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Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is heralded as Korea's foremost cultural treasure. Visitors to Seoul will be hard-pressed not to visit the Jongmyo Shrine. Built in 1394, the shrine is the oldest royal Confucian shrine in the world and ceremonies, rituals and traditional dance performances are often held at the shrine. Jongmyo is the official shrine of the Korea's Joseon Dynasty. Tourists visiting Seoul will find the shrine situated within walking distance of the Changdoekgang Palace complex. Jongmyo is made up of a number of halls as well as a small cloister, the interior of the shrine as well as the roofs and ceilings are exquisitely painted and decorated. The Jongmyo Shrine is also home to over 40 memorial tablets of past kings and queens of Korea.

Information & Facts

Address

1 Hunjeong-dong, Jongno-gu

Admission

Free

Language

The official language is Korean.

Money

South Korea's monetary unit is the won (KRW). Currency can be exchanged at most banks and at casinos, and travellers cheques cashed at authorised banks and hotels. Most merchants in the cities accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards, but Koreans traditionally prefer cash. ATMs at banks are usually accessible only during banking hours, and instructions on the machines are generally only in Korean. Public ATMs at convenience stores and subway stations are generally available 24 hours. US Dollars are an accepted form of foreign currency and can be used as US Dollars in the areas around the American Military bases in South Korea.

Time

Local time is GMT +9.

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