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The Opening and Closing of the Royal Palace Gates and Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies (수문장 교대의식)
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  • The Opening and Closing of the Royal Palace Gates and Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies (수문장 교대의식)
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Period
01.01.2014 ~ 12.31.2014
Address
161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)
Location
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun area
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-3210-1645 (Korean)
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Sponsors / Management
Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation /
Introduction
In ancient times, the royal guards of Joseon Dynasty performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. Since 1469, the ceremony has taken place and its record has been consulted for the present reenactment ceremony.

The reenactment of the original ceremony began from 1996. The gate guardsmen serve their sentry, perform the changing of the guards, and hold a parade. The guards' uniforms, weapons, and accessories as well as their strict ceremonial procedures catch the eyes of passersby, especially foreign tourists, when guardsmen perform the changing of guards in traditional costumes at the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul. Since it is hard to experience traditional events in such a big city like Seoul, citizens and tourist really enjoy and love it. It takes place every day except Tuesday.

Major Highlights: The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take lots of pictures. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a real pleasure to see. If you have some spare time to kill, make sure to visit the palace and enjoy the beauty of Korean palaces following the ceremony.
Programs
Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony:
10:00, 13:00, 15:00 / three times a day / 20 minutes per ceremony

Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance:
11:00, 14:00, 16:00 / three times a day / 10 minutes per ceremony

Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Military Training (outside Hyeopsaengmun Gate):
9:35 (15 minutes) / 12:35 (15 minutes) / before and after the Guard Changing Ceremony and the Guard-on-Duty Performance
※ Closed on Tuesdays
Performance Times
January 1-December 31 (Closed on Tuesdays)
Sumunjang(Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony
10:00, 13:00, 15:00 / three times a day / 20 minutes per ceremony
Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance
11:00, 14:00, 16:00 / three times a day / 10 minutes per ceremony
Additional Events
Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Costume Experience
(1) Venue: Sumunjangcheong Building
(2) Time: before and after the Guard Changing Ceremony and the Guard-on-Duty Performance (closed on Tuesdays)
(3) Inquiries: 02-3210-1645~6
※ Reservation required for the king or queen’s costume.
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages
Transportation
Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2.
Homepage
www.chf.or.kr (Korean, English)



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