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Broaden Your Musical Horizon at Jeonju Sori Culture Center

It’s not difficult to hear someone singing pansori (Korean traditional long solo epic song) while walking down the streets of Jeonju Hanok Village. Jeonju is renowned as the city of pansori and Korean traditional music. If you feel like immersing yourself in something totally Korean, while visiting the Hanok Village, why not visit Jeonju Sori Culture Center to experience pansori?

Exhibitions at Jeonju Sori Culture Center

Jeonju Sori Culture Center is easily spotted, next to the public parking Jeonju Hanok Village. The high-rise gate and hanok building seem quite elegant.

Jeonju Sori Culture Center is established to promote pansori and other Korean traditional music.

There are things to see, learn, and experience in the center. Today, I’ll focus on the things to see and experience.

I start by visiting the exhibitions. When I visited, the temporary exhibition ‘pansori dasutbatang (the five masterpieces of pansori)’ was being held. The five masterpieces of pansori are:

1) Chunhyang-ga (the song about Chunhyang, a woman who resisted the corrupt governor)

2) Simchung-ga (the song about Sim Chung, a woman who sacrificed her life for her blind father)

3) Sugung-ga (the song about the rabbit who travelled the underwater palace)

4) Heungbu-ga (the song about Heungbu, a good but extremely poor man)

5) Jeokbyuk-ga (the song based on an anecdote between Gwan Yu and Cao Cao from the ancient Chinese novel “the Romance of the Three Kingdoms”).

Originally, pansori used to have twelve masterpieces, but only five are widely sung currently.

I also visited the permanent exhibition at the “Gukchang Oh Jung-Sook Memorial (National Master Singer Oh Jung-Sook Memorial)”. Master Oh is celebrated as the first female pansori singer to complete all the five masterpieces (completing one masterpiece typically takes 6 to 8 hours). She also dedicated her life to passing down pansori to her students. In the exhibition, I learned about the life of the pansori master singer.

Gukak (Korean classical music) Concert

Every Saturday at 5pm, Jeonju Sori Culture Center holds Gukak (Korean classical music) concert “the Sound of Jeonju, the Sound of the World”. The concert is held year-round and consists of pansori, sanjo (solo musical instrument), dance, and others. Attending the concert was the biggest reason for the visit to the center.

As if entering a residential home, I needed to take of shoes to enter. From the number of the shoes, I could see that quite a number of people were going to attend the concert, which was surprising. Jeonju is truly the city of Korean traditional culture!

The theme of the concert changes monthly. The theme of the February was “nunagui” which means that spot on a tree branch that sprouts green in early springtime.

The concert program consisted of Gayageum (Korean instrument with 12 strings) Sanjo, pansori, Daegeum (Korean bamboo flute) Sanjo, Taepyungmoo Dance, K-pop in Gukak, and Samulnori (Korean folk ensemble). The program was very exciting that I was almost dancing.

Free pansori class open to all

The center runs a free pansori class for the visitors to Jeonju Hanok Village. After visiting the exhibitions and attending the concerts, maybe it’s time to try singing pansori for yourself!

I learned “Sarang-ga (the love song)” from Chunhyang-ga, one of the five masterpieces of pansori.

They say even if you’re single, this song makes you feel very romantic. The free pansori class is open to anyone. The class is held every Friday and Saturday 11am, at either the pavilion or daechungmaru (open hall).

At Jeonju Sori Culture Center, I could feel the energy and talent of the young artists striving to promote the Korean traditional music. The center is open for everyone, so if you feel like widening your musical horizon, I highly recommend visiting here!

Homepage: http://sori.jjcf.or.kr

Contact: 063-231-0771

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  • Grace S

    Wow I didn’t even know this cultural center was there!! I wanna go visit and listen to the music there ^^

  • Joshua Garcia

    I was not aware this kind of places existed in jeonju, but willing to give it a try

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder if we need to make reservations to visit this cultural center

  • Joshua Garcia

    wanna try to learn those pretty instruments, hope is not that hard

  • Joshua Garcia

    look at the interiors of those buildings, so beautiful

  • Joshua Garcia

    i played once or twice those traditional games, they are very fun

  • Joshua Garcia

    I love korean tradtional music, willing to pay for a ticket

  • Joshua Garcia

    Korean traditional dances are so beautiful and nice

  • Joshua Garcia

    the word sori means sound or noise in korean

  • Joshua Garcia

    Jeonju sori cultural center is a place to experience arts at its finiest

  • Joshua Garcia

    I have a couple of korean traditional songs in my playlist just because they are beautiful

  • Joshua Garcia

    would like to take my family here when they come from our home country, specially my grandmother

  • Rachel Chalk

    I was just introduced to pansori in my Korean culture class! It would be amazing to learn more in a traditional setting

  • Grace S

    Jeonju really is home to so many traditions of Korea

  • Grace S

    I think it’s cool that there are pansori classes that are free for everyone 🙂

  • I have never watch a korean traditional performance before!!

  • I saw TV that one of a female young singer performed the korean traditional song, super impressive!

  • Arirang is a famous korean song!!!

  • Shielfa

    Such a good way to introduce foreigner about korea and traditional culture

  • I would love to attend the free lesson if i happened to be there!!

  • I think people who know how to sing pansori looks cool where they are too many pop singers out there~

  • It is great to see youngster participating in such cultural promotion nowadays~ A culture should not be lost in future~

    • Honie Phan

      It seems that Korean is really good at passing their culture on to their next generation

  • Bronwyn Pretorius

    This is the first time I’ve heard of pansori – really interesting! Korea has so many interesting traditional instruments and ways to create music and art. It’s wonderful.

  • Melissa

    I learned about pansori in school and I’ve seen many traditional Korean instrumental concerts – each more beautiful than the last^^

  • Melissa

    What a great tradition to share with others

  • Melissa

    I hope to participate in this kind of class as well~~~

  • Thandar Aung

    ohh i like to listen the history of korean music

  • Thandar Aung

    i wish i can participate this program

  • Thandar Aung

    it will be really nice program

  • Thandar Aung

    music can make people happy. so i would like to happy with music

  • Gabriel Moreira

    It’s so good to hear that these kind of events happen and people can participate and appreciate music like on the old days

  • bora 🍓

    Jeonju is truly the city of Korean traditional culture for sure, there’s honestly no where else you can find this much diversity. I’ve always heard about Simchung-ga but never really dwelled much into it, so visiting the Jeonju Sori Culture Centre will definitely be a start to learning about Pansori.

  • Joshua Garcia

    this is so nice i wanna go here

  • Joshua Garcia

    learn the culture is the best way to be a happier human being

  • Joshua Garcia

    really nice to know if we can in fact go here by ourselves or need to be invited

  • Joshua Garcia

    in my life i have been to many cultural experiences and i would really like to go here too

  • Joshua Garcia

    cultural score: 12/10

  • Joshua Garcia

    nobody can deny that jeonju is the best place to experience culture

  • Joshua Garcia

    my friends wanna know how can they go there

  • Joshua Garcia

    i heard that some famous k pop stars go to jeonju from time to time to have some fun

  • Joshua Garcia

    the ambientation of this place is also amazing

  • Joshua Garcia

    there are things that nobody can miss, one is going to jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    wooow really i am amazed for this place

  • Starr Stultz

    This makes my historian heart happy, I cannot wait to visit.

  • WINSYL KATE AGUILAR

    Been here once. It was so beautiful!!

  • Qasim Sultan

    A must try thing

  • Qasim Sultan

    Really amazing

  • Qasim Sultan

    hopefully, I will experience that soon

  • Qasim Sultan

    looks very peaceful environment

  • Bungboy

    I wanna try the flute!

  • Grace S

    This is definitely something I wanna try when I go back!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    all those dances look so nice

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder if there is anorebang nearby lol becaue after going there i wanna sing all day

  • Joshua Garcia

    arirang is a nice song, i wanna go and see how those performers sing it

  • Joshua Garcia

    really, no better place like to korea to explore korean things

  • Joshua Garcia

    great if we could just for free and experience the culture

  • Joshua Garcia

    I heard snop dog composed some of his most famous songs based in his experiences in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    come on everyone, lets go to jeonju now

  • Joshua Garcia

    a bus ticket to jeonju from busan is less than 30 thousand won, what are you waiting for

  • Joshua Garcia

    you can also have some delicous sundae around this place i think

  • Joshua Garcia

    great to see how jeonju invests so much in culture, im in love

  • Joshua Garcia

    so next time i go to jeonju i will be able to visit this place

  • Narayan Risal

    good

  • IamNaZza

    I love learning about Korean traditions and cultures so I think this is the best place I should visit.

  • Sara Rousalova

    I would love to visit these places! I have never seen traditional performances like this but it looks so special! 🙂

  • Daria Yu

    Lovely place.
    Btw My japanese friend told me that bus ticket to jeonju is only 10000 won for internationals. Does anybody know if it is truth?

    • Honie Phan

      Oh really? I live in Chuncheon, so I wonder how can I buy this discounted ticket

  • Joshua Garcia

    I like to learn about jeonju thanks to this blog

  • Joshua Garcia

    Wooow such a nice way to know jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    People all over the world should come at least once to sori

  • Joshua Garcia

    Sori means noise or sound in Korean

  • Joshua Garcia

    What a best way to know Korea than going to the sori center

  • Kevinaldi Hunto

    the place looks really beautiful and the place seems like a cool area

  • Kevinaldi Hunto

    the games also looks very interesting I’m curious what is it about

  • Kevinaldi Hunto

    im curious about what is the pansori

  • Veronica Satriani

    The first time I went to Jeonju, musicians performed Korean traditional samulnori. It went on for an hour or more, but I was mesmerized by the athletic dance and the beats and stood there until the end. Actually, because of this, I found my day trip to Jeonju quite magical and it also inspired me later in taking classes in Janggu, In fact, if you go to Jeonju you will most likely be able to witness some Korean traditional music, so it is always worth a trip, even if there no official events going on.

    • Honie Phan

      Omg, I might visit this city soon

  • Cindy Clarissa

    Interesting post!

  • Cindy Clarissa

    Will visit this place next week! Thankyou for the info

  • Cindy Clarissa

    Such an informative post!

  • Joshua Garcia

    MAKE SOME NOISE FOR THE SORI CULTURAL CENTER

  • Joshua Garcia

    GREAT PLACE TO EXPERIENCE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HERE

  • Joshua Garcia

    PLEASE TELL ME THIS PLACE IS OPEN ON WEEKENDS

  • Cindy Clarissa

    Never know about pansori before!

  • Cindy Clarissa

    This sure will be an unforgettable experience for me

  • Joshua Garcia

    this is an experience you wont forget

  • Joshua Garcia

    pansori is the best i wanna experience it

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju sori score: 32048/10

  • Joshua Garcia

    what a better place to experience culture than jeonju, for real

  • Joshua Garcia

    wanna invite you to jeonju and dance in the moonlight

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju is well known among people for its traditions

  • Joshua Garcia

    ill be waiting for someone to take to jeonju soon and go to sori center

  • Joshua Garcia

    if i had a date with someone would be in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    my gf will be in jeonju soon and ill go and meet her

  • Joshua Garcia

    i dont wanna sound too cheesy but jeonju is in my heart

  • Joshua Garcia

    take me to jeonju and give me some love

  • Joshua Garcia

    i heard that shawn mendes goes to jeonju from time to time, maybe he feel attracted by the music

  • Joshua Garcia

    its a brand new day to go to jeonju and listen to some nice traditional music

  • Joshua Garcia

    also experience those game is a good idea

  • Joshua Garcia

    wanna go here and have some fun in jeonju and its traditions

  • Thandar Aung

    wanna go and want to get experience of korean traditional music

  • Thandar Aung

    wanna have a break and take a trip to jeonju for a while

  • Thandar Aung

    music doesnt have boundary

  • Thandar Aung

    so everyone can enjoy it and understand

  • Thandar Aung

    i need relax music now

  • Thandar Aung

    will go to sori culture center when i go to jeonju

  • Thandar Aung

    this is the best place to discover the korean culture

  • Thandar Aung

    wanna take my family there

  • Thandar Aung

    wanna try korean traditional games as well

  • Tetiana Slusar

    Thank you! Never heard of Gukak, but after this post will fix this:)

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    Wow this is the first time I heard about pansori class in a anok village! I often see the pansori which feautured in historical korean drama only. Thanks for the info! I want to ask, does the pansori class offered in english or just in korean?

  • John John

    Pansori and gukak are wonderful! The rich history both have are so interesting! Getting first hand experience sounds amazing! Probably not as amazing as the Sounds these musicians produce tho lol

  • John John

    Free pansori classes? Hopefully they’re also offered in english! or maybe in basic korean haha

  • Honie Phan

    I’ve been in Korea for almost 2 years and realized that the more I discover about this country the more I love it, especially its culture. And, this interesting post gives me one more reason to love Korea 😘😘😘

  • Grace S

    This is such a great way to experience Korean cultural music!

  • Grace S

    I encourage everyone who go to Jeonju to visit 🙂

  • Grace S

    I wish I had known about this place when I went to Jeonju

  • Grace S

    Wish I could hear what the concert sounded like. It must have been beautiful!!

  • Grace S

    I love the atmospheres of the rooms, really cozy

  • Grace S

    The close proximity really allows people to have an enjoyable intimate experience

  • Grace S

    I would love to talk to the musicians who play these instruments

  • Grace S

    The building itself does look quite elegant

  • Grace S

    Respect to Master Oh for completing those five musical pieces!!

  • Aysha

    I’d love to take a class in pansori! I think it would be such a unique and wholesome experience.

  • Veronica Satriani

    Beautiful

  • Veronica Satriani

    I haven’t been there, but would like to go!

  • Veronica Satriani

    I would definitely recommend Jeonju for Korean traditional music lovers.

  • Joshua Garcia

    Wow I’m ready to go to sori center

  • Joshua Garcia

    I would like to ask everyone to go there and have some fun

  • Joshua Garcia

    Guess we can all go and meet new experiences

  • Joshua Garcia

    Is there any way to know the schedule of these activities

  • Joshua Garcia

    Im sure that it is not very expensive to go to jeonju these days

  • Joshua Garcia

    These events are so nice and weall wanna go yes

  • Joshua Garcia

    Many of my friends are going to these activities… Will go soon

  • Joshua Garcia

    If we all get together maybe we theygivr us a special class for us

  • Joshua Garcia

    Nice jeonju like always!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    In love with jeonju and it’s activities

  • Joshua Garcia

    Great we can get to know new cultures thanks to jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    All the people in jeonju are so kind and friendly

  • Joshua Garcia

    There are so many nice things to do in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    Wish I could go to jeonju every day lol

  • Joshua Garcia

    My family is ready to go to jeonju when they come to korea next month

  • Joshua Garcia

    Thanks to jeonju city for all this information

  • Joshua Garcia

    We should go in the morning to pass the whole day there and experience all this nice place has to offer

  • Joshua Garcia

    I went to jeonju many times and will go again

  • Daria Yu

    Love it!

  • Jeonju Sori Culture Center is highly recommended!!

  • Jeonju is really worth visit!!

  • Hanok Village in Jeonju is really full of traditional activities!

  • Jeonju is such a lovely town~

  • Pansori class sounds interesting!! But it should be very difficult~

  • Great to hear that pansori open class is having on Saturday!!

  • Im interested with the concert program on saturday 5pm too!!

  • I wanted to watch gayageum sanjo, pansori and K-pop in Gukak !!

  • I googled about “Sarang-ga” as recommended by you!!!

  • Do we need to pre-register ourselves in order to participate the free pansori class?

  • Is there any entrance fees for the concert?

  • I really hope to go to Jeonju city soon and visit this sori culture center!!

  • Thank you for recommending such a good place in this blog!!!

  • I had mark this place in my must-go-place list in Jeonju~

  • I have also recommended this place to my friends who love music alot~

  • I believe that I would definitely spend one whole day in this place from morning pansori class then exhibition then cultural concert!!

  • Wonder is it possible for re-entry since i may need to go out for food if i decided to spend one whole day over there~

  • I can see most of the performances were performed by youngsters! Great to see that~

  • Why is only five pansori are widely sung currently??

  • The concert is also a recommended place for family outing and giving a good experience to the kids!

  • Sori culture center indeed a good place for learning and experiencing!!