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157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03135 South Korea
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Jongno 3-gaSeoul Metropolitan Subway5 min
Jongno 5-gaSeoul Metropolitan Subway9 min
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No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul
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No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul

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Enjoy the highlights of the DMZ and get back to Seoul in time for lunch on a guided group tour. Listen to immersive commentary during visits to Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and other important landmarks. Have your camera ready for an unobstructed view of one of the world's most famous demilitarized zones. Best of all, this excursion does not include unnecessary shopping stops that other tours add on, which saves you valuable vacation time.
$55.00 per adult
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Paul T wrote a review Jun 2020
Grand Rapids, Michigan620 contributions186 helpful votes
Don't be in a hurry. Take in the video to the right of the entrance to get your bearings and then move on from there, absorbing the history and architecture.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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TravelerTrecker wrote a review Apr 2020
Houston646 contributions454 helpful votes
This sanctuary is a UNESCO heritage site together with the Joseon palaces and the secret garden. The combined ticket covers the entrance to the sanctuary. It is cheap. It is far from the palaces and to come here you need to take the metro or a taxi. we took the metro. The station is 4 blocks from the gate. The sanctuary is quite interesting. It is the place where the souls of the queens and kings of the Joseon dynasty were immortalized. The main building is especially beautiful. It follows the Confucianism tradition. To visit the place, you need to take the guided tour. The one in English is every 2 hours from 1000 am to 400 pm. We took the one at noon. The place is still in use by members of the Royal Family and symbolizes the glorious Korean past; there are some paths that only members of the royal family can use; you cannot get close to the individual sanctuaries in the main shrine. You cannot visit on your own and the visit is limited to one hour. It is nice, unique. The visit is outdoors.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Culinary-Consultants wrote a review Feb 2020
Ferrara, Italy3,461 contributions580 helpful votes
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Really this is one of the few places I enjoyed in Seoul. Seoul is by far one of the cities that I don't like and it is greatly because of the coldness and lack of warmth of its people. but still we like to travel to understand the past of every culture and the origins of their ways. The past for us lies more attractiveness than the future for reasons known to us and this place reflects what South Koreans used to be; gentle, polite, people engaged with one another and foreigners as well. this palace used to be the center of many international meetings and cultural gatherings and it shows the diversity of Korean architectural tendencies. The place was a place for prayer, adoration, social and political gatherings in the last century. Today is opened as a memory and as an attraction that does not carry anymore into the soul of the so called; modern Koreans. Inside you will appreciate artifacts, dresses, furniture, carriages and a lot of space devoted to religious enlightenment. A place definitely worth going and analyzing deeply to understand the differences between the past and future of this country as a whole.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Krishhere wrote a review Nov 2019
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India1,408 contributions86 helpful votes
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Guided tours in English, German, Chinese and Japanese are available at particular time slots. Guide services are included in the entry ticket. You can enter the shrine only at these time slots as part of a guided tour. Tours in English are at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm. We reached there close to 11 am and had to wait for more than an hour to get in. The shrine is where memorial service for the deceased kings and queens are held. The rituals continue even today. Annually, a big ceremony is held. The buildings are very simple. None of the grandeur associated with royalty. Not many exhibits . Would not term this as a must visit place
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Date of experience: April 2019
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luKrown wrote a review Nov 2019
Durban, South Africa4 contributions1 helpful vote
Jongmyo shrine is a fascinating visit for anyone interested in Seoul’s history. You can only visit the shrine with a guided tour (except on Saturdays apparently) but the tour is included in the ticket price. The guide was passionate & informative & ensures to sensitive tourists to the meaning & customs of the shrine. The tour takes about 1 hour. Definitely worth doing, especially if you don’t know a lot about Joseon customs & traditions.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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