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“Learned a lot about spiritual practices!”
Review of Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine
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Ranked #52 of 847 things to do in Seoul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 19 January 2018

Although it's somewhat inconvenient to have to go with a tour inside the shrine, it was great to have a guide through all the buildings and explain the significance of the design and the practices that occur(ed) inside the shrine. Just look up tour times as you plan your day so you do not have to wait around to join a tour.

Thank Alexis G
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

I came just before 4pm and managed to get in with the last English tour of the day. Due to the tour format of the shrine, it is not overly crowded like some palace tours.

Our guide had excellent English and discussed the ceremonies and histories in detail, and how a recent ceremony had just taken place related to New Year. She also recommended good photo locations and spoke to each of us at some stage to get to know where we are from.

The shrine feels like a quiet and calmer venue compared to the nearby palaces and was a relaxing tour to end a hectic day of palace touring. I got good value from the combined palaces and Jongmyo shrine ticket.

1  Thank Beachednarwhal
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Was very lucky to arrive in time for a free Mandrin Guided Tour provided by the Jongmyo Shrine. The very talented guide 李圣林小姐 have us a very educational tour throughout the shrine for about 90min. There were plenty of photo opportunities. Thanks to the morning snow as it provided a very different texture to the whole landscape. Do remember to bring wide angle lens or you will not be able to cover the whole length of the shrines.

The guide gave vivid description and explanations of the buildings, the historical stories, the people involved and significance of the shrine. We enjoyed the tour,the friendliness of the guide and cery beautiful scenes for nice photos.

As there's only one toilet nearer to the exit. So do be prepared as the whole compound is pretty big. A full 2 hours may be adequate for the trip.

1  Thank KOH H
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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Jongmyo Shrine is a nice place, easy to get there and the guided tour is around 60 minutes.
It is interesting to know the history and culture of Korean ancients.
We have been there in the winter, but we saw some pictures during the Spring and it shall be awesome.

Thank Bruno M
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

We went there without any knowledge about tour guide.
There are nominated days we can enter without tour guides, otherwise we must be with a tour guide in order to see inside.
The tour are from morning to at around 5pm but each tour runs in different languages such as English, Korean, Japanese and so on.
Not all languages go through at the same time, so I suggest to check the time of your language in advance.
However the tour is so useful that we can understand deeper meaning of buildings and histories.
As I remember, this one is nominated as one of cultural heritage of Unesco, so it will be more interesting!

1  Thank Soojung J
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