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  • Seoul Offers Gugak Tour Program to Enhance the Audience’s Enjoyment

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    Throughout the months of September and October, the best season for taking a stroll, Seoul will be offering a gugak (Korean traditional music) tour program through which audiences can enjoy a play performed by actors and actresses with various genres of gugak, including gayageum byeongchang (simultaneous solo gayageum zither playing and singing by the same artist), pansori, and chamber music while strolling through Namsangol Hanok Village and along Donhwamun-ro.

    “Namsangol Night Tour” is a gugak tour program provided by the Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater that will take place from September 20 to October 11, 2019. The program will invite the audience to stroll in the traditional garden inside Namsangol Hanok Village while watching the gugak performance at the same time. It is a new program that will be run under the subtitle, “Finding Yeonam Park Ji-won.” The performances will be offered in the form of a play that brings the audience on a journey to find Yeonam Park Ji-won, who is known to have lived near Namsangol.

    The program was prepared to offer the audience an opportunity to feel the essence of gugak in the process of finding Yeonam Park Ji-won while enjoying pansori, gayageum play, and dance that were composed to suit the plot and the spaces. The live performance, which is difficult to be found normally, is expected to add depth to the gugak’s flavor. The floating stage over the pond in front of the Cheonugak Pavillion, the last stage of the program, will become the venue for a fantastic concert delivered by geomungo, daegeum, piri, and percussions through which the audience will become mesmerized by the charm of gugak.

    The program will be run 22 times in total and 40 people per session can make a reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. The tickets are KRW 10,000 and reservation is available online at http://www.ticketlink.co.kr starting on August 28. For more information, visit the website of Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater (https://www.hanokmaeul.or.kr/) or call +82-2-2266-6924.

    The Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater, located on Donghwamun-ro in front of Changdeokgung Palace, will be operating the “Donhwamun Picnic” program again this year. It is a tour-type program that offers the audience an opportunity to enjoy historical and cultural exploration and a gugak concert at the same time. The program was well-received in 2018 as the first gugak tour performance in Korea.

    This year, again, an actor who will play the role of a rickshaw pusher from the 1930s will guide the audience along Donhwamun-ro while delivering gugak stories about the Donhwamun Gate of Changdeokgung Palace, the Seoul Museum of Korean Folk Music, the site of Undang Inn, Jongmyo Shrine, and Sulla-gil. After the tour finishes, the audience can watch a creative gugak performance that well-suits an autumn picnic at the concert hall of the Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater.

    From September 25 to October 20, the program will be held 20 times in total, on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The maximum number of audience members per session will be 120, who will be recruited on a first-come, first-served basis. The tickets for all seats are KRW 10,000. Adolescents and young adults (ages 24 years old and under) can receive a 50 % discount and those who use Zero Pay for on-the-spot payment will receive a 30% discount. The reservation is available online at http://ticket.interpark.com/starting on August 28. For more information, visit the website of Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater (http://sdtt.or.kr/user/) or call +82-2-2266-6924.