Korea's royal palaces have come alive this autumn, welcoming visitors to their annual Royal Culture Festival that shows the palaces from a different perspective.
“A special exhibition in Deokhongjeon Hall at Deoksugung Palace shows changes in wedding attire. Visitors can even see the reconstructed wedding dress of Yi Bang-ja, royal consort of King Yeongchin, the seventh son of Emperor Gojong.”
Her wedding dress has a high waist line with similar proportions to the upper part of Korean traditional Hanbok costumes.
Another reconstructed dress based on pictures from around 90 years ago shows a mixture of Eastern and Western culture.
"I believe people have long been thinking of a way to accommodate modern attire. Eventually the groom is wearing a frock coat while the bride is wearing Hanbok like a dress with round-toed single-strap shoes."
When it becomes dark, visitors can slowly walk along the forest path in Changgyeonggung Palace, which is filled with laser projections, creating a dream-like atmosphere.
Shining pebbles on the path make visitors feel like they're in a different world.
Another highlight of the festival is a show at Gyeonghoeru - the two-story pavilion used to entertain important guests.
"Gyeonghoeru is the best stage in our country, and we have designed a show based on the traditional musical 'Shimcheong Story'. The story and a variety of other shows like a flying performance will mesmerize visitors."
The highlights of the story have been put all into a one-hour show unfolding in front of the stunning backdrop of Gyeonghoeru's architecture and its large pond.
The royal culture festival will run until October 18th.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.