Jongmyo Shrine

03135  157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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Jongmyo is a royal shrine dedicated to the performance of ancestral rites for the deceased kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. Being the place where the royal ancestral tablets are enshrined, Jongmyo's atmosphere is solemn and sacred rather than splendid like the royal palaces. The simple and elegant buildings of this shrine have faithfully kept their original forms since the 16th century. Jongmyo is made up of Jeongjeon (the main hall), Yeongnyeongjeon (the hall of eternal peace), and auxiliary buildings such as Jeonsacheong, Eosuksil, Hyangdaecheong and Sindang. Jeongjeon, the main hall of Jongmyo, is a place steeped in royal history and is highly esteemed for its outstanding architecture. It is said to be the world's longest single wooden structure and its length measures 109 meters. The main hall is an outstanding example of traditional Korean architecture. Jongmyo was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site together with Jongmyo Jerye and Jongmyo Jeryeak. Jongmyo Jerye is the royal ancestral ritual and has been performed for 600 years. The court music performed during the ritual is the Jongmyo Jeryeak.


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03135  157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
Line 5 Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (subway lines 1, 3, 5) exits 8, 11, roughly 5 min. away on foot

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Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 712 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Jongmyo Shrine

  • Royal Shrines
    These Royal shrines are UNESCO World Heritage listed. The shrines are set in a parkland landscape. I strongly advise visiting on Saturday as this is the ONLY day self guided tours are allowed. All...
    Rating:4 Jane C2019-08-14
  • Guided tours only
    The only way to enter the shrine is through the guided tour offered by the staff. It is very organised and detailed. This is an interesting tour about ancestral worship for the past kings and queens...
    Rating:4 ellycmc72019-08-11
  • Not much to it, don't go expecting much.
    Don't visit expecting to be blown away or see a something really mind blowing. The shrine was free for myself and my mother as we were on a tour, but normally it's like 1200 won I believe. There's...
    Rating:3 Natesmith10162019-08-03
  • Jongmyo Shrine
    The surroundings were beautiful, as you can see from the photos. I wasn’t overly excited by the shrine itself. Nonetheless, it was interesting to learn about the king, prince and spirits and the...
    Rating:3 sammyzr2019-07-31
  • Easy and Affordable Family Tour
    My family and I visited this shrine and were impressed with the beauty and history of the site that was easily accessible using public transportation and the price was affordable. It can get hot...
    Rating:4 Jeremy G2019-07-14
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