[Oct.] Korean Traditional Play ‘Namsadang Nori,’ ‘Ganggangsullae’ Experience and Baekjae Historic Site


The Exploration of Korean Traditional Play ‘Namsadang Nori,’ ‘Ganggangsullae’ Experience and Baekjae Historic Site

UNESCO World Heritage: Namsadang Nori, Ganggangsullae, Juldarigi, Visiting Baekje Historic Areas.

Date: October 22nd, 2016 ~ October 23rd, 2016

Area: Jeonju and Iksan, Jeollabuk-do Province and Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do Province

Theme: Custom of praying for richness and good harvest “Ganggangsullae”, experience of the Korean traditional performance “Namsadang Nori”, and visit of the Baekje Historic Areas, designated by UNESCO World Heritage

Things to Prepare: Camera, comfortable attire, and umbrella in case of rain

– Souvenir for all participants

Time and Place of Meeting: In front of Korean Tourist Organization Seoul Center (KTO Seoul Office, 40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)


Public Transportation: 100m from Exit 5 Jonggak Station Line 1
200m from Exit 2 Euljiro 1-ga Station Line 2





Day 1 08:50 ∙ Meeting and checking the number of people.
9:00 ~ 13:00 ∙ Transportation (Seoul -> Jeonju Hanok Village)

∙ Snack (bakery)

∙ Distribution of pre-guide pamphlets

13:00 ~ 13:50 ∙ Lunch
14:00 ~ 14:30 ∙ Moving on foot (Lunch -> National Institute of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity)

∙ Watching UNESCO video and the exhibition

14:30 ~ 16:00 ∙ Namsadang Nori Experience UNESCO Intangible World Heritage
16:00 ~ 17:30 ∙ Watching Performance and experiencing Juldarigi UNESCO Intangible World Heritage
17:30 ~ 18:30 ∙ Ganggangsullae Experience UNESCO Intangible World Heritage
18:40 ~ 19:40 ∙ Dinner
19:50 ∙ Arrival and check-in Hotel
Day 2 07:30 ~ 08:30 ∙ Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 ∙ Meeting and checking the number of people
09:00 ~ 09:40 ∙ Transportation by bus (Hotel -> Wanggungni Historic Site )
09:40 ~ 11:00 ∙ Watching Wanggung Five-story Stone Pagoda

∙ Watching the exhibition of Wanggungni Historic site

With a cultural commentator
11:00 ~ 12:00 ∙ Transportation by bus (Wanggungni Historic site -> Busosanseong)
12:00 ~ 13:00 ∙ Lunch (Baekje House) Lotus Rice Table d’hote
13:10 ~ 14:30 ∙ Yellow Sail Boat Experience

(Kudurae Quay -> Goransa Temple Round0trip)

∙ Busosanseong (Goransa Tmple, Nakhwaam Rock)

14:30 ~ 15:30 ∙ Transportation by bus

(Kudurae Quay -> Baekje Cultural Land)

∙ Visiting Baekje Cultural Land

With a cultural commentator
15:30 ~ 18:30 ∙ Arrival to Seoul

∙ Survey

Must read information before participating in this program


  1. 남사당놀이 (Namsadang Nori)Namsadang Nori refers to vagabond clown performance, which is performed by males and it is Korean traditional performances in many different fields. Traditionally Namsangpae didn’t stay at one place but wandered around the country, showing their repertoire to ordinary people from the late spring time till late autumn. It was designated by the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009.1941055_image2_1
  2. 강강술래 (Ganggangsullae)
    Ganggangsullae is one of the customs, widely spread in the south-eastern region of Korea, dedicated to praying for a good harvest and richness, which takes place during the Korean Thanksgiving Day in August, following the lunar        calendar. At the first full moon night, dozens of Korean women gathered together by holding hands and danced in a circle. One person leads and sings the first part of the song of “Ganggangsullae” and the other people sing the rest of the song. It was designated by the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009.2372798_image2_1
  3. 줄다리기 (Juldarigi)This is one of the agricultural customs, especially of the southern region of Korea, dedicated to praying for richness. It is the biggest game among the traditional group games of Korea, played on the day of the first full moon of the year, in which both men and women, the young and the old participate. In small villages it can be played during the whole day and in big villages during a few days. The whole process of Juldarigi, from making a rope to the actual playing, is about cooperation among people within a group and it cultivates the sense of kinship and the love of one’s native place.1
  4. 전주한옥마을 (Jeonju Hanok Village)
    It is the traditional Hanok Village, located in the area of Gyo-dong and Pungnam-dong in Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do. It was designated as a Hanok Village Preserved Area in 1977, and changed its name in 2002. Visitors can explore all aspects of Korean culture at the Gyeonggijeon Shrine, where the portrait of a (remove article) King Taejo is enshrined, Catholic holy site Jeondong Catholic Cathedral, and a filming site of Korean dramas and movies, Jeonju Confucian School. Hanok Village is the slow city full of traditions, culture, and energy, where visitors can try various art craft activities, watch cultural performances, and have traditional meals. They recently created “Hanbok days” and this brings many young people who wear hanbok to the village.1308282_image2_1
  5. 왕궁리 5층석탑 및 유적전시관 (Wanggung Five-story Stone Pagoda and Exhibition Hall of Wanggungni Historic Site)
    The Wanggung Five-story Stone Pagoda is located on a hill about 2 kilometers south of Wanggung-myeon in Iksan, which is believed to have been the capital of the nation during the Mahan Era. The pagoda stands tall at 8.5 meters and was officially designated National Treasure No. 289. Relics from the Goryeo Dynasty that were found inside the pagoda were designated National Treasure No. 123 and are currently housed in the National Museum of Korea.
    The Exhibition Hall of Wanggungni Historic Site is located in the southern part of the Historic Site of Wanggungni, where Five-story Stone Pagoda is located. It exhibits and introduces the relics, which were excavated during the period of historic research of this area; it is aimed to be a place of cultural education. Visitors can observe and touch the Baekje style roof tiles.1601157_image2_1
  6. 부소산성 (Busosanseong)
    The Busosanseong, a fortress, is estimated by some to have been built around 538 AD (16th year of King Seongwang) to protect Sabi (now Buyeo), which was once the capital of the Baekje Kingdom.1687406_image2_1
  7. 백제문화단지 (Baekje Cultural Land)
    Baekje Cultural Land, built over a period of 17 years, is nestled in Gyuam-myeon, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, providing a home to Baekje’s Cultural Heritages. The site is filled with the trace of Baekje Culture. Sabigung Palace reproduces the scenery of a royal palace during the Three Kingdoms period, and Neungsa Temple, a royal temple representative of Baekje, has been recreated according to the real size at the historic site in Neungsan-ri, Buyeo-eup. The Five-story Stone Pagoda, prominently seen after passing through Daetongmun Gate and Wiryeseong Fortress during Hanseong Baekje Era, gives a different aspect of Sabigung Palace. To enjoy the entire view of the complex at once, get on the Jehyangnu ferry. The complex was also used as a filming site for “Running Man”, in the episode starring Jeong Wooseong and Han Hyoju.