Whether you’re in the mood for comedy, tragedy, drama, or toe-tapping music, there’s a show for you nearly every night of the week in the South Korean capital. With dozens of venues and performances to choose from, the hardest part is narrowing it down to just one. Here’s what you need to know about what’s onstage in Seoul.
The K-pop wave that has swept the globe for the past few years has brought countless fans to South Korea to see a live performance. Perfect for die-hard fans as well as families traveling with older kids and teenagers, these lively concerts feature top K-pop performers, such as HyunA, B.A.P., SHINee, and VROMANCE.
A dinner show offers a relaxing and romantic way to spend a night out on the town, particularly for travelers with limited time in South Korea. Some of the most popular dinner shows are staged at Korea House, where guests dine on Joseon-era court cuisine while watching a variety of performances, from the elegant Korean fan dance to a traditional drum show.
Traditional Music and Dance
Seoul has several venues that specialize in classical Korean song and dance. These performances offer insight into the local culture and folklore, and are usually geared toward a more adult audience (perfect for a date night). The Jeongdong Theater stages a musical theater production called Lotus, while the Seoul Arts Center hosts opera, classical music, ballet, and modern dance almost every night of the week.
Sometimes it just feels good to laugh out loud. Seoul hosts a couple of excellent family-friendly comedy shows. The popular Nanta, Korea’s longest-running show, is a nonverbal comedy about four chefs preparing a wedding feast. Those with an interest in martial arts should check out Jump, another comedy about a family of martial artists who must defend their home from robbers.