Jongmyo is the supreme state shrine where the spirit tablets of deceased kings and queens are enshrined and sacrificial rites are performed for them based on Confucian principle. The shrine hall originally had one shrine hall, Jeongjeon, but today it has another shrine hall called Yeongnyeongjeon. None of Jongmyo’s facilities are lavishly adorned, underscoring solemnity as the state shrine.
Only Korea has preserved its royal shrine and continues to perform royal ancestral rites known as Jongmyo Jerye and Jongmyo Jeryeak. This is the chief reason that Jongmyo was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. In addition, Jongmyo Jerye (royal ancestral rites) and Jongmyo Jeryeak (royal ancestral ritual music) were designated by UNESCO as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2001.
February-May, September-October 09:00-18:00
* Last admission 1 hour before closing
Every Saturday, Last Wednesday of every month
Benches, public telephone, wheelchair & stroller rental
Ages 19-64₩ 1000
Over 7 years old to under 18 years old₩ 500