Jongmyo Shrine was a primary place of worship for kings throughout Joseon Dynasty. The memorial service, called Jongmyo Jaerye, is said to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world, and was carried out in obedience to the king’s order. The ceremony was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in December 9, 1995, for its well-preserved ancient customs, such as memorial services and traditional music, which is National Intangible Cultural Asset No.56.
During the Joseon Dynasty, it was held when the season changes and the twelfth month of the lunar year, but was stopped during the Japanese colonial period. Now, 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. In May, the Korean Royal Palace Culture Festival is held with a variety of other cultural heritage festivals.
157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul[Google Map]
How To Use
Jongno3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5) and Exit 11.
Take Bus No. 111, 201, 260, 262, 270, 271, 721, N15, N62 or 9301 and get off at Jongno 4(sa)-ga.Jongmyo Shrine Bus Stop.
Tour Course Information:
Course 1 (for 200 people or less)
Main gate - King Gongmin Shrine - Mangmyoru Pavilion - Hyangdaecheong - Jaegung Palace - Jeongjeon Hall - Yeongnyeongjeon Hall - Akgongcheong - Main gate
Course 2 (for more than 200 people)
Main gate - Jaegung Palace - Jeongjeon Hall - Yeongnyeongjeon Hall - Akgongcheong - Hyangdaecheong - Mangmyoru Pavilion - King Gongmin Shrine - Main gate
* Visitors may enter Jongmyo Shrine only in a guided tour group at specific times on weekdays (except Tuesdays) and Sundays. On Saturdays, visitors may enter at their leisure. Please refer to Interpretation Services Offered for the group tour schedule.
* Visitors may be divided into two groups in order to avoid overcrowding.
* Up to 300 people are allowed inside Jongmyo Shrine at a time.
Adults (ages 19 and over): 1,000 won / Children & Teenagers (ages 7-18): 500 won
* Infants (ages 6 & below) and seniors (ages 65 & over) upon presenting a proof of personal identification.
* Visitors wearing hanbok
* State or national guests and their entourages
Facilities for the Handicapped:
Wheelchair rental, wheelchair ramps (Jeongjeon Hall, Education & Promotion Hall, Yeongnyeongjeon Hall), restrooms, elevators
Interpretation Services Offered:
* 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
* Reservation required via official website, except for Saturdays; up to 300 people per session
* Korean nationals may join a foreign language guided tour when accompanying international visitors.
* Guided tour in Japanese 16:40 session is only offered from March to September
infocenter: • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-765-0195,
usetime: [Guided Tours] Hours vary by offered language
[General Viewing] Saturdays & last Wednesday of each month
February-May, September-October 09:00-18:00
* Last admission is 1 hour before closing