Tour Seonjeongneung, a tranquil, park-like setting in Gangnam. The royal tombs of Joseon King Seongjong, Queen Jeonghyun and King Joongjong are located here. Our tour leader will share stories about these royals and the memorial rituals conducted in their honor. He will also explain the significance of the sacrificial buildings, paths, statues and tomb construction devised to guide the spirit of the deceased to the tomb and to facilitate ancestral worship. This site was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009.
After the tour through the royal burial sites, we will watch a reenactment of the ancestral rites. The rites were conducted to worship the late kings and queens and to reinforce the Confucian link between ancestors and descendants. The dance rites and court music (ilmoo and jongmyo jaeraek) were performed in front of the sacrificial buildings. They were designated as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001. The performance lasts about one hour.
This event is led by the Korean Heritage Society and sponsored by the Seoul City Metropolitan Government.
Tour Guide: Ha-kyung Choi
Ha-kyung Choi is a President and Chairman of The Korea Heritage Society. He graduated from Seoul National University and lived many years in Great Britain, Germany, India and the USA. He is an experienced tour guide after his retirement from a major Korean corporation and enjoys sharing his insight into Korean life, culture and heritage with enthusiastic foreigners.
Participants: Minimum 15 – maximum 20
Cost: Members free, Non-Members KRW 10,000
For SIWA Welfare Fund