SBS Inkigayo is the most competitive of the four music shows. It is located in Gayang, which is quite easy to get to, but the studio isn’t incredibly big. There’s a small section of standing and then a theater of about 400 people that may fit if they ignore fire safety (which they ALWAYS do). As at all music shows, it’s best if you arrive early (first train early) if you want to get in for your group.
SBS INKIGAYO ADDRESS: 서울시 강서구 등촌동 58-1 SBS등촌동공개홀
WHEN: Every Sunday
METRO STOP: Gayang Station (가양역) Line 9. Exit 10
DIRECTIONS: It’s pretty simple to find this one. Go out of Exit 10 and turn left. Go until you see girls crowded around outside a partially glass complex.
WHAT YOU NEED: First and foremost, you will need the most recent CD of the idol you are hoping to go and watch. Some fandoms will require other things, such as online purchase receipts or ringtones. You will have to go to the group’s daumcafe or website for the specifics, but the basic is a CD.
WHAT YOU DO FIRST: FIND YOUR FANDOM. It’s pretty easy. Take out your CD and start asking around. Shy? Read the signs or look for people that have the same CD as you do. The signs are usually taped to the ground right below the steps leading up to the building. At Inkigayo, it’s actually much easier to find your group as people will be milling around with their CDs out and signs.
WHAT YOU DO NEXT: Once you have your name on the list they will then tell you a time to be back by. And then you wait. When the staff arrives they will check that you have all the items you need and then put a number on your wrist. You will line up and get into the studio according to that number.
THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT: There isn’t much to do around there, but there is a cafeteria on the bottom floor of the homeplus across the street. There is also a PC bang (internet cafe) a little ways away. Just look for the sign saying ‘PC방’ and some ominous stairs going down into a deep underground little cave. There’s also a nice karaoke place down there. Other than that, there are a few cafes that will have many people, but good for loitering in if you’re lucky to find a seat.
DOS AND DO NOTS:
+ Whatever you do, DO NOT JUMP LINES. It is extremely rude to the fanclub you were/are in. As Westerners, we understand that one can like more than one group at a time. For Koreans, however, it’s all about loyalty to that one particular band. And even then, it’s not about that. I know we all want to see our favorite bands perform, but out of common courtesy, please refrain from doing so. It gives FOREIGNERS a bad name and it makes the staff even less inclined to assist or even try to let foreigners do things at shows. Also, most groups have check in times that collide so it’s best for you to just choose one group and stick with them for the ENTIRE DAY. Just don’t be a dick okay?
+ You may or may not be in live recordings for other artists. Most of them are people that you may not be familiar with or dislike. Despite this, please try to cheer for everyone you see.
+ The production companies no long allow overnight queues so try to come at first light instead (around 5AM).
+DO NOT TAKE PICTURES. I mean it. If you take pictures, you’re going to get your ENTIRE FANDOM kicked out of the studio for that day and probably for a few OTHER performances as well! If you want your idol to have their fans in the recording to support them, DO NOT TAKE PICTURES.
GROUP SPECIFICS: (updated 2013.07.09)
+ SUPER JUNIOR/DBSK/SHINEE/2PM/BIGBANG/B2ST/ETC – If you don’t have an official fancard (which anyone reading this will definitely not have) then you bring your CD and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites) and you ARRIVE AT FIRST LIGHT. Especially for special events. They are also now asking for an official fanlight from an event. If you do not have these things, the lower your tier will be. Be sure to check their website for more information.
+ EXO – The fanclub card is easy enough to get, but they also have an app that will show your card that you can show the people in line and you HAVE to bring their CD and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites) along with an official fanlight and a few other things. Be sure to check the exo website for more information
+ U-KISS – Current CD + Online Cafe registration (found under 현장참여신청) If you DO NOT register on the fancafe you will be put at the back of the line regardless if you have the fanclub card.