Tongjin Dure Culture Center
The Tongjin Dure Culture Center was established to preserve and develop Gyeonggi-do Province’s representative intangible cultural property, Tongjin Dure Nori (Korean farmer’s cooperative group play). Tongjin Dure Nori is a restored version of the Dure Gut that used to be performed around Gimpo Plain in Gyeonggi-do Province, which was the first region to cultivate rice in Korean history.
Tongjin Dure Nori consists of a performance of a folk game, and represents the farming season with music and samul nori (a performance accompanied by four percussion instruments). Dure Nori disappeared for a while as a result of Japan’s policy of eradicating Korean culture during the Japanese Colonial Period, and changes in farming methods after the 1960s, but began to enjoy a revival in the early 1980s, gaining its current form thanks to dedicated efforts to collect the sounds and lyrics transmitted in the area. Eventually, Tongjin Dure Nori gained recognition through Gyeonggi-do Province’s Folk Arts Contest, and went on to win the Presidential Prize at the National Folk Arts Contest in 1997. Finally, in 1998, it was designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Gyeonggi-do Province.
The Tongjin Dure Culture Center holds rehearsals and regular performances by the inheritors of Tongjin Dure Nori in accordance with the season. Furthermore, the center provides information on the history and performances of Tongjin Dure Nori for the public.