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Jongmyo (Chongymo) Royal Shrine | Seoul | South 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. The main hall is the longest building in Korea of traditional design.

 

Scan from 35mm film negative.

 

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Taken on February 28, 2004