“MISO2” as a permanent performance at Expo Culture Center.

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I watched the “MISO2” 
as a permanent performance at Expo Culture Center.

Subtitle: Don’t forget “MISO” despite the end of Expo.

 I watched <MISO2 - Silla, The Land of Gods> last Thursday. When I talked about going to watch “Miso”, all my friends wondered “Is the performance still playing even though the Expo is over?". <MISO2 Silla, The Land of Gods> as a leading performance brand of Gyeongju started its first performance on July 1st in order to contribute to regional cultural development in order to ensure it would continue to move forward in surefooted steps. This annual permanent performance can be watched at the Expo Cultural Center Tuesdays through Sundays. Don’t forget “Miso” despite the end of Expo. The performance continues.

“Miso Ⅱ” contains the following story.

 “Miso Ⅱ” contains the millenary history of Silla. The story starts from Bak Hyeokgeose who was born from an egg as the founding father of Silla civilization and his wife, the first queen Alyeong. It is a story of love and breakup, which occurred by destiny between Doekman, who succeeded to the throne as a woman for the first time, and Pungwolju Yong Chun. When the performance reaches the climax, the flower of Silla’s glorious civilization that succeeded in unifying the Three Kingdoms comes into full bloom. In this way, the 70 minutes of performance comes to the finish. These 70 minutes filled with music and group dance without speech seem to linger eternally on my mind. Why don’t you take a peek at MISO2 by following the synopsis?

Act 1 The Myth of the Land of Gods

When the sky roads open, the gods of sun, moon, star, flower, water, and wind put Bak Hyeokgeose, Silla’s founding father, on the moon and, they bring him into Wolseong Gyerim of Gyeongju, a place chosen by the gods of heaven as the land of gods. In the dreamlike stage colored in blue, Bak Hyeokgeose and his wife Alyeong perform a dance of conception that prays for the prosperity of Silla people, the owner of the glorious land of gods.

By dancing to the beat of the music that makes your heart leap, they perform Cheonsinje (a ritual of offering the first harvest of the season to the gods) that prays for the king of the land of gods. By moving as one, the village chiefs of six tribes, chief priests, and female believers in Buddhism perform a group dance and overwhelm audiences.

When the ritual begins, the king of the land of gods emerges wearing an Eolgulmunuisumaksae mask  which is called Silla people’ smiles (MISO). (Eolgulmunuisumaksae is a roofing tile engraved with human face.) As if displaying the country of gold, Silla, the king is wrapped with golden cloth. 

Act 2 Scene 1 Love floating on the moonlight

The woman Doekm probably was in love. A group of Hwarang and Wonhwa gather in twos and threes under the light of the moon and stars in Gyerim forest. Pungwolju Yong Chun is the love of Doekman. A group of Hwarang led by Yong Chun plays musical instruments and Doekman and a group of Wonhwa perform a beautiful dance with lights that look like peony blossoms and lightning bugs. Dressed in white, Deokman and Yong Chun embark upon a love as pure as the white of their clothes. Under the moonlight of Wolseong, their love ripens. The main theme song of the MISO 2 is played as background music; each measure of mournful tone will grip your mind.
“My love, my missing love, I’m afraid this dreamlike moment might be shattered.” 

Act 2, Scene 2 Mingled destiny

I had a hunch that something was about to happen, and it made their sweet love somehow look sad. I think that was the moment when I started to cry unlike the previous scenes when I hummed along the music. Village chiefs of 6 tribes with 12 animals mask and groups of hwarang with Bihyeongnang masks obstruct their love. For the sake of the land of gods, they have to take their own paths as queen and general. To achieve the great work of unifying the Three Kingdoms, Deokman has to give up becoming Yong Chun’s woman and Yong Chun also has to accept her decision.  

Act 2, Scene 3 Victory dance

The sound of beating drum, filling up the stage, resonates from under the Woljeong Bridge. Deokman sees off Yong Chun, who is about to go to war not as his woman but as a Queen. She bestows him the sword of state and ties a white cloth as a token of love with a desperate wish for his safe return. Yong Chun kneels upon his knees and takes the sword. From now on, the distance between them could never be closed. Even though there’s no speech, their desperate aching hearts and minds are so well conveyed that  you will be inevitably immersed in the scene. I would like to recommend you  bring a box of tissues. I wet my sleeves with tears.

Act 2, Scene 4 Rise up hwarang!

General Yong Chun and the Hwarangs desperately fight a war. When Yong Chun who had had a premonition of victory raises the sword, an arrow flies into his chest. The stage turns blood-red and the token tied by the Queen Seondeok becomes colored with blood-red. On the news of victory, Seondeok comes out for the welcome but she only receives the sword and the cloth soaked with his blood instead of Yong Chun. What a heart-breaking story it is. Audiences begin to whimper when the 2nd theme song is played.
“It sounds weird, but I’m so anxious about whether you are safe and sound. I’m praying for your safe return to me, please.”

Act 3 Brilliant Light of the East: the Silla Road

The grand finale comes when the light of the East beams through middle of the forehead of Seokguram Grotto’s principal statue of Buddha (or Bonjonbulsang) and brightens Silla, the land of gods. The flower of Silla’s glorious civilization that succeeded in unifying the Three Kingdoms comes into full bloom and spreads throughout the world. The scene becomes one perfect story by the mingling of actors and actresses who are immersed in their performance and the stage lights that illuminate the stage in the right place at the right time. My eyes are fascinated by about 200 costumes that are carefully designed and well made.

I’m humming the words of main theme song. The Silk Road of Silla has lead to present-day Gyeongju. I show the future of Gyeongju as a landmark of cultural arts as well as the center of historic sites.

It is an eternal truth that a video is better than a picture and seeing in person is better than a video.
What you feel by watching a performance in person cannot be compared with what you feel by reading an article.

Reliable supporters of MISO 2

In the picture, people are wearing angelic smiles that look like Silla people’ smiles of the theatrical performance (MISO) are reliable supporters. They work for the Gyeongju cultural operation division of Chongdong Theater. They have spared no effort to produce <MISO2 - Silla, The Land of Gods> as a leading brand performance of Gyeongju, contributing to the development of Gyeongju’s culture.

MISO 2 reaches the 100th performance. 

The day when I went to watch <MISO2 - Silla, The Land of Gods> was the day of its 100th performance. The people come to see the performance received rice cakes as thanks-you gifts. I also took a bite. 

Every detail of joy before and after the performance

Why don’t you wear the costumes of Seondeok as well as that of the general? What about taking a picture looking like the trio, who are taking up a sword or trying to accept Doekman with open arms in the picture above? Isn’t it awesome?

One of my lovely friends, Ji Hye, is wearing the costume of the Queen Seondeok. The costumes of the Queen and Wonhwa are prepared in a various sizes. Why don’t you wear the costumes and take a picture of yourself?

At the price of 5,000 won, you can take a picture of yourself wearing a crown with a Polaroid camera and take away various memories with your own camera. You are admitted into the Performance Hall after 06:30 p.m. but the costume experience course is open one hour before the performance starts.

MISO souvenir corner is placed near the costume experience course area.
After the performance is over, you can have photo session with featured players.

  commemorative T-shirt
  program book
  pencil set


The reason why I took a picture of stage where MISO is performed is that I was so moved by the thoughtful seating arrangements. The seating of Performance Hall at Expo Cultural Center is arranged in zigzags rather than in a line, so you don’t have to crane your neck for a better view!

How to find Performance Hall at Expo Cultural Center

Take intra-city buses: No. 10, 18, 100, and 150. Alight at Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park station.

Since Expo is over, the main entrance is no longer available. The yellow dome, shaped in the form of the Korean character “” on the west side of parking lot of the Expo event hall is the entrance of the Performance Hall. Please be aware of that.

Performance Days: Tuesdays through Sundays (No performance on Mondays) –
 It is an Annual Permanent Performance .
Admission: Spectators are allowed to gain entry after 18:30
Performance Starting Time: 19:30
Running Time: 70 minutes
MISO 2’s Official Website : http://sillamiso.chongdong.com/main.asp


  1. Hi, My name is Zerrin .
    what the players name came to İstanbul Expo? You do not mind,can you tell me? or Can I reach them? ı wonder it. thanks so much!
    ı love Korea!
    connection: zerringulcolak@gmail.com

  2. Hi, My name is Zerrin .
    what the players name came to İstanbul Expo? You do not mind,can you tell me? or Can I reach them? ı wonder it. thanks so much!
    ı love Korea!
    connection: zerringulcolak@gmail.com


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