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  
Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (subway lines 1, 3, 5) exits 8, 11, roughly 5 min. away on foot

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Latest 5 reviews of Jongmyo Shrine

  • Because it is a UNESCO Heritage site?
    Decided to visit the attraction because it was listed as a UNESCO Heritage site and entry was free because of the Chuseok holidays. Was nice to walk through a place of history and I liked the vast...
    Rating:4 Felix L2019-09-15
  • History on display
    I was doing a walk and stumbled upon this Shrine, and as it had free entry to celebrate a special day I took the opportunity to visit. The shrine is a green area within the city and has clear flat...
    Rating:5 tigger25942019-08-22
  • A UNESCO Heritage site in the heart of Seoul
    A must visit site that can be visited ONLY with free guided tours provided on-site. English speaking tours are at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. You are not allowed to join other language tours. On...
    Rating:5 SPSurat2019-08-19
  • 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
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