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Review of Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine
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US$55.00*
and up
Seoul Morning Heritage Tour Including...
Ranked #51 of 828 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 3 March 2018

I know it's not a big place, but It is super interesting everything they told us, and what we've seen was amazing. Just do not forget the times of tours before visiting, you cannot there without the tour.

1  Thank Елена Я
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

KRW 1000 (US$1) admission. Free tours in English most days of the week beginning at noon. If staying nearby, this makes an excellent first stop since the guide explains much of ancient Korean history, belief and culture. Will add context to the rest of your sightseeing!

Thank Jim A
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

We lucked out on the timing of our visit as we arrived a few minutes before a tour (in English) was due to start. (From what I could tell they only offer one to two tours a day in English with the rest being in Korean) Anyway, attending a tour is the only way to see the shrine as entry is extremely limited due to the sacred nature of the site. While our guide did her best to explain to us the historical and spiritual significance of this place, she spoke so rapidly and with such an accent we were lucky to catch even a word or two every sentence. Not her fault as her English was much better than our Korean but it really detracted from the overall experience.

Overall, an audio guide tour with docents along the way ensuring you did not trod in any incorrect stones, would have gone over much better. (There are quite a few places where you are not allowed to walk as they are reserved for the spirits of the predeceased Joseon kings and queens.)

TIP: instead of paying for each site individually (palace or shrine), buy a multi-pack which gives you access to many sites for a much lower price as is good for 3 months.

1  Thank G3inLondon
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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Admission fee at only 1000krw (500krw between 7 to 18 yrs old, under 7 and above 64 free entry), Jongmyo shrine is a wonderful visit.
Unlike the palaces, this is a shrine an therefore you could only enter as a guided tour. There are guided tours with Korean/ English/ Japanese or Chinese speaking guides. Please look up the photos attached for more information.
Generally speaking, my sister and I have been to all the palaces and weren't expecting much from this shrine as it was off the beaten path and "usual" attractions that tourists would opt for (as it sounds a little more solemn)
However for the entry price, the view and a guide to guide you through the rites, customs and korean psyche, why Not?
Without giving too much spoilers, would recommend tourists to give this place a chance. The tour itself will only take 1 hour. Certainly easy to slot into your busy day. You could also then walk from this shrine to Changgyeonggung palace (20 minutes walk at an extremely slow pace. It was only 12 minutes for sis and I)
Hope you like it

5  Thank Mimi A
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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

Jongmyo Shrine can only be visited as a guided tour except on Saturdays. I went on a guided tour and our guide was wonderful. Her English name was Clare and not only did she speak about the shrine but she highlighted the culture and psyche of Korean society as a whole.
Learning a little more about the cultural context was really enlightening and has helped me understand the people here a little better.

The shrine itself is simple and solemn as it is a place for spirits ;) I really enjoyed the quiet as that was in stark contrast to Seoul as a whole.
Would definitely recommend!

3  Thank RachelSheil
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