Visit Sajik Daeje (National Ritual for the Gods of Land & Grains) and Experience Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) at a Traditional Market

Sunday, September 15, 2013 -
10:45am to 4:00pm
Altars for gods of land and grains (Sajikdan), Tongin Traditional Market
20,000 for RASKB members and 25,000 for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Mr. Jun (Y.K.) SHIN

On the occasion of Chuseok (추석, Korean Thanksgiving) on August 15th following the lunar calendar, we plan to visit Sajik Daeje (National ritual for the gods of land & grains) and experience traditional tastes and customs of Chuseok, by observing how Koreans prepare for Thanksgiving at Tongin Traditional Market.
Around 11:10am, the royal carriage for Sajik Daeje will set out from in front of Daehanmun gate, Deoksugung palace. We will follow the royal parade through Sejongno and Gwanghwamun to Sajikdan. On the way to the Sajikdan altars, the tour-leader will briefly explain some of the monuments we pass, such as the 40th Anniversary Monument of Emperor Gojong and the Haetae (fire-eating lion) in front of Gyeongbokgung palace.
At noon, the Sajik Dajae rite will be carried out for 90 minutes. The rite as it is performed today calls for preparation of meat from cattle, pig and lamb, as well as various grains, and involves around ten processes: yeongsinnye (greeting the gods), jeonpyerye (offering incense), chenjorye (offering meats and foods), choheonnye (offering the first cup of wine), aheonnye (offering the second cup of wine), jongheonnye (offering the last cup of wine), eumbongnye (drinking the wine), sonshinnye (saying farewell to the gods), and mangryorye (final greeting and burning of ritual papers).
One of the top four national ritual ceremonies of the Great Han (Dae Han) Empire, Sajik Daeje (Important Intangible Cultural Heritage 111) is a valuable legacy as the music, dance, food, clothing and ritual vessels used in the rite, as well as the processes of the rite, help to boost understanding of traditional Korean culture.
Sajikdan (Historic Site No. 121) consists of two altars constructed for offering sacrifices to sa (God of land) and jik (God of grains) during the Joseon Dynasty. Together with the Jongmyo Royal Shrine, Sajikdan was a place symbolizing the orthodoxy of the Joseon Dynasty. When the founder of the Joseon Dynasty Lee Seong-gye built Gyeongbokgung palace, he followed a Chinese rule, placing Jongmyo to the east (left) and Sajikdan to the west (right), and referred to this system as “having the shrine to the left and altars to the right of the palace” (좌묘우사, Jwa Myo Wu Sa).
After watching Sajik Daeje ceremony, we will move to the Tongin Traditional Market located near the Sajikdan altars. At the market, we can meet thousands of Koreans who are preparing for the Chuseok holidays. Of course, we can taste of various traditional Chuseok foods such as songpyeon (half-moon shaped rice cake), pancakes and special side dishes for our late lunch. In addition, you can also purchase some traditional foods, side dishes and newly harvested fruits for your dinner and family.
We will meet to begin the tour at 10:50am at City Hall Station (시청역, Blue line #1 and Green line #2), on the top of the stairs of exit number 2. End of the tour is planned for around 4pm. 20,000W for RASKB members and 25,000W for non-members. You will have to pay for your lunch individually. Please register by sending an email with the following information to by Thursday, September 12th, 2013.
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☞ Please make a tour payment to the following account: Shinhan Bank Account # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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