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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03135, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
+82 2-765-0195
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a friend who booked us on an English guided tour. The shrine is a very important place as it houses the spirit tablets of deceased Kings and Queens and was one of the first structures built in the Joseon dynasty. Ceremonies are still...More

Thank doofvfood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This huge area with many buildings for kings and queens memorial, since it's very big, you don't see much tourist, which is a big change from most attraction, more relax as you walk.

Thank hkvisitor1997
Reviewed 1 June 2018

It's not as impressive as the bigger palaces in regards to the buildings but this shrine is well worth a visit, especially on days when you can freely roam the site. It's in the heart of the city but once inside it feels as if...More

1  Thank Ldhooge
Reviewed 29 May 2018

The visit I made to this shrine for one of the English language tours was a real highlight of my brief visit to Seoul. I would highly recommend the tour - the group was not too large and the commentary provided interesting. It was fascinating...More

Thank Ella A
Reviewed 23 May 2018

Located in Jongmyo in Seoul, this is a world heritage site. need to walk a bit but worth it. usually crowded.

Thank AnuradhaUdu
Reviewed 23 May 2018

Although this was my fourth visit to Sth Korea, this was my first to Jongmyo Shrine and the first for my wife. What an amazing place of calm and serene step into nature and stunning architecture. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and rightly...More

Thank Shepherd_Bear1965
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

There is a walk way only for the spirit! I love it The garden is beautiful The buildings are so boring but impressive because huge It s something different compare than the Palace nearby But why not

Thank ksarman
Reviewed 10 May 2018

You can only get in to the Jongmyo Shrine Zone as part of a one hour guided tour. 1000krw. (Except Saturdays.). English tours were at 10, 12, 2 and 4. If you need to kill some time, the Gwangjang Market is only a couple blocks...More

1  Thank chitownsam
Reviewed 27 April 2018

A friend and I took an English language tour of the Jongmyo shrine over the winter. It was a lovely, serene place and the tour was interesting. We got some beautiful photos of the historic buildings in the stark winter setting. I'm glad we visited...More

Thank SMLove226
Reviewed 24 April 2018

The shrine is located in downtown Seoul, near the East Gate. We started the morning off there with a quick metro ride from City Hall station... we saw the East Gate and the shrine in a couple of hours. The shrine is fairly big but...More

Thank John S
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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 neighbourhoods.
Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area
is rich with history and culture in its palaces,
shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of
Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt.
Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue
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27 March 2018|
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Response from KOH H | Reviewed this property |
There is no need for booking. However you may wish to check out more information from their website on the schedule of free guided tour based on the language you prefer. Rgds.
3 August 2017|
Response from Melanie N | Reviewed this property |
I recall it was about 90 minutes