Interview with Cho Ha-neul, the main character of

 

 

“I wanted to express lovely Jang Noksu!”

Interview with Cho Ha-neul, the main character of <Palace: Story of Jang Noksu>

 

Hello, this is Jeongdong Theater.

Today, I met actress Cho Ha-neul, who is the main character of <Palace: Story of Jang Noksu>, which is Jeongdong Theater’s permanent performance. Jang Noksu performed by her is not the wicked lady that we used to know. She is an artist who is excellent in artistic talents. Because she herself had majored in dance, actress Cho Ha-neul said she was able to sympathize with artist Jang Noksu more. Her face, which quitely explains the new Jang Noksu, was felt lovely to me.

 

 

 

Q. What was the reaction around you when you said you took the role of Jang Noksu?

 

The image of Jang Noksu recognized by the public is a strong image of an evil woman. When I was cast, I was really happy but scared. Oh my God!, do I take the role of Jang Noksu? I had this kind of thought. However, many people said that after seeing the show, they met with Jang Noksu who is lovely and has a lot of artistic talents. Especially, they said the lovely side of Jang Noksu is very much like me. (laugh)

 

Q. How did you approach the character?

I searched for Jang Noksu in movies or dramas first. I also watched a film called “Disloyal Vassal”. However, Jang Noksu in <Palace: Story of Jang Noksu> is slightly different. It focuses more on the joy, anger, sadness, and happiness of Jang Noksu. So I was wondering how to dismantle the existing perception of a wicked woman about her. In the process, Director Oh Gyeong-taek and Choreographer Jeong Hye-jin helped me a lot. They created Jang Noksu as a woman with a lot of talents and a lovely woman with various charms. They explained a lot about the psychological and detail parts, and I was able to immerse myself in the character.

 

Q. Every time her status changes from a slave to a gisaeng (Korean geisha) and a royal concubine, the dance of her changes. What are the characteristics of each dance?

I had to set up the character of Jang Noksu well from the beginning. Because Jang Noksu as an artist should be a character to be loved and sympathized by the audience. When she was a slave, she was freewheeling and very witty. There is a scene where Nok-su steals sweet potatoes and corns from the market and then performs random dance and idol dance. I wanted to show the full-blown freewheeling charm of Nok-su just like a Gypsy woman. When she became a gisaeng (Korean geisha) and practiced various arts including dancing, singing, and drumming, I tried to express lovely Jang Noksu. For example, there is a scene where noblemen are mocking Jang Noksu who became a gisaeng by asking her to pour an alcoholic beverage. She shows strong and sturdy attitude in which she does not surrender to the oppression of noblemen, saying “I will follow a dog rather than pouring an alcoholic beverage to you, you are not better than a dog”. When she became a woman of the King, I wanted to proudly show her charisma as a person with grace and power as a royal concubine. In the scene of fighting power with vassals, she is expressed as being dizzy and risky.

 

 

 

Q. What is your favorite dance in the performance?

In the scene where Noksu confronts vassals, there is a drum dance. It is a group dance in which eight dancers dance while continuing to move with drums. Especially, it is a scene in which harmony among actresses is very important, so the amount of my practice was much higher than other dances. Also, I hit my hand with the drumstick as I hit my drum while moving, resulting in many times of injury. I think this scene is the highlight of the performance because I needed to have enormous energy in terms of physical strength, and I had to act out inner emotions. It is the scene where the charisma of Nok-su storms like a storm. It was difficult, but I felt so much ecstasy. In addition, there are many beautiful dancing steps in <Palace: Story of Jang Noksu>. The audience seems to like Gainjeonmokdan dance a lot. It is a royal dance and a colorful and beautiful dance where dancers dances mainly around a vase with full bloomed peonies.

 

 

 

Q. If there is a part for which you have scratched your head and tried hard?

There is a janggo dance scene. Janggo dance is also called janggu (Korean double-headed drum with a narrow waist in the middle) dance, and it is the scene where Jang Noksu who entered Gaheung Cheong (group of 2nd class gisaengs at the time of ruling of King Yeonsan) takes lessons to become a gisaeng. Janggu is a field that I have never learned before, so I needed a lot of practice. If I am an actress playing the role of Jang Noksu, I should not have any little symptom of relaxing in the dance. I stayed until late night every day to practice and study janggu dance for expressing it just as like Jang Noksu.

 

Q. What do you think of Jang Noksu as an artist and a woman?

I think that her life is very dramatic because she became a giesang born as a slave and became a royal concubine. Especially, the scale of thinking and artistic talents of her that captured the King’s heart seem to be really great. It is also wonderful for her to be a woman who actively takes up her life without resting in the situation.

 

Q. What are the charms of Korean dance, Korean melody, and Koran rhythm that we meet through <Palace: Story of Jang Noksu>?

Dance is said to have a scent of life. In addition, the exciting melody and rhythm evoke excitement and a real fun in the epidemiological principle of pushing, pulling, joining, and releasing. I also think that the combination of fast and slow seems to resemble life and that the taste of fastening and releasing is a charm.

 

Q. What is the most important thing to your as an actress?

An actor or actress who is on a stage must have soul and passion for learning. Apart from the weight of the role, there must be a sense of self-reliance that I am the protagonist of the stage at that moment. Unless you have such attitude, you cannot attract and captivate the audience.

Q. What are the differences from the premiere?

This year’s performances are more actively communicated to the audience with fun elements. For example, there is a scene of dancing while singing Ongheya (Gyeongsang province’s traditional folk song), called “Yeosgawi Scene”. Please confirm it through performance. (laugh).

 

Q. Please tell me your last words.

In the premiere last year, I had a strong thinking that I should do well somehow. However, this year, I become to go deeper into the character of Jang Noksu. I became more comfortable with the character when I thought “What would it be like if I am Jang Noksu?” Since I majored in dance and have walked the path of an artist, I would like to express the artistic talents of Jang Noksu well.

 

Actress Cho Ha-neul said, “I really want to show the artistic life and joy, anger, sadness, and happiness of Jang Noksu.” Jang Noksu is an artistic craftsman who can not help but love to me. Please come to watch <Palace: Story of Jang Noksu> in which you can meet the charms of Jang Noksu delicately played by Cho Ha-neul!

 

 

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Welcome First Time in Jeongdong Jang-gu Class!

Two travelers from Kuwait and Bahrain visited Jeongdong Theater to experience Korean traditional culture.
This event was the  collaboration of the Middle East Branch of Korea Tourism Organism and Jeongdong Theater.
The two participants are very famous Youtubers in their countries.

They looked around the theater receiving explanation about Jeongdong Theater’s performance and experience programs by an interpreter.
Also they broadcasted it through Instatram Live and introduce their audiences the theater.

   First of all, they experienced ‘Jang-gu Class’ in Jeongdong Maru.
They talked to the fans in their countries through the Live broadcasting and took pictures in front of the Jang-gu.

The class began with how to hold the stick and how to pronounce the sound.
“Dung” sound when hit both sides.
“Kung” sound when hit left side.
“Tta” sound when hit right side.
The two ladies followed well the sound.

Left Ftami (Kuwait, with 180 million followers) / Right Khawla (Bahrain, with 210 million followers)

They learned about Hwimori Jangdan (Fast Rhythm of Korea) and they were excited with it.
“Dung Dung KungTta Kung” “Dung TtaTta KungTta Kung” “KungTtaKung”
They learned these three rhythms and at the end they played the rhythms by them selved.

They seemed like to enjoy the rhythm!

Also, they saw a great music play by Yongwoo Nam who acted for Korean Mask Dance Musical “Dong-Dong”.
The music with Hwimori Jangdan captivated the two ladies.

Jang-gu Class with Korean instrument and Korean rhythm!
During a break, I asked them about their impression.
Khawla from Bharain siad  “It was fun but the terms were difficult”
Ftami from Kuwait who really enjoyed the rhythm said “It was easy and nice”
About the impression of Korea, they said “Everything is beautiful including foods, people, and the weather and I want to live here.”

Following the Jang-gu Class, they participate ‘Korean Dance Class’.
They learned the Korean dance beating with Korean traditional music.
They learned it easier than Jang-gu and they danced one song without instructor’s help.

They received the certificate after completing the Jang-gu Class and the Korean Dance Class!
Also, they received a pencil case which has very Korean traditional beauty.
One of their followers who planned to travel to LA said,
“I bought the flight ticket to Korea after seeing this Live”.

I hope many travelers visit Korea through this event
and they could imagine Jeongdong Theater thinking of Korea.

International K-pop Fans experienced the Janggu Class!!

[Jeongdong Theater Traditional Culture Program_Janggu Class]

International K-pop Fans experienced the Janggu Class
in Jeongdong Theater!

Last October 23, the Sky was so high and the doldam-gil was so beautiful because of the autumn colors.

And Jeongdong Theater had special guests from all over the world!

They were 40 people of international K-pop fens from 12 countries.

They were selected by 32 branches of Korea Tourism Organisation(KRO)

because they all are contributors of social network or communities regarding K-pop.

They visited Jeongdong Theater to experience the traditional culture program.

After having seat in Jeongdong Maru, the venue of the Janggu Class,

they were so curious about the Korean traditional instrument so they took a pictures and touched Janggu.

First of all, they learned the basic information about the Janggu

such as how to call the part of the instrument and oral sound of the rhythm.

It was not familiar to them to pronounce but they were so excited to learn about the Korean traditional music.

When the participants became familiar with Janggu, they started to learn ‘Hwimori Jangdan(rhythm)’.

The instructor taught very smoothly for the K-pop fens who met Janggu for the first time.

It seemed like that all participants followed well the teacher.

After learning the ‘Hwimori Jangdan’, some participants demonstrated what they learned in front of others.

It was really surprising that they did very good job even it was the first time for them!!

Everybody gave them a big hand!

At the end, all participants and the instructor took a photo together!

They seemed like to feel the sorrow of parting but they leave photo and video as much as possible.

I guess that Korea they saw through the Janggu class is different with what they was through K-pop.

I hope they have this memory forever!

[Silla] Must-visited-places in Gyeongju for your Autumn!

Hello : )

This is the hottest and fastest news, Jeongdong Press!!

Today, I would like to introduce “Must-Visited-Places” in Gyeongju for your Autum!

First of all, the hot and hot, hot place in Gyeongju for now,

1. Cheomseongdae Observatory(첨성대),
Pink Muhly Grass & Cosmos Flower!

Cheomseongdae Observatory is the must-visit place in Gyeongju Now!

Full of Pink Muhly Grass~!

This is place for the best photos for the life! Many people came here to take photos.

You will have the best photo for the life here!

BUT!! You know, it is not allowed to go inside and to trample flower down!

After the Pink Muhly Grass, we can not miss the Cosmos flower!

Around the Cheomseongdae Observatory, Cosmos flowers are in bloom.

Full scenery shot for Pink Muhly Grass

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Closer shot for Cosmos flower.

Don’t miss the Cosmos flowers!

 

2. Forest Environment Research Institute 

You may have seen “Forest Environment Research Institue” on Social Network.

Many couples have a picture on this log on the tiny lake.

I was alone….T_T(Crying)

You can feel the nice air from a number of trees and grasses.

I would love to recommend here if you want to do nothing and do rest!

3. Hwangridan Street(Hwangridan-gil/황리단길)

For the travel, nice restaurants and nice cafes are not missed.

You may have heard about Hwangridan Street when you prepare the travel to Gyeongju.

This place is still so hot!!!

Pizza, Ice Cream, Brunch, Cafe, Select Shop and Hanbok Rental Shop!

There are so many shops on the street!

It is very close to Cheomseongdae Observatory
so I would like to recommend you to visit here
after seeing the Pink Muhly Grass and Cosmos Flower at Cheomseongdae Observatory.

Gyeongju has lots of beautiful places because of the good weather !

4. 2017 Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Brand Performance

Performing Art <Silla>

And the most important thing to do in Gyeongju is seeing <Silla> at Jeongdong Theater!

The story of <Silla> is based on “Kush-nama”, a Persian epic poem.

Therefore this performance has the hidden story about the history for 500 years of the cultural exchange between Silla and Persia.

Seeing the Performance “Silla” is the first thing to do in Gyeongju!

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Inquiry : +82-(0)54-740-3800

 Many people will visit Gyeongju during this autumn season as well!!

There are also many places which are not known to the public!

I hope you enjoy Gyeongju in this Autumn with Jeongdong Theater’s performance!

 

2017  Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Brand

Performing Art <Silla>

▶Performance Period : Until Dec.31

▶Performance Time : Mon-Sat 7.30 pm (No performance on Sundays)

▶Performance Venue : Cultural Center in Gyeongju World Culture Expo

​Tickets : VIP 50,000 won / R 30,000 won / S 20,000 won

▶Inquiry : 02-751-1500

Please click to below for the reservation (No reservation fees)

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The first day of Jeongdong City Project! What a great Indie-music festival!!

[Jeongdong City Project in Gyeonju]

The first day!

What a great Indie-music festival!

On the second week of September, blue banners are every where in front of Sin Gyeongju Station.

Jeongdong City Project in Gyeongju is a outdoor festival which is held in Gyeongju, the City of history and culture.

Since 2014, Jeongdong Theater organized a Indie-music festival once a year

in order to support the cultural development in Gyeongju City.

That is “Jeongdong City Project in Gyeongju”!!!

In this year, the festival is held in Autumn.

Period : September 15-16. 2017 (Two days)

Venue : Bomun floating Theater in Gyeongju

Concept : Under the stars, be lost in Music

Sept 15 – Under the stars, let’s dance (Nametag, The KOXX, IDIOTAPE)

Sept  16 – Under the stars, be lost in Music (FLOWERPOT, The Barberettes, Kimbanjang and Windycity)

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Here below the scenes from the first day of the festival!!

Walking through the lake park, I heard music from somewhere.

I walked following the music and I found the Jeongdong Theater’s event booth.

At the entrance of the auditorium, there were repletes which contains the information of the artists and the show.

Also, there were various events to give the audiences many gifts!!

Such as Korean Beef!!!  ​

Also, there was a giveaway event which has no fails!!

Various gifts such as Beef Jerky, Jinsaeng Drink, Amusement Park Ticket and ‘Silla’ Performance Ticket!!!

Also, there was some snack bars of Popcorn, drinks and coffee!

Let’s go inside of the stage!​

At 6 pm, the first stage of Jeongdong City Project in Gyeongju started.

The opening show was by ‘Chungang Jaeil Band’ who won the award of music competition in Gyeongju.

The audiences started to dance and many foreigners also joined to the concert.

During the stage change, the MC leaded a game!

rockpaperscissors!!

Who will be the winner?!

The winner gained a voucher of The-K Hotel Spa.

In the following game, the performance ticket of ‘Silla’ was also presented.​

The next stage was ‘Nametag’ who plays dynamic and alternative Rock music.

Everyone shouted “Rock n’Roll”!!

After that, the KOXX, a modern rock band came on the stage.

As it was the first time in Gyeongju of the band, the Gyeongju citizens were welcoming the band!

​The last stage was ‘IDIOTAPE’.

IDIOTAPE is electronica band and they won the award of the best dance & electronic album.

The concert finished in the late night and it was like something is missing from the concert.

But also it left a high expectation for the concert of the next day..

Cultural life in Bomun Tourist Complex

Hello 🙂

I’ve posted about the travel spot in Gyeongju.

Especailly today, I would like to post about ‘Cultural Life’ in Bomun Tourist Complex!

 

As all of you are coming from out of Gyeongju,

Mostly, you might arrive in Sin Gyeongju Train Station, Express Bus Terminal or Gyeongju Train Station.

For the first, I would like to recommend you to have a great lunch on Hwangridan-gil,

which recently is very famous in Gyeongju.

After having lunch, you can hang around the Hwangridan-gil.

And you can come to Bomun Tourist Complex by bus.

Here below the bus numbers headed for Bomun Tourist Complex.

From Sin Gyeongju Station(KTX)

No. 700

Gyeongju Terminal(Express Bus Terminal)

No.10, No.700, No.18, No.100-1, No.150-1

Gyeongju Station(Train)

No.10, No700, No18, No.100-1, No.150-1

All right! After arriving in Bomun Tourist Complex,

You should visit to ‘Wooyang Museum’.

Wooyang Museum was founded in 1991
and it has presented various international exhibitions & artists inside and outside of Korea!

The museum is located in Hilton Hotel!

Current exhibition is  ‘Meta-scape’ !

Do you know what ‘Meta-scape’ is?

Regarding the information on the museum web,

it means ‘Meta-reading of landscapes’.

In other words,the exhibition aims to highlight the meta-attitude of artists and the “identity of contemplation” involved in comtemporary, subjective landscape artworks.

Here, the prefix “meta”, originating from the Greek, means “beyond” or “after,” referring to a higher level of abstraction!

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Exhibition Period – June 9.2017 ~ October 8.2017

Venue – Wooyang Museum Second & Third Exhibition Hall

Open hours – 10:00 ~ 18:00 (Closed on Mondays)

Works – Painting, Photograph, Installation, Media

Admission – Adult : 5,000 won / Under age of 20 : 3,000 won/ Under age of 7 : 2,000

*Discount – Gyeongju Citizen 20% OFF/ Seniors (Above 65), Person of National Merits, Disabled 50% OFF

Inquiry – +82-(0)54 745 7075

Good Quality of Cultural Experience with Reasonable Price!

For more information, here below the web of the Museum!!

www.wooyangmuseum.org

The second place is Solgeo Art Museum

which is located in Gyeongju Expo, a 10 minutes walk.

The parking lot is located at West gate of the Expo so you would walk for 15 minutes.

I would like to recommend you to walk under the nice weather!

The current exhibitions are is ‘Real: Landscape _Jonghui Kim’.

Exhibition Period – September 12. 2017 ~ November 12. 2017

Venue – Solgeo Art Museum Exhibition Hall No.2 to 5

Open hours – 9:00 ~ 18:00 (Closed on Mondays)

Admission – Adult 5,000 won/ Student 3,000 won

*Free Admission – Under age of 7, Above age of 65, Disabled and Guardian

Inquiry – +82-(0)54 740 3990

For more information : www.gjsam.or.kr

Also, the museum runs Docent Program.

The Docent Program Hours :

Tue-Thu 11 am / 3 pm

It is run for 30 mins.

I recommend you to have the docent program!

 The last one is ‘Silla’ of Jeongdong Theater!!

After visiting the Solgeo Art Museum, I would recommend you to have dinner at the restaurants

which are located in front of the Expo Park!

Then, it is time to see the performance! at 7.30 pm!

Jeongdong Theater’s ‘Silla’ presents the encounter of the Silla and the Persia.

Here below the synopsis!

Persian Prince Abitin went into exile after the Arab Conquest of Persia.

When he was on a long journey to a remote land of mystery, a storm hit the ship and Abtin felt himself sinking into the dark cold abyss. When he woke up, he realized he had been shipwrecked on a beautiful land called Basilla.

Princess Frarang happened to meet Abtin and fell in love with him at once. However, not long after, she had to say goodbye to Abtin shen he left for his country…

After saving the Persian Empire, Abtin became the new king.

In the middle of the banquet celebrating his victory, and accompanied by dancers, Abtin was assassinated by  Zahhak and his followers, called Cats.

Frarang left for Persia with her son Faridun to take revenge for the murder of Abtin, and defeated Zahhak. Meanwhile, the Silla Kingdom was invaded by an evil forces of raiders let by Kush…

I highly recommend to see ‘Silla’!!

It runs until December 31, Mon to Sat at 7.30 pm!

 

2017 Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Brand

Performing Art <Silla>

▶Performance Period : Until December 31

▶Performance Time : Mon-Sat 7.30 pm (Closed on Sundays)

▶Performance Venue : Cultural Center in Gyeongju World Culture Expo

​Ticket : VIP 50.000 won / R 30,000 won / S 20,000 won

▶Inquiry : +82-(0)2-751-1500

Here below the link for the reservation!

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Interview with Hee-jun Lee & Da-ye Choi, the masters of Janggu class!

 

Let’s experience Janggu!

*Interview with Hee-jun Lee & Da-ye Choi,
the masters of Jeongdong Theater’s Jang-gu Class*

▲Hee-jun Lee & Da-ye Choi, the masters of Jeongdong Theater’s Janggu Class

How much do you know about Korean traditional music?

And how much have you had interest of it?

With those kind of question, the most of Korean young people might be embarrassed.

Maybe, Janggu is only one traditional instrument that many people know?

Janggu is the instrument which can not be missed for the Korean traditional music.

Every music  except the music court ceremony or the Buddhist ceremony, uses this instrument

and it is so-called ‘the instrument for the basic of the Korean traditional music’.

Most of the Korean people have learned Janggu in their school curriculum so the instrument is very familiar to the public.

However, there are quite few opportunities to have this instrument after they became the adult.

Therefore, Jeongdong Theater’s Janggu Class is a good opportunity to experience again Janggu.

It is only once in a short time but it opens to the public so you can experience about Korean traditional instruments and the music.

Let’s listen to Hee-jun Lee & Da-ye Choi, the masters of the Janggu class which is held in Jeongdong Maru in Jeongdong Theater!

​* 장구 JANGGU *

Janggu is a Korean traditional instrument which has an hourglass-shaped body with two heads made from animal skin.

It was imported from the Sung dynasty in Goryeo Dynasty era of Korea and it has been used in everywhere from the court to the public.

The sticks of each side have different shape as well as different way of play.

▲Interview with Hee-jun Lee & Da-ye Choi

​* Jeongdong Theater’s Jeongdong Maru Janggu Class *

The program runs for 30 mins and it consists of the introduction of the instrument, how to play and the Huimori Jangdan.

I was concerned if it is too short to learn everything but Lee said that all most every participants easily follow the program.

“Because of the Jeongdong Theater’s properties, there are many foreign participants.

Also, the participant’s age groups are various.

As it is only one time class and opens to the public, the participants sign in without any burden.

The program is designed for beginners to follow.

Therefore everyone easily follows and enjoys the class.

30 minutes is enough to experience and to enjoy Janggu”


▲Hee-jun Lee in the class

Not only the foreigners but also the Korean citizens also participate in the Janggu class.

Especially many families who didn’t have many opportunity to experience Janggu come and enjoy together.

Traditionally, Janggu has been used in various kinds of music such as Nong-ak(Traditional Famer’s music) and shamanic music.

The characteristic of these musics are very communicative and interactive so the audiences could be join to the play.

Now, through this Janggu class, Jeongdong Theater created the opportunity for the audiences to communicate with the Korean tradition.

▲Interview with Hee-jun Lee & Da-ye Choi

“I think that the Janggu class could create a connection between the audience and the traditional culture of Korea.

And now days, ‘Hanbok’, the traditional costume of Korea became very familiar to the young generation due to its experience programs.​

In Jeongdong Theater, the audience also can experience to wear Hanbok and can take part of the class.

The participants wearing in Hanbok are very different with other.

They seem like more concentrate to feel the traditional emotion and it comes to me very specially.”

The most memorable participants are a daughter and a mother from Japan.

They participated the program for 4 days even it was informed that the everyday’s program would be same.

Therefore, the class master gave them more instructions about Korean traditional music and helped them to buy the Janggu sticks.

Later, the theater team heard that the mother and the daughter bought the Janggu sticks and went back to Japan.

Likewise, even the program is only at once but the aftereffect of the program is not only for once.

The experience program leaves a good memory on Janggu ​

and it opens the door to have more interest of the Korean traditional culture and instruments.

At the end of the program, a certificate and Polaroid photo are offered to the participants.

The Janggu Class starts every 3 pm in Jeongdong Maru (No class on Mondays)

and the group participation (around 50 people) is also available.

*Jeongdong Theater Jeongdong Maru Janggu Class*

– Every Tue-Sat 3 pm (30 mins)

– Inquiry : +82-(0)2-751-1944

How to get to Gyeongju Jeongdong Theater from SinGyeongju Station

Hello : )

Today, I would like to various ways to get to Jeongdong Theater Gyueonju Branch from Singyeongju Station
for the audiences who come from other cities!

First,

1. By Direct Bus to Gyeongju downtown

You can take the bus No. 700 then you can arrive in Jeongdong Theater directly without transfer 🙂

 

However, unfortunately the bus comes once an hour 🙁

Therefore, Please refer to the timetable above.

If you don’t want to wait for the direct bus,

2. By transfer buses

The transfer is inconvenient but you don’t need to be pressed by the time!

Take buses no. 50 or no.60 at the station → Transfer to buses no.10, no.100 or no.150.

Now days, there are many pretty cafes in Gyeongju!

In the way to transfer, you can take some coffee and sight seeing!

Then come to see the performance!!!

It’s “Killing two birds with one stone”!

(I recommend you to visit the representative cafe in Gyeongju : ‘VENZAMAS’!
It is located in the entrance of Bomun Tourism Complex.)

3. Take the shuttle between Bomun and Jeongdong Theater

If you stay in a hotel or resort which is located in Bomun Tourism Complex,
it is recommended to take the shuttle.

It is operated after the performance is finished as well!

From the Jeongdong City Project in Gyeongju on Sept 15-16
to the final presentation of Saturday Cultural School on Sept 2!

There are many performances and events in September!

I would like to recommend you to make a great memory in Jeongdong Theater!

2017 Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Brand Performance

Performing Art <Silla>

▶Period : Until December 31

▶Time : Mon-Sat 7.30 pm (No performance on Sundays)

▶Venue : Gyeongju World Culture Expo Cultural Center

​Ticket : VIP 50,000 KRW / R 30,000 KRW / S 20,000 KRW

▶Inquiry : 02-751-1500

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Etiquette in the Theater

Hello!

Today, I would like to inform you about the Etiquette in the Theater~!

1. Please enter to the auditorium before the performance begins.

It would be great to have relaxed mind before the performance
reading the program information or the replete!

2. Please sit your assigned seat.

 

Please refrain from moving to another seat and only sit your assigned seat.

Also, when you go out to toilet during the performance,
it would be helpful if you bring your ticket.

3. Please check the allowed age.

The allowed age is different depends on the performance.

Please check the allowed age in advance through the web-site or the replete.

4. Please turn off your mobile phone.

 

The ringing, vibration sound or the light of the mobile phone could be disturbing other audiences during the performance.
You can more enjoy the performance if you turn off the phone before the performance starts. 🙂

5. Please finish your drink or foods before entering the auditorium.

It is allowed to have popcorn and drinks in cinema.

However, as theater is the place for communication between the artists and the audiences,
the sounds or smells of the foods could disturb the artist and the audiences.

There fore please finish your drink or foods before entering the auditorium 🙂

6. Please refrain from taking photo or video during the performance.

During the performance, camera, video and mobile phone shooting could be interference to the artists and other audiences.

Therefore, please refrain from taking photo or video during the performance.

But, in some performance, you could take photos during the curtain-call.

Therefore feel free to ask and take the photo 🙂

7. In case of emergency, please attention to the announcement.

Please attention to the announcement regarding the emergency and check the exit before the performance starts:)

In case of emergency, please be evacuated by the staff’s guide.

Here above the Etiquette in the theater!

Please keep in mind it and let’s have a mature sense of the audiences!

2017 Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Branch Performance

Performing Art <Silla>

▶Performance Period : Until December 31

▶Performance Time : Mon-Sat 7.30 pm (No performance on Sundays)

▶Performance Venue : Gyeongju World Culture Expo Cultural Center Theater

​Ticket Prices : VIP 50,000 KRW / R 30,000 KRW / S 20,000 KRW

▶Inquiry : 02-751-1500

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Jeongdong Culture Tour

[Jeongdong Culture Tour]

Let’s travel to Modern Cultural Heritage in Jeongdong-gil with a  Cultural commentator.

Jeongdong Culture Tour

There are locations that you could meet walking through Deoksugung-palace stonewall(Doldam-gil).

Seoul Museum of Arts, Jungmyeongjeon, Jeongdong Theater, Baejae Hakdang, the site of Sontak Hotel and Canadian Ambassy..

“Jeongdong” is place where the representative cultural heritages are gathering.

Let’s follow “Jeongdong Culture Tour”,
a program that you could learn about the history of Jeongdong touring with a commentator
and that you could see Korean traditional performing arts as well!

The cultural heritage commentators from National Trust Korea for cultural heritage join this tour.

​1. About the name of ‘Jeongdong’ and its history..  

▲Jeongdong-gil

The commentator explained about the history of the name ‘Jeongdong’ and of the location.

The name of ‘Jeongdong’ is from ‘Jeong-neung’
which is the royal tomb of the queen ‘Sindeok’ (Mrs. Kang) was the wife of King Taejo Lee Sung-gye.

As many modern cultural heritages are gathering in this place,

Jeongdong is the starting place of Korean modern culture.

The first place of modern education: Baejae Hakdang/ Ewha Hakdang.

The first place where the hospital for women: Bogu Yeogwan.

The first journalism office: Sin-a Ilbo.

The first place of christian baptism in Korea: Jeongdong Jaeil Church.

And

The first modern theater: Jeongdong Theater.

Therefore, “Jeongdong” is meaningful place where we can see the changes of modern culture in Korea
and it is called “No.1 place of Modern Cultural Heritage.

 ​2. The route of Jeongdong Culture Tour

Here below the route of the tour.

It is subject to change depending on the culture and the audiences.

However, mostly the route runs as below.

Depart from Jeongdong Theater → Former Russian Legation → Ewha Girls High School(Ewha Hakdang) → Jeongdong Jaeil Church →  Baejae Hakdang → Arrive at Jeongdong Theater

​”Jeongdong” is located in the downtown of Seoul
but due to Deoksu-gung palace and Jeongdong Park, it has many green area and it is designed as walk-friendly way.​

Therefore, even in the heat wave of August, I could feel coll with the sound of cicadas.

The first visiting spot was “Former Russian Legation”.

#. Former Russian Legation

​▲ The Site of Former Russian Legation| Photo From : Naver

The Former Russian Legation was registered as Historical landmark No. 253.

After the assassination of Empress Myeongseong-hwangu,
King Gojong and the Crown Prince Sought refuge in the Russian Embassy for one year.

It was huge two storied renaissance-building of  5,000 square meters.

However it was destroyed by Korean war so now only small part of the building is remained.

Can you imagine how huge it was?​

#. Canadian Embassy

Lots of Embassies are located in Jeongdong-gil.

Walking down from the Former Russian Legation,

We can meet the Canadian Embassy.

After the U.S. Embassy is founded in 1883, in Jeongdong-gil,

the embassy of England, Russia, France, Germany and Belgium were founded in this area.

Let’s move to Ewha Girls High School.

#. Ewha Girls High School : Former site of Sontak Hotel

The reason why we visit Ewha Girls High School is ‘Sontak Hotel’.

This location was the site of Sontak Hotel.

Do you know about the Sontak Hotel?

Sontak Hotel was the first western style hotel in Korea.

It was founded by Mrs Sontak who was the wife of Russian Ambassador in Korea.

At that time, this hotel was social & diplomatic place.

However,

After the time, it was received by Ewha Hakdang and used as student dorm.

​▲ Monument of the site of Sontak Hotel / The participants of Jeongdong Culture Tour

#. Ewha Hakdang

Ewha Hakdang was first private school for women in Korea which was founded by Mrs. S​cranton.

King Gojong bestowed the name of the school “Ewha”(literally means “Pear Blossoms”)

The school began in small house.

However, the school has many difficulties.

Because nobody wanted to educate their daughters because of the feudalism.

Therefore, at the first time, there was only school without students.

After one year of the foundation, Ewha hakdang had the first student.

The first student followed her parents because they heard that the school will cover the life of students as well as the education.

However, after few days, the parents brought back their daughter.

Because of the social recognition that sending a daughter to the Ewha Hakdang is like selling her to western ghost.

Therefore, Mrs Scranton ​wrote a pledge.

The contents of the pledge was like below :

“Without the permission of the parents, we don’t bring the girl
not only the western country but also the out of the school.”

​Then, they could have the first student.

Even if the many difficulties from the first time,
the Ewha Hakdang has turned out many excellent women in the history.

The first female instructor, Kyung-sook Lee.
The first student who went to study to U.S. Ransa Ha.

I appreciate to Mrs. Scranton who played significant role for female education in Korea.

#. Jeongdong Jaeil Church

▲ Jeongdong Jaeil Church | Photo from : Naver

Jeongdong Jaeil Church was founded as the first ​protestant church in Korea
and it was registered as the historical landmark No.256.

Actually, it was the place where the declaration of independence was copied  in secret.

In this reason, the pastor in charge, Pil-ju Lee and a missionary Dong-wan Park were jailed
as they were the members of the 33 Korean readers.

#. Baejae Hakdang

▲ Baejae Hakdang | Photo From : Naver

The last spot of Jeongdong Culture Tour was ‘Baejae Hakdang’.

It is the first modernized institution in Korea and it was founded by pastor. Appenzeller.
At the first time, the school was begun in a Hanok but later, it is built as western building.

The significant students from ‘Baejae Hakdang’ are :

The first president Seungman Rhi, Writer Dohyang Na, Poet Sowel Kim, Scholar of Hanguel Sigyeong Joo
and fighter for independence Chungchun Ji.

It was interesting that the first modernized institution and the first female educational institute
were located in the same ‘Jeongdong’.

After the tour, you will see the Korean traditional performance <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>.

You can participate this program until November,

Every second and fourth Saturdays 2 pm.

Only at Jeongdong Theater!