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Jongmyo Shrine

Address: 155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea
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Ranked #33 of 577 things to do in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Monuments & statues, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The ancestral shrine of the Choson kings, is one of Korea's most...
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Type: Religious sites, Monuments & statues, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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  • English first
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Singapore, Singapore
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222 reviews 222 reviews
95 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
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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155 reviews 155 reviews
63 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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69 reviews 69 reviews
46 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Spanaway, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We went to the shrine on a weekday, fir one of the english tours. The tour took about an hour and the guide spoke english very well. The grounds are beautiful and Im so glad it was during the Fall because the colors were gorgeous. So much fascinating history and culture. My husband and I throughly enjoyed it all.

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Seoul, South Korea
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31 reviews 31 reviews
28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Jongmyo Shrine is a primary place of worship for kings throughout the Joseon Dynasty and has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. All ancestral tablets are originally preserved even we have suffered from wars several times. The more important thing is the Jongmyo Memorial Service is the oldest and existing ritual ceremony in the world. This is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Very interesting shrine and surrounds. As we were there on a Saturday, our visit was self guided. This UNESCO heritage site is well worth the visit as it is said to be the resting place of the spirit tablets of korean kings and queens.

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