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National Gugak Center

  • Representative
    Hae sook Kim
  • Business Inquiries
    Jung Hyun Kim
  • Address
    2364 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul, 06757, Korea
  • Phone
    82 2 580 3300
  • Fax
    82 2 580 3045
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Music has long been a means whereby traditional culture in Korea has been passed down. It is an accumulation of “fivethousand years” of our life, philosophies, and culture itself. In this sense, music is a “window” through which we can understand Korean culture and history. National Gugak Center has been the primary institution to perform and perpetuate traditional music for more than one thousand years. The roots of National Gugak Center can be traced back to the Royal Music Institute of the Silla Dynasty (BC 57~AD 935). Through the intervening dynasties, the royal music institutes have played a key role to preserve not only court music but also many other genres of traditional performing arts. Since the establishment of National Gugak Center in 1951, it has preserved and promoted Korean traditional music at home and abroad. National Gugak Center will continue to creatively inherit and cultivate traditional performing art forms filled with the philosophy of a pure Korean art tradition - a belief that we must strive for a peaceful life which can be achieved in a world without war, prejudice, or pollution; where heaven, earth, mankind, and all creatures harmonize. In addition to promoting the arts of our own country, we are committed to support other cultural arts of the world. To this end, we will put forth our best efforts to satisfy humankind’s eternal desire for happiness and to achieve an open global community.


  • From Incheon Int’l Airport: 70 Minutes
  • Subway Station: 15 minutes walk from exit number 5 of subway line 3 Nambu Bus terminal Station

Nearby Hotels and Attractions

  • Within 5km: Intercontinental Seoul Coex, Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas PARK HYATT Seoul, JW MARRIOTT Seoul, Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel
  • Streets: Gangnam Station, Garosu-gil Road
  • Shopping: Shinsegae Dept. Store Gangnam, Hyundai Department Store COEX, Lotte Duty Free Shop COEX
  • Historical and cultural sites: Bongeunsa(Temple)
  • Others: Lotte World Tower


Name of Hall






Multi-purpose theater




Umyeon-dangConcert hall231seats-231seats
Pungryu Sarang-bangConcert hall130seats-130seats
Yeonhui-madangConcert hall1,300seats400people900seats

Major Events

  • Official announcement of Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 emblem
  • International forum hosted by National Gugak Center

Special Features

  • Learing program about Korean tradional instruments: suitable for special occasions such as international conference and business meetings(150,000KRW per class)
  • Free admission for Museum of Gugak and English speaking guide if needed
  • 50% discounts of the performance tickets for group visitors