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Friday, 21 February 2014

Inside Gyeonghuigung, Part II: Taeryeongjeon Hall

Not much is known about the original purpose of Taeryeongjeon Hall (Hanja: 泰寧殿). What is known is that it once held the portrait of King Yeongjo, and so it might have been used as a place that symbolized royal dignity. In 1744 (the 20th year of King Yeongjo’s reign), a renovation was undertaken and the king’s portrait was given a special place of its own. 

Although the building was completely removed by the Imperial Japan, it was restored back in 2000 with a five-sectioned front and two-sectioned sides based on what the Seogwoldoan (sketches of the western palace) describes. The hanging tablet in front was created by aggregating the letters of Han Seok-bong.

Taekwondo in Gyeonghui Palace
Taekwondo Cultural Performance, which made a lasting impression with 16,000 spectators last year, also attracts the eyes of visitors to Gyeonghui Palace from home and abroad.

Taekwondo Cultural Performance, started in 2007 by Seoul Metropolitan Government to globalize Taekwondo and to attract tourists, is held at the front yard of Sungjeongmun of Gyeonghuigung (Palace), at 2 o’clock in the afternoon for an hour on every Wednesday and Saturday.

Taekwondo Experiential Program, held at the front yard of Taeryeongjeon Hall, Gyeonghui Palace, is targeted to tourists and foreign residents in Korea. The program is led by a certified Taekwondo instructor who can speak English featuring a program of wearing uniform, basic postures, art of self-defense and board-breaking.

This Taekwondo program was held 113 times in 2009 and attended by 1692 foreign visitors. Among the participants, Chinese accounted for 803, ranked first, and followed by 559 Americans, and 150 Japanese. Reservations are available at the program website (www.taekwonseoul.org).