National Theatre of Korea

Category : Museums/Galleries
 Jun 12, 2015

National Theatre of Korea

The box office(Customer Service Center) is located on the 1st floor of Main Hall ‘Hae’ at National Theater of Korea Opening hours: from 9 am to the end of performance.

You can receive your tickets at the Ticket Exchange Box of each concert Hall from one hour before the show. Please note that you should show your ID Card to pick up your tickets.
If you want any other arrangement on the ticket receving, please contact the Customer service center.

 

History

The National Theater of Korea located on Namsan, which is a central of the metropolitan city of Seoul founded in April 1950. It was not until the National Theater established on Namsan in 1973 that it was transferred from place to place under many circumstances.

After the Korean Government was established in 1948, an executive order to establish a national theater was promulgated. The Bumingwan, the City Hall(now Seoul Metropolitan Council) was designated as a site for a national theater, and Yoo Chi-jin was named the first president of the National Theater of Korea. The New Theatre Council was inaugurated with a national theater in January 1950, under which two resident drama companies, Shin-hyup and Geuk-hyup. They staged Wonsulrang(written by Yoo Chi-jin) for the opening performance in April 1950. It drew more than fifty thousand visitors for 15 days.

The subsequent staging of a Thunderstorm(written by Cho Woo) was successful in a row. The play drew approximately 75,000 people, or about one sixth of the total population of Seoul and registered a new high in Korea's drama history. While it was working on its third performance, all activities of theater were totally paralyzed with the outbreak of the Korean War only after 57 days of opening.

 

During the Korean War

The war made the theater's functions completely paralyzed. Many artists were either kidnapped or defected to the North Korea. Consequently, hopes for a new theatrical art were dashed. However their passion survived the internecine war. A money bill to rebuild the National Theater was passed in May 1952 by the National Assembly and the cabinet meeting. With a decision to use the Daegu Cultural Center as a new place for the National Theater, it reopened in a refuge of Daegu.

 

Return to Seoul

Returning to the capital after the war, the National Theater opened at the Sigonggwan(Seoul Public Hall) in June 1957 on condition that it would occupy part of the latter. With no resident companies under exclusive contract with the National Theater, it invited members of Shin-hyup to work for the National Drama Company. Witnessing ordeals such as the April 19 Student Uprising and the May 16 Military Coup on one hand, and a rapid influx of visual media into Korea including the film industry on the other, the theatrical arts faced new challenglishes. Rising up to such challenglishes of the times, the National Theater came up with a variety of self-help measures including 'Opening a Prize List of Plays' which aims at boosting performances of original plays.

With the newly establishment of Seoul Public Hall by the Seoul City Government, Sigonggwan became an exclusive building for the National Theater in Myeongdong. Timing with the Opening ceremony of the renovated National Theater in March 1962, the theater inaugurated resident companies including the National Dance, Changgeuk, Opera Company in addition to the existing Drama Company.

 

The Ntok in Namsan

Returning to the capital after the war, the National Theater opened at the Sigonggwan(Seoul Public Hall) in June 1957 on condition that it would occupy part of the latter. With no resident companies under exclusive contract with the National Theater, it invited members of Shin-hyup to work for the National Drama Company. Witnessing ordeals such as the April 19 Student Uprising and the May 16 Military Coup on one hand, and a rapid influx of visual media into Korea including the film industry on the other, the theatrical arts faced new challenglishes. Rising up to such challenglishes of the times, the National Theatercame up with a variety of self-help measures including 'Opening a Prize List of Plays' which aims at boosting performances of original plays.

With the newly establishment of Seoul Public Hall by the Seoul City Government, Sigonggwan became an exclusive building for the National Theater in Myongdong. Timing with the Opening ceremony of the renovated National Theater in March 1962, the theater inaugurated resident companies including the National Dance, Changgeuk, Opera Company in addition to the existing Drama Company.


 

Venue Info

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Main Hall Hae

As the representative performance hall of Korea, the main hall of the National Theater of Korea is an integrated theater capable of staging every genre of performance.

The main hall has 1,563 seats and an easily adjustable stage along with advanced sound and lighting systems. In particular, the spacing between seats is among the most generous in Korea, providing the audience with a most comfortable environment in which to enjoy the performance.

The hall contains a 20m diameter revolving stage with large and small lift stages in the front and back. Movable stages can be operated either independently or in connection with the main stage from the center. The orchestra lift, which is divided into three sections, can function individually or in groups.
It is a multipurpose space, which accommodates up to 80 performers, and displays various productions. A sound reflection board can be installed in the hall by measuring the amount of reverberation of the concert. The sub facilities and the main facilities, including 23 installation poles, create an automated system that can be used to check graphic images of operations and adjust operations in accordance with stage production.

 

 

 

Small Hall Dal

This small hall with 512 seats (including 6 wheelchair seats) boasts a proscenium stage with ideal facilities.
It is a popular theater for staging representative works from the repertoire and regularly scheduled programs of various genres. It is also the main theater for dramas and Changgeuk.

 

 

Studio Byeol

This studio of the National Theater of Korea was established in 2001 as a youthful space often used to feature more progressive and experimental performances. It is a small theater with a 100-person seating capacity including 74 fixed seats and some 30 moveable seats. It consists of a 220 square meter area including a 33 square meter lobby, and comes with sound, lighting, and cooling and heating facilities.

 

 


 

KB Haneul Youth Theatre

KB Haneul Youth Theater which seats 732 is the very first domed theater for the youth in Korea. Its automatically convertible roof makes it possible either to have natural lighting or to have artificial lighting suitable for each performance, regardless of weather. It stands for an environment-friendly, multipurpose theater with the landscaping fit for Mt. Nam's nature, excellent acoustics and good sound and lighting equipments.


 

Parking

Location

Address : Jangchungdan-gil 158, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea (100-857)

Location : Seoul-si > Jung-gu

Directions

[Shuttle Bus]
Before Performances
• Where to take a shuttle bus : In front of Namsan circulation bus stop, Exit No. 6 of Dongkuk University Station (Subway Line 3)
• Route : Dongkuk University Station (Subway Line 3) → The National Theater of Korea(NTOK)
• Time : every ten minutes from one hour before the performance time till twenty minutes before.
For example, when a performance starts at 19:30, the shuttle bus departs at 18:30, 18:40, 18:50, 19:00 and 19:10.

After Performances
• Where to take a shuttle bus : Culture Square in front of the Main Hall HAE
• Route : NTOK → Exit No.1 of Dongkuk University Station (Subway Line 3) → Exit No.1 of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park (Subway Line 2, 4, 5)
• Time : After a performance is finished
The post-performance shuttle bus service only operates for performances after 18:00.

[Subway]
• Get off at Dongkuk University Station on Subway Line 3.
Take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang, Exit No. 2.
Or take Bus No. 02 or 05 circulating the Namsan at Exit No. 6.
• Get off at Chungmuro Station on either Subway Line 3 or 4.
Take Bus No. 02 or 05 via Namsan in front of Daehan Theater at Exit No. 2.
• Get off at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station on Subway Lines 2, 4 or 5.
Take Bus No. 420 (Blue bus) at Exit No. 8.
• Get off at Hangangjin Station on Subway Line 6.
Take Bus No. 3 via Namsan at Exit No. 2.

[Bus]
• Yellow 02
Stop at The National Theater of Korea
First bus : 08:00 / Last bus : 24:00 / Buses run every five to eight minutes
Running time : 40 minutes
Stops at : Namsan Park → Seoul Tower → Namsan Library → Namsan Walking Path B → Seoul Animation Center → Toegyero 3-ga → Daehan Theater → Toegyero 5-ga → Dongguk Univ. Subway Station → The National Theater of Korea → Namsan Park → Seoul Tower
• Yellow 03
Stop at Entrance to Northern circulatory road of Namsan (NTOK)
Stops at : Namsan Seoul Tower (starting point) → Namsan Library → Baekbeom Square → Namdaemun Market → Namsan Tunnel No. 3 → Yongsan Hanshin Apartment → Entrance of Haebangchon → Itaewon → Itaewon Fire Station & Police Stand → Hannam 2 Village Office → Hangangjin Station → Entrance to Northern circulatory road of Namsan (NTOK) →Namsan Seoul Tower
• Yellow 05
Stop at The National Theater of Korea
Stops at : Namsan Seoul Tower (Starting point) → Namsan library → Baekbeom Square →Namdaemun Market (Accessory Store building) → Namdaemun Market → Myeongdong (Myeongdong Station) → Toegyero 3 Ga (Korean house village, The Korea House) → Daehan Theater → Toegyeoro 5 Ga → Dongkuk University Station (Jangchung-dong) → The National Theater of Korea → Entrance to Northern circulatory road of Namsan → Namsan Seoul Tower
• Blue 420
Stop at The National Theater of Korea
First bus : 04:00 / Last bus : 22:50 / Buses run every four minutes
Running time : 129 minutes, 48 buses
Stops at : Daechi Sageori → Yeoksam Market → Hannam Bridge → Danguk University → The National Theater of Korea → Gwanghuidong → Dongdaemun → Shinsuldong Station → Jegi Station → Chunglyangli Station
• Blue 144
Stop at Jangchung-dong and take the free National Theater shuttle
First bus : 04:00 / Last bus : 22:50 / Buses run every four minutes
Running time : 29 minutes, 48 buses
Stops at : Dosunsa → Duksung Women’s University → National 4.19 Cemetery → Hwagyesa→ Samyang Sageori → Korea University → Shinsul-dong → Dongdaemun Stadium → Jangchungdong(Dongguk University) → Jangchung Gymnasium → Danguk University → Shinsa Station → Kyobo Tower
• Blue 301
Stop at Jangchung-dong and take the free National Theater shuttle
First bus : 04:00 / Last bus : 22:50 / Buses run every four minutes
Running time : 123 minutes, 36 buses
Stops at : Hanlim High Schol → Munjung Jugong Apt. → Garak Market → Jamshil Station → Kyunggi High School → Gangnam-gu Office → Kinema Theater → Jangchungdong(Dongguk University) → Gwanghuidong → Dongdaemun Stadium → Yihwadong → Seoul National University Hospital → Hyehwa Station
• Blue 2012
Stop at Jangchung-dong and take the free National Theater shuttle
First bus : 04:30 / Last bus : 23:00 / Buses run every seven minutes
Running time : 91 minutes, 15 buses
Stops at : Gugidong → Sangmyung University → Gyungbok High School → Angukdong → Jonggak → Jongno → Dongdaemun → Jangchungdong(Dongguk University) → Yaksudong → Geumhodong
• Blue 7011
Stop at Toegyero 3(sam)-ga and transfer to the yellow bus No. 02, And Stop at the NTOK
First bus : 04:00 / Last bus : 22:50 / Buses run every four minutes
Running time : 123 minutes, 3 buses
Stops at : Worldcup Stadium → Ewha University Station → Jonggeundang(Chungjungno) → Toegyero 3(sam)-ga
• 9410
Stop at Jangchung Stadium and take the free National Theater shuttle
First bus : 04:30 / Last bus : 02:30 / Buses run every eight minutes
Running time : 185 minutes, 25 buses
Stops at : Shingheung Station → SegokdongSageor → Yangjae Station → Nonhyun Station→ Jangchung Gymnasium → Dongdaemun Stadium → Jongno 5-ga → Changgyunggung(palace)

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“We will always try to put on performances you will enjoy.” Welcome to the National Theatre of Korea, the centerpiece of performing arts representing Korea. Founded in 1950, the National Theatre > READ MORE
“We will always try to put on performances you will enjoy.”

Welcome to the National Theatre of Korea, the centerpiece of performing arts representing Korea.

Founded in 1950, the National Theatre of Korea had witnessed the suffering of the Korean Woar, But for the past 63 years, has been standing out as the leader of art performances in Korea.

Three Resident companies (The National Changgeuk Company of Korea, the National Dance Company of Korea, and the National Orchestra of Korea) which belong to the National Theatre of Korea, respectively strive to recreate traditional Korean arts in modern and global ways. TO show the past and future of Korean art performance in one place, we opened the National Museum of Performing Arts of Korea.

To participate in the government’s welfare policy, we establish a special system that make culturally under-served populations keep in touch with art programs in and out of the Theatre with own volition. Feel free to ask about any performance you want.

We always keep our door open to you.

Why don’t you come to our Theatre, nestled at the foot of Namsan in the center of Seoul with the beautiful scenery of four seasons, take a great scent of lush forest and the fragrance of art.

Ahn Ho-Sang, CEO of National Theatre of Korea > Less more
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