[Small group tour review] Jeonju National Intangible Heritage Center


On May 15, 2021, K-UNESCO ADVENTURES member Meggie and 8 other social media savvy foreigners visited Jeonju. They were worried about the rain on the way there but upon arriving, the weather was pleasantly sunny, marking a comfortable start to the tour.


After a trek through the streets of Jeonju Hanok Village, the group visited a restaurant specializing in Jeonju Bibimbap, a popular local specialty, to have lunch. Our friends fell in love with the colorful and healthy aesthetic of the Bibimbap, which matches the Obangsaek(five cardinal colors), or Korean traditional colors. Jeonju Bibimbap is especially popular because of how it uses Jeonju 8 mi(8 local ingredients that are known for their delicious taste) and because of how much dedication and effort is put into the dish.


After enjoying the serene landscape of the Jeonju Hanok Village, they arrived at the highlight of the day, the Jeonju National Intangible Heritage Center. The National Intangible Heritage Center is devoted to the conservation and transmission of Korean intangible heritages and provides various exhibitions, activities, and performances. We recommend planning your visits on a date that you can watch a performance~!


First, the group was given a brief introduction to the Tal(Korean Mask) and listened to the legend behind the Imaetal(Fool’s mask), which is used during the Hahoe Byeolsingut Talnori(special ritual drama to the gods). Afterward, they made their own masks with foam clay and learned simple dance steps for the Talchum. Wearing their masks and dancing together was enough to fall in love with the high-spirited allure of the Talchum. At the ‘Ulsumaru’ Grand Performance hall, you can enjoy a digital experience of making a mask by selecting the type and feature of the mask.


The members took a tour of the intangible heritage exhibition hall and the experience hall. At the Digital Experience Hall, you can experience tightrope walking, watch a Talnori performance with VR, learn the crane dance, and view a 3D panorama footage of Korea’s intangible heritages, making learning about Korea’s cultural legacies easy and enjoyable. The employees at the center recommended watching the 3D video and indeed, the group found the well-made video to be a vivid experience.


Last but not least, they watched the Samdo Nongak performance by the Hannuri Cultural Troupe. Samdo Nongak is a derivative product that combines Nongak from Seoul, Gyeonggi, Jeolla, and Gyeongsang regions together, reinterpreting the unique melodies and movements of each district into a performance that appeals to the public. It was a one-hour performance full of entrancing melodies that resonated with the sound of the audience clapping in unison.


If you enjoyed our story of the Jeonju Fam Tour, look forward to the Jeonju Fam Tour video we will be uploading on Youtube in July~! Thank you.