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A Traditional Wedding


The “A Wedding Day in Autumn, 1837” exhibition at the National Hangeul Museum in Yongsan District, central Seoul, displays materials related to hangul, the Korean alphabet system, and to the wedding day of Princess Deogon (1822-44) of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). She was the last princess of Joseon born to a queen, not a concubine. The exhibition, which runs until Dec. 18, features scrolls that list the articles that the 16-year-old princess will be bringing to furnish her new home. Pictured above, at top, is a scroll measuring 5 meters (16.4 feet), which is addressed to the princess. Below is another scroll addressed to her husband Yun Eui-seon (1823-87). Such royal scrolls, organizers say, whose author and receiver are known, are incredibly rare and offer a unique glimpse into the wedding culture of 19th century Korea.
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