Chongdong Theater was the first modern theater of traditional vocal music and plays in Korea. It is home to the Traditional ... More
Chongdong Theater was the first modern theater of traditional vocal music and plays in Korea. It is home to the Traditional Performing Arts Series, which features dance and music, including Samulnoria four-member drum and dancing group, and wind and string instrument concerts. Performances run from an hour to two hours. Japanese and English subtitles are provided. After the show, visitors are encouraged to join the performers on stage. Notably, this area in downtown Seoul was recently designated a cultural district. Reservations are necessary because there are only 400 seats there.
The theatre itself in terms of design/ construction is very good. However, it was the performances that captured and maintained my attention for the entire time. the final performance (ribbon dance) was simply amazing. The performances allowed the audience to appreciate Korean traditional art form. The genteel appearances of the presenteers was further enhanced by their superb performances!
My fiance, a Korean, and I (an American) went to Chongdong theatre.It was the first time he had been there and he was very impressed.
*It is an intimate setting, with comfortable chairs, and amiable staff.
*The traditional music, dancing, and story telling through singing (pansori) was a great cultural experience.
*If you want to see a beautiful pansori movie, rent Chunyang. I highly recommend it!
I'm glad I went and would gladly go back to the Chongdong Theatre. After the show, the performers took pictures with audience members.
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