  • May 15, 2017
    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.
  • April 17, 2017
    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
  • February 24, 2017
    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.
  • January 5, 2017
    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.

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