Jongmyo Shrine


Jongmyo Shrine

Joseon’s royal shrine designated as a World Cultural Heritage Jongmyo Royal Shrine is a sacred place that enshrines the ancestral tablets of kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. Memorial services are held regularly by the descendants of the Jeonju Yi clan. Touching the tablets, running about, or noisy making will not be welcomed here. The memorial service called Jongmyo Jerye took place in January, April, July and October when the seasons turned, or whenever something good or bad occurred in the dynasty. Today, however, ceremonies are only held on the first Sunday in May. The shrine is connected with Changgyeonggung Palace by a footbridge. Jongmyo Royal Shrine was listed as World Cultural Heritage in 1995 following Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto and the Tripitaka Koreana of Haeinsa Temple.




157, Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul-si



Operating Hours

[General Tour]

Tour times vary according to interpretation services.

(* Available in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

[Free Tour]

Feb-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00

Jun-Aug 09:00-18:30

Nov-Jan 09:00~17:30

(Free tours available on Saturdays only.)

Last admission is one hour before closing.


Every Tuesdays


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.

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