Confucianism teaches that the capital must have a palace, a shrine for gods, and a shrine for ancestors. Built during the reign of King Taejo in 1394, Jongmyo종묘 is the shrine for ancestors, holding memorial services for the past kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. The building has many rooms with preserving tablets of the kings and queens. Through the expansion until 1450, the number of rooms became 19. Jongmyo was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995.
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