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Jongmyo Jerye & Jeryeak;
Royal Ancestral Rituals in Jongmyo Shrine and its Music (Designated 2001)

Jongmyo Jerye is a national ceremony held for the kings and queens of the Joseon Period in Jongmyo Shrine where the ancestral tablets are preserved. The ritual is conducted by chief priests who dressed formely for the ritual and prepared food and achohol for the ancestors.

The ritual service is considered as an important symbol which is the foundation of national survival and the spirit of Korean, demonstrating filial peity toward the deceased, one of the valued concept in confucianism and a sense of unity of the whole nation.

Jongmyo Jeryeak, Royal Ancestral Ritual Music, was performed when the royal family held a ceremony for the repose of their ancestors in the Shrine, simply named 'Jongmyoak.'

Trditional Korean instruemnts are used following the order of the ritual. The acient music that has remained in the orient holds a very rare value that should be shared with a broad range of people worldwide.

<Last updated on October 5, 2015>

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