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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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  • Under renovation! Weekdays can only tour with guides. Still a great experience but main building was under renovation so was off limits, but tickets were fairly cheap at 1,000₩
  • The only problem in this vicinity is that you are forced into guided tours on weekdays. But for the price (1000 KRW, so less than a dollar US) it's a bargain. You get a nice 1 hourish tour with a good guide, she did provide a lot of details and was friendly.

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