A couple minutes walking from the Exit 2 City Hall Subway Station, finally I stood in front of the Daehanmun Gate of Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. Deoksugung Palace is one of the places where the ceremony of changing Royal Guards will be held first at 11.00 AM. Arrived too early, I preferred to wait the ceremony before exploring the palace, behind the front gate.
The ceremony of Changing Royal Guards in Deoksugung which is similar to the process at Buckingham Palace in London, was re-established in 1996 after extensive and thorough research by Korean historians.
The ceremony lasts for 30 minutes and always follows the standard rules. Beginning with traditional musical accompaniment, wearing beautifully coloured costumes, the royal guard troops walk in neat rows then the new commander will meet to the other commander who was on-duty to exchange passwords and keys as verification and to ensure the authenticity of the assignment. Then proceed with the changing of the guards position and followed by the rest of troops.
Being there, without any knowledge of the stages and story behind the ceremony of changing royal guards, I had to admit that the ceremony was very interesting because of the beautiful colours of their traditional costumes.
Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, South Korea can be reached by taking Subway Line 1 from Seoul Station and get off at City Hall, Exit-2. The signage of direction is clear in English and Hangeul. The schedule of ceremony: 11.00, 14:00 and 15:30