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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Part VII: Bongsudang Hall (Bleach? You bet it.)

Bongsudang Hall (Hanja: 奉壽堂), also known as Jangnamheon (Hangul/Hanja: 장남헌/張南軒), was used as a royal audience chamber. In 1795, 60th birthday anniversary celebration Princess Hong (Posthumous Queen Heon-gyeong - mother of King Jeongjo the Great and consort of Crown Prince Sado a.k.a Posthumous King Jangjo) was held at Jangnamheon. At that time, King Jeongjo the Great ordered its name to be changed to Bongsudang, which means ‘long-lasting health’.

Wooden framework construction was completed in August 19, 1789 and the entire construction process was finished in September 25. It was restored in 1997 after being destroyed during the Japanese colonization.

After celebrating Princess’ 60th birthday, King Jeongjo ordered Bongsudang to be well preserved so to hold Princess Hong’s 70th birthday anniversary 9 years later. Birthday banquets were the biggest royal event during the Joseon Dynasty in which royal family relatives and servants and many others participated.

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