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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

The ancestral shrine of the Choson kings, is one of Korea's most...

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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This is the place where the ancestral tablets of the emperors and empresses of Korea are. It is a restricted area and you can only visit the place with the guides from the shrine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Susan H
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the place where the ancestral tablets of the emperors and empresses of Korea are. It is a restricted area and you can only visit the place with the guides from the shrine. You can find out the timing from the official website. Admission is 1000 won. We were there early for the English tour so we joined the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Jongmyo Shrine (₩1000 per person) 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... More 

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Chelmno, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

for most European people it will be rather little underwhelming; Closed on Tuesdays. You can enter only with a guide.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here while in Seoul and seeing the temples in the nearby area. The Shrine allowed only a guided tour, which made the visit much longer that I could have done on my own. Though interesting from the historical perspective, the Shrine lacked the beautiful grounds like I saw at some of the neighboring palaces. If seeing all of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Sunday hoping to visit this shrine, but ended up looking for the entrance in the wrong direction and walked around the entire block before finding the entrance near where we started (but in the opposite direction). Circling the entire block took us around 40 minutes. When we tried to purchase tickets, the lady told us "no"... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't expect big attraction, this place is not about that, If you are interested in Joseon era, you appreciate this sacred and peaceful place. The entrance ticket only 1000won, but you can only enter with a guided tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Linked to history, but mainly to culture and traditions. Check for the free guided tours in advance. You will learn a lot about past and present traditions. Quiet, lovely place. Be respectful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

With all of the wooden doors holding the invaluable King/Queen Tablets closed except during the once per year Festival, not really that much to see, since the buildings themselves are intentionally 'low-keyed' -- i.e. designed for 'solemnity'. Much better to see the Changdeok-gung Palace and other sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Getting is easy. Take the subway to "Jongno-3", alight and just follow the sign that says JONGMYO SHRINE or CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE. These two are nearby actually. Entrance is 1000won, guided tour into the shrine. Beautiful architecture and culture. It's interesting to see how much effort they put in venerate the dead. There is even a walkway meant only for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This shrine is a royal shrine. It is very serene and tranquil. There's only guided tours available on weekdays. The English tours are at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm. Do take note if you are looking to make a trip so you won't have to end up waiting. The shrine is located at the Jognno 3-ga station. Accessible via the blue... More 

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighborhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the center of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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