Tourist Attractions per Theme

Heritage Namhansanseong

WriterAdministratorDate12/20/2019

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  • Location

    Gwangju

  • Address

    731, Namhansanseong-ro, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do

Haenggung: King’s temporary shelter
  • Namhansanseong Fortress is where King Injo of Joseon Dynasty took refuge away from the 1936 invasion of the army of the Qing Dynasty before eventually giving in to the attackers. Today, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, and its outstanding universal value is recognized globally. One of the places that embody the excellency of Namhansanseong is the haenggung. A haenggung refers to a place where a king temporarily stays during his trip to outside the palace in Seoul.

    There are some 20 haenggungs spread in Korea, but the one in Namhansanseong is the only place with jongmyo (royal ancestral shrine) and sajik (altar), which represent the royal family and the nation. It suggests that the site played the role of a provisional capital during state emergencies or wartimes.

  • To find out more about the fortress and the king’s temporary shelter, join the commentary tour, which takes place every day in Korean and on weekends and public holidays in English. Check the schedule of the free tour at the ticket booth.

    Inside the haenggung, different experience programs are held as well: permanent ones including a traditional tea tasting program (charged); a bracelet crafting program (charged); and a Joseon Dynasty’s royal costume experience program (free of charge) as well as seasonal programs that vary by month.