1 Jongmyo Jeryeak (종묘제례악 – Royal Ancestral Ritual and Music at Jongmyo Shrine)

2011 all told was not a bad year for K-pop, and K-indie too is reaching listeners through more outlets. My own record-buying was somewhat slower than in previous years, but nevertheless I picked up enough to have a lot of rejects in my pile. And here are five of the disks that will stay with […]

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2010 Travel Diary #8: The Jongmyo Rituals Part 2

by Philip Gowman 4 June 2010
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Sunday 2 May 2010. As we file out from the shrine after the first ceremony of the day, we mingle with the butlers who are off to have a quick breather and cigarette before the next ceremony. Already the queues are forming to get into the main shrine for the headline event at 1pm. No […]

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2010 Travel Diary #7: The Jongmyo Rituals, part 1

by Philip Gowman 2 June 2010
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Sunday 2 May 2010. I found it really quite hard to find accessible information online in respect of the Jongmyo rituals. Often, on the UNESCO site, there is documentation which sets out why the submitting country thinks that this particular intangible cultural property is worthy of inscription on the international list. But no such information […]

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