Uigwe*, the royal protocols of the Joseon dynasty were a combination of text and detailed illustrations which were guides to plan and carry out special state rites including coronations, weddings and banquets of the highest order in Korea.
Reprinted on Hanji(Korean traditional paper of the mulberry tree), 50 pages of the royal protocol for the wedding of King Yeongjo and Queen Jeongsun** will be presented at the Korean Cultural Centre Australia’s latest exhibition: Korean History meets Hanji-craft: The Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty. Scenes from the wedding and its protocols will be given life through a beautiful selection of Hanji dolls(Artist Mi Young YANG) which will adorn the second part of the exhibition. This exhibition will be co-presented by Jeonju City, the mecha of Hanji.
Following successful exhibitions in France, this exhibition is significant in that it not only introduces the highly developed tradition of historiography and record-keeping during the Joseon dynasty but also highlights the excellence of Hanji and crafts from Jeonju.
Uigwe is the term for comprehensive reports on memorable ceremonies and events held by the royal family or the state. The royal protocols were published for the succeeding generations to refer to them as exemplary models for similar events. The collection of Uigwe, was designated by the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme in 2007.
Royal Protocol for the wedding of King Yeongjo and Queen Jeongsun reports the process of preparing for the marriage of the 66-year-old king and the 15-year-old queen in 1759. The King welcoming his bride in a splendid procession is vividly depicted in the relative rank chart (Banchado).
Images of Uigwe provided by National Museum of Korea
Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery