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Getting Artsy with some Traditional Korean Dance

There are many theaters and venues in Seoul where you can enjoy some traditional Korean performing arts — from plays to dance to non-verbal performances. We recently visited two of these, the Jeongdong Theater and the Korea House, and I’ll just go ahead and say it, I loved the shows at both places.

Jeongdong Theater could be considered your small, local theater. It’s tucked away in the historic Jeong-dong neighborhood of Seoul, near the Deoksugung Palace and Seoul Museum of Art. They do performances twice a night, every night except Mondays, and tickets aren’t too expensive (40,000-60,000 won). We went on a Saturday night to see “MISO: Baebijang-jeon,” based on a classical novel written by an unknown author during the Joseon dynasty. Continue reading Getting Artsy with some Traditional Korean Dance

Vacation Fun

As I write this, I realize we’ve been eating so much good food lately — Korean, Japanese, today some Korean-Chinese — that I’m going to do a food-related blog soon. So, stay tuned for that.

Ah, Christmas vacation. It’s been wonderful. Lots of sleep, lots of delicious food, quality time with my husband, with friends, with our families back home. Been to the movies (I mostly enjoyed “Into the Woods”), discovered the amazing saunas and hot tubs in our apartment building, started re-watching the “Lord of the Rings” series, and in between all that, we went ice skating and today I took a nice walk through the Jeong-dong neighborhood. Ok one thing at a time.

If you want to go ice skating in Seoul over the holidays, I know of two options — at Seoul Plaza, or at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. We already knew that ice skating at Seoul Plaza was pretty cheap, just 1,000 won for the skates rental and an hour of skating, wow! Seriously. As in, that’s less than $1 USD. So we went there. They looked like brand new skates, too. They control the flow of people on the rink by assigning you an hour time slot, and they also clean the ice every hour, so you get to skate on fresh ice. Continue reading Vacation Fun

A Night at The Ballet

Here’s another event I found out about in 10 Magazine, and I’m so glad I did! The Nutcracker, performed by the Universal Ballet — one of Korea’s top ballet companies, founded in 1984 — at the Universal Arts Center in Seoul.

We just got our tickets a week ago and still managed to get pretty good seats, reasonably priced (it helps they have a 20% “expats and tourists” discount). I’ve been so excited.

The theatre itself is beautiful, as you can see in the pics below. The seats are a little tight, if you will, so everyone pretty much sat with their bags and coats in their laps (you can pay to check your coat, too). But because it’s a small theatre, it seems like most seats in the house have good views. Before the performance, they had a life-size Nutcracker and Mouse King walking around the lobby for photo-ops. Continue reading A Night at The Ballet