Get traditional arts and a food fix at one convenient locationKorea Cultural House, which opened April 1, hosts a plethora of traditional performances, from elegant court music to dynamic folk dances.
It also sells crafts and musical instruments, and has a restaurant serving Korean food, making it a one-stop shopping mecca for people interested in Korean culture.
The performances are first-rate. A recent show opened with a samulnori, a lively percussion performance, followed by a pansori, a narrative sung in traditional style, and closed with a janggo, a dance.
The shows, which usually include instruments, vocal music and dance, are at 8 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All are performed by leaders in their fields.
Admission costs 25,000 to 30,000 won ($20-$24), depending on the seat.
On the Korea Cultural House’s ground floor, visitors find traditional crafts made by local artisans, as well as traditional musical instruments.
A kkwaenggari, or hand-held cymbal, costs 70,000 won. Embroidered jewelry boxes made with traditional motifs and colors cost 700,000 won. Reasonably priced key rings, coasters and other small souvenirs are also available.
Next to the souvenir shop is a elegant Korean restaurant. Cultural House patrons who show their tickets get a 10 percent discount.
Though smaller than the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and the Seoul Arts Center, this medium-sized performance hall boasts reasonable prices and convenience. You can have dinner, buy gifts and enjoy a great show all in one location.
Take subway line No. 2 to Samsung Station, exit No. 4. Korea Cultural House is located behind the Textile Center.
For more information, call (02)567-6012, or visit the Web site www.kous.or.kr.
Korea Cultural House
Theme: Performance hall, gift shop
Telephone: (02) 567-6012
Hours: 8 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Location: Southern Seoul, Gangnam district, Daechi-dong
by Gloria Cha