Royal tombs of Joseon Dynasty celebrate 10th anniversary of UNESCO …

Royal tombs of Joseon Dynasty celebrate 10th anniversary of UNESCO …


South Korea is celebrating the tenth anniversary
of its royal tombs from the Joseon Dynasty being recognized as UNESCO World Heritage
sites. Kan Hyeong-woo zooms in on how the tombs are
remembered and cherished for their cultural importance and unique beauty. Collecting stamps to learn about the kings
and queens of the Joseon Dynasty’s 500-year-long history and receive small gifts. This is one of the programs the Cultural Heritage
Foundation has put together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the royal tombs being
designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. “This is called the ‘King’s Way’. The path was used for the royal ancestral
ceremony by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Visitors can walk along the path and experience
how the Joseon royalty used to honor their ancestors.” Starting Friday,… the government has prepared
several events, such as a special photo exhibition, commemorative ceremony and scholarly forum. But it’s looking to attract the public with
more hands-on activities. “From this point on, we will focus on organizing
more hands-on and enjoyable programs and events for the public so that people can feel closer
to the cultural heritage of the royal tombs.” South Korea has been focusing on restoring
and preserving the royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty… since they were designated as UNESCO
world cultural heritage sites in June 2009 for their historical value, cultural importance
and scenic beauty. “The pine trees over at the Gangneung Royal
Tomb are quite amazing. But I feel like not many people know about
it. So I wish more people would come to see the
sites and enjoy the nature here.” “It’s really peaceful. I’m here to just to kind of see what it’s
about and the history behind it. It’s really pretty as well with all the nature
and the architecture.” All 40 of the royal Joseon tombs will be open
to the public for free on June 30th, the last day of the celebration period. Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News

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