Jongmyo Shrine 종묘
Feb-May, Sep-Oct: 9:00-18:00
Last admission: 1 hr before closing.
Closed on Tuesdays.
Guided Tours (required to enter Jongmyo Shrine except Saturday): English - 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 | Chinese - 11:00, 13:00, 15:00. 1 hr. On Saturdays, visitors may enter at their leisure.
Adult (age 19-64): 1,000 won, Child (age 7-18): 500 won, Child (under 7) / Senior (above 64) / Wearing Hanbok (traditional korean clothes) / Culture Day (last Wednesdays of every month): Free
Combination Ticket - Adult: 10,000 won, child: 5,000 won to 4 palaces (Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung) and Jongmyo Shrine. 3 months validity.
Jongno 3-ga Station (line 1/3/5, exit 8-11). 5 mins walk.
Jongmyo Shrine is the royal ancestral shrine of the Joseon Dynasty.
It was a primary place of worship for kings throughout Joseon Dynasty. The spirit tablets of kings and queens were kept at Jongmyo Shrine as well.
The memorial service, 'Jongmyo Jaerye', is said to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world, and was carried out in obedience to the king’s order.
Jongmyo Shrine was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1995 for its well-preserved ancient customs of memorial services and traditional music.
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