“It refers to ritual music-including instrumental music(ak 樂), song (ga 歌), and dance (mu 舞) —performed at the Jongmyo Shrine, where memorial tablets for the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) are enshrined. During the Joseon period, Jongmyo jerye — the royal ancestral ritual—was regularly practiced five times a year; it is currently performed once a year on the first Sunday in May.”
Jongmyo Jeryeak is UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You can see this traditional Korean cultural heritage reimagined in LEGO blocks for free from October 11-25, 2023, at the Moryham Exhibition in Jung-gu, Seoul.
LEGO artist Colin Jin has been creating LEGO art since he was a kid and has been working on it since he was in his 20s. Particularly interested in the history and traditions of Korea, he filled his first solo exhibition with works that express his Korean heritage.
The exhibition features 300 pieces, including the Jongmyo Jeryeak, which took 18 months to complete, as well as face-patterned tiles, a Hahoetal mask, a Korean scholar’s desk, and a Pansori scene.
Enjoy the beauty of Korean curves using LEGO blocks that are composed of mostly straight lines!