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Jongmyo Shrine, Seoul

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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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  • Attention during the week, the visit of this temple is guided in English at 10am 12pm 2pm 4pm and costs 1000 won (just 1 euro). The visit lasts 1 hour and allows you to better understand the history of this temple. You can see the tablets of the spirits of the kings and queens of Choson. The sanctuary is very quiet and the buildings are pretty.
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  • Perhaps not the most spectacular of the palaces, but I loved the atmosphere of the park and the austere beauty of the large buildings. History here is important for appreciating the place. And don't forget the 10,000 won pass that opens the doors to all the palaces in Seoul...
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  • Very calm and peaceful. I'm korean but this time was the first time to go to Jongmyo. You can enter only allowed time except every Saturday. They close on Tuesday. You can walk with a Korean culture guide. If you enter the door, you will forget you are in Seoul because of its calmness.
  • Peaceful UNESCO heritage site, with the historical place where the spirits of the past kings of Korea get down to be greeted by the royal family twice a year. a must visit place.
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