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Palace Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (수문장 교대의식)

  • Palace Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (수문장 교대의식)
  • Period 01.01.2021 ~ 12.31.2021 Finished
  • Address 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)
  • Location Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun area
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In the Joseon dynasty, the royal guards of the palace were gatekeepers who were responsible for guarding the the main gates of Gyeongbokgung Palace as well as the main gates of the city such as Heunginjimun Gate and Sungnyemun Gate. The royal guards worked in shift duties and were in charge of opening and closing Gwanghwamun Gate. Before the royal guard system was enforced in 1469, the palace gates were protected by soldiers of the central army. The Palace Royal Guard Changing Ceremony held at Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Gwanghwamun area reenacts the guard-changing procedure that took place during the Joseon dynasty, along with the reproduction of costumes and weapons, based on historical records.

Refer to the official website

Performance Times
[Royal Guard Changing Ceremony]
10:00, 14:00 / 20 minutes per ceremony

[Ceremony of Guarding Gwanghwamun Gate]
11:00, 13:00 / 10 minutes per ceremony

[Public Training of the Royal Guard Soldiers]
* Held outside Hyeopsaengmun Gate
09:35, 13:35 / 15 minutes per ceremony

* Schedule is subject to change; refer to the official website for details.
* Events may be canceled in the case of rain.

Admission/Participation Fees

Duration of Performance
Varies by performance

Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages

Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2.


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