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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. Use our Seoul vacation builder to visit Jongmyo Shrine on your trip to Seoul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This place is only available to visit on a guided tour as it is a sacred place for the royal ancestors. Plus it's a Unesco world site, so they do not want unguided tourists to damage the place. Only 1...  more »
  • Yes, it's quiet and yes, it's not a palace - but Jongmyo is still in use 1x a year (May) for a ceremony honoring the imperial Joseon ancestry which was designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Ora...  more »
  • The sanctuary real is the place where wore the remains of them Kings. The place retains a characteristic peace and can only be visited with a guided tour
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  • Saturday is open to turists without the guide but I highly suggest you to not to. The price doesn't change with or without guide and the experience is definitely better wth someone who knows the place. During Saturdays one might encouter 'private rituals' and for that reason they won't be allowed to some parts of the place and it's a pity.
  • UNESCO heritage site. Only guided tour allowed. They have different languages specific tour alternating every 30 minutes or so. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
  • There are chinese and english guided tours available. It is very informative and the buildings are nice. Recommended!
  • Here I feel a sense of peace and tranquility. There is no stress, no depression, no nothing. My mind becomes calm down to the lowest of levels. This never happens elsewhere, honestly. Other than the beauty of this place, these grounds, something happens to me. I can't explain nor fathom it. See if it does the same for you. All my love to you.
  • I had a chance to visit this place once in 2014. It's really quiet and nice place. Beautiful world heritage site where you cannot miss.