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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
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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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Nice temple and garden area, entrance less then a euro, with english guide lasting a good hour. Area is very nice and part of the korean history, the path of spirits inside was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was another UNESCO World Heritage site which we were excited to see but it was a letdown. These was just a compound with 3 major buildings, 2 of which were used to store the tablets of the kings, queens and other noblemen. Since there was no tour on the day we visited, we really could not appreciate the shrine.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I personally liked this place than KyungBokGung palace. Our English guide was great. It is very historical and beautiful. And it was only 1000 won. Just check the time table of tours when you visit. They have Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese. Even locals can't go in without the tour guide.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice temple and garden area, entrance less then a euro, with english guide lasting a good hour. Area is very nice and part of the korean history, the path of spirits inside was interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a Japanese guided tour(English tour is more frequent) and it took us for about hour and half? The guide lady was nice and we usually don't take guide tour in Korea but was very worth it. It is located only 5 to less than 10 mins taxi ride from Myongdong area. Looked pretty interesting and very local feeling... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the 2pm tour on October the 20th and we had a guide that was fluent in English which was a great help to understand the history and use of the buildings. Visits are only permitted with the guide. The shrine is dedicated to the member of the royal family of the Joseon dynasty. The main building is very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Jongmyo is the old royal ancestral hall. Many Eastern Asian countries have their own version of royal jongmyo (called Tai miao or zong miao in Chinese) including China and Vietnam. The Seoul jongmyo is not the biggest, however, it's the only one that is still in use. The descendants of the last royal family still comes twice every year to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We went on a weekday. To note, in weekdays you do need to go in with a tour guide. After this experience, I would recommend doing it with a tour guide as opposed to going around yourself. The staff was very educated and very informative. We were given time for photo ops at each location. The shrine showed a rich... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This royal shrine was built in the 14 century for kings & queens of the Joseon dynasty. Jongmyogerye is one of the oldest ancestral rites maintained today.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I found this place by accident as I was walking from Jongno 2-ga to Changdeokgung. On the map it showed a large garden in front of Changdeokgung so I walked near. In fact it is not part of Changdeokgung but is a most-respected shrine. The ticket office could not say much English except "Conducted tour". Anyway I bought a ticket... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

They have screening of a movie that details what's done in the shrine. It's a confutionist shrine, which mean he looks basically like all the other historical buildings in Seoul. Nice stroll, not much about it.

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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 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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