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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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  • Please check the time before go as only tour is allow. Anywhere it's a free tour. We are lucky as we know chinese and english cause the tour is 1 hours each switch between chinese and english. Even th...  more »
  • Consider purchasing the royal palace pass that includes 4 palaces and the royal shrine for 10,000 (approx $8.80USD) and be sure to pick up the English brochure at the entrance. This property is on the...  more »
  • Did a guided tour in English which helped a lot. Very serene place to visit. This is a shrine and so has a more sombre feel and vibe to other sites. Very large area to walk. Took one hour to do tour, ...  more »
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  • A beautiful place to visit. There are guided tours allowed here only, which is fine because it gives a wonderful overview of the history and what each building is used for. The spirit tables are housed here and the shrine is used for ceremonial purposes. The gardens are very well kept and stunning and the building are in good repair and have been well looked after.
  • Visited 11th June 2018. The English tour guide was excellent in explaining the site. It was very quiet and peaceful and the size of the shrine is awe inspiring. It's well worth the price of admission.
  • Jongmyo Shrine is one of the UNESCO World Heritage areas in Seoul that makes for a nice place to visit if you are interested in seeing historical buildings from the Joseon Dynasty. Note: Visitation are subject to guided tours only during the week. However, you can visit independently on Saturdays. Here you will find Confucian style shrine complexes which were used for memorial services for deceased kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty who ruled Korean from the late 14th century until the end of the 19th century. The Jongmyo Shrine grounds include four main clusters of buildings which you can browse around. Most are not open to view inside but you can appreciate the symmetry of their design and layout as well as the significance of their presence here. As you walk around there are a few opportunities to glimpse into open halls, allowing you to view panelled paintings and shrine altars. Throughout, you will find signage at important walking path junctures, providing details regarding the shrine buildings in front of you. Note: Visits during autumn means that you can see the shrine buildings during the fall foliage, providing lovely colour to time spent at Jongmyo Shrine.
  • A quiet and peaceful place. Though not quite as big as Gyeongbokgung or Changdeokgung, Jongmyo Shrine is quite picturesque and worthy of a visit.
  • Interesting to visit and extremely cheap but overall not really too much to explore. You have to go on a tour with a guide who was very informative but there really isn't too much to see other than the buildings. Highlight for us was seeing some raccoon dogs!!
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