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
    ㆍ The place next to Daehanmun Square
      (until the completion of the construction of Deoksugung Place Daehanmunwoldae)
    ㆍ Reduce it twice every day(11:00 / 14:00)
    ㆍ Ticketing is not necessary to see the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony.
    ㆍ The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is an event that takes place outside of the main gate and so can be viewed without purchasing a ticket to Deoksugung Palace. It should be noted that tickets scanned on the ticket reader at the main gate are non-refundable.
    ※ The event may be canceled due to rallies or weather conditions without prior notice.
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