By Hur SomEe and Sohn JiAe
Photos = Jeon Han
April 30, 2017 | Seoul
Central Seoul saw a royal procession of Joseon court guards wind its way from Sungnyemun Gate toward Gwanghwamun Gate on April 30.
It was a reenactment of a Joseon royal parade for King Jeongjo (정조, 正祖) (r. 1776-1800), the 22nd Joseon monarch who played a major role in restoring and reforming central government power.
At 2 p.m., in heat that felt like the middle of summer had already arrived, guards in royal dress readied their march in front of the gate, a sight that attracted shoppers and tourists from the nearby Namdaemun Market, taking out their smartphones and cameras to capture the moment.
Thirty minutes later, music from the chitadae instrumental orchestra (취타대) resonated across Sejong-ro Street, the main boulevard that cuts through Jongno-gu in downtown Seoul, as the parade began. Along the route were spectators watching the magnificent attraction in awe.