Jongmyo Shrine hotels
At the golden triangle of Seoul’s historic heart, Jongmyo Shrine is an important Confucian ancestral shrine, crowning the top of the city’s must-see attractions. It is the oldest preserved shrine of its kind, considered a national treasure of the Joseon Dynasty. Visitors today can marvel at the 16th century complex, though the original grounds date back to the late 14th century. Jongmyo Shrine is a bastion of Korean symbolism and the ritual of royalty, given that hosts important cultural festivals, like the Jongmyo jeryeak festival of ancient court music, and houses many images of deities and the royal family.
- Jeongjeon: Pass by the main entrance of Seoul’s Jongmyo Shrine, used only by spirits, and venture under the classical red pillars of the main hall, which houses the mortuary tablets of royalty and known to be the longest building in Asia.
- Jongmyo Shrine Relics: Discover ceremonial objects from the Joseon Era at Jongmyo Shrine’s Jonsacheong hall, and over 80 spirit tablets at Gongsindang, before making your way to the abode of deities in Chilsadang.
- Yeongnyeongjeon: Step into the former home of Seoul’s collection of royal spirit tablets, and appreciate the traditional wooden architecture of the shrine complex.
Jongmyo Shrine is located on the northern banks of Seoul’s Han River. The surrounding district of Palpan-dong is also home to the palaces of Gyeonbokgung to the west and Changdeokgung just to the north. The closest underground stations are Jongno 3-ga, near the south entrance, and Jongno 5-ga, which is a few blocks to the east of the former station. Yulgok-ro is a street located at the northern end of the Jongmyo Shrine grounds, and you can also get off within a few blocks at Anguk Station. There are bus-stations along Yulgok-ro and on the south side, along Jong-ro.
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