12/14/2002 - 02/16/2003
Chungdong Theater, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Non-verbal performance ‘Tokebi Storm’ is being presented at
Jeongdong Theater. Tokebi Storm was first noticed when it won
the ‘Herald Angel Award’ at the Edinburgh International Film
Festival. The show has also received international acclaim after
touring eleven cities in five countries, and was recognized for
its excellence receiving 4 stars (maximum 5 stars) from the art
magazine ‘The List’ in the U.K.
Tokebi Storm begins with two office workers who are working late
into the night, tired from the monotony and tediousness of life.
They start to make exciting beat but fall asleep. Suddenly they
participate in a party hosted by Tokebi (Traditional Korean
Goblin). After awaking from the dream, they recall that they
were so free, released from the pressures of life. Percussive
instruments act as media for people and Tokebi. All kinds of
items – jars of clay, pots, calabash, gayageum (twelve-stringed
zither), and taepyeongso (metal-bell) are used as percussion
instruments. The highlight comes in the middle of the
performance when the percussion instruments create traditional
Korean music with straw-roofed houses and bamboos in the
background. Each actor can play more than ten musical
instruments with their excellent musical skills, creating an
ecstatic sound which entices the audience to participate with
clapping and cheering. Tokebi Storm is considered to embrace
Korean culture and is definitely worth seeing. Jeongodng Theater
is located on Jeongdongno Street which also features popular
promenades around Deoksugung Palace.
December 14, 2003 – February 16, 2003
Time: 19:30 (February 15th and
16th: 15:00 and 18:00)
*Closed on Mondays
Location: Chungdong Theater,
Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Tickets: R Seats 50,000 won / S
Seats 35,000 won / A Seats 25,000 won
02-2068-0657~9 (Kor./Eng.) / Website:
Seoul Subway Line 1 (Exit 1) and Line 2 (Exit 12). Walk about 5
minutes along the Deoksugung Stone Path.
World Flower Exhibition Goyang, Korea 2003
- 04/24/2003 - 05/08/2003
Address : At the
Ilsan Lake Park, Janghang-dong, Ilsan-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
The World Flower Exhibition Goyang (WFEK 2003) will take place
from April 24 to May 8 for fifteen days at the Lake Park in
Ilsan, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, about 45 minutes north of Seoul,.
This is a yearly event to stimulate the floriculture trade as
well as tourism. With main theme “Joy of Flowers and Human
Beings” 100 foreign companies from 35 countries will
participate, as well as 100 Korean firms. The exhibition will
provide trade counsel and various flower exhibitions in outdoor
and indoor exhibition halls. The indoor hall consists of World
Hall I and World Hall II for trade counsel and contract, Theme
Hall, which shows harmony of flowers and life, Wildflower Garden
exhibitin Korean indigenous flowers, Kid Flower Garden, which
exhibits animal shape plants for children, and Flower Decoration
Hall for works by international florists and flower arrangement
lessons. In particular, a rare plants exhibition shows Rafflesia,
the biggest flower in the world, a fan-shape Euphorbia, and
other marvelous flowers. Outdoors, Lake Ilsan, large and
beautiful park pond, harmonizes with Topiary Garden, Tulip
Garden, Rose Garden, Water Garden, and Herbs Chrysanthemum
Garden. It offers thirty different kinds events, for example, a
concert of opera, a dance festival, a magic flower show, and a
singing contest. Volunteers, operating staff, and security
guides will help visitors at the entrance, the information
centers, a facility for safekeeping and rentals, and a special
area for missing children
Events related to flowers:
International Flower Seminar, Special lecture on Flowers,
Flower Arrangement Contest for WFEK CUP, Body Flower Show,
Flower Demonstration, Lecture on flower arrangement, etc.
Events with visitor participation:
Flower Photograph Contest, Flower Drawing Contest, Essay
Contest, Singing Contest, Quiz Game, etc.
Performance Events: Parade,
Character Show, Aerobic Show, Symphonic Orchestra, Flower
Fashion Show, Military Band Performance, etc
Cultural Events: Performance of
Provincial Korean Orchestra & Dance Company, Farmer’s Folk
Band, Provincial Folk Performance, etc
Thursday, April 24 – Thursday, May 8, 2003 (the first two days,
April 24 and 25 are open only to industry visitors, but for the
rest of the period the exhibition will be open to all.)
At the Ilsan Lake Park, Janghang-dong, Ilsan-gu, Goyang-si,
2003 World Flower Exhibition Goyang Organizing Committee
Adults 10,000 won, middle and high school students 6,000 won,
children 4 through elementary school 4,000 won. Foreign visitors
in groups of 10 or more can receive a discount if tickets are
bought in advance.
Motel: Tel. 82-31-975-6050
Haengjusanseong, Bukhansanseong, Tomb of General Choi Young,
Byeokjegwanji, Goyang Hyanggyo.
Information: Tel +82-31-1330 (Korean/English/Japanese/Chinese)
Culture and Art, Goyang City Hall: Tel. +82-31-961-2735
Exit 2 of Jeongbalsan Station, Seoul Subway Train Line 3. Walk
8 minutes in the direction of Ilsan Lake Park.
Lake Park bus stop: No.72-2 from Myeongdong, Midopa,
and No.959 from Gimpo University
Jeongbalsan Station bus stop: Nos.77-2, 903-1from
Nos. 87-1, or 914 from Yeongdeungpo, No. 907 from Seoul
Station, No. 33 from Gimpo Airport, No. 3300 from Incheon
Promenade of Modern Art
11/27/2002 - 05/11/2003
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Deoksugung Palace
special exhibition called the ‘Promenade of Modern Art’ will be
held at National Museum of Contemporary Art in Deoksugung Palace
from November 2002 to May 2003. The exhibition is composed of
two parts, Korean modern paintings and Western modern paintings.
Exhibition Hall 1 and 2 features colored paintings in Indian ink
with the theme of ‘Thoughts, Reality and Expression’. Exhibition
Hall 3 and 4 features watercolor and oil paintings under the
theme of ‘Grope for Modernity’. The exhibition provides an
excellent opportunity to appraise Korean modern paintings
through the keen artistic spirit bearing the thoughts of the
times. One hundred twenty four modern paintings from the
National Museum of Contemporary Art are also on display.
Visitors can stroll along the stream of modern art works.
Part 1 - from November 27, 2002 to March, 30, 2003
Part 2 – from December 18, 2002 to May, 11, 2003
(March to October) 09:00-18:00
(November to February) 09:00-17:00
* Admission is permitted a hour prior to the closing.
* Closed on Mondays
Location: National Museum of
Contemporary Art, Deoksugung Palace, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
02-779-5310 (Korean) / http://www.moca.go.kr/ (Kor/Eng/Jap/Chn)
Admission tickets to Deoksugung Palace include admission to the
Individual: (ages 19~24): 500 won /(ages 25~64): 1,000 won
Group: (ages 19~24): 400 won /(ages 25~64):800 won
*Free for people aged 18 or under, 65 or over
Seoul Subway Line 1 (Exit 2) or Line 2 (Exit 12). 2-5 minutes by
walk to the museum.
Age of Philosophy and Aesthetics
11/21/2002 - 02/02/2003
Address : Museum of
Contemporary Art, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
special exhibition called the ‘Age of Philosophy and Aesthetics’
is being held at Exhibition Hall 1 and 2 of the National Museum
of Contemporary Art from November 21, 2002 to February 2, 2003.
This exhibition is significant in that it reviews the works of
monochrome art in the 1970’s and 1980’s, which created a
formative and unique aesthetic in Korean art. During that time,
various experimental styles appeared, but monochrome dominated
the modern art scene in Korea. Monochrome, which eliminated all
the images and forms on canvas, was the major art style in the
1970’s. 45 major Korean artists are participating in this
exhibition and about 140 works are on display. Monochrome is
called ‘the birth of Korean modernism’ in Korean art history.
November 21, 2002 – February 2, 2003
Exhibition Hall 1 and 2, Museum of
Contemporary Art, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Inquiries: 02-2188-6000(Kor) /
(age over 19) 2,000 won / (age under 18)
Seoul Subway Line 4, Seoul Grand Park Station (Exit 4). Take a
shuttle bus to the museum (takes about 10 minutes).
12/19/2002 - 03/02/2003
Yeongang Hall, Yeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
The world’s famous musical “Footloose” will be performed at
Yeongang Hall until March 2nd, 2003. Debuted in Korea in 1998,
“Footloose” has not only been favored by critics around the
world but also by musical lovers. Many songs from the musical
are still loved even now. The story line is based on an
experience of a high school boy moving to a rural town from a
large urban city. At first he faces a great cultural gap and
other hindrances, but finally brings a harmonious unity of this
rural village with dance and music. “Footloose” invites the
audience to the world of dazzling jazz dance and heart beating
rock ‘n’ roll where it becomes hard to just sit and watch.
January 19, 2003 – March 2, 2003
Time: (Wed. Fri. Sat. Sun.)
16:00, 19:30 / (Tue. Thurs.) 19:30
*Closed on Mondays.
Location: Yeongang Hall, Yeonji-dong,
Tickets: R Seats 55,000 won / S
Seats 45,000 won / A Seats 35,000 won
Inquiries: 02-766-8551 (Kor)
Seoul Subway Line 1, Jongno 5(o)-ga Station (Exit 1)
Outdoor Opera Turandot
05/08/2003 - 05/11/2003
Seoul World Cup
Stadium in Sangam-dong
will be performed under the open sky at the Seoul World Cup
Stadium on May 2003 to commemorate the first anniversary of the
2002 FIFA World Cup KoreaJapan.
The opera is produced by world-class Chinese film director Zhang
Yimou whose made “Red Sorghum”, “Raise the Red Lantern”, “Ju
Dou”, among other notables.
This will be the biggest opera in Korean history- production
will cost about five billion won (over four million US dollars).
The giant stage will be 150 by 40 meters. The 1,500 costumes and
props were designed in Italy and China, and 600 top-class
performers guarantee this opera’s success and dignity.
Turandot won high praise such as “marvelous harmony of the
culture of the East and the West” through its premier in Italy
in 1997 and performances at the Forbidden City, China. Zhang
Yimou is setting the stage at Seoul World Cup Stadium more than
double the scale than in Italy or China.
Giovanna Casolla was cast as the beautiful Chinese Princess
Turandot, and the greatest tenor Nicola Martinucci was cast as
Princess Turandot with her cold heart proclaimed she would marry
only the prince who could answer her three riddles. Charmed by
her beauty, many princes tried to solve them but failed and died
The handsome Prince Calaf solves them all but she still refuses
him. In the end, Turandot’s frozen heart finally melts and she
falls in love with Calaf because of his true heart and
passionate kiss. They close with a wonderful love song.
- Date and Time: Thursday ~ Saturday, May 8 ~ 10, 2003.
(20:00), Sunday, May 11, 2003 (19:30)
- Place: Seoul World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong
- Inquiries: 02-3473-7635 (Kor) / 02-3486-0145 (Kor) /
- Tickets: Ticket Link (1588-7890) / Ticket Park
Dinner will be
served before performance. Program brochures, postcards,
etc. are also provided.
196 seats are
- Discounts: Call 02-3473-7635, press #1 15% discount for
groups of thirty or more. 50% discount for a handicapped person
and one aide.
Seoul Metro Subway Train Line 6, World Cup Station (exits 1, 2,
Jongmyo Daeje: The Royal Ancestral Rite
05/25/2003 - 05/25/2003
Shrine, Hunjeong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Jongmyo Daeje, the Royal Ancestral Rite, takes place in Jongmyo
Shrine every year in May. Jongmyo Royal Ancestral Shrine, was
one of the three main state institutions of the Joseon Dynasty
(1392–1910), and enshrines the spirit tablets of Joseon Kings,
Queens, and meritorious retainers. This ritual is accompanied by
Jongmyojereak, which is the essence of Korea’s royal court music
including ritual music and solemn line dance. The orchestral
ensemble is composed of Chinese-derived and Korean string,
percussion and wind instruments including bell chimes (pyeonjong),
stone chimes (pyeongyeong), the cylindrical Chinese oboe (dangpiri),
the bowl zither (ajaeng), and transverse flute (daegeum), which
still captures the authentic form of the old court music that
has been played since the early Joseon period. The ritual is
conducted twice in Yeongnyeongjeon and Jeongjeon, and a royal
procession is held from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Jongmyo. These
royal ancestral rite and ritual music are designated as
important intangible cultural assets #56 and #1 accordingly on
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List on May 18,2001.
Date: 10:00–16:30, May 25, 2003
Yeongnyeongjeon royal ancestral rite 10:00–12:30
Royal Procession 12:30–14:00 (Gyeongbokgung Palace ->
Gwanghwamun (Sejongno) ->Jongno 1,2,3 ga-> Jongmyo
Jeongjeon Royal Ancestral Rite 14:00–16:30
Venue: Jongmyo Shrine, Hunjeong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tourist Information: + 82-2-1330
a 5-minute walk from Jongno 3 (sam)-ga station on Seoul Subway
Line 1,3, and 5.