Seoul Metropolitan Government is conducting a traditional storytelling puppet show, ‘Fly Ishimi,’ a story that focuses on the past and current environmental issues of Cheonggyecheon Stream. All residents of the city and foreign tourists may enjoy this every weekend from June 3 to July 16 at Cheonggyecheon’s Gwangtonggyo Bridge.
‘Kkokdugaksi Nori’ is the one and only Korean traditional puppet show that had been designated as Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 3. ‘Fly, Ishimi’ is a remake of part of ‘Kkokdugaksi Nori,’ ‘Ishimi Street,’ which was recreated as an exciting traditional play by adding a modern spin on the theatrical elements of the original play. Ishimi, meaning a giant magical serpent that is about to become a dragon, is an imaginary creature that appears in Korean mythology and it is also called, ‘Imugi.’
The traditional puppet show, ‘Fly, Ishimi,’ tells a story that focuses on the past and current environmental issues of Cheonggyecheon Stream. Breaking the traditional form of ‘Kkokdugaksi Nori,’ the actors and actresses will come down from the stage to play the show and dance among the audience with a huge Ishimi puppet to interact with the audience and encourage their participation for added excitement.