Ever since Psy showed us his Gangnam Style, K-pop has been taking the world by storm. Spend some time in Seoul and you’ll hear the up-tempo tunes everywhere you go, but here are some of our favorite experiences for diving deeper into Korean music and pop culture.
- See a live K-pop show or hologram concert.
- Learn to dance like your favorite K-pop stars with a professional dance instructor.
- Tour the filming locations of some of Korea’s most famous TV shows.
- K-pop tours can last anywhere from two hours to a full day.
One of the most popular ways to experience K-pop in Seoul is by seeing a live performance. Visit the set of Mnet, a Korean music television station where you can attend a taping, tour the studio, and see top singers perform live and up close. Visit the CJ E&M Center, Korea’s number-one entertainment company, where you can watch a live show and listen to chart-topping songs by top K-pop stars and idols on M! Countdown. If you can’t make it to a live studio show, experience the next best thing at Klive. This innovative venue features hologram performances by some of the genre’s biggest stars, including Psy, 2NE1, and Big Bang.
Korean pop culture extends beyond music into the realm of television. See where some of Korean TV’s most famous shows and scenes—My Love from the Star, Winter Sonata, and The Moon That Embraces the Sun, to name a few—were filmed by touring the sets and filming locations.