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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 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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Great place, mainly on ceremony day

It's a cool place, be sure to pay attention to all the tour information, really interesting historic place. On ceremony day, the doors are open and you get to watch a nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
San Jose, Costa Rica

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a cool place, be sure to pay attention to all the tour information, really interesting historic place. On ceremony day, the doors are open and you get to watch a nice ceremony with music and ceremonial clothing. (Be sure not to walk on the stone path, you'll get the full explanation on the tour).

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Take note that visit to this UNESCO site must be on guided tour basis on all days except Tuesday (closed) & Sat. Limited foreign speaking tours so do take note of timing before visiting to save time. English tours: 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm Chinese tours: 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Japanese tours: 9am, 9.40am and once every hour thereafter until... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For the rushed tourist, there are several things to say. First, the neighbouring King's palace or the secret garden on the other side are bigger and there is more to see and do. That said, the main building in the spiritual sanctuary is the most prolifically profiled place in Seoul and worth seeing for that alone. Second, like the Secret... More 

Thank Charles R
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in Korean history and culture I highly recommend it, it's inexpensive to visit this place with professional English/other languages speaking Guides.

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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The shrine was easy to find from the subway station. The admission fee was very inexpensive, and they have tours led by English speaking guides. If you are interested in Korean history and culture I highly recommend it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

you pay the entrance, then you do your tour, ask for the informative paper for History details, and let wish you will find the English Guide there at the exact time you get there

Thank Hajar B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

An interesting and very Solemn place in Seoul. Visitors must take a tour, it's free but only offered at certain times of day. When I went it was not crowded and my tour was very small. We were allowed to roam and take pictures as we pleased.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We paid a small fee to take part in the English guided tour. This was quite an interesting place with beautiful scenery and architecture. The guide was very informative and knowledgeable. We were however allowed to walk and see certain areas only. The inside of the buildings were off limits to us. The tour took about 45 mins. Not too... More 

Thank jasonteh7
Kfar Saba, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We went there and though it is a waste of time. You cannot walk inside the building, some rooms are open to look from outside. not recommended

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

If you want to visit the UNESCO Jongmyo Shrine, visit it during Saturdays. On Saturdays, tourists are not required to get a guide inside. In addition, you'll be able to experience the Buddhist ritual held inside the shrine.

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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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