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Nanta Cookin’ is unarguably the most popular musical show in South Korea. It premiered in October 1997 in Hoam Art Hall in Seoul and has since been the longest running show in South Korea.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticketing booth:
Hongdae Nanta Theater: VIP seat 60,000 won / S seat 50,000 won / A seat 40,000 won
Myeongdong Nanta Theater: VIP seat 60,000 won / S seat 50,000 won / A seat 40,000 won
Gangbuk Jeong Dong NANTA Theatre: VIP seat 60,000 won / S seat 50,000 won
Jeju Nanta Theater: VIP seat 60,000 won / S seat 50,000 won
Tips: You’ll get 10% discount when you purchase the ticket online
We chose to watch the musical at Myeongdong Nanta Theater, since it is conveniently located at Myeongdong and we can have our delicious jjimdak dinner before the show starts.
The musical has a simple back story of three cooks attempting to finish preparing a wedding banquet within a strict time limit while the manager installs his incompetent nephew among the kitchen staff. The show involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime and audience participation. The unifying element throughout the musical is the use of traditional Korean samul nori music, which in this case in performed with improvised instruments, such as cutting boards, water canisters and kitchen knives. The performance is almost completely non-verbal. The very few words which are spoken are in English.
Since it is a long running show, different group of actors are playing at different time slots. We got brown team 🙂
The show lasts 2 hours and it was really funny and entertainment. The best part is one does not need to worry about language barrier because the show involves only creative use of kitchen utensils and acrobatic performances. Even KampungBoy’s parents enjoyed themselves very much!
Myeongdong Nanta Theatre
Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul
386 seats (VIP:119 seats, S:156 seats, A:111 seats)
14:00, 17:00, 20:00 on Monday ~ Sunday & Holiday
Getting Here: Myeongdong Station (subway line 4) Exit 6 or Euljiro Ipgu Station (subway line 2) Exit 5,6