The Korean Embassy is offering a primer in the country’s traditional music tonight at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Ciudad de Investigación of the Universidad de Costa Rica in San Pedro.
Hong Jo Chun, the Korean ambassador, said that the event would be free and open to the public as a way of strengthening cultural bonds between the two nations.
Performing will be traditional singer Moon Hi Kim and Jae Hyun Jo, a professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica on the drum.
The Korean music is of two types, according to the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. There is the court music used for official occasions and the type known as pansori that has been declared intangible heritage of humanity by the U.N. Education, Science and Culture. In both cases, the singer is accompanied by a drum.
The performance will resemble an opera because it has a story line involving the love affair between a noble, Lee Mongryong, and a domestic employee Chunhyang. Love triumphs in the end.