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The Korean traditional performing arts expressing the ordinary people's life through the history is a synthetic art composed with songs, dances, music, and comedy. It was started from long ago before the art form is divided into several different genres of music, dance, and so on. And it is expected as the model of the future art.

When regarded the contents, the free style of expression of one's feeling accompanying the impromptu and the reflection of the real life are the important characteristics of the Korean traditional performing arts.

Thus, the works have the power to sympathize with the audiences transcending the time. The Korean traditional performing arts has dealt with every aspect of life and carefully expressed the change of a world view and values according to the current of time.

Besides the serious spirit of the time, there is another important factor in the Korean traditional performing arts. The open space is that. Of course there is a basic frame of the form and contents, but the works are thoroughly influenced by the time and place.

The place is open to all and the audiences are not just appreciators but participants who give feed backs and reactions promptly. And so the performers must have the promptness as well as accomplishments. The Korean traditional performing arts do not only express the life but is the life itself. However, not vice versa, because the performances need to have basic formation or dramatic structure with music, dance or songs.

There are many kinds of plays and accomplishments, singing with various forms, a masque, a doll play, Pansori, the mimic stage in the Korean traditional performing arts. Also there is a modernized form of performance, such as a Korean classical opera or a musical.

Gwanghwamun Art Hall
Gwanghwamun Art Hall is the first permanent theater where the Korean traditional performing arts are taking place. It is based on the floor art, the main characteristic of the Korean traditional performing arts, and shows the special features of the traditional performances to the Korean and foreign audiences. The art hall is a small theater of 370 seats and making the Korean style performing culture with the audiences.

How to get to the Gwanghwamun Art Hall
Get off at Gyeongbokgung palace Stn. Subway Line 3, go out exit 1, and 10 minutes' walk