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The Opening and Closing of the Royal Palace Gates and Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies (수문장 교대의식)
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01.01.2012 ~ 12.31.2013  
Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun area
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-3210-1645~6 (Korean)
Sponsors / Management
Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation /
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.
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
Royal Clothes Experience
Location: Beodeul Maru (버들마루) located across from Sujeongjeon (수정전) in Gyeongbokgung Palace
Operating hours:
March-October: 10:00-16:30
November-February: 10:00-16:00
(Rest hours: 12:30-13:00 / Closed on Tuesdays)

* King's and Queen's Royal Clothes Experience
Reservations should be made at least 2 days in advance.
Inquiries: +82-2-3210-1648 / Online Application
Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2.
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