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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
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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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an amazing place with a history

if you like about history and culture, this attractions will be satisfy you. you will get royal history of korea and a glimpse about korean royal and culture. worth to visit. if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The shrine is ok for quick day-filler. Not the most exciting UNESCO site that I've ever visited but it includes a scenic walk through some ancient (supposedly enchanted) Korean heritage site. The tour guide spoke fluent English and answered all of our questions. Cost of the tour is very cheap. It's closed on a Tuesday

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We were not allowed to tour unguided except on Saturdays. Joined the 4.30pm tour after the secret garden tour at another palace. Tour guide speaks really good English. Really worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Perfect place to know the past of Korea. A place where Kings used to pray during different era. This Shrine will definitely satisfy your Korea trip. You couldn't miss this if you visit the five major palaces. Be sure to catch your language tour to understand more the background of this historic place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

A very nice park and shrine to spend an hour touring. The guide explains the traditions and spiritual tablets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Coincidentally, our trip to Seoul and Jongmyo coincided with 'The First Royal Cultural Festival - Today, We meet the Palace'. We went to Jongmyo on Friday 1st May and paid for entrance as normal - the complex is impressive with the 2 main Halls and other smaller buildings. We learned that the festival started 'tomorrow' so after looking around the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

if you like about history and culture, this attractions will be satisfy you. you will get royal history of korea and a glimpse about korean royal and culture. worth to visit. if you like palaces and historical sites, you better buy integrated ticket for palaces including jongmyo shrine and secret garden tour fro KRW10.000

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very peaceful park. Superb buildings for rituals wherein kings honor their ancestors. If you go on Saturday you do not need to take a tour. Other days you can only visit with a tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It was okay. The shrine wasn't so big and there were more older people. But I was there when the Royal Court Festival was being held, so there are a few activities. And there are the reenactment of the royal palace ritual. Oh, don't walk on the pathways. It was for spirit. I did that and some older Korean people... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This place houses the spirit tablets of the Joseon Dynasty kings and queens and a ritual ceremony is held once a year, on the first Sunday of May. Centuries ago, ritual ceremonies were held several times a year for the deceased, five times in Jeongjeon Hall and three times in Yeongnyeongjeon Hall. The Jeongjeon Hall is the main hall ,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

UNESCO site. Lovely grounds and shrine strictly dedicated to royal ancestors gives visitors an understanding of the Joseon dynasty's grandeur.

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Address: Address: 155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea
Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Gwanghwamun / Jongno

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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.