Seoul, Korea - Republic of
SOUTH KOREAN TRADITIONAL BAND PARADE IN SEOUL.
A South Korean traditional band parades during the Chongmyo "cherye", a Royal Shrine Ritual in central Seoul May 7. The Chongmyo, which was registered as a treasure of the World Cultural Heritage in 1995, is a shrine containing the ancestral tablets of the kings and queens of the Choson Dynasty. It is also where religious rites are performed. The Royal Shrine Ritual was performed five times a year during the Choson Dynasty but was discontinued during the Japanese occupation. It is performed only once a year, on the first Sunday of May.