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세종의 아버지 태종은 세자 양녕의 배웅을 받고 개경으로 옮겨갔다가 세자 충녕의 영접을 받으며 한양으로 돌아와 선위(禪位)하고 궁 밖 별궁을 새로 지어 전전했다. 이 동안 세종은 아버지의 비호 아래 사왕(嗣王)으로서의 권위를 정립했다. 세종 역시 부왕 태종의 예에 따라 궁 밖으로 나가 피접했는데, 1442년(세종 24) 첨사원 설치를 계기로는 아예 세자에게 선위하고 별도의 궁을 지어 상왕으로 거처하려 했다. 세종은 별궁의 신설이 무산되자 부왕(父王)이 지어 준 연희궁을 주로 삼되, 형제와 아들과 사위의 집을 전전하면서 궁 밖에 거처했다. 이 동안 세자는 아버지를 대신해 서무를 처결하고 이후에는 심지어 칭신하는 관료의 조참과 4배례까지 받음으로써 그 위상을 굳건히 다질 수 있었다. 이 과정에서 군신 갈등이 불거졌는데 세종은 이를 ‘별궁 이거’를 무기로 해소했다. 세종의 이런 행보는 아버지 태종으로부터 학습한 것으로 국왕 권력의 안정을 담보로 한 원만한 국정 운영을 가능케 했던 정치적 유용성을 띠었다.


Avoiding the ominous direction, Taejong had moved around the palaces to protect himself from blood sickness and evil spirits during his reign. In February 1418 (18th year of King Taejong), he was sent off by Yang-Nyeong, the crown prince, and moved to Gyeong-Deok palace in Gae-Gyeong. Afterwards seven months later Taejong returned to Han-Kyung, receiving the reception of Chung-Nyeong, who was newly appointed as the crown prince. Then Taejong abdicated from the crown (Seon-Wi (禪位)) and left the palace again. Sang-Wang(the abdicated king) Taejong rebuilt new palaces such as Nak-Cheon-Jeong in Dae-San, Su-Gang palace next to Chang-Deok palace, separate palace in Pung-Yang, new palace in Yeon-Hwa-Bang, and new palace in Cheon-Dal-Bang remaining in power until his decease on May 10, 1422 (4th year of King Sejong). During this period, the son of Taejong, Sejong settled his era under the protection of his father. Sang-Wang Taejong built another palace for his son Sejong in Mu-Ak, west of Gyeong-Bok palace(the royal main palace). Sejong named the newly constructed palace in Mu-Ak, as Yeon-Hui palace and used it as a shelter for protecting himself from blood diseases, evil spirits, and as a place for silent resting. After 1426 (8th year of Sejong), Bon-Gung in Jang-Ui-Dong(the birthplace of Sejong) or the houses of royal princes also used as refuges. With the establishment of Cheom-Sa-Won(General affairs organization for the crown prince) in 1442 (24th year of Sejong), Sejong attempted to live as Sang-Wang by abdicating the throne in favor of the crown prince and constructing a new separate palace for his own living. After this attempt was failed, he often stayed in the existing Yeon-Hui palace, which became the center of Sejong's politics in his late reign. In January 1445(27th year of Sejong), Sejong took Yeon-Hui palace as his main residence and moved around the houses of his brother, son, and son-in-law, and did not return to the royal main palace for a full two years. In the meantime, Se-Ja (the crown prince, later King Moonjong) was able to gain experience in managing state administration in advance by executing the affairs of the state on behalf of his father. After returning to the royal main palace, Sejong solidified the status of the crown prince as a succeeding king. At that time, the crown prince received the morning ceremony and 4 bows from the subject with the support of his father. In this process, Sejong used “Byeol-Gung-I-Geo(moving around the separate palace)” as a effective weapon to end the conflict between the king and the subject. Sejong learned the political use of Byeol-Gung-I-Geo from his father Taejong and applied it to the case of his son, the crown prince. In conclusion, it can be said that Byeol-Gung-I-Geo was used as one of the main means of smoothing state administration with the stability of the king's power especially during Sejong's reign in Early Joseon Dynasty.