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Life with Culture: Gugak and dance performances at Changgyeonggung Palace until June 27th Updated: 2021-06-18 14:30:44 KST

It's Friday, and that means it's time for our regular segment 'Life With Culture' segment, full of interesting cultural events we can enjoy over the weekend. Our culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung is here with us in the studio, Bo-kyoung, I heard that visitors to the royal palaces can enjoy some cultural performances with a difference?

That's right Conn-young, as you know, the royal palaces are peaceful and tranquil places where you can enjoy the ambience of the Joseon Dynasty's long history.
And at Changgyeonggung Palace, there is also the rare chance to see dance and gugak Korean traditional music together in one performance.
Let me give you a peek.


You don't have to travel far to find quiet spots that are rich with history.
The royal palaces nestled in the heart of Seoul, offer citizens a comforting place to relax.
To create a unique experience, the Cultural Heritage Administration came up with a daily small performance series taking place in Changgyeonggung Palace.

"For those who feel like escaping the bustle of the city. and enjoying the perfect weather with a soft breeze you can relax and watch shows in the palace grounds while sitting on a comfy bean bag.”

"To let citizens find some comfort and overcome the Corona Blues, we were allowed to use the forest of Changgyeonggung Palace as a stage. We hope traditional and contemporary dance together at one site along with gugak band's songs can help relieve people's stress."

The artist who performs the 'Salpuri' a national intangible cultural heritage, says the backdrop of the centuries-old palaces could let viewers enjoy the ambience of the shows even more.

"'Salpuri' is one of the representative folk dances. As it literally means to wash away evil spirits, the shamanic element was strongly embedded but now it's one of Korea's traditional arts. I believe presenting traditional dance in a major cultural heritage site could offer greater joy."

The audience seem delighted to see the live show.

"I went out to stroll with my friend because the weather is so nice. It has been a long time since I've seen a live show, and it was great to see well-trained performers and traditional dance. I will come again next time. I enjoyed it so much today."

The shows will take place at 3PM and 5 PM everyday, until June 27th.
Each show is limited to 50 audience members due to COVID-19.
For shows until June 18th, those interested can get the tickets at site for free, while for performances from the 19th to the 27th, people need to register in advance through the Naver booking website.

Those shows at Changgyeonggung Palace sound so peaceful and relaxing. Now, that sounds great for those interested in Korea's traditional culture, what about for K-pop fans?

Fans of K-pop will be hyped to hear that the world's largest virtual Korean culture and music festival "KCON:TACT 4 U" will take place from tomorrow, June 19th, until June 27th.
KCON is the world’s largest fan celebration of Korean culture and music. It first started in Los Angeles in 2012, but was turned into an online event called "KCON:TACT" last year due to the pandemic.
Around 26 K-pop artists will be presenting shows as if they are on a world tour, visiting previous countries where KCON has been held in the past.
The concert series and fan engagement extravaganza that lets viewers get to know more about Korean culture will be live-streamed through CJ ENM's online video service TVING for domestic fans, and through KCON official and the Mnet K-POP YouTube channels for fans overseas.
Those who would like to enjoy it in widescreen with surround sound can visit 15 CGV cinemas including CGV Gangnam, which will live stream the K-pop artists' eye-catching shows.

K-pop fans will be very excited to see their favorite K-pop idols and artists Thank you Bo-kyoung for sharing this information as always. I will see you next week.

Thank you.

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