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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.

Operating Hours

February-May, September-October 09:00-18:00
June-August 09:00-18:30
November-January 09:00-17:30
* Last admission 1 hour before closing


Every Saturday, Last Wednesday of every month

Available Facilities

Benches, public telephone, wheelchair & stroller rental



Guided Tours

  • English – 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
  • Japanese – 09:00, 09:40, 10:40, 11:40, 12:40, 13:40, 14:40, 15:40, 16:40 (Mar-Sep)
  • Chinese – 11:00, 13:00, 15:00



Admission Fees

  • Adult

    Ages 19-64

    ₩ 1000
  • Children

    Over 7 years old to under 18 years old

    ₩ 500


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