Jongmyo Shrine [UNESCO World Heritage]
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Jongmyo Shrine was the primary place of worship for kings and their queens throughout the Joseon dynasty. The compound is composed of various buildings in addition to the main hall. The shrine was built at the same time as Gyeongbokgung Palace, under the orders of King Taejo, the first king of the Joseon dynasty. The shrine is the site of the royal memorial service, called Jongmyo Jaerye, a national event that has been passed down since the Three Kingdoms period. The shrine was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site on December 9, 1995, for its well-preserved ancient customs, such as memorial services and traditional music, which are designated National Intangible Cultural Asset No. 1 & 56 respectively.
During the Joseon dynasty, the ritual was held on the first month of a seasonal change and the twelfth month of the lunar year, but was stopped during the Japanese colonial period. Now, it is annually reenacted on the first Sunday of May. Jongmyo Jaeryeak, the musical part of the ceremony, is produced by instruments, songs, and dances that originated over 500 years ago.
Tel : +82-2-765-0195
Address : 157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Homepage : tour.jongno.go.kr
Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 11.
Take Bus No. 111, 201, 260, 262, 270, 271, 721, N15, N62 or 9301 and get off at Jongno 4(sa)-ga.Jongmyo Shrine Bus Stop.
Tour Course Information
[Course 1] (for 200 people or less)
Main gate - King Gongmin Shrine - Mangmyoru Pavilion - Hyangdaecheong - Jaegung Palace - Jeongjeon Hall - Yeongnyeongjeon Hall - Akgongcheong - Main gate
[Course 2] (for more than 200 people)
Main gate - Jaegung Palace - Jeongjeon Hall - Yeongnyeongjeon Hall - Akgongcheong - Hyangdaecheong - Mangmyoru Pavilion - King Gongmin Shrine - Main gate
Individuals - Adults 1,000 won / Children 500 won
* Adults (ages 19-64) / Children (ages 7-18) * Free admission (ID required): Preschoolers (ages 6 & younger), senior citizens (ages 65 & older), visitors wearing hanbok
Benches, public telephone, wheelchair & stroller rental
Interpretation Services Offered
* English - 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
* Japanese - 09:00, 09:40, 10:40, 11:40, 12:40, 13:40, 14:40, 15:40, 16:40 (Mar-Sep)
* Chinese - 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
* Reservation required via official website, except for Saturdays; up to 300 people per session
* Korean nationals may join a foreign language guided tour when accompanying international visitors.
* Guided tour in Japanese 16:40 session is only offered from March to September