Dongpyeonje Pansori Training Center
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  • Address: 574, Baekryeon-ri, Gurye-eup, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
  • Tel: +82-61-782-6868
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  • Admission Fees: Free
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Gurye is the birthplace of dongpyeonje, and the district office had the Dongpyeonje Pansori Training Center established for the development of the genre of music. The Dongpyeonje Pansori Training Center was established in the memory of Song Man-gap, who attempted to create a musical play with pansori and developed a unique technique of singing by combining the styles of dongpyeonje and seopyeonje in order to make the genre of music more popular. The Gurye-gun Office dedicated a monument to the memory of the great musician at the corner of Hwaeomsa Temple in Masan-myeon, Gurye-gun in 1981, and holds an annual ritual and the Dongpyeonje Pansori Meeting. And since 1997, they’ve been hosting the National Pansori Contest to honor the memory of Song Man-gap.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism named him the "Cultural Person of the Month" of December 2001 and praised his lifetime achievements. As for the Gurye-gun Office, they started building the Dongpyeonje Pansori Training Center in 1999. The construction was completed in 2000, but more buildings and structures such as the Dongpyeonje Pansori Memorial Hall, the Birthplace of Song Man-gap, and the Monument of Master Singer were added to the site in 2002. With the establishment of these facilities, the district proudly presents itself as the birthplace of dongpyeonje and offers a place for learning Korean classical music.

Pansori is largely divided into two categories in Korea: dongpyeonje and seopyeonje. The word “je” literally means "school” or “genre" in Korean. But in a more practical sense, it’s more like a style of musical genre. In addition to dongpyeonje and seopyeonje, there is also junggoje. Dongpyeonje was developed in Namwon, Sunchang, Gokseong, and Gurye in the eastern part of Korea along Seomjingang River, while seopyeonje was mainly practiced in Gwangju, Naju, and Hwasun on the western part of the river. Junggoje, however, is mostly practiced in Chungcheong-do and Gyeonggi-do.

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