The Deoksugung Palace Royal Changing of the Guard Ceremony Reopens

By 1 December 2020December 16th, 2020Latest news

The Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony has reopened on October 20, after being canceled for eight months since February due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Sunra Parade that consists of approximately 30 marching soldiers has also resumed.

The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is held from Tuesdays to Sundays, three times a day (11:00, 14:00, 15:30), and the Sunra Parade takes place once a day after the 11:00 Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony.

During the Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony, the gatekeepers in charge of guard duty and patrols hold a shift ceremony, a tradition that started in 1996. This event is a representative attraction that shares the history in Seoul to international visitors and Koreans alike.

The Sunra Parade has expanded to Sungnyemun Gate, Gwanghwamun Square, Seoullo 7017, and Saejong-daero. However, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, the parade is limited to a maximum of 100 participants.

Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony at Deoksugung Palace Reopens

  • Period: October 20, 2020 ~ ongoing
  • Schedule
    • Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony: Tuesday-Sunday 3 times a day (11:00, 14:00,15:30)
    • Sunra Parade: Once a day after the 11:00 Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony
  • Locations
    • Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony: In front of Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace
    • Sunra Parade: Sungnyemun Gate (Tuesdays & Sundays), Gwanghwamun Square (Wednesdays), Seoullo 7017 (Thursdays), Cheonggye Square (Fridays), Namdaemun Market (Saturdays)
    • Sunra Parade starts at Daehanmun Gate and is followed by Chwitadae (Marching Band) performance at each venue
  • Fee: Free
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