Jongmyo Jaerye ceremony

Jongmyo Shrine was a place of worship for Joeseon Dynasty kings. Jongmyo Jaerye, a memorial service, is believed to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world. The ceremony is designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The Jaerye ceremony was performed when the seasons changed and was also performed during the 12th month of the lunar year. The ceremony was discontinued during the Japanese occupation of Korea, but now the ceremony is performed on the first Sunday of May.


Popular nearby, compatible sites for a private tour in Seoul:

Insadong Street

Changdeokgung Palace

Bukchon Hanok Village

Jogyesa Temple



157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 종로 157 (훈정동)


Closed on Tuesdays

Operating Hours 

09:00-18:00 (February-May) (September – October) / 09:00-18:30 (June – August)
09:00-17:30 (November – January)
*Last Admission: 1 hour before closing


Admission Fees 
Adults (ages 19 and over): 1,000 won / Youth (ages 7-18): 500 won