6 must-see places in Seoul every K-Pop lover should check out
You’re not the biggest K-pop fan until you’ve holidayed just to stalk your favourite acts.
Korean Pop (K-Pop) fever has been running wild for a while now, and it’s here to stay. The Hallyu Wave, which is the brain behind the popularity of the 90s, has put South Korea on the map as one of the world’s hottest travel destinations today. Every diehard K-Pop fan would do anything to get a glimpse of their favourite stars, which makes K-Pop travel an actual thing these days. Believe it or not, the presence of K-Pop celebrities are so incredibly anticipated, swarm of fans would sniff their trails from the airport right to the outside of the hotel they are staying at. If you happen to travel to Seoul just to catch a glimpse of your favorite popular K-Pop act, then here are six places you must visit. Trust our agents at Fayyaz Travels to know the juicy insights!
1. Jeju Play K-Pop Museum
Yes, there is actually a museum dedicated to satiate your Oppa obsession! The Play K-Pop is a museum on Jeju Island that has all the information you ought to know about the history and becoming of K-Pop culture and its best artists. The museum uses cutting-edge technology to provide an interactive experience to its visitors, so don’t expect to fall asleep to boring historical texts and dusty displays here. Its exhibits include holograms, augmented reality, and close-to-reality photo ops. The place has over 31 different kinds of fun experiences in total. Each will either transform you into a K-Pop star or if you are lucky, maybe sing with an actual K-Pop star. Surprise, surprise!
2. SMTOWN Land
SMTOWN Land is a haven particularly for Super Junior and EXO fans. It’s a place where their fans will be spoiled silly. On its first floor, visitors are welcomed to large screens featuring their favorite artists behind the scenes. The second floor is the merchandise section called the SUM Celebrity Shop where you can score some of the best, most coveted merchandises you see in concerts. The third floor is where SMTOWN Studio is, which features replicas of shooting locations including recording rooms, photo studios, and dance rooms. The fifth and sixth floors contain theaters in which you can watch hologram concerts. Feeling the need to be starstruck? Go to the SUM Café on the fourth floor and there’s a good chance you would bump into one of your favorite K-Pop stars.
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3. Myeongdong District
If your K-Pop fandom trip happens to be one on a tight budget, then the Myeongdong District is the location that you should prioritise. There, shops and stores offer inexpensive merchandise and memorabilia that are on point with the trends of the K-Pop universe. Myeongdong District is also popular for Seoul tourists in general because there are plenty of good deals on other items such as clothes, cosmetics, and souvenirs. Here, you can expect to see stores like SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment Store, and the FNC Entertainment Café. If the stars are aligned for you when in town, then you may just spot your favourite K-Pop group hosting an event within the vicinity.
4. The Min’s
The Min’s café is owned by 2AM and HOMME’S Changmin. The place is famous for its refreshing lemonade and cherryade. Changmin’s mum works at the café and she often informs fans on the arrival of her son whenever he plans to stop by. BTS would also hang out at the café when they are not busy supporting Changmin. Diehard fans probably know this by now but if you are new to the craze, well now you know where to start. Now, the cafe’s interior will tickle the taste of every type of K-Pop fans simply because it is filled with all things K-Pop; you name it, it is there.
5. Kyobo Bookstore
The Kyobo Bookstore is the largest bookstore chain in South Korea. One of its most popular stores is located in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Not only do K-Pop loving folks go here for books, but they are also there to rummage through piles of CDs, DVDs, and photobooks of their favorite artists. The best part about this bookstore is that each shelf is arranged by the name of artists, which makes it all the more convenient and breezy to shop in. Now you know where exactly you will hunt for good finds when you arrive at Kyobo!
A great way to cap your day after a long and tiring tour around Seoul is to hang out at Hongdae by night. It is a college town where students give life to the city by filling their musical passion in the surrounding clubs and cafes. Hongdae is home to street performers who would serenade you with your favorite K-Pop songs and make you learn new ones. Music lovers, in general, will surely embrace the unique ring to K-Pop music after spending some time here. Some performers may even hype the crowd with some signature dance moves that your favorite K-Pop idols would do on stage at notable concerts. It is definitely the best way to end your K-Pop pilgrimage if we can call it that!