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1 City 5 Ways: Theater Lover

IP Boutique Hotel

Courtesy of IP Boutique Hotel

The lobby of the IP Boutique Hotel.

Seoul’s theatrical range includes the Korean National Theater, dialogue-free performances, street entertainers and intimate plays and musicals.

Where to Stay // IP Boutique Hotel
With its colorful façade and lobby lined with patent leather swings and futuristic lighting, the IP Boutique Hotel looks like The Mad Hatter’s bowling alley. The guest rooms, however, are subdued and comfortable.

Morning // Gyeongbokgung Palace
At 11 a.m. every day except Tuesdays, costumed soldiers carrying ancient weapons and flags carry out the changing of the guard, reenacting a military parade that dates back to the 15th century. 

Midday // Daehangno
With its throng of small theaters, the university neighborhood of Daehangno is known as the Broadway of Asia, with street performers, musicians and artists in Maronnier Park.

Dinner // Lee Chun Bok Cham Chi
Join a local crowd for all-you-can-eat raw tuna served by the animated chefs here. Toast your meal with soju, Korea’s traditional liquor, before taking in a performance at the National Theater of Korea.

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