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Concerts in Korea – Cost and Detailed Guide for Foreigners

I can say that attending Kpop concerts in general is a life-changing experience. More so if you experience it live in Korea. However, some overseas fans may have some difficulties in buying tickets and understanding some instructions due to language barrier. So here is a detailed guide especially made for foreign fans.

What to Expect

If you are already amazed in what you see in the videos, personally watching concerts in Korea will even raise your bar on how live concerts should be done. The sound, lighting and stage design are also added factors in making the show a success. During the concert, there are usually group performances, sub-unit performances and solo performances.

Depending on the organizer, a concert could last up to 3 to 4 hours. But prepare to be spend your day at the venue as you will have to line up first to get your concert strap in exchange of your ticket. If you want to know more about how they do concerts in Korea and what to expect, I detailed it here.

How to Buy Concert Tickets

There are different websites where you can buy tickets for concerts in Korea and it vary per show. These are some of the most commonly used ticketing sites where you can buy it.

Sometimes, you can also buy at the venue if there are still available seats. However, note that buying at the venue on the day itself may not be the wisest thing to do if you want have good seats with the best view. Most of the abovementioned websites have English version so it is easy for foreigners to make an account and buy from there.

There are usually two rounds of ticket selling: the Pre-selling for Official Fan Club Members and the Regular Selling

Pre-selling for Official Fan Club Members

This period is for those who are member of the official fan club of the performing Kpop idols. They usually announce a registration period when you must enter your membership details such as ID number and birthday. Then the ticketing site will validate your account and qualify you for the pre-selling. Most of the time, you can only buy 1 ticket per verified ID.

Regular Selling

Whatever is left from the pre-selling period will be available for reservation for the general public. During this period, you can usually buy up to 2 to 4 tickets per ID. But again, it depends on the policy of the concert organizer.

Cost of Watching Concerts in Korea

One of the best things of attending concerts in Korea is its cost that is relatively cheap compare to when they do it overseas. The cost depends on the performing artists. The usual ticket price for a VIP or standing VIP ranges from 100,000 to 150,000 Korean won. While the general admission can be as low as 10,000 Korean won.

FREE Concerts in Korea

In addition, one of the perks of coming to Korea is to have the opportunity of attending concerts for FREE! Yes, for free and you only have to go to the venue. Sometimes, they would have concerts in campuses or public events. In some of the free concerts that I’ve been too, I was able to see BTOB, TWICE, Red Velvet, Seventeen, CLC, NCT Dream, and many more.

For other FREE ways to see Kpop idols in Korea, click here.

Things to Remember in Buying Concert Ticket

  • Create an account in advance on the ticketing website using your real name. It should be the same as your passport or ARC.
  • Set an alarm on the day of ticketing, preferably few minutes before the selling starts.
  • Ready your card details for payment such as complete name, card number, card expiry date and CVV (the 3-digit number on the back of your card). I suggest that you put it in a note on your laptop or mobile phone so you can just easily copy the details.
  • On the day of the concert, bring your tickets. If you haven’t claimed it yet, you can claim it at the venue on the day itself. Note that foreigners must have a passport or ARC to claim the ticket.
  • If you end up not buying any seat, there are ticket resellers online but they sell it usually double or triple the price. And make sure that they are legit sellers before giving your money as some fans have had bad experiences on this. If possible, request for a meet up where you could personally exchange the ticket and the payment.

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🇵🇭 Joey

A scholar, marketer, educator, traveler, and ultimately, a fangirl currently living in South Korea. I mostly write about Hallyu-related places as well tips on traveling and living in Korea.