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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03135, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
+82 2-765-0195
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Did a guided tour in English which helped a lot. Very serene place to visit. This is a shrine and so has a more sombre feel and vibe to other sites. Very large area to walk. Took one hour to do tour, but glad to...More

Thank Lyn K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It can be a bit tricky to find the entrance. If you are coming from the palaces you need to walk to the South gate of the park. Free entrance on the last Wednesday each month. Beautiful shrine and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A...More

1  Thank Lars S
Reviewed 28 August 2018

The well-shaded gardens provide a peaceful respite in the middle of bustling Seoul. If you don't arrive in time for one of the limited foreign language tours, your experience may be a bit limited though, as information signs are limited and the guidebook is not...More

Thank aliceadventures28
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Visited the shrine on a rainy day in August 2018 and did not enjoy the English guided tour at all. First of all, the paths were quite muddy. Secondly, you cannot visit the shrine without being in a tour. Thirdly, most of the main buildings...More

3  Thank Greg M
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

The buildings and scenery are very calming and serene. Walk through the park and imagine the spirits walking next to you. There's a short 13 min movie that plays on a loop in the park to educate you on the history. The cost for my...More

Thank Kris S
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Visited with a friend who booked us on an English guided tour. The shrine is a very important place as it houses the spirit tablets of deceased Kings and Queens and was one of the first structures built in the Joseon dynasty. Ceremonies are still...More

Thank doofvfood
Reviewed 1 July 2018

This huge area with many buildings for kings and queens memorial, since it's very big, you don't see much tourist, which is a big change from most attraction, more relax as you walk.

Thank hkvisitor1997
Reviewed 1 June 2018

It's not as impressive as the bigger palaces in regards to the buildings but this shrine is well worth a visit, especially on days when you can freely roam the site. It's in the heart of the city but once inside it feels as if...More

2  Thank Ldhooge
Reviewed 29 May 2018

The visit I made to this shrine for one of the English language tours was a real highlight of my brief visit to Seoul. I would highly recommend the tour - the group was not too large and the commentary provided interesting. It was fascinating...More

Thank Ella A
Reviewed 23 May 2018

Although this was my fourth visit to Sth Korea, this was my first to Jongmyo Shrine and the first for my wife. What an amazing place of calm and serene step into nature and stunning architecture. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and rightly...More

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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
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27 March 2018|
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Response from KOH H | Reviewed this property |
There is no need for booking. However you may wish to check out more information from their website on the schedule of free guided tour based on the language you prefer. Rgds.
3 August 2017|
Response from Melanie N | Reviewed this property |
I recall it was about 90 minutes