Tango in Korea

Tango in Korea started around 2000 and it has grown rapidly since then. In Seoul, the capital city, there are a dozen venues fully-dedicated to Tango and they open most days in the week. There are also other weekly or semi-regular milongas and practicas, and an assortment of annual events and parties. On a good night of a popular milonga you can easily find between 70 to 100 dancers. Special events can draw up to a few hundreds or more.

Outside of Seoul, there is also Tango in half a dozen other cities, including Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju and Pohang. Tango in these places are not as big, but they are healthy growing communities with plenty of activities as well.

If you are looking for places to dance in Seoul, these are good places to start:

  • El Bulin - This is a tango studio owned by the organizer of Seoul Tango Festival. We have a monthly milonga on the 3rd Saturday of the month and weekly practicas on Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Tango O Nada - Located in Hongdae area, this is the oldest Tango bar in Seoul.
  • Tangueria - For a long time the only Tango bar south of the Han River.
  • El Tango Cafe - A large venue opened in February, 2009
  • Ataniche Tango Club - A Tango bar opened in 2010
  • La Yumba - A Tango bar opened in 2012, located in Gangnam
  • Royal Tango House - A tango space opened in December 2012, located in the Cheongdam area.

If you need more information about where to dance, such as which milonga is more popular on a given night, or what milongas they have in a different city, please feel free to contact us. We would very much like to help foreigners enjoy Tango in Korea.

For more observations about Tango in Korea, please refer to this blog post by Leonel.

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