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Traditional Culture Activity Programs at the Major Palaces in Downtown Seoul

Traditional Culture Activity Programs at the Major Palaces in Downtown Seoul
Some of the major palaces located in downtown Seoul, such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, are offering various programs to visitors, such as the re-enactment of traditional ceremonies, taekwondo classes, and the chance to try on traditional costumes.  Make a visit to these important cultural sites and you won’t just see Seoul’s heritage, but you will be able to experience it.  
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Throughout the year visitors to Gyeongbokgung Palace can watch a reenactment of the historical “changing of the royal guards” ceremony, which is held at the Gwanghwamun and Heungnyemun plazas.  As well as this event, visitors can dress up in a traditional gatekeeper’s uniform or in royal court attire and take photographs in front of Gyeonghoeru, thought to be the most beautiful pavilion in Korea. 
Click here to read the “Gyeongbokgung Palace” Column
Traditional Culture Activity Programs at the Major Palaces in Downtown Seoul

* The Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony
 

The Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony

The royal guards of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) were in charge of protecting the gates of the capital city and the royal palace. The royal palace guards, who were known as the ‘Wanggung Sumunjang’, had the very important duty of protecting the king.  They were in charge of opening and closing the palace gates, inspecting all visitors, and maintaining a close surveillance of the palace.  They were divided into day and night shifts, and this ceremony used to take place every day when the shifts changed over.  The Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony now takes place daily all year long, excluding Tuesdays when the palace is closed.  The ceremony is reenacted exactly as it used to be held, with guards wearing the Joseon uniforms, carrying traditional weapons and playing instruments.  The ceremony takes place every hour on the hour from 10:00am to 3:00pm. 
 

☞ Period: All year long (excluding Tuesdays)
☞ Address: Gwanghwamun and Heungnyemun plazas in Gyeongbokgung palace
☞ Time: 10:00am ~ 3:00pm
☞ Travel Information: +82-2-1330 (English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Contact: Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation +82-2-3210-1645 (Korean, English)
☞ Homepage:  http://www.royalpalace.go.kr (Korean, English)
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Traditional Culture Activity Programs at the Major Palaces in Downtown Seoul
* Dress up in traditional Joseon costume

In front of the Gyeonghoeru pavilion, visitors to the palace are able to dress up in the uniforms of the royal guards and have their photo taken.  As well as the royal guard uniforms, Hanboks (traditional Korean clothing) have been specially prepared for children. Best of all, the program is completely free. 
 

☞ Period: On a daily basis throughout the year (excluding Tuesdays)
☞ Location: In front of Gyeonghoeru pavilion in Gyeongbokgung Palace
☞ Time: 9:30am ~ 5:00pm
☞ How to participate: Make a visit to the Gyeonghoeru pavilion.  Reservations are not necessary.
☞ Program Fee: Free
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Traditional Culture Activity Programs at the Major Palaces in Downtown Seoul

 

Traditional Culture Activity Programs at the Major Palaces in Downtown Seoul
Changgyeonggung Palace
Changyeonggung Palace
Every Sunday at 2pm from April to September, a ceremony at Changgyeonggung Palace reenacts the 50th birthday celebrations of King Yeong-jo of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). Visitors can also try on traditional royal palace attire and take photographs just like the program available at the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Traditional Culture Activity Programs at the Major Palaces in Downtown Seoul

* Royal Birthday Ceremony Reenactment
 

Royal Birthday Ceremony Reenactment

During the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) banquets would be held regularly at the royal court in order to create harmony in the nation. One such example is the Yangnoyeon (a banquet to respect the elderly royal court nobles). The ‘Eoyeon’ banquet, was a very special banquet as it was held in honor of the king. When the 21st Joseon king, King Yeong-jo, turned 50, he received a ‘Eoyeon’ birthday banquet from his royal subjects and then returned the favor by giving them a feast as well. This feast is reenacted at the Myeongjeongjeon area of Changgyeonggung palace, every Saturday at 2pm from April to September.
Click here to read the “Changgyeonggung Royal Birthday Ceremony Reenactment” news article

☞ Period: April 2009 ~ September 2009 (excluding the dates of July 13 ~ August 24)
☞ Location: Myeongjeongjeon area of Changgyeonggung Palace
☞ Time: Every Sunday 2:00pm
☞ Travel Information: +82-2-1330 (English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Contact: Changgyeonggung Palace +82-2-762-8515 (Korean, Japanese) / Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation +82-2-3210-1645 (Korean, English)
See a map of Changgyeonggung Palace (English)

Traditional Culture Activity Programs at the Major Palaces in Downtown Seoul
* Traditional Attire Wearing Experience

Just like at Gyeongbokgung palace, visitors to Changgyeonggung palace can also try on traditional royal guard uniforms and royal court costumes and take photographs. This program will continue as long as the ‘Royal Birthday Ceremony Reenactment’ takes place and is free of charge.
 

☞ Period: April 2009 ~ September 2009 (during the period of the ‘Royal Birthday Ceremony Reenactment’)
☞ Location: Myeongjeongjeon area of Changgyeonggung Palace
☞ Time: 2:00pm ~
☞ How to Participate: You can make a request to participate in the program at the location.
☞ Program Fee: Free
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Traditional Culture Activity Programs at the Major Palaces in Downtown Seoul
Date 04/01/2009



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