Chongdong Theater

Attraction 43 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-120, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
06:00 PM
08:30 PM
First-time visit Second-time visit
Must see
19.00 - 27.00 USD

Chongdong Theater is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Chongdong Theater was opened in 1995 as an annex to the National Theater of Korea. Come to watch performances of traditional genres of Korean theater.

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Why Chongdong Theater is special ?

The Chongdong Theater was opened in 1995 as an annex to the National Theater of Korea. Come to watch performances of traditional genres of Korean theater, such as pansori, a type of singing.

Chongdong flagship show is Miso (meaning “smile”), which has been performed here since 1997. Miso is a family-friendly love story that incorporates vibrant Korean costume, music and dancing. Hear a traditional percussion quartet and witness a fan dance called buchaechum. Miso is widely hailed as one of Seoul’s top visitor attractions. Entertainment is fused with education to produce a show that provides insight into Korea’s cultural heritage.


What to explore at Chongdong Theater?

Chongdong Theater’s “Korean Traditional Stage” performance has been running ever since 1997. Here the audience can enjoy a selection of some of Korea’s most famous traditional performing arts, such as pansori, a traditional percussion quartet, a fan dance, and dance that was once performed in a shamanism exorcism ritual. Detailed subtitles in English, Japanese, and Chinese, explain the performances.

During the show audience members are welcomed on stage to assist performers in Beona (an act where round plates are spun on top of long sticks or pipes), and after the show the audience can take photos with the performers in the Chongdong Theater’s outdoor courtyard.

MISO is a traditional stage show that is performed daily at the Chongdong Theater at 8:00pm from January to March and at 4:00pm and 8:00pm from April to December (please note no performances on Monday). Moreover, the theater also offers a Janggu (traditional Korean double-headed drum) experience class and visitors who arrive one hour before the show begins can take photos wearing traditional Korean costume.


How to get to Chongdong Theater?

Subway Line 5 Seodaemun Station: Exit 5 toward "Kyunghyang Newspaper"

Subway Line 5 Gwanghwamun Station: Exit 6 toward "Deoksu Elementary School"

Subway Line 2 City Hall Station: Exit 12 toward "Jeongdong Theater"

Subway Line 1 City Hall Station: Exits 1 and 2 toward "Jeongdong Theater"

Selling points

  • Korean culture experience
  • Traditional & Colorful Korean Performance
  • Entertaining, beautiful, interactive
  • Modern Design, Fantastic
  • Beautiful architecture

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43 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-120, South Korea

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Tips for you

  • Toilet is available.
  • Smoking is forbidden.
  • In case of any difficulties finding Chungdong Theater, please call at 7511-500-503.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • You can find further information about the Chongdong theater, the programs and events held there, on its online English homepage.
  • Jeongdong Theater is situated in the center of Seoul and has limited parking space within the theater itself. So please make use of the convenient public transportation. If you must drive your car, please use the nearby parking spaces.
  • Please note no performances on Monday and Feb 1


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U can choose any seat,it will be ok. Really nice performance,u will get pleasure for sure

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Last May 2014, I was able to watch a popular traditional Korean play at Jeongdong Theater called Miso. Miso, a Korean word that means “beautiful smile” or “magandand ngiti” in Filipino. Miso is the No. 1 Korean Traditional Arts Performance loved by people from all over the world. Starting last April 2014, Jeongdong Theater presents its new performance for 2014 which is Miso: Baebijang-jeon. It is my first time to watch Miso and for me the performance is very interesting and funny at the same time. I did not have dull moments while watching the show which makes it MUST-SEE performance when you go to Seoul. Baebijang-jeon is not just an ordinary play as the story is told through traditional Korean dance, Samulnuri (traditional percussion quartet) and other Korean traditional instruments as well. The combination of the traditional dance and music will definitely capture the attention of all the audience not only Koreans but also foreigners like me as well who loves musical performances. For me it is like watching my favorite sageuk drama live and up-close since we had a good seats in the theater. The whole production is perfect from the background, to the music, the cast (all of them are handsome and pretty!!!), and the colorful and vibrant costumes used in the play. If I want to I can watch the play over and over again and you don’t need advanced level of Korean to understand it because they provide English, Chinese, and Japanese translations on screen. Lastly, one thing I like in Jeongdong Theater is that the size of the theater is not so big and not so small either just the perfect size for you to watch the play and you can see the cast really close without using any binoculars. After the show, you can take pictures together with the cast as souvenir for free.Performances are held twice a day (Closed on Mondays): one in the afternoon 16:00 and at night 20:00. The tickets for this musical range from ₩ 40,000 to ₩ 50,000. If you come early you can visit the nearby places like Jungmyeongjeon Hall, Jeongdong First Methodist Church, and Seoul Museum of Art before watching the show. To get to the theater you can either got to Seodaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 or You can also go out from City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 12 and just follow the stonewall road along Deoksugung Palace. #wowkoreasupporters

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