Attraction 155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015
|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 06:00 PM|
Temple & Monument
Jongmyo Shrine is good for
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Why Jongmyo Shrine is special ?
Jongmyo is a Confucian shrine dedicated to the perpetuation of memorial services for the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). According to UNESCO, the shrine is the oldest royal Confucian shrine preserved and the ritual ceremonies continue a tradition established in the 14th century. Such shrines existed during the Three Kingdoms of Korea period (57-668), but these have not survived. The Jongmyo Shrine was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1995.
Jongmyo is adjacent to Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung in the south. They used to be connected in the Joseon period, but were separated by a road built by Japanese colonialists. Nowadays there is a construction plan to recover the original structure of the shrine.
The main buildings of Jongmyo was constructed in October, 1394 when Taejo, first king of Joseon Dynasty, moved the capital to Seoul. It was destroyed by fire in the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98), then rebuilt in 1608.
What to explore at Jongmyo Shrine?
Visiting the shrine, you can admire exquisite architecture of historic temple. You can learn more about the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. Entering Jongmyo Jeongjeon (Hall), a place steeped in royal history, you can see the spectacular architecture. Jeongjeon, the main hall of Jongmyo, is a place steeped in royal history and is highly esteemed for its outstanding architecture. It is said to be the world's longest single wooden structure and its length measures 109 meters.
Moreover, there are many nice views to explore. Jungjidang is a pond in Jongmyo. Samdo is a path between the main gate and Jeongjeon. Going here, you can see the most important event of the shrine such as: Jongmyo Jerye (Royal Ancestral Ritual) and Jongmyo Jeryeak (Court Music).
How to get to Jongmyo Shrine?
Jongno-3 (sam)-ga Station (Seoul 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
- Learnt the history of the shrine
- A place for calling the spirits
- Amazing Korean history in an urban oasis
- A quiet place in a busy city
- Earliest surviving royal ancestral shrine
155 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-400, South Korea
Tips for you
This place houses the spirit tablets of the Joseon Dynasty kings and queens and a ritual ceremony is held once a year, on the first Sunday of May. Centuries ago, ritual ceremonies were held several times a year for the deceased, five times in Jeongjeon Hall and three times in Yeongnyeongjeon Hall. The Jeongjeon Hall is the main hall , is the most important part of the shrine. In front of this hall stretches a massive elevated stone yard surrounded by walls on all sides. Initially there were only seven spirit chambers but alterations and additions were made in the coming years until there were 19 spirit chambers making Jeongjeon a very long wooden building. When Jeongjeon could no longer accommodate, Yeongnyeongjeon was built. When it was first built it had six chambers but was expanded to accommodate 16 chambers in the end. Unlike the roof of Jeongjeon which emphasized the long horizontal line, the centre section of the roof of Yeongnyeongjeonis elevated Jongmyo shrine is inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. You can only visit through a guided tour which lasts for half an hour. Entrance fee includes the guided tour costs 1000 won
You have to join a tour to enter. English tours are at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm. Tours take an hour. You can join any tour every 20 mins but there is a LOT of talking and not many sign boards for info