Finally got out to Jongmyo Shrine (종묘) in Seoul.
Finally got out to Jongmyo Shrine (종묘) in Seoul. Kind of silly not to visit as it’s located in central Seoul and is within walking distance of Insadong.
It was built by the first king and founding father of the Joseon Dynasty, Lee Seong Gye (1335-1408). 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. I think it’d be really impressive to visit during one of its grand festivities with hundreds of people dancing and performing.
If you want to visit Jongmyo, the English tours are at 10am, noon, 2pm, and 4pm (but closed on Tuesdays). On Saturdays, you can visit the shrine without a guided tour. The entrance fee is 1,000₩ for adults, and free on certain holidays (such as Lunar New Year).
Directions: A ten minute walk from