As a K-Performance Supporter, I was given the chance to check out this amazing show that has been performed in over fifty countries throughout the world. My mom, who is currently visiting me here in Korea, and I arrived at the Namsan-gol Hanok Village a bit before the show started to check out some of the hanoks (traditional Korean houses). They were especially beautiful at that time, as the sun was beginning to set and the homes were lit by traditional lanterns.
Soon, a gong signaled it was time for us to take our seats in the theater. Upon sitting, we couldn't help but be in awe of the beauty of the theater. The Seoul Namsan Traditional Center is designed to look like the interior of a traditional Korean home with delicate wood framing and mulberry paper covering the walls. The theater was spacious and airy, a perfect environment for the show we would be watching.
The interior of the Seoul Namsan Traditional Center was the perfect environment for a performance of gugak.
As the show ended, the performers encouraged the audience to follow them to the first floor courtyard to join in on a dance and final drum number. The energy was incredibly high and everyone involved was having fun. It was the perfect ending to an excellent evening of gugak.
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