Nanta Performance

  • Port

    Jeju (Cheju) City, South Korea

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 Hours

  • Meals Included


Nanta, which literally means ‘random drumbeats’, is a nonverbal performance based on the rhythms of samullori (traditional Korean percussion instruments) that is uniquely Korean and has been adapted to create a strikingly comedic stage show. Integrating unique Korean traditional drumbeats in a Western performance style, Nanta storms into a huge kitchen where four capricious cooks are preparing a wedding banquet. While cooking, they turn all kinds of kitchen items—pots, pans, dishes, knives, chopping boards, water bottles, brooms and even each other—into percussion instruments. Veering between cheerful banter and playful animosity, the kitchen crew creates visual humor and aural fun that entices the audience to participate. Since its debut in 1997, the Nanta theater has been filled to capacity and has drawn the largest audiences in the history of performing arts in Korea. Winning international acclaim, it also became the first Asian show to stage an off-Broadway musical in 2004. The show is designated as one of the Top Ten Things to See in Seoul by the Korea Tourism Organization. As they complete the creations of the best dishes of the day, the performance culminates in a feast that is shared with the audience to highlight and celebrate the communal bond found in a traditional samullori performance. This is a really offbeat tour with a truly unusual theme that will have you laughing and cheering. After the 40-minute performance of the Nanta show, you will proceed to a local souvenir shop where you will have free time to purchase small and unique local souvenirs. Your final stop en route to the ship will be Mystery road to witness the illusion where vehicles in neutral appear to be climbing instead of going downhill. Return to the pier and your ship.