Rank: Top 1000
Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: Republic of Korea
Jongmyo is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. Dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), the shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century and houses tablets bearing the teachings of members of the former royal family. Ritual ceremonies linking music, song and dance still take place there, perpetuating a tradition that goes back to the 14th century.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Jongmyo Shrine", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.