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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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Different. Serene. Beautiful. Unesco site. Recommended!

This place is only available to visit on a guided tour as it is a sacred place for the royal ancestors. Plus it's a Unesco world site, so they do not want unguided tourists to... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I got off the bus at Jongro in front of Jongmyo Shrine and saw the Unesco sign, I did not pay to get in.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is only available to visit on a guided tour as it is a sacred place for the royal ancestors. Plus it's a Unesco world site, so they do not want unguided tourists to damage the place. Only 1 day per week is available for unguided tours or during national holidays. So check your timings for guided tours before... More 

Thank mingzy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, it's quiet and yes, it's not a palace - but Jongmyo is still in use 1x a year (May) for a ceremony honoring the imperial Joseon ancestry which was designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Really pretty stunning, even during the winter months. Would recommend visiting with a guided tour, but... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It you are time poor then skip this one. The buildings are impressive but miss the finer details of the palace's. Much of the place is just painted red. Entrance is from the south of the park.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Plan your visit! This place is only open at set times when the guide can take you around. You are not allowed to roam around by yourself as it is sacred. There are a few times in the day that the guide is given in english or another language. The information from the guides is really useful and we appreciated... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The place can only be visited with guided tours during the week and I highly recommend the visit. I went there in the last English tour of the day (around 4PM) and was able to take some great shots during the beginning of the golden hour. The tour explains several details not only about the shrine itself but also from... More 

Thank Phil_Muller
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

With a designated stone pathway for the spirits (I guess the royal spirits of the Joseon Dynasty) to walk on, I assume the grounds of this shrine are "considered sacred" and that may be for the reason that on these grounds are two "long buildings" that house the royal tablets of all the Joseon kings (not exactly sure though what... More 

Thank Myo M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

- visited November 2016 - it may be a good bargain to purchase the Royal Palace Pass, worth 10000 won, which includes entrance to Jongmyo, plus four other palaces - atmosphere was solemn and quiet, which, for me, is good for taking a long walk - it was late afternoon and almost closing time when I was able to visit... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Jongmyo is a huge compound with 2 main halls housing spiritual tablets of deceased Kings and Queens. Unsurprisingly the buildings are subdued and solemn. We visited on a Saturday - the only day you can visit without a guided tour. Personally, I would not recommend a visit to Jongmyo if you are short of time. However it would be worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

It is one of the 7 Cultural heritage sites in S. Korea, and one of the 2 Cultural Heritage in Seoul. Also talking about ancestors' royal families shrine still leaving behind now only be found in 3 countries in the world, Vietnam, China and S.Korea. Surprisingly that, the volume of visitors were low in particular for Chinese visitors. Looking at... More 

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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 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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