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Best Performing Arts 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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Jump Theater

Enjoy martial arts? Enjoy comedy? Then you definitely have to check out Jump Theater, the home of comedic Korean martial arts. This theater features the group that brings amusing and extremely entertaining stories about martial arts to the audience. As you leave, you may find out that your body is sore--not because of an extreme workout, but because you just could not stop laughing. For specific performance information, be sure to take a look at the official website.

Seoul, South Korea
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Cecil Theater

The renovated Cecil Theater has been the home of many successful events and performances. The Korean film festivals were born here, and since then, many performances and festivals have followed. The surrounding area is also very picturesque, and you will find ample chances to snap a cute picture in front of the historical buildings that surround the theater. To learn more about specific events at this venue, please check the website.

Seoul, South Korea
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Sachoom Theater

This place is the a must-see for their incredible programs and performances. You can watch Sachoom performances put on by the Sachoom group and enjoy the heartfelt stories that the performances leave you with, allowing you to emerge from the theater with a warm fuzzy feeling inside. And if you don't understand Korean, don't worry--all performances have subtitling in various languages. For specific showtimes and event information, be sure to take a look at the official website.

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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Seoul Nori Madang

Since its establishment in 1984, Seoul Nori Madang has always attracted tourists and locals. The circular amphitheater plays host to an array of cultural events celebrating Korea's rich and affluent legacy. Shows include traditional dances, folk singing, ancient martial arts, mask plays like Songpa Sandae Nori and the ceremonious Songpa Baekjung Nori. The vibrant costumes, spirited music and riot of colors are characteristic of the country's vivid culture. Performances are free and are held on weekends.

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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