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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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  • Beautiful place and peaceful with lot of nature, We went during a sunny/cloudy day, very nice weather for visiting. It’s a good things to do ~ 
    Beautiful place and peaceful with lot of nature, We went during a sunny/cloudy day, very nice weather for visiting. It’s a good things to do ~  more »
  • I would say only go if your really into history or learning. This is religious, mystical and for those that are interested in the significance of the shrine. Don't go if your expecting to see 'pretty....  more
    I would say only go if your really into history or learning. This is religious, mystical and for those that are interested in the significance of the shrine. Don't go if your expecting to see 'pretty....  more »
  • Don't be in a hurry. Take in the video to the right of the entrance to get your bearings and then move on from there, absorbing the history and architecture. 
    Don't be in a hurry. Take in the video to the right of the entrance to get your bearings and then move on from there, absorbing the history and architecture.  more »
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  • It’s a calming place to get away from the busy city. There are interesting signs around to learn about the history of the Shrine and there are also options to be guided if you want to learn more
  • Jongmyo Shrine The place I will introduce is Jongmyo. It is located in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Admission to Jongmyo is 1000 won from 25 to 65 years old. And those under 25 and over 65 are free if they have an ID card. Jongmyo Shrine used to be a royal shrine for kings and queens, but now it is designated as a World Heritage Site and it is also a place where people come to tour. Lastly, to introduce the scenery of Jongmyo, the two ponds in front of the entrance of Jongmyo are beautiful to see while taking a walk and the snow view of Jongmyo is beautiful,too. Therefore, if you go to Seoul, I recommend you to go to Jongmyo.
  • This shrine is an important cultural heritage site in Seoul. The guided tour is excellent and will introduce the important buildings and features of the shrine. Currently, the main building is under reconstruction and restoration works, however the other buildings are still available to be viewed and are still beautiful and worth a visit. The tour lasted around 45min-1h and starts punctually. Entrance fee: 1000 won Guided tour: Free English tour times: 1000/1200/1400/1600
  • I visit to Jongmyo Shrine. I’d like to share my experience of visiting Jongmyo Shrine, it is located in Seoul,the capital city of South Korea.The admission fee to Jongmyo Shrine is 1000won,and only adults aged 25 to 64 are eligible. Jongmyo Shrine is a place where national religious services are held by sealing the mortuary tablets of kings and queens who were consecrated to the throne during the Joseon Dynasty,and kings and queens who were posthumously crowned kings. Jongmyo Shrine has hanok and walking trails, so I recommend it because you can easily experience and learn about Korean history and culture
  • Under renovation! Weekdays can only tour with guides. Still a great experience but main building was under renovation so was off limits, but tickets were fairly cheap at 1,000₩

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