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Jongmyo Shrine

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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Address: 155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea
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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UNESCO site. Lovely grounds and shrine strictly dedicated to royal ancestors gives visitors an understanding of the Joseon dynasty's grandeur.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Tamuning, Mariana Islands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

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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Singapore, Da Ee Salam, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The History of this Shrine is to keep the tablets of the Royal Emperor/Empress and they will pray every year to the ancestors. It houses 13 tablets (if i rememeber correctly) which initial only have 2. Hence, the shrine was expanded as the dynasty continues for decades (many predecessors thereafter). There are many interesting things at the main shrine, where... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

What most literature on this place don't tell you is that you need to follow their free guided tour to get in on normal days. It's only on Sats that you are allowed to view this place on your own. So, do take note of the tour times in the various languages. Otherwise, you could be wasting a lot of... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Green space with many ancient buildings. Informative as to how the deceased kings are remembered in the past and up to the present. When I visited the place, there was not many crowd. I would recommend people to visit this shrine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

First of all, be aware that you can not just enter this shrine bcoz u have to take the guided tour. Also, it closes on tuesdays. Entrance is cheap if compared to other sites, only w1000 and children under 7 are free to come in. We came here and took the english guided tour at 10 am. The guide is... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

While you do need to go on a tour to visit, it only costs 1000 won and is about an hour long. The English tours are at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm. The tour was quite interesting and, even though we didn't have the freedom to explore as we would have liked, the guide did give... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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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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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.