[OCTOBER] The Exploration of the Hunmingeongun Manuscript and Jongmyo Shrine


The Exploration of the Hunmingeongun Manuscript and Jongmyo Shrine

UNESCO World Heritage: Hunminjeongum Manuscript & Jongmyo Shrine

Date: October 6(Sat). 2018

Location: Seoul City

– Contents:
National Hangeul Museum
1) The Hunminjeongeum Manuscript woodblock printing activity
2) Hangeul Calligraphy activity
Jongmyo Shrine
1) UNESCO Cultural Heritage, Jongmyo Shrine Tour   with a cultural interpreter


Time Content
09:40 ∙ Meeting and departure
10:00~11:00 ∙ National Hangeul Museum Exhibition Tour
11:00~12:00 ∙ Hangeul Family Festival

∙ Hunmin Chongum Manuscript & Yongbieocheonga woodblock printing

∙ ‘손멋글씨’ calligrapher handwriting Experience

12:00~12:40 National Hangeul Museum -> Restaurant
12:40~13:40 ∙ Lunch (Insadong Yeojaman: Korean Table d’hote)
13:40~13:50 ∙ Restaurant -> Eorayeon Experience Center
14:00~15:00 ∙ Calligraphy experience
15:00~15:10 Eorayeon Experience Center -> Jongmyo Shrine
15:10~16:00 ∙ Jongmyo Shrine tour




훈민정음 해례본 (Hunminjeongum Manuscript)
The manuscript published in the ninth lunar month of 1446, contains the promulgation by Sejong the Great, the fourth king of the Choson Dynasty (reigned 1418-1450), of the Korean alphabet of the same name, now called han-gul, the development of which he completed in 1443. It also contains the Haerye, or Commentaries, later explanations and examples by scholars of the Hall of Worthies, including Chong In-J’is So, or Postface. This edition is therefore often referred to as the Haerye Edition of Hunminjeongum or Hunmin Chongun. It is kept by the Kansong Art Museum.


종묘 (Jongmyo Shrine)
Jongmyo is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. Dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), the shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century and houses tablets bearing the teachings of members of the former royal family. Ritual ceremonies linking music, song and dance still take place there, perpetuating a tradition that goes back to the 14th century.

Jongmyo is a shrine housing the spirit tablets of the former kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. The shrine is a symbolic structure that conveys the legitimacy of the royal family, where the king visited regularly to participate in the ancestral rites to wish for the safety and security of the people and state. Jongmyo is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal ancestral shrines, with a unique spatial layout that has been preserved in its entirety. It was originally built in the late 14th century, but was destroyed during the Japanese invasion during the 16th century, and was rebuilt in the early 17th century with a few expansions made to the buildings thereafter.

Traditions of ancestral worship rites – Jongmyo Jerye, are still carried out, together with the accompanying ritual music and dance performance. Construction and management of Jongmyo, and the operations of Jongmyo Jerye rituals, are all meticulously recorded in the royal protocols of the Joseon Dynasty.