Seoul entertainment

Top Choice Horse Racing in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

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 of verdant hills, where giant screens show the odds, the race…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

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 tricks, samulnori folk music, drumming, kitchen utensils, co…
Top Choice Live Music in Western Seoul


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 music in the basement on weekends. Upstairs is a stylish cafe-ba…
Top Choice Theatre in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

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 summer at the outdoor stage. Walk 10 minutes here or hop on bus…
Top Choice Live Music in Western Seoul


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 hosts live music with 'bangmuse' (chanteuse) on Thursdays, j…
Top Choice Traditional Music in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

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 Folk Music Group, Dance Theater and Contemporary Gugak Orches…
Top Choice Jazz in Western Seoul

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 usually happens 9pm to 11pm. It releases its own label CDs, too. Mo…
Top Choice Theatre in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Jeongdong Theater

Most famous for its critically acclaimed musical Miso, this theatre company also produces a number of traditional nonverbal musicals.
Top Choice Live Music in Western Seoul


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.
Live Music in Western Seoul

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, with views over a buzzing corner of Hongdae, makes for a good ni…