National Theater of Korea

Coordinates: 37°33′9″N 127°0′0″E / 37.55250°N 127.00000°E / 37.55250; 127.00000
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National Theatre of Korea
AddressJangchung-dong, Jung-gu
South Korea
OwnerShin Sun-hee
OpenedApril 29, 1950
National Theater of Korea
Revised RomanizationGugrip Geukjang
McCune–ReischauerKuklip Kŭkchang

The National Theater of Korea is a national theatre located in the neighborhood of Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, South Korea.[1] It is the first nationally managed theater in Asia.[citation needed]


The National Theater of Korea was established in 1950 by the government of South Korea and hosts the National Theater Company of Korea, which performs both Korean and international plays, the National Changgeuk Company of Korea, which performs traditional Korean changgeuk, the National Dance Company of Korea, and the National Orchestra Company of Korea.[2]


  • Main Hall 'Hae' ("Hae" means "sun, Korean: ")
  • Small Hall 'Dal' ("Dal" means "moon, Korean: ")
  • Studio 'Byeol' ("Byeol" means "star, Korean: ")
  • KB Haneul Youth Theater ("Haneul" means "sky, Korean: 하늘")
  • Culture Square


Youth Performing Arts Festival[edit]

The Youth Performing Arts Festival of the National Theater, held every April until May, is a festival for youth. With the theme ‘Youth Embracing the Sky,’ the festival contributes to fostering the positive emotions of youth through programs allowing the experience of traditional dance music, musicals, mime, plays and dance of both Korean and international classics. In 2008 when the first festival was held, The Journey to Folksong with Suksun Ahn was performed for youth and multi-cultural families in culturally neglected areas. The Youth Performing Arts Festival is the signature event of the National Theater, with the goal of inspiring those who will be the future leaders of society and the performing arts.

The World Festival of National Theaters[edit]

Starting in 2007, the World Festival of National Theaters takes place from September to October every year. The festival promotes the mutual understanding of cultures from every country, whereby Korean audiences can enjoy many excellent domestic and overseas performances. At the same time the National Theater of Korea can better solidify its position as the center of performing arts in Korea. Performances representing national theaters of various nations are on stage together with additional events like shows and exhibitions. National theaters, embassies and cultural centers of every country gather here for active cultural and artistic communication. The World Festival of National Theaters is the biggest festival hosted by the National Theater of Korea and is considered by some to be one of the greatest festivals in Korea.

The Saturday Cultural Plaza[edit]

Since 1993, the Saturday Cultural Plaza is the oldest open air performance by the National Theater. Various concerts and performances such as ballets, concerts of contemporary music and orchestra concerts are held in the open air cultural plaza every May to September, on Saturdays at 6:00PM. So far, 350 thousand people have visited the Saturday Cultural Plaza. From 2002 to 2007 the Plaza was sponsored by Renault-Samsung Motors and starting in 2008 by KB Kookmin Bank, which received the Mecenat Award in 2008. This activity aspires to serve as a model of partnership between art and business.

Midday Concert[edit]

The Midday Concert was designed to show the potential of traditional classical music so the public can easily understand Korean music’s past and present. Folksongs, contemporary music, and original sound tracks of soap operas and films are rearranged and modernized by the National Orchestra. Commentaries on each work by the artistic director Byeongki Hwang in order to enrich the concert’s content.

Seasons Festival[edit]

National Theater of Korea provides various events every spring, summer, fall and winter.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Theater of Korea Archived 2012-04-06 at the Wayback Machine Seoul Tourism Organization
  2. ^ The national theater of korea
  3. ^ Events website in Korean
  4. ^ Jang, Kyung-Jin (3 August 2010). "Lee Jun-ki says "depressed about Joo Ji-hoon turning first private today" (2)". 10 Asia. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  5. ^ Lee, Jin-hyuk (3 August 2010). "Lee Jun-ki attends musical "Voyage of Life" press conf". 10 Asia. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Star-Studded Army Musical to Open in January". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  7. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (12 December 2012). "Super Junior's Leeteuk and Ji Hyun Woo Participate in Army Musical". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013.

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