Changing Ceremony of the Royal guards

What is the Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guards?
    There is no record of the item “Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guards” in the Codes of Law such as the Kyeonggook-daejeon from the Joseon Dynasty period. However, records of the command structure of the guards and the organization remain. Based on the historical records of the opening and closing ceremonies of the royal palace and the city gates, the royal guards’ gate keeping ceremony, and the patrol ceremony, this reenacted ceremony was named as Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guards and has been performed since 1996. During the Joseon Dynasty period, a government office called Sumunjang, located at Jong 6 Pum post, was placed in charge of the gates of the palace. Along with Chamha, Sumungun, etc., it was also responsible for inspecting passengers-by and keeping public order during the opening and closing ceremonies of the city gates.
Event schedule
  • Date Daily [except Mondays]
  • Venue and time Deoksugung Daehanmun
    ㆍ Changing ceremony 11:00(1st Time) / 14:00(2nd Time) / 15:30(3rd Time)
    ㆍ Patrol ceremony
      11:25~12:15(Deoksugung Daehanmun ? Sungnyemun ? Namdaemun Market)
      15:50~16:00(Deoksugung Daehanmun ? seoul square)
    ※ The schedule is subject to change.
    ★ Due to the rally in front of Daehanmun(the main gate of Deoksugung) on every Saturday, 14:00(2nd Time),
    15:30(3rd Time) schedule of the Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guards could be cancelled except 11:00(1st Time) ceremony.
    11:00 time ceremony is performed as usual.
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