328[Intercity Bus Tour] Outdoor stage of Ojukheon House
Enjoy both the traditional and natural beauty of Korea
The Danoje Festival, a local ritual ceremony, is held in Gangneung, Gangwon-do around Dano Day (May 5 on the lunar calendar), which is a traditional Korean holiday. The Gangneung Danoje Festival is a historical festival in Korea and has been put on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
The Gwanno Mask Drama, a representative performance in the Gangneung Danoje Festival, is held regularly every Saturday from April through November (except for July and August) at the outdoor stage of Ojukheon House and Gangneung Municipal Museum. It has both ritual and recreational characteristics and is the only mime composed of only dance and gestures among Korean mask dramas. Ojukheon House and Gangneung Municipal Museum has a lot of things to see besides performances of the Gwanno Mask Drama because it is a historic site related to Shin Saimdang and her son Yulgok Yi I, great people of Korea. Shin Saimdang appears on the 50,000 won bill and Yulgok Yi I appears on the 5,000 won bill. Your trip will be satisfying because you can enjoy the beautiful neighboring sea and lake and not only the traditional performance and museum.
● Directions: Take bus No. 202 or 302 at the Gangneung Intercity and Express Bus Terminal bus stop, get off at the Ojukheon House bus stop, and walk straight 290 m after crossing the crosswalk.
● Address: 24, Yulgok-ro 3139beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Ojukheon House and Gangneung Municipal Museum)
● Opening hours: 3:00 pm from April to November (excluding July and August). Performances are cancelled on rainy days.
● Inquiries : 033-643-1301(Gangneung Danoje Festival Preservation Association), www.danoje.or.kr
1. Regular performances of Gangneung Nongak
Nongak (farmers’ performance) is a type of traditional music that originated in rural areas of Korea and is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Gangneung Nongak, which has been passed down in Gangneung, is performed regularly in Ojukheon House and Gangneung Municipal Museum at 2:00 pm every Sunday. You can enjoy cheerful Korean music in Ojukheon House, which is full of traditional atmosphere. It is performed all year round except for August.
2. “Dance and Music with Commentary” in the Gangneung Dano Cultural Center
In fall 2016, the performance “Dance and Music with Commentary” is being held in the Gangneung Dano Cultural Center. It is based on the song/dance/music of Dano Gut (shamanic ritual), the core of the Gangneung Danoje Festival. Bearer of Dano Gut of the Gangneung Danoje Festival and masters of shamanic music will appear and create a special stage. The performance is held three times at 7:30 pm on September 23, October 14 and November 9.
Gangneung One-day Trip Course
10:30 Gangneung Intercity and Express Bus Terminal
▶ It takes 7 minutes by taxi from Gangneung Intercity Express Bus Terminal.
10:50 Gangneung Dano Cultural Center
▶ Go straight about 200 m along the riverside road, cross the Namsangyo Bridge, turn right on public parking lot, and go straight 500 m again.
12:00 Lunch at Gangneung Jungang Market
▶ Take bus No. 300 or 302 at the Kyobo Life bus stop and get off at the Ojukheon House bus stop.
14:00 View of Ojukheon House and Gangneung Municipal Museum and Gangneung Gwanno Mask Drama of
▶ Take bus No. 202 at the Ojukheon House bus stop and get off at the Seongyojang House bus stop.
16:00 Gangneung Seongyojang House
▶ Take bus No. 202 at the Seongyojang House bus stop and get off at the Gyeongpodae Pavilion/Chamsori Museum bus stop.
17:30 Gyeongpo Beach and Gyeongpoho Lake
Experience a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Gangneung Danoje Festival, at the Gangneung Dano Cultural Center
The Gangneung Dano Cultural Center was opened in 2004 in order to preserve and continue the Gangneung Danoje Festival, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and let people view it regularly. The center is composed of an exhibition building and a performance building. In the exhibition building, models and images of the process of the Gangneung Danoje Festival are displayed. There is a guide on the Gwanno Mask Drama. If you look around before watching the performance, you can better understand it. And in the performance building, various special performances are held.
● Address: 1, Danojang-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
● Opening hours: 09:00-18:00
● Closed on: January 1, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok
● Inquiries : 033-660-3940~3944, www.danocenter.kr
Gangneung Jungang Market, a paradise of delicious food
In this representative market in Gangneung, various local specialties are sold. There are a lot of fisheries, as the city is next to the sea. There are dried fish shops lining the streets, and a fish market in the basement of the market. Also, a lot of snacks such as glazed fried chicken bites, sugar-filled griddlecakes, rice cakes, and pancakes are sold here.
● Address: 21, Geumseong-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
● Opening hours: 6:30-20:00 (differs by store)
● Open all year round (however, some stores may be closed)
● Inquiries : 033-648-2285, www.gncmarket.com
Gangneung Seongyojang House, the elegance of a traditional Korean house
This is a traditional Korean house which boasts a history of over 300 years and is a designated cultural heritage that represents the houses of the upper class in the Joseon period. Old pines on a hill in back and Hanok roofs are harmonized in a picturesque landscape. HwalraeJeong Pavilion, built on a huge artificial pond, is also atmospheric. The house operates a Hanok stay program and has a museum and exhibition hall where relics from Gangneung Seongyojang House are exhibited.
● Address: 63, Unjeong-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
● Opening hours: 9:00-18:00 from March to October, 9:00-17:00 from November to February
● Open all year round
● nquiries : 033-648-5303, www.knsgj.net
Enjoy lake and sea at the same time at Gyeongpoho Lake and Gyeongpo Beach
Gyeongpoho Lake, one of the country’s representative lakes, is a natural lake that is connected to the sea. On one side of the lake, there is the beautiful Gyeongpodae Pavilion, one of the eight scenic views of Gwandong (eastern part of Gangwon-do). The lake landscape seen from the pavilion is exquisite. A trail was created along the lake, and Gyeongpo Beach is right next to the lake.
● Address: 365, Gyeonpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Gyeongpodae Pavilion)
● Opening hours: 24 hours a day
● Open all year round
● Inquiries: 033-640-5420(Gangneung-si Culture and Tourism Division), www.gntour.go.kr
Accommodations near the performance venue
▷ Seamarq Hotel : 2, Haean-ro 406beon-gil, Gangneung-si / 033-650-7000 / 033-650-7000 / Detailed Information
Restaurants near the performance venue
▷ Terarosa (Imdang Branch) : Coffee, dessert / 9, Munhwaui-gil, Gangneung-si / 033-648-2710 / Detailed Information
▷ Chodang Tofu Village: hodang-style soft tofu / 99, Chodangsundunu-gil, Gangneung-si / 033-640-4414, 033-640-4531 (Gangwondo Tourist Information Center) / Detailed Information
Written and photos by: Kim Su-jin (travel writer)