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Jongmyo Shrine

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Address: 155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea
Name/address in local language
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The ancestral shrine of the Choson kings, is one of Korea's most precious...

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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Lovely place for a stroll

Beware of the hours -- look it up, but from my memory it's open on Saturdays, otherwise you have to take a tour!

Reviewed 6 days ago
Maggie K
Seattle, Washington
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

...beware. You can't just turn up. You need to buy a ticket for a timed, guided tour. The guide was very informative but I'm afraid after 2 weeks in Seoul I was a bit culture-blind and didn't really appreciate it.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beware of the hours -- look it up, but from my memory it's open on Saturdays, otherwise you have to take a tour!

Thank Maggie K
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Only can visit with accompany of tour guide from the shrine. They are very funny, I really enjoy listening to them telling stories & explain to us about the ceremony & how late kings & queens are buried. Although it doesn't have much colours compare to palace, this place is peaceful & relaxing.

Thank bubbleLoveToTravel
Northwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent English language tour but beware only operates 3 times per day. Knowledgable tour guide , and interesting way to spend an hour.

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Rolling Hills Estates, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here on a guided tour. Grounds are peaceful, but not much to see. This is supposed to be a peaceful place, lacking color. If there's anything else on your list, I would skip this.

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you want go to here better on saturday because you can go around by yourself and no need to follow tour guide.

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is located in the city like most of the attraction in Seoul. I was surprised to find out that is not the typical Shrine like in other Asian country. This is actually where the believed they needed to keep the souls of those pass rulers of South Korea. Is a very simply Shrine but if you book a... More 

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

1) Usually only guided tours are allowed. But on every Saturday and last Wednesday of every month you can visit this place without a guide. 2) Admission fee is 1000 won. But I strongly recommend you to buy a Combination ticket for palaces and Royal Shrine. It includes 5 palaces, Secret garden of Changdeokgung Palace and this shrine. Costs 10000... More 

1 Thank FiendsOnly
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

It's quiet compared to other palaces because it's only allowed guided tour inside. The story about Korean history is interesting. It is not as beautiful as other palaces as limited access and smaller. Need to check time schedule before coming to save time. Best visit is in Autumn.

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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Its unesco world heritage place. Very beatiful place n only can be visited with guide tour. The admission ticket only 1000 won.

Thank Leo H

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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 behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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