Jongmyo Daeje, a ceremony honoring the past kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty (1392 -1910), will take place on May 6th at Jongmyo Shrine in Jongno-gu, Seoul.
The ceremony will begin with a royal procession called Eogahaengnyeol (“eoga” referring to a royal carriage and “haengnyeol”, a parade), which reenacts the Joseon kings’ parades to Jongmyo Shrine. The procession will be followed by royal ancestral rites at Yeongnyeongjeon (Hall of Eternal Peace), where the spirit tablets of former kings and queens are enshrined. The ceremony will come to an end with rites at Jeongjeon (Main Hall). Throughout the Jongmyo Daeje ceremony, each of the ritual procedures is accompanied by Jongmyo Jeryeak (music performed to honor the accomplishments of former kings).
Recognized for great historical significance, Jongmyo Daeje and Jongmyo Jeryeak were inscribed as UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritages in 2011.
The ceremony is free and open to all visitors to Jongmyo Shrine.