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Traditional Wedding and Honeymoon Trip(”Shinhaenggil”)

Traditionally, a wedding is a great ceremony through which a man and a woman are harmonized to form a family, and thus is considered very important. While the traditional wedding ceremony we can see these days is performed differently depending on family and region, it has been performed based on Sarye Pyeonram Convenient Reference to the Four Rites) published by Lee, Jae with the pen name Doam in the late period of the Joseon Dynasty. A reproduction of the traditional wedding ceremony and the play of the bride entering the groom’s house have been performed based on the noble family in the late period of the Joseon Dynasty, and opportunities in which foreigners and visitors can participate are offered.

Summary of the Event

  • Period : March to October, 2011 (no event in July and August)
  • Place/Time : Naminsadongmadang Insa-dong (Friday 14:00, Saturday 13:00)
  • Content : The custom before a wedding, the traditional wedding event, a celebrating performance, the play of the bride entering the groom’s house, etc.
  • Host : Korea cultural Heritage Foundation
  • Sponsors : Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea

Event Procedures

  • Uihon : Procedures of making marriage negotiations
    • [Napchae]

      After a marriage proposal is sent and received through a matchmaker, and the proposal is accepted, to request the wedding respectfully, the groom’s parents would send the groom’s Saju to the bride’s family together with a formal letter to the bride’s house asking that the wedding take place.

    • [Yeongil]

      After taking the Saju and the formal letter to the bride’s house asking that the wedding take place, the bride's family would send a Heohonseo (a letter granting the wedding) in response as a procedure of determining the wedding date, which is also referred to as “Taegil.”

    • [Nappae]

      On the day prior to the wedding, the groom's family sent presents called Honsu and a wedding paper called a Honseo to the bride and her family in a box called a Ham.

  • Daerye : A wedding ceremony
    • [Jeonanrye]

      A procedure in which the groom gave Gireogi (a wild goose) to the bride’s family

    • [Gyobaerye]

      A procedure in which the bride and groom bow to each other.

    • [Hapgeunrye]

      A procedure in which the bride and groom exchange wine in gourd cups

  • Hurye : Honeymoon trip(Shinhaenggil)
    • [Shinhaenggil]

      A procession in which the bridegroom took his bride to his family's home after performing the wedding at the bride’s house.

    • [Pyebaek]

      This was the bride’s first greeting to her parents-in-law and the other members of her husband’s family to treat them with utmost courtesy, so that she became a member of her husband’s family.