BUSAN, South Korea—After three years of waiting, the people of South Korea will once again enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts, the expressive art form of classical Chinese classical dance that dates back thousands of years.
Knowing Shen Yun artists would arrive on Jan. 31, dozens of fans dressed up and waited at Gimhae International Airport in Busan, South Korea.
A chorus of “Welcome,” “We love Shen Yun,” and “Thanks for coming,” greeted Shen Yun members, who were presented with flowers.
Fans said they can’t wait to attend the performance, which will be held in Busan, Gumi, and Seoul from Feb. 2 to Feb. 19.
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company, and this year is set to visit more cities than ever before. With eight touring groups, the company will perform in more than 180 cities in the 2023 season.
‘This Is the Best Art in the World’
Choi Yeong-cheon, a president of a primary school in Gimhae, was waiting for Shen Yun. She said she was touched by Shen Yun’s soloist in 2008 when she first attended it. Since then, she has been a Shen Yun fan.
“Shen Yun is great in many aspects, such as colors, costumes, music, choreography, and so on. This is the best art in the world,” she said. “Students will have better moral codes in their lives if they attend Shen Yun.”
Lee Sang-cheon, a former director of Busan Daecheonri Elementary School, said Shen Yun’s stories convey virtues, including honesty, kindness, endurance, etc.
“A friend told me that the knowledge a child learned from one Shen Yun performance is more than the knowledge they obtained from school in 10 days,” she said. “It’s a must-see for all ages.”
Song Eun-nui, a college student, said she enjoyed Shen Yun because the show delivers rich uplifting and inspiring information.
“I’m looking forward to attending Shen Yun,” she said.
Shen Yun has a mission to show the beauty and goodness of “China before communism.” For 5,000 years China’s civilization was built on values and virtues from the spiritual teachings of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
‘Ready to Perform’
Shen Yun artists were excited to see so many fans waiting for them at the airport. They said they are ready to perform for the Korean people.
“Our performance has many contents of traditional culture, which Korean people are familiar with as well. I believe Korean audiences will enjoy our show,” said Shen Yun Principal Dancer Du Zengmei. “We hope our bright and beautiful show can bring people hope in these uncertain times.”
Du mentioned that Shen Yun Performing Arts just successfully finished its tour in Japan. Japanese people are very reserved in general, but many audience members were moved to wait backstage to express their appreciation to Shen Yun artists.
For more information about Shen Yun in South Korea, please visit Shen Yun’s website in Korean or in English.
Reporting by Epoch Times Staff in Busan, South Korea.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006