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National Gugak Center

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Address: 2364, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06757, South Korea
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Introduction to National Gugak Center

The National Gugak Center (NGC) is the...

Introduction to National Gugak Center

The National Gugak Center (NGC) is the headquarters of traditional Korean performing arts.

NGC maintains a variety of assets ranging from the long standing traditions of court and popular music and dance to contemporary musical compositions for today's audiences.


NGC's four pre-eminent performing groups, which are Court Music Orchestra, Folk Music Group, Dance Theater, and Contemporary Gugak Orchestra, have been at the forefront of reviving ancient court music and dance, traditional chamber music of non-professional musicians, and old popular music that thrived among common people. (Every Saturday / 3pm)


- Theaters & Performances

There are four theaters at the National Gugak Center and various types of concerts, play, theatrics are features at these theaters. Among them, the 'Saturday Performance of Korean Music & Dance' is one of the most popular for program for foreign visitors.

- Museum of Gugak

Established in 1995, the museum houses Korean classical instruments, ancient music scores, ancient documents, and articles left by virtuosos. Visitors can enjoy the Gugak History Hall where the history of Gugak is displayed as well as the Ancient Documents Hall, Virtuosos Hall, and Instruments Hall where highly valued and treasured Gugak archives are preserved. The 3D Visual Image and Gugak Experience Hall add an enjoyable and authentic learning experience about Gugak. Through continuous data collection and supplementation, the Museum of Gugak will become a valuable place where people can learn and experience everything about Gugak.

- Hours of Operation : 9:00 ~ 18:00. (Closed on Mondays)

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I live in Seoul, Korea. This place is good for photography as the building architecture is really awesome. Futhermore, you can learn about korean history here.

Reviewed 17 November 2015
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Seoul, South Korea
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5 reviews
Reviewed 29 August 2016

only traditional music of korea. very quite. if you want to experience korean folk music... recommendable

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Reviewed 17 November 2015

I live in Seoul, Korea. This place is good for photography as the building architecture is really awesome. Futhermore, you can learn about korean history here.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

Learnt with a group of 11 people with a very enthusiastic teacher. Class was pretty fun, although it gave me muscle-aches in my arms the next day. Class conducted entirely in Korean so it may not be advisable for non-Korean-speaking foreigners to attend. An interesting experience.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 October 2015

Performances are held on Saturday at 15:00 throughout the year. Cost is a very reasonable 20,000 won and discounts for seniors are available. The show is a wonderful introduction o Korean Traditional music and dance and period dress of the Chosen Dynasty. If you enjoy Korean Folk music and dance this is the place for you. The performance is 90... More 

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Reviewed 26 May 2015 via mobile

I walked here from Baebang Station (about 15 to 20 minutes, up the hill towards the bush then left for about 3 blocks). It started at 3pm (I think its the same time every Saturday). I paid W20,000 for a very good seat at the door. The small theatre was nearly full. A professor spoke at length a couple of... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 April 2015 via mobile

My visit to the National Gugak centre was the highlight of my Korean trip. I'm glad we managed to catch the 3pm performance on Sat even though we were there only half an hour before the performance started. We enjoyed the performances immensely, especially because there were explanatory notes in English on a screen.

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Reviewed 27 February 2015

The mixed arts show is a must do on any Saturday afternoon. The master class students perform in reparatory on Saturday. These are not college student kids, these are mostly seasoned performers with exceptional talent. We saw several dances, several groupings of traditional instruments and a marvelous modern composition that was amazing. If I was in Seoul I would be... More 

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Reviewed 23 February 2015

I have had the great honor and pleasure of studying at the National Gugak Center as well as watched countless performances in the time I was there (6 months in 2013). They offer a program for foreigners once a year for 2 weeks as well as a special 6 month program for researchers and professionals from select countries (you can... More 

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Reviewed 12 February 2015

I have a fondness for traditional Korean music. Some are very lively, others are very somber. This museum has a very large number of Korean instruments. It was fun looking at the instruments and reading the descriptions. There was a room upstairs where one can listen to old recordings from the early 20th century. It's a must visit for all... More 

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Reviewed 20 March 2013

When in Korea, try not to miss any opportunities to appreciate their traditional music and dance. It's like nothing you hear around Asia, not like Chinese or Japanese music at all, despite their vicinity. The building and surrounding is art in itself. It has a gorgeous FREE museum to see the musical instruments in close up. Best part of the... More 

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