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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 29 August 2017

A spiritual experience to visit one of Korea's most sacred sites. The English tour starts at 10am, so be there on time. Very informative. Not much to see, but the site itself and the shrines are full of history. Tour took 70 mins, and it...More

Thank moonsoblue
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Located at Jongno3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5) and Exit 11. An interesting place to visit. Many locals gather there to play chess which could be an interesting sight to see. Free admission with guided tour at different timings. Good for a historic...More

Thank vyv2
Reviewed 9 August 2017

You must take a tour to visit this place and their were only 2 english tours per day at the time we visited. Our guide spoke perfect english and was very informative about the resting place for the Emperors. The Gardens here were beautiful and...More

Thank fiona2745
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We went here on a very hot an humid July day. If you go here any other day than a Saturday you have to take a guided tour. They run every 20 minutes but are in 4 different languages so if you timing is off...More

2  Thank HK_Phoey
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I love guide service, that shows Korean would reserve the historical place for new generations. Guide will take you around the place, for English guide time every 10AM, 12PM, 2PM and 4PM. For admission, I took the combination ticket (10,000W for 4 palaces and 1...More

Thank SIRI A
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

After the palaces this can appear plain in comparison however it is an important site being the final resting place for the emperors. There is not much to see although the buildings and grounds are well kept. Worth a visit if you have time. Thanks...More

1  Thank nilintentum_reliquit
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This is a Confusian shrine housing the spirits of deceased kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty that is located within a peaceful garden. We took a 1 hour English tour (tours are required most days) and it was quite good and provided some interesting...More

Thank KarenBx103
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This was the first historic, World Heritage Site I visited in Seoul. It sits in parkland giving it a tranquil feel in the midst of the busy city. We visited fairly early in the morning which may have contributed to this. Tickets were available which...More

Thank ChristineFranklin
Reviewed 4 June 2017

The shrine is a truly serene place, which helps explain why the curators only want visitors there on guided tours (which are exceedingly good value at KRW1,000 and available without booking ahead). Otherwise you'd have hundreds of people tearing around the place, shouting, trampling across...More

1  Thank Xiaoxiong
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

we had the guided tour in English and found it very interesting. It is an Unesco world heritage site but perhaps not easily accessible to everyone. I did not regret the visit to understand the korea soul.

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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