Changnyeongwigung Ancestral Shrine at Dream Forest in Seoul

Changnyeongwigung Ancestral Shrine

Changnyeongwigung Ancestral Shrine is a shrine and residence dedicated to Princess Bokon (1818-1832) and her husband Changnyeongwi Kim Byeongju (1819-1853). Princess Bokon, born in 1818, was the daughter of King Sunjo, who ruled from 1800 to 1834 as the 23rd king of the Joseon Dynasty.

Kim Seokjin, the grandson of Kim Byeongju, took his life inside this residence in 1910. He was upset at the loss of the nation’s sovereignty during the annexation of Korea by Japan.

The residence consists of inner quarters (anchae), outer quarters (sarangchae), and a building by the main entrance (daemunchae). A southeastern residence was the living quarters of Princess Deokon, the sister of Princess Bokon.

A memorial hall can be found inside the inner quarters. This is unusual as more memorials are located in the outer quarters.

The inner and outer quarters were destroyed during the Korean War. They were rebuilt in 1955.

Shrine dedicated to Princess Bokon and Changnyeongwi Kim Byeongju at Dream Forest in Seoul

Shrine dedicated to Princess Bokon and Changnyeongwi Kim Byeongju