From BTS’s Suga, who achieved great popularity with his song inspired by “Dechwita,” marching music for the king during the Joseon period, to the well-made Joseon zombie series “Kingdom.” The K-pop craze, which has mesmerized female fans around the world, translates into K-culture, and there is mounting interest in traditional Korean culture in K-culture.
For those who visit Korea but do not have much time to travel around the country! For those who visit for a transfer but want to experience the country briefly! Would you believe us if we told you there is a place where you can enjoy traditional Korean culture for free? This is why we should focus on Incheon Airport!
Today, we would like to introduce how to experience and appreciate traditional Korean culture and performances for free at Incheon Airport.
*The operation schedule of some facilities and programs may be subject to change due to COVID-19. Be sure to check before visiting.
TIP 1: Visit the Korean Traditional Culture Experience Centers
At the Korean Traditional Culture Experience Center, run by the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation, visitors can perform various activities such as watching performances, purchasing traditional cultural goods, and making traditional crafts.
You can make traditional crafts yourself and purchase cultural products made by intangible cultural property holders. Musical instruments are also on display one corner, and when it is time for a performance, instruments such as haegeum, janggu, piri, and sori are played for a traditional Korean music performance!
Each of the 5 Korean Traditional Culture Experience Centers has different exhibitions and programs that visitors can experience. The performance schedule also varies depending on the center. In Terminal 1, you can make traditional Korean crafts with hanji, dancheong, najeon, and minhwa. In Terminal 2, an experience program is provided where you can not only make crafts but also try on hanbok. There are many other things to enjoy such as making Korean words or seeing special Korean language exhibitions!
You can buy souvenirs to preserve the memories of your trip to Korea, watch traditional Korean music performances, and enjoy various experience programs at the Korean Traditional Culture Experience Centers! The experience programs are offered to foreigners for free, so don’t forget to check them out! J
TIP 2: Watch a Cultural Performance
A variety of cultural performances are held outside the Korean Traditional Culture Experience Centers as well. Here, we will introduce the Walk of the Royal Family and the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony to list a few.
(1) Walk of the Royal Family
Incheon Airport has been holding the Walk of the Royal Family in Terminal 1 since 2010. It is a recreation of the royal palace during the Joseon period, gaining positive reactions from many passengers.
Performers reenact the royal family’s daily life while walking between the West and East Halls of the Korean Traditional Culture Experience Center in the duty-free area on the 3rd floor. After the performance, there is also photo time when you can take photos with performers.
(2) The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony
As of last year, visitors can enjoy an year-round cultural performance even in Terminal 2! The performance is Incheon Airport’s Royal Guard Changing Ceremony as seen in the photo below.
Article 1 of May 18, Yejong, “Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty” states, “Appoint gate guards every day, give them gate tags, and make them defend the gate.” This gives an important order to brave gate guards to defend the gates of the royal palace.
The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is a performance that reenacts the changing of the royal guard in the duty-free area of the Departure Hall on the 3rd floor of Terminal 2. With these performances, visitors can enjoy various performances that can only be seen in period dramas here in the terminal.
Today, we have introduced how to enjoy traditional Korean culture in Terminals 1 and 2 of Incheon Airport. We hope you can enjoy the various types of traditional Korean culture while walking or taking a break in the terminals!
* The operation schedule of some facilities and programs may be subject to change due to COVID-19. Be sure to check before visiting.