Friday, October 28, 2011

Peaceful Jongmyo Shrine @ Seoul

Jongmyo is a Confucian shrine dedicated to the memorial services for the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. It was a primary place of worship for kings throughout the Joseon Dynasty and has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site for its well-preserved ancient customs such as memorial services and traditional music. The memorial service, called ‘Jongmyo Jaerye,’ is said to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world. It is annually reenacted on the first Sunday of May. Jongmyo Jaeryeak, the musical part of the ceremony, is produced by instruments, songs, and, dances that originated over 500 years ago.

This attraction is closed on Tuesday.


The symmetry pillar famous in Jongmyo Shrine.

Long garden area.

Jongmyo Shrine.

Me with Jongmyo Shrine.

They have this guided tour who explain about the history of Jongmyo Shrine.

Coordinate/GPS: 37.574464,126.993882
Address: 155 Jong-ro Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul Metro: Jongno-3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 11
10-min walk from station.

Fees:
Integrated Ticket of Palaces
- Four Palaces ((Changdeokgung (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung Palace)) and Jongmyo Shrine
- Ticket costs KRW 10,000, and must be used within one month of purchase.
Without integrated ticket:
- Adults (ages 19 and over): KRW 1,000
- Youths (ages 7-18): KRW 500

Guided tour:
[Free Tour] Mar.–Sep. 09:00-18:00 / Oct.-Feb. 09:00-17:30
(Free tours available on Saturdays only.)

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