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Jongmyo Shrine

155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea
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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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“unesco site” (6 reviews)
“chinese tour” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After the palaces this can appear plain in comparison however it is an important site being the final resting place for the emperors. There is not much to see although the buildings and grounds are well kept. Worth a visit if you have time. Thanks...More

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a Confusian shrine housing the spirits of deceased kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty that is located within a peaceful garden. We took a 1 hour English tour (tours are required most days) and it was quite good and provided some interesting...More

Thank KarenBx103
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first historic, World Heritage Site I visited in Seoul. It sits in parkland giving it a tranquil feel in the midst of the busy city. We visited fairly early in the morning which may have contributed to this. Tickets were available which...More

Thank ChristineFranklin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The shrine is a truly serene place, which helps explain why the curators only want visitors there on guided tours (which are exceedingly good value at KRW1,000 and available without booking ahead). Otherwise you'd have hundreds of people tearing around the place, shouting, trampling across...More

1  Thank Xiaoxiong
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

we had the guided tour in English and found it very interesting. It is an Unesco world heritage site but perhaps not easily accessible to everyone. I did not regret the visit to understand the korea soul.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 24 May 2017

A peaceful setting and a good way to learn some history of the Korean Joesen dynasty. We found our English tour guide to be especially helpful.

Thank Melanie N
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Lovely area and easy to get to, however, we were there on an event day...so the place was packed with people and much of the shrine was restricted. What we were able to see was peaceful and nice.

Thank tressed
Reviewed 19 May 2017

A great cultural attraction to visit that is located close to many other places. Entrance is extremely cheap at only 1000 won and there are free tours at regular times, just check the board on display.

Thank TheTalamia
Reviewed 12 May 2017

The grounds & buildings are austere to go along with the whole concept of honoring the spirits of ancestors. A very peaceful place.

Thank laculturevulture
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This is beautiful shrine. It is dedicated to Korean Kings and queens of Joseon Dynasty. There is fee of 3000 KW. and for foreigner it is compulsory to have guide except Saturday. It is worth to have guide so that you get to know actual...More

Thank travellingworld27
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
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hi, is there a way to book an English tour online? I can't find a definite website that offers this. Is it just a matter of turning up on the day and hoping there's a place available on a tour? I'll be in Seoul in late June / early July. Thanks.
14 June 2016|
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Response from CausalTraveller | Reviewed this property |
I was there in Jan16 and the English tours are available at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Not many visitors to the place so don't think there is a need to reserve a slot. Enjoy!!