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Cultural Heritage Administration enabling people to enjoy cultural heritage sites virtually Updated: 2020-09-12 16:38:39 KST

It isn't real, but it feels like I'm actually standing in front of Junghwajeon Hall at Deoksugung Palace.
For history lovers who have been unable to enjoy royal palaces of the Joseon Dynasty due to the pandemic, the Cultural Heritage Administration and SK Telecom have come together to put on virtual tours.
Through the application 'Jump VR', which uses 360-degree virtual reality technology', people can wander around Deoksugung Palace.

"In the COVID-19 era when we cannot visit places in person, VR lets us bring them to our phonesmaking us feel like we are actually there."

People can even explore areas that are usually off limits.
Inside Junghwajeon Hall there are ceiling decorations with dragons and a throne featuring wooden carvings of peonies, along with a folding screen showing a sun and moon and five peaks representing the king's authority.
The video of Seokjojeon Hall the first Western-style building inside the palace which served as residence to King Gojong and the royal family is also ready for virtual viewers.

"You are able to see details of furniture and crockery used by Emperor's family in Seokjojeon Hall and you are also able to watch the inside of the building where the Emperor met the foreign ambassadors and a place where the Emperor was dead.

Royal burial sites are perfect places to study the history of Joseon Dynasty too.

“Seolleung and Jeongneung are the tombs of the 9th and 11th rulers of Joseon Dynasty.
For those who wanted to take a look around this UNESCO World Heritage site, but couldn’t come due to the pandemic, the Cultural Heritage Administration made a video introducing the site.”

This eight-minute-video shows the unique landscape of these royal tombssitting in a forest of high-rise buildings along the main road that runs through the heart of Gangnam-gu District.
The tombs of King Seongjong, his wife and his son King Jungjong sit peacefully amid fast-moving streets throughout the day and night.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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