Are you a big fan of K-pop and want to make your trip to South Korea a special one? If you are not a local, you’ll rarely get a chance to meet your favorite K-pop idol. Now especially with the coronavirus outbreak, many K-pop concerts are being canceled. But, if you are in Korea, especially in Seoul, there are many opportunities where you can get your fill of the K-pop world.
Here’s our guide to the best way to experience the K-pop attractions in Seoul. Make some unforgettable memories during your trip to South Korea!
SMTOWN COEX Artium
SM Entertainment has produced some of the greatest K-pop groups from Girl’s Generation to NCT 127.
At SMTOWN Museum, you can explore the archives that follow the traces of SM artists. It is a space dedicated to SM celebrities, and you can even interact with them via virtual reality! There is a space where you can learn how albums are produced. The museum also has an open studio where they hold live broadcasts. Your favorite SM artist hosts these, and even audience participation is allowed.
It is a space that offers the primary goods that utilize the portraits and the related logos of various celebrities, alongside items that artists wear ordinarily or on television. It is also a space that gives you a chance to experience celebrities’ lifestyle in your everyday life, through artists with a global fashion sense or through brand collaborations.
It is capable of presenting various performances, including holograms, musicals, and concerts. The theatre is the world’s first venue for floating hologram show, with an impressive immersion with an ultra-large 40m wave façade that surrounds audiences at 270 degrees. It is a musical and concert venue with a total of 770 seats and a 180-degree semi-circle 9.1 surround system where you can enjoy the show vividly presented on the large 15-meter screen, and also enjoy the media board for interactive contents of the SM artists.
A space to enjoy various beverages from Artist Bottles filled with Artist Ade to cool Ice Americano. You can eat limited-edition desserts created through a collaboration between famous dessert brands and SM Artists’ characters and album concepts.
BTS is right now one of the most popular K-pop group all over the world. They have mesmerized fans around the globe with their lovable personalities, great looks, and exceptional performances in their latest Map of the Soul: 7 album. If you want to see Seoul from the perspective of this Billboard Music Award-winning group, you can look around the BTS’s hideout spot, Hakdong Park, where they used to hang out before they became famous. You can check out the old building of BigHit Entertainment and enjoy lunch at Yoojeong Sikdang, BTS’s all-time favorite restaurant.
Gangnam had been the leading place of the Korean trends even before it gained worldwide recognition. More than half of the total number of Korean entertainment companies are located in Gangnam, so this place is a birthplace of many Korean wave stars. K-Star Road connects the Apgujeong Rodeo Station exit 2 and Cheongdam crossroads.
MBC World – Hallyu Theme Park
MBC is one of Korea’s major broadcasting stations that have produced well-loved shows like ‘Infinite Challenge’ and ‘Show! Music Core.’ The station has created a Hallyu dedicated theme park called MBC World. Here, they have integrated technology such as virtual reality and holography into the space to turn you into the main character of your favorite MBC TV show. You might run into a celebrity or two who are filming their latest episode of a drama show.
K-Live at Lotte FITIN
You might not get a chance to attend a concert while on your trip, but you can still catch some musical concerts in Seoul. K-Life, an innovative attraction at Lotte FITIN mall in Dongdaemun, offers realistic hologram concerts of YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment artists. Fans can live out the concert experience of their dreams no matter the yearly schedule.
Myeongdong is the heartbeat of everything exciting in Seoul. The densely packed shopping district is home to a few well-stocked music stores, making it a must-visit stop for K-pop fans. The stores are decorated with images of their favorite idols so you can take selfies with your beloved stars.