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The old meets the bold

A stunning blend of ancient and modern serves as the perfect tourist introduction to Korea

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  • Writer: Praethong Polsawatwanich
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South Korea attracts more than 11 million foreign tourists a year. Some are lured by traditional tourists attractions such as Gyeongbok Palace, Dongdaemun market and Namsan (South Mountain). Others hope to catch a glimpse of their favourite K pop star in one of Seoul's more fashionable districts, such as Gangnam. 

But Korea also has a rich heritage of non-verbal performances, and there are many famous stage shows in Seoul such as the Jump Show, the Nanta Show and the Drum Cat Show. And by not relying on the spoken word, they are ideal for tourists who may not speak Korean.

One of these shows, Fanta-Stick: Letter of Introduction, blends traditional music and instruments with Western percussion and melodies. The performance seamlessly blends acrobatics and martial arts with break dancing, and is a visual and aural treat.

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