Among the many cultural heritages left by the Joseon Dynasty 500 years, the Jongmyo Shrine and the Jongmyo Jerye Ceremonies performed there represent the dynasty culture in both tangible and intangible forms.
Jongmyo Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the spirits of kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. It is a kind of temple. Each nation has its own temple in some form, and the temple uniformly expresses its sacredness in an architectural manner.
The Jongmyo Shrine of the Joseon Dynasty is to stand shoulder to shoulder with The emperor’s temple of Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt, the Parthenon in Greece, the Pantheon in Rome, the Chinese Temple of Heaven, and the Japanese Ise Shrine.
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It has been less than half a century since we opened our eyes to the construction of Jongmyo. This is because it was only in the 1970s that experts and the public could see Jongmyo Shrine directly.
Unsurpassed architect Frank Gehry visited Jongmyo in 1997 and returned with his family 15 years later. To show Jongmyo to the family.
Having left a feeling that “Koreans should be grateful for this building”, He described it as “democratic” when he saw the Jeongjeon Hall(Main Hall), the longest of all Asian wood buildings.
In other words, it is not authoritarian, but it can be felt in the infinite universe as the elaborate space that looks the same goes side by side.
As Frank Gehry commented, the architectural aesthetics of Jongmyo can be found in the Jeongjeon Hall(Main Hall). A gambrel roof over 100 meters rests on some 20 round pillars, showing a mysterious silence-sensitive space.
So, when you stand in front of the Jongmyo Shrine, you become pious and mysterious. Jongmyo is the most representative type of cultural heritage created by 500 years of the Joseon Dynasty.
Then, when should we do the Jongmyo tour? Jongmyo is better in autumn and winter than in spring and summer.
The foliage of the Jongmyo is not splendidly gorgeous, With the tawny brown of oak and zelkova trees, yellow ginkgo and red maple trees mingle gradually, making them soft in autumn flavor.
When you visit Jongmyo, you will probably feel the miserable aesthetics that come at the twilight of your life, and if you can get so old, you will enjoy the fall you want to say is a well-off life.
One day in winter, when the snow falls and the Jeongjeon Hall(Main Hall) roof is covered with white, Jongmyo creates a magnificent scene like a giant ink landscape.
The roof and wall of the blackout are covered with snow, giving off a white glow, and the dark red rows lined up into the procession of silence engulf you into the deeply thoughtful abyss.