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National Gugak Center

National Gugak Center
  • Representative
    He sook Kim
  • Business Inquiries
    Jung Hyun Kim
  • Address
    2364 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul, 06757, Korea
  • Phone
    82 2 580 3300
  • Fax
    82 2 580 3045
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National Gugak Center
Music has long been a means whereby traditional culture in Korea has been passed down. It is an accumulation of "five-thousand years" of our life, philosophies, and culture itself. In this sense, music is a "window" through which we can understand Korean culture and history.

National Gugak Center has been the primary institution to perform and perpetuate traditional music for more than one thousand years. The roots of National Gugak Center can be traced back to the Royal Music Institute of the Silla Dynasty (BC 57~AD 935). Through the intervening dynasties, the royal music institutes have played a key role to preserve not only court music but also many other genres of traditional performing arts. Since the establishment of National Gugak Center in 1951, it has preserved and promoted Korean traditional music at home and abroad.

National Gugak Center will continue to creatively inherit and cultivate traditional performing art forms filled with the philosophy of a pure Korean art tradition - a belief that we must strive for a peaceful life which can be achieved in a world without war, prejudice, or pollution; where heaven, earth, mankind, and all creatures harmonize. In addition to promoting the arts of our own country, we are committed to support other cultural arts of the world. To this end, we will put forth our best efforts to satisfy humankind's eternal desire for happiness and to achieve an open global community.