Jongmyo Shrine – Seoulistic

Jongmyo Shrine


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

Operating Hours:
Feb to May, Sep to Oct: 9AM - 6PM
Jun to Aug: 9AM - 6:30PM
Nov to Jan: 9AM - 5:30PM (*Admission allowed until one hour before closing.)
1,000 won (Aged 19-64)
500 won (Aged 7-18)
Phone Number:
157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Subway Station:
Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1,3,5)