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[Korea] 2012 Chuseok Holiday Events & Performances

  • Date09/25/2012
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Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving, is one of the most widely celebrated national holidays. This year, the holiday falls on September 30th; both of the days preceding (September 29th) and following (October 1st) Chuseok are also counted as holidays.

For locals, the Chuseok holiday season is a time for family gatherings. For locals and foreigners alike, it is also an opportunity to experience Korean traditional culture. Fortunately, many famous tourist attractions in Korea's capital city, Seoul, offer a wide range of cultural experience programs during Chuseok.

The following list provides information on this year's Chuseok holiday events and performances. For further inquiries, please contact the Korea Tourism Organization's travel hotline, 1330.


Performances Venues (Addresses) Inquiries Opening Hours

KOREA HOUSE Folk Performance
Korea House
(Seoul-si Jung-gu Pil-dong 2-ga 80-2)
+82-2-2266-9101 (Korean, English, Japanese) Closed on Chuseok Day (Sep.30)

(photo credit: National Gugak Center)
National Gugak Center Traditional Performing Arts
National Gugak Center
(Seoul-si Seocho-gu Nambusunhwan-ro 2364)
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)   
Open all year round

Myeongdong NANTA Theatre
(Seoul-si Jung-gu Myeong-dong 2-ga 50-14)
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 
Open all year round

Seoul-si Jongno-gu Gwansu-dong 59-7 Seoul Theater 5F +82-2-722-3995
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Open all year round

(Photo credit: Cheongdong Theater)
Korean Traditional Stage "Miso"
Cheongdong Theater
(Seoul-si Jung-gu Jeong-dong 8-11)
(Korean, English, Japanese)
Closed on Chuseok Day (Sep. 30)

(Photo credit: Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture Festival Planning Team)
2012 Royal Palace Musical, 'The Celestial Clock'
Gyeonghuigung Palace
(Seoul-si Jongno-gu Waryong-dong 2-1)

Performance Inquiries: +82-2-741-3582, 3587(Korean)
Geyonghuigung: +82-2-731-0531(Korean)

Sep. 29–Oct.1
/ 20:00

Saturday Premium Performance

National Gugak Center
(Seoul-si Seocho-gu Nambusunhwan-ro 2364)

+82-2-580-3300 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) Open during Chuseok (Sep.29 – Oct.1)

World Beat VINARI

VINARI theater
(Seoul-si Jongno-gu Samil-daero 386)

+82-2-744-6800 Closed on Oct. 1

[Special Events]

Chuseok Events
Venues Events 2012 Schedules
Changgyeonggung Palace Taking picture with king and queen Sep. 30 / 14:00-16:00
Deoksugung Palace

Chuseok Sori Hanmadang (Musical storytelling);
Namdo Minyo (Southern folk song), Chang (narrative song) performances

Sep. 29-30 / 15:00
Namsangol Hanok Village Namsangol Hangawi Folk Hanmadang
(Traditional performances and hands-on experience programs)

Sep. 29–Oct.1 / 11:00-17:00
Korean Folk Village Traditional performances, folk games Sep. 22–Oct. 3 /
Cheonggye Plaza Folk games & performances Sep. 29-30 / 10:00-18:00
The National Museum of Korea Traditional music performances  Sep. 30 / 15:00-16:30
Children's Grand Park Folk games

Sep. 29–Oct.1 /

Lotte World Folk games Sep. 28–Oct.3 /
Gangangsulae (Women's circle dance) Sep. 28–Oct.3 /
Seoul Land Folk games p. 28–Oct.3 /

* Visitors in hanbok (Korean traditional attire) may enter royal palaces and tombs for free on Chuseok holidays (September 29–October 1).

☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
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