Seeing a performance at this small theater near the walls of Deoksugung Palace is an excellent way to experience a slice of Korean culture like a local. Visitors can book tickets to see a live performance or participate in the venue’s janggu experience—a lesson in the samul (a traditional percussion instrument) taught by professional players either on stage or in the theater’s practice room. Attendees of these workshops earn a certificate of completion.
Things to Know Before You Go
Head to the Jeongdong Theater for a date night or night out with friends.
Performances in Korean typically have subtitles in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
The theater is wheelchair-accessible, with two designated seats and a lift.
How to Get There
To get to the theater, take the Seoul Subway to Seodaemun Station (line 5), Gwanghwamun Station (line 5), or City Hall Station (line 1 or 2). Parking is free.
When to Get There
Performances typically take place once per day in the afternoon or evening Tuesday to Saturday. Check the calendar before your visit to see what’s playing.
Seoul’s Theater Scene
The performing arts are alive and well in Korea, with a little something for everyone on stages across the city. Kids and families should check out the 90-minute comedy and acrobatic show known as Jump, while Nanta uses Korean percussion and body language in a high-energy show with no dialogue.
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