The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu



The story takes place during Yeonsangun’s reign (1494-1506) in the Joseon dynasty. Jang Noksu, born to a peasant family, is picked by Jeandaegun (a prince) for her artistic talent and beauty. She becomes a ginyeo (a female entertainer for aristocrats) at Gaheungcheong where all ginyeos selected from across the country stay before they are called to the royal court. Jeandaegun who loves arts and entertainment teaches Jang Noksu everything he knows, and she quickly masters all the artistic skills and techniques, becoming one of the most sought-after ginyeo. She soon becomes a royal concubine. Jang Noksu tries to seize and maintain political power by constantly reminding the king of his complex, the unpleasant past of his loyal subjects and even making ill use of Jeandaegun’s faithfulness. The king’s subjects slowly plot to stand up to Jang Noksu. One day, while Jang Noksu and the king enjoy some leisurely time out on a boat, they are told that rebel forces are on their way to the royal palace...

Performance Characteristics

Jeongdong Theater is one of the leading theaters that produce traditional performances. The theater reinterprets the story of real people in history to create the musical <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>. Based on the story of Jang Noksu who is known as the most talented ginyeo during the Joseon dynasty and who is an ambitious concubine. This contemporary musical tells us her side of the story -- why she became politically ambitious -- and showcases the best performances that only Jang Noksu would be able to perform. Jeongdong Theater has presented traditional performances with well-established plots and beautiful traditional dance. This time is no exception. This musical especially focuses on presenting Korea’s traditional gibang (bars or brothels where ginyeo entertains aristocrats) culture, commoners’ entertainment culture, and scenes of royal banquets. This will be a rare opportunity for audience members to see, in one place, all the cultures enjoyed by different classes during the Joseon era. Meet artist “Jang Noksu” in 2019 and enjoy her legendary performance during the regular performance of <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu> at the Jeongdong Theater.


Title : The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu
Genre : Tradition
Dates : March 15 - December 28, 2019 / Tue - Sat 16:00 *Closed on Sun, Mon
Venue : Jeongdong Theater (43, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
Ticket Prices : 60,000 won / VIP seat, 50,000 won / R seat, 40,000 won / S seat
Content Ratings : 48 months+
Running Time : 85 mins
Produced by : Jeongdong Theater
Subtitle : Hangul, English, Chinese, and Japanese have simple captions to explain
Contact : +82-2-751-1500