This is finally my first post really about Korea ^^
As I had said before, I was going to participate as a Global Supporter for the Royal Palace Culture Festival in 2015. This year, for the first time, the organizing committee wanted to include global volunteers to help with the event to improve multicultural integration. Unfortunately, the schedule for the event was too demanding for my busy live, but still, I am definitely going to attend the event and see several of the workshops and performances that will be offered throughout the festival (May 2nd-10th).
Since there’s not much information in English about this event on the Internet, I thought of compiling the most important activities and happenings in a blog post. When I go to see it myself, I will update this post with some pictures and personal experiences, so stay tuned! ^^
ROYAL PALACE CULTURE FESTIVAL 2015
Under the title “Today, We Meet the Palace”, the 2015 edition of the culture festival will take place between May 2nd and 10th, after an evening opening ceremony on May 1st reserved only for VIPs. On the following days, every palace will offer different cultural experiences to bring the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1010) back to the present.
- Dates: May 2nd~10th (almost all day long, depending on the activity)
- Place: Gyeongbok-gung, Changdeok-gung, Changgyeong-gung, Deoksu-gung) and Jongmyo Shrine
- Gyeongbokgung: Gyeongbokgung station (line 3 – orange) exit 5 or Gwanghwamun station (line 5 – purple) exit 2
- Changdeokgung: Jongno-3(sam)-ga station (line 1 – blue, line 3 – orange and line 5 – purple) exit 6 + 10min walk or Anguk station (line 3 – orange) exit 3 + 5min walk
- Changgyeonggung: Hyehwa station (line 4 – sky blue) exit 3 + walk
- Deoksugung: City Hall station (line 1 – blue) exit 2
- Jongmyo Shrine: Jongno-3(sam)-ga station (line 1 – blue, line 3 – orange and line 5 – purple) exit 8 or 11 + 10min walk
These palaces are all more or less in the same area and some are walkable distance from each other. Otherwise, you can always take buses or taxis, they won’t cost much.
ACTIVITIES DETAILED INFORMATION:
Gyeonbokgung will offer diverse royal ceremonies at the Sojubang (royal court kitchen), that has been restored and re opens to the public during the festival. At night, the facade of the Gwanghwamun Gate will become a spectacular multimedia screen.
NOTE: for those of you who know foreigners that are being Global Supporters, note down these 2 events as well, you might see them dancing 😉 There will be a flasmob on May 3rd (sunday) at 4pm and a 강강술래 performance on May 5th at 8pm, both at the Gyeongbokgung. Go early to secure a good spot and cheer for them!
- 복식체험 Royal Costume experience from the Joseon dynasty (흥례문 광장, everyday from 10:00~17:00)
- 다례체험 Tea ceremony (자경전, May 3rd~10th at 13:00 for online reservations and at 14:00 for on-site registrations)
- 용비어천가 Yongbieocheonga performance “Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven” (흥례문 광장, everyday at 20:00
- 고궁에서 우리음악 듣기 Music concert (수정전, everyday at 20:00)
- 소주방 개관식 Sojubang opening ceremony (소주방, may 2nd at 14:00)
- 소주방 특별행사 Sojubang special events (May 4th~10th)
- 미디어파사드 (흥례문 광장, everyday at 21:00 and 21:30)
- 수문장 교대의식
Changdeokgung’s activities will be more related to nature, like morning strolls where visitors will enjoy the traditional vocal music “jeongga” and some story-telling of the love story between a King and a Royal Noble consort.
- 테마가 있는 창덕궁 아침산책 Morning stroll (낙선재 및 후원, May 4th~8th at 9:30. Limited to 30 people per session with an entry fee of 13,000won. Tickets open for sale on April 22nd)
- 후원에서 한 권의 책
- 창덕궁 「새로 보기」“후원몽(後苑夢)”
- 장용영 수위의식
- 창덕궁 연가 Changdeokgung Love song (낙선재 및 부용지, May 7th~9th at 19:30 and 20:20. Limited to 120 people per session with an entry fee of 20,000won. Tickets open for sale on April 22nd)
Changgyeonggung will show how life was at the royal palace with a large-scale reenactment of a day during King Yeongjo’s reign (1750).Citizens can pre-register and participate in the show.
- 국민 참여 프로젝트 Time travel to Year 1759: Large-scale reenactment of a day in 1750 (May 5th from 9:00~18:00)
- 궁궐의 일상을 걷다 Walking the daily life of palace (A walk at the palace): tour with professional actors (일원, everyday except on May 5th, at 13:30 and 14:30)
- 춘당지 소리풍경 (춘당지, everyday from 19:00~22:00)
- 그림자극 공연 Shadow Play performance (통명전, everyday at 19:30 and 20:30)
Deoksugung will open a street cafe called “Korean Empire & Gabicha” in tribute to King Gojong, the first who tried coffee in Korea. There, visitors can sit and drink some coffee or see events of old royal banquets.
- 대한제국과 가비차 Gabicha: an outdoor cafe with night concerts and other performances (덕수궁 일원, everyday from 13:00 ~ 21:00; night performances by the fountain from 19:30 to 20:30) *On Children’s day, there will be a special event for children*
- 대한제국 외국공사 접견례 Korean Empire’s reception reenactment (정관헌, May 9th & 10th at 14:30 and 16:00)
- 중요무형문화재 합동공개행사 Walking on a rope (덕수궁 함녕전.덕홍전 앞, from may 6th~10th at 16:00)
- 덕수궁 풍류 Palace music (정관헌, different performances from May 4th ~ 8th at 19:00)
The shrine will offer some royal rituals such as ritual music and memorial rites.
- 이야기가 있는 종묘제례악 Story: Royal Ancestors memorial services (종묘 정전, May 9th at 10:00)
- 이야기가 있는 ‘묘현례’ Story of Myo Hyun Rye: revival of religious rituals by the Royal family. (종묘 일원, May 8th~10th at 14:00)
- 종묘대제 The great religious service at the ancestral Jongmyo shrine (종묘 일원, May 3rd from 11:30~19:00)
- 인문학 특강 ‘종묘스토리’ 5월 Humanities special lecture: Royal Ancestors Shrine story (종묘 악공청, May 4th~8th at 15:00)
- 종묘제례악 공연 Traditional music performance (종묘 정전, May 8th & 9th at 20:00)
*Disclaimer: I tried my best translating the official website as original result. These pictures are from the website, I do not own them, and I just use them to promote their festival. Events may change depending on the management of the festival.
Come enjoy the festival! 😀