The Cultural Heritage Administration said that it will open palaces and royal tombs free of charge on March 1 to commemorate this year’s 100th anniversary of the March 1st Movement and hold various memorial events.
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According to the Cultural Heritage Administration, the free opening of palaces and royal tombs is the first time that the palace and royal tombs will be opened to the public free of charge on March 1, including Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of Joseon (including the Royal Tomb of King Sejong) will be opened to the public free of charge on March 1.
Also, a construction event called “Finding the Placement of Gwangmyeongmun in Deoksugung Palace,” which began in June last year, will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Deoksugung Palace. Deoksugung Palace (called as Gyeongungung Palace at that time) was the place where King Gojong declared the establishment of the Korean Empire in 1897, and was the starting point of King Gojong’s procession, which passed away in Hamnyeongjeon, Deoksugung Palace, in January 1919, to go to Hongneung, Namyangju, and the place where the painful history of the modern turbulent times was preserved.
The event is a meaningful occasion to commemorate the first time in 80 years by the efforts of the Cultural Heritage Administration, which had been distorted and transformed by the Japanese colonial period.
Meanwhile, at Daehanmun Gate of Deoksugung Palace, you can watch “The Emblem of Emperor Gojong 100 years ago,” co-hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The event was a national funeral of King Gojong, who was the catalyst for the March 1 Independence Movement and the establishment of the Korean government in Korea. It symbolized the image of King Gojong’s carp by wrapping a white cloth around Daehanmun Gate and Stone Wall Road of Deoksugung Palace. It will be open until March 5.
On March 1, the Cultural Heritage Administration shared various events with the people along with the opening of the royal palace and royal tombs for free, and said, “I hope you will remember the cries of independence that covered the land 100 years ago, and that you will remember the desperate wishes of independence fighters who were willing to die for today’s dignity and freedom.”
Source: Cultural Heritage Administration