We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Gugak Center

2364, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06757, South Korea
+82 2-580-3333
Review Highlights
hidden gem

Its my first day in seoul and national gugak center is the first place i visited. An educational... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
osan f
traditional korean music

only traditional music of korea. very quite. if you want to experience korean folk music... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2016
Seoul, South Korea
Read all 93 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Introduction to National Gugak Center The National Gugak Center (NGC) is the headquarters of traditional Korean performing arts. NGC maintains a variety of assets ranging from the long standing traditions of court and popular music and dance to contemporary musical compositions for today's audiences. NGC's four pre-eminent performing groups, which are Court Music Orchestra, Folk Music Group, Dance Theater, and Contemporary Gugak Orchestra, have been at the forefront of reviving ancient court music and dance, traditional chamber music of non-professional musicians, and old popular music that thrived among common people. (Every Saturday / 3pm) Facilities - Theaters & Performances There are four theaters at the National Gugak Center and various types of concerts, play, theatrics are features at these theaters. Among them, the 'Saturday Performance of Korean Music & Dance' is one of the most popular for program for foreign visitors. - Museum of Gugak Established in 1995, the museum houses Korean classical instruments, ancient music scores, ancient documents, and articles left by virtuosos. Visitors can enjoy the Gugak History Hall where the history of Gugak is displayed as well as the Ancient Documents Hall, Virtuosos Hall, and Instruments Hall where highly valued and treasured Gugak archives are preserved. The 3D Visual Image and Gugak Experience Hall add an enjoyable and authentic learning experience about Gugak. Through continuous data collection and supplementation, the Museum of Gugak will become a valuable place where people can learn and experience everything about Gugak. - Hours of Operation : 9:00 ~ 18:00. (Closed on Mondays)
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good40%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
4 days ago
“hidden gem”
29 Aug 2016
“traditional korean music”
2364, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06757, South Korea
+82 2-580-3333
Write a Review
Reviews (93)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 12 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Its my first day in seoul and national gugak center is the first place i visited. An educational and quiet place. The museum showcased the korean traditional musical instruments. I regretted not booking ahead for the performance that day, i commended the staff at the...More

Thank osan f
Reviewed 30 August 2016

only traditional music of korea. very quite. if you want to experience korean folk music... recommendable

Thank J I K
Reviewed 17 November 2015

I live in Seoul, Korea. This place is good for photography as the building architecture is really awesome. Futhermore, you can learn about korean history here.

Thank Afif A
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Learnt with a group of 11 people with a very enthusiastic teacher. Class was pretty fun, although it gave me muscle-aches in my arms the next day. Class conducted entirely in Korean so it may not be advisable for non-Korean-speaking foreigners to attend. An interesting...More

Thank lxuisa
Reviewed 4 October 2015

Performances are held on Saturday at 15:00 throughout the year. Cost is a very reasonable 20,000 won and discounts for seniors are available. The show is a wonderful introduction o Korean Traditional music and dance and period dress of the Chosen Dynasty. If you enjoy...More

1  Thank Koyangie
Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

I walked here from Baebang Station (about 15 to 20 minutes, up the hill towards the bush then left for about 3 blocks). It started at 3pm (I think its the same time every Saturday). I paid W20,000 for a very good seat at the...More

Thank JarJah
Reviewed 4 April 2015 via mobile

My visit to the National Gugak centre was the highlight of my Korean trip. I'm glad we managed to catch the 3pm performance on Sat even though we were there only half an hour before the performance started. We enjoyed the performances immensely, especially because...More

Thank NinaAsia
Reviewed 27 February 2015

The mixed arts show is a must do on any Saturday afternoon. The master class students perform in reparatory on Saturday. These are not college student kids, these are mostly seasoned performers with exceptional talent. We saw several dances, several groupings of traditional instruments and...More

2  Thank CJinAsia
Reviewed 24 February 2015

I have had the great honor and pleasure of studying at the National Gugak Center as well as watched countless performances in the time I was there (6 months in 2013). They offer a program for foreigners once a year for 2 weeks as well...More

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
2  Thank Jen S
Reviewed 13 February 2015

I have a fondness for traditional Korean music. Some are very lively, others are very somber. This museum has a very large number of Korean instruments. It was fun looking at the instruments and reading the descriptions. There was a room upstairs where one can...More

2  Thank J B
Nearby Restaurants
Hollys Coffee
76 reviews
.19 km away
Pyeongyang Myeonok
22 reviews
.02 km away
Cafe Mozart 502
13 reviews
.26 km away
Toenmarujib Doenjang Yesul
10 reviews
.02 km away
Nearby Attractions
Seoul Racecourse Park
29 reviews
3.33 km away
Hangaram Art Museum
165 reviews
.55 km away
Samsung d'light
86 reviews
2.74 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Rosanna F
What is the opening hours of the national gugak center? Is it open everyday, even on mondays?
25 February 2017|
Response from Baewon | Property representative |
Hello, the Center is open from Monday to Thursday 9am to 6pm but the museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Concerts on weekdays usually starts from 8pm but 2~7pm on weekends so you should check the concert calendar.
Google Translation
How do I order tickets for the Saturday 3 pm performance? There are four of us and we would like to attend on Oct. 3. I am in the U.S. But we are traveling to Korea Oct 1 Thanks
16 September 2015|
Response from JarJah | Reviewed this property |
I arrived 1.5 hours early and bought tickets at the door. I then visited the coffee shop and hands-on drum display while waiting. The Gugak Centre website advertises an English speaking phone contact but I didn't use it
Vivek S
Hi! Any idea how we can buy tickets for these ahead of time? I'd like to take them to this place - it is their last weekend in Seoul, and they want to see a traditional Korean performance. This looks like it has great reviews! Thanks!
27 July 2015|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from CJinAsia | Reviewed this property |
I found an E-mail address while going through the website and the person on the other end made a reservation for me. The address was for registering with the school or something like that.