Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)

  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)

Explanation

Deoksugung Palace has held a guard-changing ceremony since 1996 after thorough historical research by leading historians. The ceremony, which is held in front of the Daehanmun Gate of Deoksugung Palace, is a tradition similar to the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and offers a rare opportunity to experience royal culture. The royal gate is opened and closed at pre-determined times, and the gatekeepers in charge of guard duty and patrols hold a shift ceremony three times a day.

The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a highly recommended event for tourists. It is held three times a day in, with each ceremony following the same procedure and lasts for forty minutes to an hour, and the ceremony is free of charge. There are no ceremonies on Mondays as well as on severely cold or hot days.

As the ceremony begins, the changing of the guards commences replete with traditional musical instruments, and exchanges a password for verification. An eight-minute guard ceremony ensues, followed by a seven-minute change ceremony, and finally a patrol that completes the ceremony. The procedure takes a dramatic turn when 18 guards in six official positions beat a drum and bellow some orders.

The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene. Be sure to bring a camera. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a pleasure to view. While you cannot take pictures with the guards during the changing of guards, you can take a background picture of the guards and palace. You can also take photographs with the gatekeepers after the ceremony is over. Visit the palace and enjoy the beauty of Korean palaces following the ceremony.


Inquiry

Deoksugung Palace • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-120


Homepage

www.deoksugung.go.kr


Information Use

Event Start Date : 2020년 01월 01일

Event end date : 2020년 12월 31일

Watching age : Open to visitors of all ages

Venue : Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace

Venue Locator : [Subway]
City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2.
Go straight 100 m to arrive at Daehanmun Gate on the right.

Show time : 11:00-11:40 / 14:00-14:40 / 15:30-16:30
* No performance on Mondays

Touring Time : 30 minutes

Organizer info : Deoksugung Palace

Contact the organizer : • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-120

Sponsor Contacts : +82-2-120

Charges (Hours) : Free


More information

Introduction
Deoksugung Palace has held a guard-changing ceremony since 1996 after thorough historical research by leading historians. The ceremony, which is held in front of the Daehanmun Gate of Deoksugung Palace, is a tradition similar to the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and offers a rare opportunity to experience royal culture. The royal gate is opened and closed at pre-determined times, and the gatekeepers in charge of guard duty and patrols hold a shift ceremony three times a day.

The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a highly recommended event for tourists. It is held three times a day in, with each ceremony following the same procedure and lasts for forty minutes to an hour, and the ceremony is free of charge. There are no ceremonies on Mondays as well as on severely cold or hot days.

As the ceremony begins, the changing of the guards commences replete with traditional musical instruments, and exchanges a password for verification. An eight-minute guard ceremony ensues, followed by a seven-minute change ceremony, and finally a patrol that completes the ceremony. The procedure takes a dramatic turn when 18 guards in six official positions beat a drum and bellow some orders.

The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene. Be sure to bring a camera. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a pleasure to view. While you cannot take pictures with the guards during the changing of guards, you can take a background picture of the guards and palace. You can also take photographs with the gatekeepers after the ceremony is over. Visit the palace and enjoy the beauty of Korean palaces following the ceremony.

Location

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul