Parviz’s recommendation – “Namsadang Nori, Anseong”
“In Korean traditional culture, there’s something called Namsadang Nori (Itinerant Troupe Performance). In it, you have Samul Nori, a performance of Korean traditional percussion instruments, as well as showing off Oejultagi (Tightrope Walking), turning cartwheels, and spinning dishes. Watching these shows, you’ll find your shoulders jiggling up and down to the music in spite of yourself. You can try some of the tricks yourself, so why don’t we all get into the spirit and have some fun with Namsadang?”
Address: 198, Namsadang-ro Bogae-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
• Inquire with individual experience classrooms
• Permanent performance during March-November: Saturday 4 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
• Inquire with individual classrooms
• Permanent performance: November-February / Every Monday-Friday for permanent performances
Fee: Regular KRW 10,000 / Teenagers KRW 5,000 / Children KRW 2,000
Website: http://www.namsadangnori.or.kr/ (Korean·English language support)
* VISA·MASTER card payment available
Subway ① (Myeongdong Station -> Anseong Namsadang Performance Venue │ Total of 1 hour 57 minutes)
Take Line 4 at Myeongdong Station, transfer to Line 3 at Chungmuro Station (Approx. 5 minutes | 1 station)
Take Line 3 at Chungmuro Station, get off at Sinsa Station Exit 5 (Approx. 17 minutes | 6 stations)
Walk toward Sinsa Station Jct. Bus Stop (Approx. 1 minute | Approx. 31m)
Take Bus 142, get off at Seoul Express Bus Terminal Bus Stop (Approx. 10 minutes | 4 stops)
Walk toward Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Approx. 5 minutes | Approx. 305m)
From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, go to Anseong Central Bus Terminal (Approx. 1 hour 10 minutes)
Take a taxi and get off at Namsadang Training Center (Approx. 9 minutes)
*Fare: One-way KRW 7,050
Experience Point 1. Into the attractions of Namsadang Nori – Watching Baudeogi Performance (2 hours)
Anseong Machum Land — this is where you can completely dive into the fun of Namsadang Nori. There’s a grand round venue with 700 seats where the Baudeogi Pungmul Band performs regularly. Men and women, young and old, can all easily relate to the Namsadang performance, which is featured from March to November every year; it’s a form of traditional popular art that helps you expand your understanding of Korean culture. On top of the energetic beat and body movements of pungmulnori, there’s also acrobatic dancing, somersaulting-type art called Salpan, and Jultagi (Tightrope Walking) in Namsadang Nori, making for a fantastic stage you could never witness elsewhere. After the show, the performers mingle with the audience and everyone dances and sings, adding to the fun. If you’re in a group of over 100 people, there’s an experience available where you can gather at the venue after the show to learn Namsadang Nori.
Experience Point 2. Tightrope walking and dish spinning – Namsadang Nori Experience (1 hour)
Namsadang Nori is centered on Pungmul, with other shows in between to make the fun more diverse. There are a tightrope walking show called “Beona” ¾ which does tricks by spinning plates or dishes and other cartwheeling (somersaulting) tricks ¾ and a mask show that makes the audience laugh with its humor and sarcasm. Add a traditional puppet show called “Deolmi,” and you have an ever richer show. Viewers can also learn Namsadang Nori with various experience programs such as plate-throwing Beona, tightrope walking, and mask dances wherein you do different movements with your hands and feet. Under the guidance of standing members of the Namsadang Nori troupe, you can learn the basic moves and have some fun with the rhythm of the Korean traditional beat — it’ll be quite a meaningful experience.
Experience Point 3. I’m in the Namsadang Nori troupe, too – Instruments Experience (30 minutes)
Something that is always featured in Korean traditional performances without exception is Pungmul, a blanket term for traditional instruments: percussion instruments like buk (drum), kkwaenggwari (small gong), jing (large gongs), and janggu (hourglass-shaped drums), and wind instruments like taepyeongso (conical wooden oboe). Sometimes, the beat is slow, but sometimes it is fast, initiating the larger flow of the performance. Many people want to learn to play the small gong because it’s elaborate and energetic and it leads the whole performance; as popular as it is, however, it’s very difficult to learn. For foreigners, the janggu is the best choice. The beauty of experiencing instruments is that you can choose the instrument that suits you best, fully learn the basic rhythm, and play in an ensemble with the other instruments.
Enjoying the festival – “Namsadang Baudeogi Festival”
A festival that seeks to succeed and develop the traditional culture of Namsadang. It starts with a parade followed by Namsadang Performance, Taepyeongmu Dance, and puppet show. (Every October)
Crafts Culture Center
Anseong’s crafts culture area that hosts workshops where you can experience ceramic crafts and hanji (Korean traditional paper) crafts.
– Address: 198-10, Namsadang-ro, Bogae-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
– Inquiries: +82-31-676-6543
– Business hours: Summer season (April-October) 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. / Winter season (November-March) 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
– Closed on: Inquire at individual workshop
– Fee: KRW 7,000-10,000
– Website: http://www.anseongcraft.com/
Anseong Machum Astronomical Science Museum
An astronomical science museum for children and youth. You can observe the stars and the sun as well as watch a 4D video.
– Address: 198-9, Namsadang-ro Bogae-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
– Inquiries: +82-31-675-6975
– Business hours: 2:00 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.
– Closed on: Open all year round
– Fee: Regular KRW 4,000 (Group of 30 or more KRW 3,000) / Children and Teenagers KRW 2,000 (Group KRW 1,000) / Elderly KRW 2,000 (Group KRW 1,000)
– Website: https://www.anseong.go.kr/position/astro/main.php (Korean language support)
* Business hours: Inquire for individual times
* Purchase tickets on the Website from a month before to a day before
* VISA·MASTER card payment available
A traditional market where agricultural products, marine products, fruits, side dishes, and industrial products are sold. The Fifth-day Market opens every month on days that end in 2 and 7.
– Address: 37, Sijang-gil, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
– Inquiries: +82-31-677-4777
– Business hours: Regular market every month on days ending in 2, 7
* VISA·MASTER card payment available
Taepyeongmu Training Center
A cultural area built by the late Kang Sun-young, Honorary Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 92, Taepyeongmu Dance; it was built for the succession of the Korean heritage of dance, discovery, and cultivation of talented dancers as well as provision of an open stage for them.
– Address: 42, Taepyeongmu-gil, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
– Inquiries: +82-31-676-0141
– Business hours: Regular performance every Saturday. March-June in the first half, September-October in the latter half
– Closed on: July-August
– Fee: None
– Website: http://taepyungmu.net/ (Korean language support)
* Individual inquiries should be made for the performance schedule
Duration and Transportation
Namsadang Nori (3 hours 30 minutes)-[On foot 7 minutes]-Crafts Culture Center (1 hour)-[On foot 5 minutes]-Anseong Machum Astronomical Science Museum (1 hour)-[On foot 11 minutes, by bus 12 minutes]-Anseong Market (1 hour)-[On foot 14 minutes, by bus 16 minutes]-Taepyeongmu Training Center (1 hour)
③ Walk toward Crafts Culture Center Bus Stop (33718) (8 minutes) – Take Bus 15-1 at Crafts Culture Center Bus Stop – Get off at Former Anseong Terminal Bus Stop (33142) (12 minutes) – Walk toward Anseong Market (3 minutes)
*Fare: One-way KRW 1,250
④ Walk toward Daecheon Market Bus Stop (33164) (5 minutes) – Take Bus 50-6 at Daecheon Market Bus Stop – Get off at Sagok-dong Bus Stop (33799) (16 minutes) – Walk toward Taepyeongmu Training Center (9 minutes)