Archive for Joseon Dynasty

The Story of King Sejong

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by Lydia


“The people are the root of a country and food is the sky.”
Look at the above photo! He’s actually one of the most respected heroes of Korea, the Great King Sejong! It’s safe to say he actually accomplished renaissance of Joseon Dynasty by developing promulgation of Hangeul(Korean Alphabet), science technology, culture and arts, military affairs, diplomacy, agriculture and astronomy on the base of love of people!

From now on, I’ll show you the exhibition, “The Story of King Sejong” which is being held at the center of downtown Seoul! I’m sure that this exhibition will be committed to the place for communication and unification to admire achievements of King Sejong and be revived as the spirit of the times for Koreans. And for Foreigners, this will be nice chance to learn about Korean hero.

This is overall view of the exhibition hall. This exhibition consists of 8 parts – Sejong as a Man, Ideology Focused on the People, Creation of Hangeul, Science and Art, Sejong’s Millitary Policy, Sejong the Great King, Garden for Communication, Seoul New Light.














*Tour Information For You
Hours:Tuesday -Sunday 10:30 ~ 22:30(Closed on Mondays)
Main No.: 02-399-1114
Location/Address: The Gwanghwamun Square 81-3, Sejong-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul Korea
You can get more info. at
http://www.sejongpac.or.kr
Enjoy~

Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guard

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by Lydia

This is Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guard!

During the Joseon Dynasty period, a government office called Sumunjang was in charge of the gates of the palace. It was responsible for inspecting passers-by and keeping public order during the opening and closing ceremonies of the city gates.

And there are 7 program sequence of the changing ceremony of the royal guard- Granting a military password, Password check, First drum, Second drum, Third drum, Yepil(Announcement of the ending of the ceremony) and Patrol.

You can enjoy this show in front of Daehanmun, main gate of Deoksugung palace~

Lift the veil of Deoksugung

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by Lydia

건물 덕수궁
Lift the veil of Deoksugung
By Gim Hyeon-jeong
Thousands of people from all over the nation were in flood at Deoksugung to see its amazing sceneries on 24 October 2009. What makes them take visits to the palace? Well, the palace located in the heart of Seoul not only has much to offer in terms of tourist attractions- breathtaking showcases and the historical monuments of the Joseon Dynasty-, also has mysterious appeals.

“It is better to try to work with, rather than against, Mother Nature.” This is the main idea of the palace and Korean ancestors. It is believed that he(the ancestor) actually was the first person to put forth the concept of conservation, that man should live in harmony with nature. Their thought was reflected in Deoksugung very well. Danchong, a picture of various colors, has every colors of the Great Earth. And Bush(whose pronunciation is same with the vice President of the United States) is a kind of net which prevents birds from being killed by big snakes.
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And today, Seoul is stepping up efforts to get successful combination view of old and new. There are rows of tall buildings stand as certificate of the advances made in the modern world in the background of the palace.
덕수궁21 석조전도로05But these are not all of it. Behind this gorgeous looks, Deoksugung has long been stood the trials. That’s the reason why the palace looked kind of puzzled.

A peep in to its checked history says that it was originally the residence of Prince Wolsan, the elder brother of King Seongjong. However, after the palaces in the capital were collapsed by fire during the Japanese invasion of 1592, King Seonjo moved here and used it as his place temporarily.

In its heyday, it is said that it was a huge complex, three times the size it is today. But when Emperor Gojong threw off the throne in 1907, its status was downgraded to a residence. And after Gojong died in 1919, most of the remaining buildings were removed and the land was redeveloped as a public park. And during the Japanese occupation, it suffered so much alteration that its original form is nearly impossible to discern.

However, it is said that It served as the symbolic heart of Korea through several national crises, including the Japanese invasion of 1592 and the tumultuous closing years of the Great Han Empire.
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Gyeongbokgung(Palace) 03

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2009 by Lydia

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석수(石獸): a stone image of an animal
(as the guardian of palace against fire)

Gyeongbokgung(Palace) 02

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by Lydia

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Gyeongbokgung(Palace)
“It is better to try to work with, rather than against, Mother Nature.”

Gyeongbokgung(Palace)

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by Lydia

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Danchong, a picture of various colors, has every colors of the Great Earth.