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Jongmyo Shrine

155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea
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As featured in Seoul on a budget
Ranked #36 of 550 attractions in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This shrine is small. You can only enter this shrine through guided tour so make sure you check the time of the guided tour before you arrive, otherwise you will have to wait for your tour. The shrine is relatively small, and most of the doors are closed (off limit for tourist). However, like the guide said, you come to... More

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is an interesting shrine in the centre of seoul near the other palaces. You have to go with a guide and she gives an interesting insight into the Confucian view of death and the importance of respecting parents and ancestors. The buildings are set by large courtyards where celebrations are held twice a year and it is a very... More

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Hong Kong
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Took us a while to find it because of all the maintenance work around but once we were inside, we were glad we did try to find it. Without the tour guide, we were able to enjoy the scenic view, with well-placed buildings dotted in a nice park. Entrance fee was cheap, so it was a good stop.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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59 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

there's a time for tourist...because there's a tour guide who will lead you around the shrine...so if you want to go there...you have to make sure the time unless you want to wait or you can go to another site like i did...i went to changdeokgung palace because when i was in jongmyo shrine it said that the opening hour... More

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philippines
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

I really think this should rank higher in the list of attractions. I normally dont like guided tours but this one was really superb. It was a very interesting, educational and picturesque place.

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Grenoble, France
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7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I visited on a Saturday and was misled by the reviews which said this was a guided tour only. True except on Saturdays! Without explanations from a guide, you get the point about the use of this shrine but it is not so interesting. Yet as other visitors wrote, this place is sober and elegant. Closed on tuesday, english guided... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We went to the door and noticed that this place offer guided tour only on normal days. And they don't allow walk in individually. The guided tour is actually quite good on explaining things around the different houses and tombs.

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Keller, Texas
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Only 1000 won to get in but you can only visit with the guided tour. Arrived about 10:07 and they still let us in and told us to catch up to the tour. The tour guide was extremely informative and explained the history of the shrine. Learned a lot more than we ever would have if we could have done... More

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Daejeon, South Korea
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I went there because this place is one of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites in Korea, but after my visit there I was wondering about the reason for that. I liked most of the historical attractions in Seoul but this one was nothing special for me. If you still want to check it out, go there on a weekday,... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Great place to learn about Korean culture and belief about the dead. Simple yet elegant grounds. It snowed on the day we visited so it was especially beautiful. Very informative tour. The official website is not extremely helpful in terms of tour schedule. We went according the the website but found out that they posted new/different schedule at the entrance.... More

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