Photo: Geunjeongjeon Hall in Gyeongbokgung Palace
In celebration of the Chuseok holiday period from September 12 to 15, special events will be held at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, and Yeongneung & Nyeongneung Royal Tombs. The aforementioned attractions, along with Jongmyo Shrine, will also allow free admission to all visitors during the Chuseok holidays. Take note that the Changdeokgung Huwon Garden tour and special evening admissions held at Changdeokgung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace are exempt from the event.
Gyeongbokgung Palace will host a “royal concert” featuring daechwita (traditional Korean military music) and pungmul (traditional Korean percussion music) performances, whereas Changdeokgung Palace will offer a more active entertainment with Bongsan talchum (mask dance), jultagi (tightrope walking) and a pungmul gut demonstration, a traditional exorcism ceremony held to chase away evil spirits and bring good fortune.
Changgyeonggung Palace’s Chuseok event will be held in the evening, entertaining nighttime visitors with royal court music and dance, along with a photo zone decorated with a full moon structure that is 3 meters in diameter. At Deoskugung Palace, graceful taepyeongmu (traditional dance for peace), salpuri (type of exorcism) dance, and seungmu (Buddhist monk dance) performances will leave the audience in awe. Additional events are also planned, notably the reenactment of King Gojong’s diplomatic reception during the Korean Empire.
For visitors who want to venture out of Seoul, Yeongneung & Nyeongneung Royal Tombs in Yeoju will be hosting traditional Korean folk games. As event schedules may change, visitors are advised to check in advance.
Information courtesy of Cultural Heritage Foundation