The Restoration of the First Korean Modern Theater, Wongaksa
THe Begining of the Korean Modern Art Movement, Jeongdong Theater

In 1995, Jeongdong Theater opened its doors with the historical significance of being the restored Wongaksa,
the first modern theater in Korea. Founded on modern artistic inspirations,
Jeongdong Theater has featured numerous critically-acclaimed productions such as “Traditional Art Performance,” “Masters Exhibition” and “Art Frontier,” as well as programs like “Art Stage at Noon” that are geared toward the general public.

Since our successful launching of the performance brand “Miso” in 2010 with the premiere of “Love Songs from Chunhyang,” a traditional musical written and created by Jeongdong Theater, we have represented Korea’s cultural beauty and value on many stages worldwide as well as for the tourists visiting Korea from all over the globe. In addition, we have contributed to energizing local cultural development and tourism with productions like “Silla, the Land of Gods” in 2011 which was based in the city of Gyeongju, a World Heritage site.

To expand Jeongdong Theater’s traditional production brand “Miso,” two new productions are scheduled to premiere in 2014. “The Story of Secretary Bae” will go on stage in May in Seoul and “Song in Praise of Giparang” will premiere in March in Gyeongju. The modern reinterpretation of traditional values from such classic works will not only provide entertainment, but a learning experience for the audience – Koreans and foreigners alike. In addition, to strengthen the public nature of our theater, we will be unveiling a new cultural project to establish ourselves as an urban art platform aimed at creating more opportunities for the public to enjoy cultural arts in their lives.

Organization Jeongdong theater
Location Seoul Gyeongju Site
43 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 614 Gyeonggam-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Main Facility Ground Level Outdoor Courtyard, Amenities
Underground Auditorium (282Seats),
Lobby, Customer Center, Art Shop
Ground Level Auditorium (474 Seats),
Lobby, Ticket Office, Art Shop

History Of Jeongdong theater

2015

04 April 2015 Established Jeongdong Theater Foundation
(separation with Myeongdong Theater)

2014

07 July 2014 Over a million audiences of permanent performance of tradition

2013

06 Inauguration of Jung Hyun-wook as the Director of Chongdong Theater
(Term in office: 13.June.07~16.June.06)

2011

11 Re-appointment of Ku Ja-heung as the Director Myeongdong Theater
07 Opening of the permanent performance of Gyeongju Brand Performance
Miso 2 – Silla, the Land of Gods

2010

02 2 Revision of the theater director executive agency system
03 Appointment of Ku Ja-heung as the Director Myeongdong Theater
03 Appointment of Choi Jung-im as the Director of Chongdong Theater

2008

06 Inauguration of Ku Ja-heung as the Director of Myeongdong Theater
and Chongdong Theater
11 Revision of the articles of association on the integration of Myeongdong Theater
and Chongdong Theater

2005

01 Re-appointment of Choi Tae-ji as the Director of Chongdong Theater
(Term in office: 13.June.07~16.June.06)

2004

06 Inauguration of Choi Tae-ji as the 3rd Director
(Worked full-time for the rest of his term in office)

2001

06 Appointed as a Professional Arts Organization by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism

2000

01 Selected as the Best Case in Business Management Innovation in the Public Category by the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs and the Ministry of Planning and Budget
03 Inauguration of the 2nd Director Park Hyung-sik

1999

10 Won the Grand Prize in Knowledge Management from the Korea Management Association
12 Won the Excellence Award from the Korean Broadcasting System

1997

01 nauguration of the First Director of Chongdong Theater, Hong Sa-jong under the
consigned administration of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Establishment of the
Chongdong Theater foundation)

1996

01 Consigned administration of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
(Establishment of the National Theater of Korea Art Promotion foundation)

1995

06 Opened (As an annex of the National Theater of Korea)