The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su, Learning Korean Traditional Dance Pt. 2

Hello, this is Jeongdong Theater. Today, we are bring you the second act of our dance in <The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su>! In the first story, Nok-su introduced Janggo Dance, Fan Dance, Hanryang Dance, and Kyobang Salpuri Dance. Today’s dance story starts with when Nok-Su becomes a member of the palace. 

For reference, palace dance in Joseon Dynasty is called ‘정재 (呈 才)’. Jeongjae means “to offer talent”, it is a comprehensive art of the palace, which is a combination of song, instrument, and dance, but usually refers to as court dance. 

 

Gainjeonmokdan

After capturing Yeonsan’s heart as a giseng, Nok-Su was brought to the palace, a vertical rise from giseng to concubine! The dance performed when Nok-su enters the palace is the Gainjeondan. In Gainjeonmokdan, ‘목단/mokdan’ refers to a peony flower. In Korea, since the peony flower is colorful and symbolizes wealth and abundance, it is called the king of flowers. Gainjeonmokdan is a dance with a bouquet of peonies in the center and dancers side-by-side in a row dancing with the flowers to accompaniment music. The dancers dance with colorful vases in their hands, dancing back to the vase, returning to their place, moving forward with their backs, and then returning back to their place. However, this dance for various dance events has various dance formations. In <The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok Su>, five dancers with peony flowers float around the center with Nok-Su in the center and dance around.

This dance was created by Crown Prince Hyo-Myeong during the Joseon Dynasty. For reference, the role of Park Bo-gum in the drama <Moonlight Drawn By Clouds> was Prince Hyo-Myeong. He was one of the greatest artistic talents of the Joseon Dynasty. Born in 1809 and served as a Regent from the age of 18 at the order of his father Sunjo in 1827. He hired talented people and implemented good policies. This dance was initiated and arranged in 1829 to please his father, King Sunjo. Since then, it has been danced at various courts and is still passed down to this day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24oC6Ua1zW4

 

Drum Dance

Although she was received by Yeonsan’s favor, the subordinates who don’t like Nok-Su confront her. The dance that the servants show when they threaten Jang Nok-Su is called the drum dance. Eight masked servants move around with drums to surround Nok-Su and dance. However, Nok-Su also holds drumsticks in both hands and violently faces the threatening drums.

The drum dance is literally a dance using a drum. In this dance, the drum dance was called “Mugo” and was presented throughout the palace. The name of the dance changes depending on the number of drums. Mugo is considered to be the finest dance of the palace, as it moves like two butterflies fluttering, and two dragons are fighting over each other.

The drum dance in <The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su> shows charismatic fireworks in the background while dancing with the drums making it one of the famous scenes of the show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaULQ5dqBZY

 

Seonyurak

When the tyranny reaches its peak, the people are ignited and Nok-Su feels that the end is over. She and Yeonsan go on a boat ride and the dance here is called Seonyurak/선유락. The life of Noksu, which was like a midnight summer’s dream, is portrayed in this beautiful and tragic scene.

Seon Yu Rak is a group dance where dancers pull out colorfully dressed boats, grab ropes, and sing fisherman’s songs. It originated as a boat song used while transporting people leaving the Silla Era. Originally a dance of provincial denominations, it entered the palace during King Jeongjo’s period. The first performance of Seon Yu Rak in the court was held at Hwaseong Bongsu-dang in 1795 (Jeong 19). Since then, whenever a big feast in the palace was presented, it was a dance with a gorgeous composition and dignity.

The boat of Seonyurak in <The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-su> is not gorgeous. It is painted white, implying the tragic ending of Yeonsan and Nok-Su. Is it a ship that crosses Samdocheon (a river that is said to be the boundary line between the two worlds)? After enjoying a fun play, Nok-Su presents a drink, which is a tribute to showcase the arts that captivated him.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5QgmlbP2tg

 

Reference: Korean Folk Culture Encyclopedia, Korean Folklore Encyclopedia

 

Did you enjoy getting to know about our traditional dance with <The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su>? <The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su> shows us various dances in the traditional play through the dramatic life of Jang Nok-Su. How about reflecting on the beauty and value of our dance while watching <The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su>? From the start of the performance to the final stage of the finale, our dances, our melodies, our culture, our play, etc. are exhilarating and vibrant with various emotions.

Explore Jeongdong-gil: Donuimun Museum

Fall is coming and we are bracing for the cold here in Jeongdong Theater. However, there are still many places around the theater to be explored.

Introducing the Donuimun Museum Village near Jeongdong Theater.


Donuimun Museum Village is a museum in the form of a village. It is located in a retro area that preserved old buildings and old alleys such as Hanok, flowering houses, Japanese houses in the Joseon Dynasty, slabs and French houses from the 1970s and 1980s, as an urban regeneration project. After looking round the village, we recommend our performance of <The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok-su>.

<The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok-su> is a creative dance drama that shows the story of Jang Nok-su who lived a dramatic life as a slave, courtesan, and concubine through traditional dance. The story of Jang Nok-su shows the different stages of her life as a innocent and tomboy-like slave, as a protagonist who dance and voiced ranked her as a top artist of her time, and finally as Je-an Degun’s woman in the royal court.

‘100-year Modern Modern Archives of Memory’

Donuimun is the old name of Seodaemun. Seodaemun, which means the western big gate of Hanyang Doseong, the Seoul’s four major gates along the Seoul Wall Fortress. Donuimun Gate, first constructed in 1396, was rebuilt in 1413 at Jeongdong Crossroads. Since then, the gate has been called “Saemun” (新聞), which means “new door,” and the area inside Don’s Gate was called “Saemunangol” or “Sammunan neighborhood.”

Saemunan was a crowded area of ​​private tutoring, a symbol of private education, from the 1960s to the 1970s. Since the 80’s, it has been a rumored food alley. However, as the New Town development project began in the 2000s, Seoul remodeled the village and buildings of Saemunan Village and donated it to the Donuimun Museum Village. 40 of 63 existing homes were maintained and repaired, and some houses were left behind, creating a courtyard for the village community, and the old alleys were kept intact. Although it was opened in 2017, the Donuimun Museum Village was newly renovated in April of this year, with the concept of ‘100-year modern and archive of memory.’

The village consists of three major themes: village exhibition hall (16 dong), experiential education hall (9 dong), and village creation center (9 dong).

At the village center in the center of the village, concerts are held every day at 12:10 noon (1pm on weekends). There are also cultural events that citizens suggest and conduct on their own.
First of all, the Village Exhibition Hall is an annex to the Seoul Museum of History, where you can feel and experience the history of the old Saemunan neighborhood and the sensitivity of the 60~80s analog generation. In the Donuimun Exhibition Hall, you can check the history and culture of the Donuimun era, the urban regeneration and life records of Saemunan neighborhood. There is also the “Donguimungu-guru,” which recreates the social space of the former blooming members, and the “Independence activist’s house”, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Provisional Government and the Republic of Korea.
If you go to the side alley, you will be able to travel back in time from the 1960s to the 80s. The Living History Exhibition Hall recreated the homes of the 1960s and 1980s, including a kitchen with a hut, a room with mother-of-pearl, and a study room with a uniform. You can enjoy pastime games such as “ Tsamori Yongwon, ” a modern barber shop, “ Seodaemun photo studio ” with the concept of a modern social center and a wedding hall in the 1980s, “ Saemunan Theatre ”, a Tetris, and a street fighter that recreate the old movie theater. You can feel the retro sensibility in ‘Donuimun Computer Game Center and Manga Room’.

At the Seoul Future Heritage Hall, you can see 10 future heritage sites in Jongno and Euljiro along the tram lines of Seoul in the 1930s. Hanoks on one side of the village courtyard allow you to experience Hanji crafts, calligraphy, fashion, and embroidery, and many more. However, you must first make a reservation on the homepage for these experiences. In the ‘Myeongin Gallery’, there is a permanent exhibition where you can enjoy the works of masters in the experience education center.

There is also a civic gallery and artist gallery. Here, a collection of collections gathered by citizen collectors and works by artists and curators appropriate for the village are displayed. The Village Creation Center, located throughout the village, also hosts exhibitions and workshops for tenant artists that fit the concept of the village. New exhibitions are also held every month in the artist gallery. Currently, the main exhibition “City Exhibition” of the “2019 Seoul Urban Biennale” will be held in the Donuimun Museum Village until November 10th.

■ Donuimun Museum Village
Address: 14-3 Songwol-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Open: 10: 00 ~ 19: 00, closed every Monday
Admission Fee: Free
Homepage: http://dmvillage.info/

Vacation in the City 2: Bookstores and Libraries in Central Seoul

Hello, Welcome to Jeongdong Theater.

<The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok Soo> is a performance reconstructed with the best story that shows the story of Jang Nok Soo, the concubine of Prince Yeon-gun. Jang Nok-soo is an artist with excellent artistic talent and her artistic life is dramatized by our dance and our rhythm. However, there is so much more you can learn about her. In order to learn more, we will introduce you to the hottest bookstores and libraries that you can meet near Gwanghwamun before you see our show.

 

Inwangsan Jarak Hanok Library, Cheongwoon Literary Library

Address: 40, Jahamun-ro 36-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 10:00-19:00 Closed: Monday, January 1, New Year’s Day Chuseok Holidays

Inquiries: 070-4680-4032

https://www.jfac.or.kr/site/main/content/chungwoon01

Cheongwoon Literature Library, located at the foot of Inwangsan Mountain, is a public library built in hanok style. The atmosphere of the hanok is further lined with the natural scenery of the surroundings and is extremely wonderful. As much it is a literary-based library, the library has novels and essay-oriented literary books, especially poetry. It is said to remember poets who are deeply related to Jongno, including Yun Dong-ju, Lee Sang, and many others.

The library has a basement level and a ground level. As you enter the entrance, you will see two neat hanoks and a courtyard. The hanoks are mainly used as seminar rooms and meeting places. Poetry and literature creative classrooms and humanities concerts are also actively held. You can listen to various poems read by famous celebrities with music.

There is a general reading room, children’s reading room, conference room, cafe and exhibition room on the first basement floor. The reading room is simple, but it has a very nice view of the neat and beautiful scenery that comes through the large window of the reading room. Sit at a table overlooking the courtyard and read your literary works. Behind the library is the Cheongwoon Park and the hill of Yun Dong-ju’s poem.

 

Small Café Library in the Forest, Samcheong Park Forest Speed ​​Library

Address: 134-3, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Opening Hours: Samcheong Park: 10: 00 ~ 18: 00 (until 20:00 in June ~ August)

Closed: Monday, January 1st, Lunar New Year, Chuseok Holidays

Contact: 02-734-3900

http://lib.jongno.go.kr/

Samcheong Park is located at the end of the Samcheongdong Cafe Alley. Inside the park is a small glass building which is the Samcheong Park Forest Speed ​​Library. It is a small library that was remodeled from the old canteens in the park and operates as a book cafe. It was introduced in the New York Times as a beautiful library.

The library consists of the first floor and the underground space. The first floor is for general books, and the first floor is mainly for children. The first floor has an ondol structure, with a cafe selling tea, drinks and snacks in the center. One side of the window is made of glass. When you sit at the table, you can see the park outside the window. Next to the table, you can see the natural beauty of Samcheong Park from the window. The other side of the window has a sitting table where you can sit back and read in silence. The windowsills are especially spacious, so you can sit by the window and enjoy a cup of tea while reading your book.

It’s underground space for children is also nice and spacious. The basement also has wide glass windows and a wooden deck terrace.

The library also holds various lectures and cultural experiences. You can take a walk through Samcheong Park with a forest guide, listen to explanations about trees, and draw wildflowers. There is also a children’s playground opposite the library, so it’s a great place to see, play, and walk with your kids.

 

Café Bookstore with History, History Book Room

Address: 24, Jahamun-ro 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Business Hours: Mon-Sat 10: 30-22: 00, Sunday 10: 30-18: 00

Inquiries: 02-733-8348

https: / /historybooks.modoo.at/

Nowadays, there are many small bookstores that are just as distinctive and diverse as large bookstores. ‘History Book Room’ is located in front of the Gyeongbokgung side gate. Like its name, it is a bookstore that mainly deals with historical books. The second floor is divided into a bookshelf, a main hall, a cafe lounge, a studio and a loft attic. This bookstore is also a place where you can drink and meet people. The cafe lounge sells coffee, tea, beer, wine and snacks. Thus, it is also a nice meeting space, including a multi-story attic. In the main hall, various planning lectures and special lectures related to history are held, as well as exhibitions and concerts.

 

Lifestyle Curating Bookstore, Ark and Book City Hall

Address: B1, Eulji-ro, 29, Jung-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: Daily 10: 00 ~ 22: 00

Instagram @ arc.n.book_official

Ark & Book City Hall is located in Euljiro 1-ga Station, Subway Line 2. The city hall branch is not just a place to sell books, it is a curating bookstore that combines books and lifestyle shops. In addition to over 30,000 books, it also sells various household goods and miscellaneous goods. There are also cafes and restaurants. It is a very hip space where you can enjoy a relaxing encounter with a book and spend a wonderful time. What’s unique is that everything including books consists of four themes and stories: ‘DAILY, WEEKEND, STYLE, INSPIRATION’.

The entrance with the arched book tunnel is very impressive, definitely instagram worthy. It is made of a total of 8000 books, and it is said that the arch is made by putting magnets in the book. In addition, there is a fantasy corner near the entrance, and the series is regularly replaced according to themes such as Harry Potter Series and Marble Series. The terrier, inspired by the movie The Great Gatsby, is said to have borrowed the ‘Art deco’ style of visual art from France in the 1920s and 1930s.

Inside the bookstore is the Select Dining, a food and beverage editing shop with famous restaurants and cafes. This allows you to enjoy reading books, eating food, drinking tea and having fun. There is also a flea market and music room. There are also various lectures, music concerts, and cultural activities through books.

Nowadays, bookstores and libraries are popular in Seoul because they are transformed into a variety of spaces, including books, culture, performances, exhibitions, and experiences. After lunch, spend a relaxing time with a book in a cool bookstore or library, and then visit us to watch the performance <The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok Soo> at Jeongdong Theater.

Introducing the beautiful cafes on Jeongdong-gil and the landmark of Jeongdong-gil

Good morning. This is Jeongdong Theater.

Sit back and relax in a cozy cafe on the pretty road and end it with a concert!

Of course, the ‘pretty road’ refers to ‘Jeongdong-gil’. Jeongdong-gil is a street that holds historical records as large as museum of Joseon Dynasty to modern Seoul. It’s also one of the best places on ‘Seoul Walking Tours’ and ‘Beautiful Roads in Korea’. Today, we will introduce the beautiful cafes on Jeongdong-gil and the landmark of Jeongdong-gil, <The Palace: Jang Nok-Su> of Jeongdong Theater!

  • LUSSO

Russo Labs is a popular brunch cafe on Jeongdong-gil. It’s so popular that the minute their doors open, the seats quickly fill up. Coffee or tea must be picked up directly from the ground floor, but when you order a meal, it is brought directly to the table.

Russo Labs is famous for its delicious coffee. Filter coffee is also available to enjoy the authentic fresh taste of roasted coffee beans from Kenya, Ethiopia and Colombia. Milk teas and Dutch cube lattes are also popular.

The spacious and luxurious interior combined with the calm Jungdong-gil view from the window, making it a perfect place to meet friends and family. Don’t miss on the delicious brunch options which include but are not limited to Egg Benedict and Basil Chicken Panini.

  • Address: 17, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Phone: 02-772-9935
  • Weekdays 08:00 – 20:00, Weekends 09:00-20:00
  • Suggested Menu: Americano 5,000 won, Egg Benedict 13,800 won, Basil Chicken Panini 10,800 won
  • La Green LA GREEN

Cafe La Green is located along the 100th Anniversary Memorial wall and gate of Ewha Woman’s High School. Just like its name ‘La Green’, the café is filled with lots of green plants which brighten up the interior of the café.

The combination of vintage interior and the historical vibes of Jeongdong-gil conveyed through the wide glass windows makes you feel comfortable just sitting here. Perfect for a day to have a light meal with coffee, perhaps also with some cakes, cookies and/or salads. Just the thought of sitting in front of the wide windows and breathing it all in transports you to another land.

  • Address: 26, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Phone: 02-3789-8005
  • Weekdays and Saturdays: 11:00 – 20:00
  • Suggested Menu: Americano 4,000 won, Cake 7,000 won, Penne Pasta Salad 9,600 won, Ham & Gudda Cheese Sandwich 8,500 won
  • Jeon Kwang Soo COFFEE HOUSE

This café is a small shop in the direction of Seodaemun, famous for their ‘coffee of the day’. If you’re worried about what kind of coffee to drink, you won’t regret leaving the decision to the barista in this cafe. The size of the café gives it a cozy feel to quietly enjoy a cup of coffee. The hand drip coffee is also famous, the prices differ according to the coffee beans. Double chocolate cakes, New York cheesecakes, and waffles are also available, so you can enjoy desserts with the coffee.

The second floor is decorated like an attic. The rustic chairs and tables provide comfort, and the view of Jeongdong-gil seen through the small window gives a calming feeling. It is a popular place for people who want to sit quietly, read books or enjoy dates.

  • Address: 39, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Phone: 02-752-0289
  • 08:00 – 22:00 daily
  • Suggested Menu: Americano 4,000 won, Hand Drip Ethiopian Aricha 6,000 won, Double Chocolate Cake 6,500 won
  • Jeongdong Theater CAFE Jeongdam

‘Jeongdam’, which means ‘to share a chat in confidence,’ is a cafe in Jeongdong Theater. It usually serves as a waiting room, where people who come to the venue gather and chat here before the show starts. However, even during times when there are no shows, it is popular with people who want to drink coffee in a quiet atmosphere. One side of the cafe is made of glass, so you can see the courtyard of Jeongdong Theater. The courtyard also has an outdoor terrace, which is perfect for sitting outside and relaxing.

During this time of the year, the number of guests for ‘The Palace’ have increased so the visitors to the café have also increased. The café offers all kinds of coffee such as espresso and americano, but it is also famous for traditional tea such as citron tea and quince tea. There are also healthy teas available like mugwort tea, chrysanthemum tea, persimmon leaf tea, fresh ginseng root litte, and many more.

Cafe Jeongdam is also a popular cafe among local workers after lunch because the Ice Americano is sold at a relatively low price. Thus, if you discover Jeongdong Theater while walking along Jungdong-gil leisurely, feel free to stop by Café Jeongdam! Oh yeah. Present your tickets to the Jeongdong Theater and enjoy 10% off all drinks all day!

  • Address: 43, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Phone: 02-751-1500
  • Suggested Menu: Americano 3,000 won, citron tea 4,000 won, brown rice five grain latte 4,000 won, fresh ginseng root spicy 6,000 won

 

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!

 

 

** Video link scheduled

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!

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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..