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Best Theaters in Seoul

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The National Theater of Korea

This theater is conveniently located on the northeastern part of Mt. Namsan, within walking distance of Seoul Tower, which overlooks the city, and Namsangol Traditional Folk Village. Come here to enjoy a variety of shows, including music, dance, and drama performances. There is a main hall and small performance halls in addition to an open-air theater (Nori-Madang). Visitors can enjoy performances all year round. You can also enjoy Pansori Seoul'd traditional singing.

Seoul, South Korea
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MyungBo Art Hall

Art art art! If you can't get enough of art, then MyungBo Art Hall is definitely the place to go. This venue has galleries, art-related performances (can you imagine a performance about drawing?) and much more.

Seoul, South Korea
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Myeongdong NANTA Theater

Opened in 2009, Myeongdong NANTA Theater is one of three stages of the famous Nanta show in Seoul. It is also the first permanent theater to showcase this non-verbal, Samul nori-style comic act. Since it is a visual gag, even if you don't know the language, you will laugh your hearts out at the antics of the actors. The story is about three cooks who are time-pressed to prepare a wedding a banquet. The whole cooking scenario is enacted through drumming, acrobatics, chopping and juggling. The audience is also involved in the enthralling show. If you want to catch a show, the Myeongdong NANTA Theater is indeed the best option with two shows during the week and three in the weekends.

Seoul, South Korea
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Jeongdong Theatre

Jeongdong Theater was the first modern theater of traditional vocal music and plays in Korea. It is home to the Traditional Performing Arts Series, which features dance and music, including Samulnori—a four-member drum and dancing group, and wind and string instrument concerts. Performances run from an hour to two hours. Japanese and English subtitles are provided. After the show, visitors are encouraged to join the performers on stage. Notably, this area in downtown Seoul was recently designated a cultural district. Reservations are necessary because there are only 400 seats there.

Seoul, South Korea
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Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Seoul, this center ranks among the top ten performing arts centers in the world. It stands six stories high with three basement levels. This performing arts center offers a place to enjoy top-quality performances at an international level. At night, floodlights illuminate the building, giving it a sense of beauty, romance and mystique. It is a popular venue for symphonies, concerts, operas, ballet, and Korean traditional folk performances. Exhibitions and international conventions are held here, too.

서울, South Korea
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Seoul Arts Center

Founded in 1987, the Seoul Arts Center offers a host of facilities all housed in one functional complex. There is an opera house, music hall, art gallery, arts library, and a calligraphy hall. Performers and artists come from around the world to perform here. So, if highbrow culture is your cup of tea, then this would certainly be a good place to visit. A nearby park is a good place to sit down and relax either before or after a performance.

Seoul, South Korea
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D-Cube Art Center

This city has no dearth of clubs, bars, music venue, and such places, but it is not often that you will find a place like D-Cube Art Center. This comprehensive venue is dedicated to preserving the arts and culture scene of the city, and provides its spaces just for this purpose. There is a 1242-seat theater and a 500-seat multi-purpose venue, which are used for this purpose.

Seoul, South Korea
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