The Seoul Metropolitan Government will open Unhyeongung Palace to the public every Friday night in July and August and organize performances for all visitors to enjoy. Unhyeongung was the private residence of Heungseon Daewongun Yi Ha-eung (later honored as Heonui Daewonwang) and the place where Emperor Gojong, the first emperor of the Korean Empire, lived until he was 12 years old, before being crowned as king.
On the Open Friday Nights, all sections of Unhyeongung Palace, except Norakdang, will be open to the public from 7pm to 9pm, and traditional Korean opera and cultural performances will be held.
Performances will be held at Irodang, the main palace building. At 7:30pm, “Ran (蘭),” a traditional Korean opera will begin. It is a story about Heungseon Daewongun Yi Ha-eung, Emperor Gojong, Empress Myeongseong, and Jin Chae-seon, the most prominent female master singer.
For one hour, from 7:30pm, a feast of traditional Korean performances will be held under the quiet moonlight and enveloped in the elegant surroundings of Unhyeongung Palace.
Unhyeongung Palace Open Friday Nights
Traditional Korean Opera “Ran” at Unhyeongung Palace
July 4 – Hwang Gyu-sang, Choi Sun-hee