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Myeongdong NANTA Theater
Myeongdong NANTA Theater

Myeongdong NANTA Theater

Jung-gu, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Myeongdong-gil, 26, Seoul

The Basics

With nearly 400 seats on two levels, the Myeongdong NANTA Theater was the first dedicated exclusively to NANTA performances. Largely nonverbal, the interactive show uses music (a modern take on traditional samul nori percussion using improvised kitchen utensils and appliances), movement, and specially designed sound and lighting systems to convey the story—a slapstick comedy centered on chefs who are rushing to prepare a wedding feast.

Performances sometimes sell out, so book your ticket online ahead of time. For a hassle-free experience, opt for a ticket package that includes round-trip transfer from your Seoul hotel. Some half- and full-day city sightseeing tours include tickets to the show.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The show runs about 90 minutes.

  • Photos and videos aren’t permitted during the performance.

  • Audience members sitting in the front rows may be asked to join the show onstage.

  • The theater is wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

The theater is located on the third floor of the UNESCO building in Myeongdong. To get there by subway, take line 2 to Euljiro 1-ga Station (exit 5 or 6) or line 4 to Myeongdong Station (exit 6).

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When to Get There

The theater stages several performances daily: two every day Monday through Thursday; three on Friday, Sunday, and public holidays; and four on Saturday.

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Nonverbal Shows

Nonverbal shows are popular in Seoul, particularly with visitors. In addition to NANTA, check out one of these other nonverbal performances: Fanta-Stick, which combines traditional Korean music with modern instruments and digital technology; JUMP, which showcases acrobatic and gymnastic skills; the culinary-themed Chef, which incorporates beatboxing and b-boying; and The Painters: HERO, which blends art, dance, comedy, and mime.

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