Hello world! Yeah, yeah, I’ve been not posting for a while again. Cody’s parents were just here in Korea for a visit during the Chuseok holiday, so we were a little busy. And today, I want to share with you one of my favorite moments from their visit: The Queen’s Banquet.
The Queen’s Banquet is a Korean cultural performance that incorporates Korean court dances and local fold dances, as well as songs and other performances. And it is seriously one of the most beautiful stage shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. It has five acts that tell the evolving story of the king and queen of Korea, from the queen’s coronation to the feast held in her honor in the mountain villages that now make up Busan.
Throughout the performance, there are TV screens off to the side to let the audience know what is happening, and the cultural significance behind all of the dances. They show the information in four different languages: Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese. That way, audience members from many different cultures can enjoy the show, which I think is just amazing and very inclusive.
The show is less than 90 minutes long, which seems to be the perfect length to give the audience a fantastic show and a great primer on Korean culture through music and dance. I do recommend that you dress up a little bit if you decide to attend, since the performance is housed in one of the nicer hotels on Haeundae Beach. Also, make sure you phone or camera is fully charged, because they allow you to take pictures during the performance (just no flash, please). The current season runs from through December 25, 2016 and you can check out their website for showtimes. It’s their second season, so hopefully there will be another next year.
I’m going to keep this post super short, so that I can bombard you with pictures of how amazingly beautiful this show is. Seriously, if you are living in or coming to Korea, it is work every penny (or Korean won as it were) to see this show.