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Jongmyo Shrine

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Address: 155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The ancestral shrine of the Choson kings, is one of Korea's most precious...
The ancestral shrine of the Choson kings, is one of Korea's most precious cultural monuments. In 1995, UNESCO recognized the value of the shrine by including it on its World Heritage List.
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Remember Family Ancestors

Jongmyo is a home to many ancestor kings and royals of Korea from 13th century AD.There are 5 main open preserved buildings in a vast walk able area with signboards in Korean and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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al khobar
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Jongmyo is a home to many ancestor kings and royals of Korea from 13th century AD.There are 5 main open preserved buildings in a vast walk able area with signboards in Korean and English languages about importance of each, ancient rituals and prayers performed to keep about 50 sprits/souls in peace and happy.There is a small hall with comfortable floor... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I bought the combo ticket that included tickets to the other shrines as well. On most days you need a guided tour and can't walk around freely. I was put with a Korean guide so I didnt understand a word she said. Luckily I had an app that was a guide for me. Its a huge complex with lots of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Took an hour-long tour of this shrine and found the history to be very interesting. We were told this was one of the few places not destroyed during the Japanese occupation period. Suggest you try to determine when the ceremonies are being held here by the former royals and observe their traditions. We only saw pictures on the tour.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

There are a few slots for the guided tours under different languages and it is a must to book the tour to enter this sacred place. Very interesting to learn about the shrine, amongst the main palaces in the area.

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Except for one or two days, most days you need a guide to see the place. And except for 2 days in a year where they have a special ceremony to honor their monarchs, there's really nothing much to see. Just a long building with closed doors. The tour is quite informative but that aside, there's nothing to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I bought the combined tickets for the four main palaces in Seoul and almost didnt notice that I also had a ticket for visiting Jongmyo Shrine. It is only possible to visit it on a guided tour, which actually is pretty good cause otherwise (personally) I would not get half the history and meaning of that place. It is a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

You can purchases a combi palace + shrine ticket if your travelling to most of the palace and this shrine. Please do take note of the various timing for your language each day before traveling to this place. You are only allowed to go in in a tour group, which also means that if you miss the timing, your not... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

From a lot of blog sites, I came to an understanding that this place was like a 'freebie' on the combination ticket we got for the palaces tour in Seoul. Don't be fooled though. This place is just as great as the palaces. We were to go to the Chandeukgung that day but missed out on the closed day (Monday).... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

There are less tourists, so we get to enjoy the serendipity of the place. They have a very interesting culture and unlike the palace, they have a room that shows a video of how the rituals are being done, which helps us to understand more rather than through reading alone. It is a short walk from the train station.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I love the serenity of this place where tablets of the past Korean kings are placed in the long hall. I would definitely recommend this place for those who wish to learn the history. Do note that you can't go in on your own as you need the local tour guide from this place to bring you around. This is... More 

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