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Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater

  • Representative
    Seung Yeop Lee
  • Business Inquiries
    Bo ra Kim
  • Address
    102, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03134 Korea
  • Phone
    02 3210 7008
  • Fax
    02 3210 7020
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Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater is one of the nation's top-notch performance stages specializing in acoustic traditional music. The theater is located between Changdeokgung Palace- the only palace in the nation listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site- and Jongmyo- a royal Confucian shrine.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government purchased the theater’s grounds with the purpose of recovering the identity of the historic area around Changdeonkgung Palace and constructed the Soeul Donhwamun Traditional Theater to promote traditional music. Combining traditional Korean and modern architectural styles, Seoul Donhwamun traditional Theater consists of a theater, the Gugak Madang(Courtyard), cafeteria, studio and other rooms to showcase a variety of traditional music, Korean tradition, and culture. The theater is operated by the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts- Korea's representative cultural and arts institution- and is committed to contributing quality contents and enhancing opportunities for citizens to enjoy the culture and arts.


  • Subway: Ten minutes on foot to Changdeokgung Palace from Jongno3(sam)-ga Station(Line No.1,3,5 Exit 7), five minutes on foot to Changdeokgung Palace from Anguk Station (Line No. 3, Exit 4)
  • Bus: Use bus numbers below and get off at Changdeokgung Palace bus stop Numbers – 109, 151, 162, 171, 172, 272, 601, 7025, 6011, Seoul city tour bus

Nearby Attractions

  • History and culture space: Changdeokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine, Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Palace Museum of Korea, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, The National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul Museum of History, National Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Street: Samcheong-dong street, Myungdong street, Cheonggye Square
  • Shopping: Lotte Department Store, shinsegae Department Store


Name of Hall





Gugak Madang





Theater B2 ~ B3 234 140 140
Studio B1 97.86 30 30
Cafeteria 1F 74.19 30 20

Major Events

  • 2016. 6. 09 ~ 07. 23 ‘Pre & Free’, pre-opening festival
  • 2016. 9. 01 Opening ceremony of the theater
  • 2016. 9. 02 ~ 9. 10 Opening Festival ‘Byeolryeak’
  • 2016. 10. 7 ~ 10. 29 “Taste of Sound, Sound of Taste” performance
  • 2016. 10. 25 ~ 10. 26 Whole Rest Festival
  • 2016. 11. 01 ~ 11. 19 “New Masterpiece” performance

Special Features

  • Located in the historic neighborhood between Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine
  • One of the nation’s top-notch performance stages specializing in traditional music with natural acoustics
  • The Theater, Gugak Madang (Courtyard), cafeteria, studio and other spaces allows visitors to appreciate a variety of traditional music, Korean traditions, and culture.
  • Provides quality contents and enhances the opportunities for citizens to enjoy culture and arts