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Jongmyo Shrine, Seoul

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#11 of 75 in Historic Sites in Seoul
World heritage site · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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Visit the World Heritage Site of Jongmyo Shrine, an ancient Confucian shrine that holds traditional memorial services for royals of the Joseon dynasty. Erected in 1394, it was ruined in the Japanese invasions before being rebuilt in 1608. The well-preserved shrine still conducts elaborate rituals and performances that were established in the 14th century, involving the summoning of ancestral spirits. Take a tour of the spacious, austere building, available in English at scheduled times, to learn more about the shrine’s history and its role in South Korean culture. Plan to see Jongmyo Shrine and other attractions that appeal to you using our Seoul driving holiday planner.
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  • We did a guided tour with Claire and it was one of my favourites in Seoul. It's a must for people interested in history and Confucianism. 
    We did a guided tour with Claire and it was one of my favourites in Seoul. It's a must for people interested in history and Confucianism.  more »
  • Beautiful place and peaceful with lot of nature, We went during a sunny/cloudy day, very nice weather for visiting. It’s a good things to do ~ 
    Beautiful place and peaceful with lot of nature, We went during a sunny/cloudy day, very nice weather for visiting. It’s a good things to do ~  more »
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  • The place where the spirit tablets of the old kings and queens are held. However, the main building is under construction so that one is not accessible. There are guided tours at specific hours and the entrance fee is a thousand won. Good explanation of the guide! Reminder: Don't walk on the middle part!!
  • Beautiful park, very nice to walk around and check out the Shrine and the plants in the park. We were there around 4pm and it was just right, not too sunny and not too cold. The park close at around 6pm, so make sure to keep an eye out for time. Nice park to take your family for a walk, run or bike ride.

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