Must-see entertainment in Seoul

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    Seoul Racecourse

    Enjoy a day at the races at Seoul's impressive and hugely popular horse-racing track. A 40,000-capacity grandstand faces the sandy track and its backdrop…

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    Nanta Theatre Jung-gu

    Running since 1997, with no end in sight, is Korea's most successful nonverbal performance. Set in a kitchen, this high-octane, 90-minute show mixes magic…

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    The 'Lost Continent of Mu' has been hiding out in Sangsu-dong all these years? Join those in the know for live bands, piano, improv jazz or electronic…

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    National Theater of Korea

    The several venues here are home to the national drama, changgeuk (Korean opera), orchestra and dance companies. Free concerts and movies are put on in…

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    Sounding like 'mellow out' in English, this small live-music bar is very Yeonnam-dong – Hongdae's mellower, cooler sibling. The dark industrial-chic space…

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    National Gugak Center

    Traditional Korean classical and folk music and dance are performed, preserved and taught at this centre, which is home to the Court Music Orchestra, the…

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    Club Evans

    Appealing across the generations, Evans offers top-grade jazz and a great atmosphere. If you want a seat, get here early or book ahead – live music…

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    Jeongdong Theater

    Most famous for its critically acclaimed musical Miso, this theatre company also produces a number of traditional nonverbal musicals.

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    A top live venue with up to eight local indie bands playing at the weekend until midnight. Afterwards it becomes a dance club with DJs.

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    Owl's Rooftop

    With live jazz, bands and acoustic music, great Korean food (clam and tofu stew; apple bbq pork) and beer (or bottles of berry makgeolli), this place,…

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    Post Territory Ujjeonguk

    This former post office turned art centre focuses on the theme of sharing and communication. With many exhibitions, concerts and seminars put on by and…

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    Seoul Arts Center

    The national ballet and opera companies are based at this sprawling arts complex, which includes a circular opera house with a roof shaped like a Korean…

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    Nanta Theatre Hongdae

    Set in a kitchen, this long-running, high-­octane show mixes varied ingredients – magic tricks, circus acts, drumming with kitchen utensils, comedy, dance…

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    Catch independent and foreign films (with subtitles in Korean) at this arts cinema where you’ll also find Hollywood golden oldies screening at the Silver…

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    Boogie Woogie

    Shake your stuff to two shows nightly (7pm and 9pm) at this neon-clad live-music den featuring local jazz acts and a smattering of blues, funk and hip hop…

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    All that Jazz

    A fixture on the Seoul jazz scene since 1976, this place regularly features top local musicians; table reservations are recommended for the weekend. There…

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    Korea's professional football league has 12 teams playing in the top tier (Division 1), with matches taking place between March and November. FC Seoul,…

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    Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

    One of Seoul's leading arts complexes, with several performance and exhibition spaces, puts on major drama, music and art shows – everything from large…

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    Insa-dong Outdoor Stage

    This outdoor plaza at the southern entrance to Insa-dong-gil hosts interesting traditional music and dance performances every Saturday. It's on the corner…

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    In this large, red-brick complex designed by Kim Swoo-geun are the main and small halls of both the Arko Art Theater and Daehangno Arts Theater. Come here…