|Jongmyo Shrine [UNESCO World Heritage] (종묘 [유네스코 세계문화유산])|
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|Jongmyo Shrine was built by Lee Seong Gye (1335-1408), the first king and founding father of the Joseon Dynasty. It was a primary place of worship for kings throughout the Joseon Dynasty and has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site for its well-preserved ancient customs such as memorial services and traditional music.
One of the many unique characteristics of Jongmyo Shrine is the 3-forked path of slightly raised roads that starts from in front of the main gate. The middle path is in honor of kings of the past and leads to Jeongjeon, where mortuary tablets of kings are preserved and memorial services are held. The tradition of enshrining successive kings was originally handed down from China, and has been well maintained. Jeongjeon has 19 different rooms in all, honoring 19 different kings.
The east road of the shrine’s forked path is for the living king and the west is for the living prince. These two paths connect to a room where the king and the prince used to go for ceremonial cleansing and to prepare for memorial services. After preparations had been complete, the king and the prince would then move into Jeonsacheong, a square-shaped room with a yard where the food for the service would be prepared.
The memorial service, called ‘Jongmyo Jaerye,’ is said to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world. 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.
|Closed on Tuesdays|
|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
* Visitors may enter Jongmyo Shrine only in a guided tour group at specific times on weekdays (except Tuesdays) and Sundays. On Saturdays, visitors may enter at their leisure. Please refer to 'Interpretation Services Offered' for the group tour schedule.
* Visitors may be divided into two groups to avoid overcrowding.
* Up to 300 people are allowed inside Jongmyo Shrine at a time.
Tour times vary according to interpretation services.
(* Available in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Feb-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00
(Free tours available on Saturdays only.)
※Last admission is one hour before closing.
|* Adults (ages 19 and over): KRW 1,000
* Youths (ages 7-18): KRW 500
※ No group discounts.
※ Free admission for children (ages 6 and under)
Integrated Ticket of Palaces
- Four Palaces ((Changdeokgung (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung Palace)) and Jongmyo Shrine
- Ticket costs KRW 10,000, and must be used within one month of purchase.
- Refunds are no longer possible after one site has been visited.
※ Visitors may take the combined tour of Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung palace.
An additional ticket must be purchased at Hamyangmun Gate.
※ During this time, the passage connecting Jongmyo Shrine and Changgyeonggung Palace will be closed.
※ Closed on Mondays: Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Changgyeonggung palaces
※ Closed on Tuesdays: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine
|Facilities for the Handicapped|
|Wheelchair rental, wheelchair ramps (Jeongjeon Hall, Education & Promotion Hall, Yeongnyeongjeon Hall), restrooms, elevators|
|Interpretation Services Offered|
* Korean - 9 times a day / 09:20 - 16:20 (every hour), 17:00 (Mar. to Sep. only)
* 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. to Sep. only)
* Chinese - 11:00, 15:00
※ Online registration (Korean only)
>> Click here to register for a guided tour
※ Korean nationals may join a foreign language guided tour when accompanying international visitors.
|Baby Stroller Rentals|
|Available (2 baby carriages)|
|Jongno-3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 11
10-min walk from station.
* Jongno-3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 3, 5), Exit 8.
10-min walk from station.