Miso – A Gugak Musical



My husband and I celebrated a late anniversary with a fun trip to see Miso at the Jeongdong Theater, which is just down the street from Deoksugung Palace in downtown Seoul.


From the show’s website:

“MISO (Baebijang-jeon): A Satirical Novel Representative of the Joseon Dynasty – The fateful encounter of Secretary Bae, an official that we can’t help but love, and Ae-rang, a beautiful woman who is proud and clever.”  Never-mind that they are both married to someone else!

The show is a comedy performed with traditional Korean music, instruments, costumes, and dances.  It was a very enjoyable performance, complete with subtitles and text in English for the brief singing portions.  Most of the performance is dance oriented, without speech or verbal song.


The costumes were beautiful. Even the theater’s ushers and ticket agents dressed in traditional attire. The theater was intimate, with a “pit” area for the orchestra. Though my picture is a bit dark, you can see that there are a variety of Korean instruments present – janggu, gayageum, a gong, and the piri, to name a few.


Afterwards, the cast assembled in the lobby for a meet and greet picture opportunity, and much of the audience took advantage of the time to sit for pictures.


Show information:

Hours/Days Of Operation: Open Run 4pm/8pm (Closed on Mondays) – 80 minutes long

Prices : VIP seat : 60,000 won / R seat: 50,000 won / S seat: 40,000 won

Phone: 02-751-1500

Website:   http://www.jeongdong.or.kr/eng/index.do

Address: 43 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea

Please note: There is limited parking at the Jeongdong Theater; it is best to use public transportation (bur or subway).

Google Maps Coordinates: 37.5659672, 126.97285929999998

Subway Directions:

•       Subway Line 5 Seodaemun Station: Exit 5 towards “Kyunghyang Newspaper”

•       Subway Line 2 City Hall Station: Exit 12 towards “Jeongdong Theater”

•       Subway Line 1 City Hall Station: Exits 1 and 2 towards “Jeongdong Theater”

The theater is on the road that runs next to the Deoksugung Palace wall.


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