Suwon-si and Hwaseong-si in Gyeonggi-do, Seoul will host “King Jeongjo’s Royal Parade” from October 5-6, 2019. This event will be the nation’s largest royal parade that reenacts the entire 1795 Eulmyonyun Hwaseong Procession from Changdeokgung Palace to Yungneung Royal Tomb.
The reenactments of King Jeongjo’s Royal Parade began in a section of Suwon (8 km.) in Suwon-si in 1996. Starting in 2016, Seoul began participating in this event, reenacting the section from Changdeokgung Palace to Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon. In 2017, Hwaseong-si also began participating to perfectly reenact the entire section to the Yungneung Royal Tomb, and Gyeonggi-do Province also started participating in 2018, presenting a successful joint, local government festival.
The 59-km royal parade with participation of a total of 5,043 individuals and 552 horses is scheduled to progress with a reenactment by Seoul from Changdeokgung Palace to the Siheung Temporary Palace, followed by progression by Suwon-si and Hwaseong-si through the Gyeonggi-do section.
For the reenactment of King Jeongjo’s Royal Parade together with citizens, the main roles of King Jeongjo and Lady Hyegyeong were selected through public participation. This year, participation in the parade group of citizens largely expanded to 340 citizens in the ▴actual parade, ▴the Festival Parade, and the ▴Parade for the Success of the 100th National Sports Festival.
There will be various citizen-participatory events at the main stops of Changdeokgung Palace, Baedari, Nodeulseom Island, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, and Yungneung Royal Tomb such as the ▴citizen Baedari experience, ▴food market, ▴King Jeongjo thematic exhibition, ▴traditional and cultural performances, and more.
The citizen Baedari experience will take place on October 5 (10:00-16:00). Participants can take the stairs or elevator of the Hangangdaegyo Bridge Café Rio and Café Nodeul, using the Baedari to enter Nodeulseom Island. All other entrances to the event venue via Nodeulseom Island will be closed.
The Baedari experience will come to a close at 16:00. Because the Baedari and all traffic on Nodeulseom Island will be blocked thereafter, participants must leave Nodeulseom Island before 16:00. Viewing of the 2019 Seoul International Fireworks Festival from Nodeulseom Island will not be permitted due to safety issues. However, the Baedari will be open from 11:00-17:00 on the 6th.
Traffic control will be conducted for a smooth operation of King Jeongjo’s Royal Parade, so traffic congestion is expected in some sections of Seoul, Suwon, and Hwaseong on the day of the event. Traffic control and detour signs will be set up around the controlled areas, banners will be installed, and traffic police and model drivers will be stationed for vehicle detour guidance and traffic control. Bus routes in the controlled sections will be temporarily rearranged.
Inquiries: King Jeongjo’s Royal Parade 2019 Seoul Management Office (82-2-786-0610), King Jeongjo’s Royal Parade website (https://www.kingjeongjo-parade.kr/)
|Palace-Exiting Ceremony at Changdeokgung Palace *2017 photo||Baedari *2017 photo|
|King Jeongjo’s entrance into Suwon||Receiving King Jeongjo by Suwon Yusu (Governor)|
|Night Training||Parade in Hwaseong|