Jongmyo Shrine is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian Royal Shrines. These Confucian shrines existed from the beginning of the 1st millennium (57AD), but Jongmyo Shrine is the last one standing. The Confucian ceremonies that take place are dedicated to honoring the deceased Joseon Royalty and asking them for safety and prosperity. The authenticity and cultural importance of Jongmyo Shrine and its ceremonies helped it to be enlisted on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The ancient ceremonies are still held today, and visitors can witness it on the first Sunday of May.
Visitors must be on guided tours to visit Jongmyo Shrine (except Saturdays, when visitors can enter at their leisure).
* Guided Tours:
– English : 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM
– Japanese : 9AM, 9:40AM, 10:40AM, 11:40AM, 1:40PM, 2:40PM, 3:40PM, 4:40PM (Mar to Sep)
– Chinese : 11AM, 1PM, 3PM