How to get to SM Town Artium/Where is the SM Town Artium

 

The SMTown Artium (I think it’s still pronounced ‘atrium’ but they were being clever) is a store created especially for SM Town artists, featuring many of their signature styles as well as souvenirs for you to buy. It also has a pop-up cafe, a studio for make up and photos, and a hologram theatre and event hall (some of these will not be open until mid-January)

ADDRESS:
METRO STOP: Samseong Station (삼성역) Exit 6 – COEX Mall (direct passageway)
DIRECTIONS: Just continue on straight out Exit 6 (there will be stairs and then a passageway of pillars) and it will open up to roofless open space with a bit of a pathway to the side for visitors of the mall. If you continue to go straight, there will be a sign telling you where the artium is and some escalators going up. Take those escalators and then turn right at the top and the glass doors should be right there (there should be lots of pillars with SM Artist names on them)

PHOTO DIRECTIONS TO COME
(I forgot to take them when going the first time I was too excited)

RECOMMENDATIONS: The pop-up cafe has a lot of different signatures of your favourite artists. When I went, I sat at Tao’s table. I really liked the Super Junior ice cream. I have yet to try their cakes or cupcakes, but don’t get the chocolate éclair. That didn’t taste very good at all.

WHAT (NOT) TO DO THERE: Try to listen to staff, especially if there are lines. Don’t cut as it’s unfair for those who stood behind you. Also it’s just rude. Don’t cut any line. Ever.

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Where is MBC Music Core/How to enter MBC Music Core


MBC Music Core is now located in the same place as M!Countdown, just across the street. The Ilsan venue was much bigger so getting into the live show is a bit challenging now, though you should still try if you really want to see it. At all music shows, it’s best if you arrive early (first train early) if you want to get in for your group.

MBC MUSIC CORE ADDRESS: (TO BE UPDATED…when I have the time…)
WHEN: Every Saturday but keep a look out on their schedule because they will sometimes change locations.
METRO STOP: Digital Media City Station (디지탈미디아시티역) Line 6/Airport Railroad. Exit 9
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out of Exit 9 and just walk for about three-four blocks until you see a building that looks like it’s made of squares. That’s the MBC building. The entrance is on the opposite side of the street you’re on (so go around the building to the courtyard)

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. Some have you check in on their daum cafe. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.

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 MBC staff themselves will put out signs with the name of the groups performing in the courtyard. On rainy days or days when it is too cold/hot to function they will put the signs inside and you will line up in there. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.

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’s some nice places to eat and hang around just down the road. Ilsan is known for their flowers so take the time to go explore the park across the street or down a block. There’s excellent shopping and food all around.

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. 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.

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)

FTISLAND – Carded membership for FTIsland is open all the time. So if you’re in Korea, just go get one. Once you get one, you will need to buy the single online (they will require you to print this confirmation out) as well as the CD and a pentastick (the FTIsland support flag which will be sold there for 4,000won). If you don’t want to get a carded membership, then just bring the latest CD and a pentastick (or just buy it there :D)

TEEN TOP – Angels probably have official fancards now and they are HUGE FANDOMS so you will probably have to arrive EARLY in order to get a good place in line. Bring your CD and check on their site for further 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.

Where is Mnet M!Countdown/How to enter Mnet M!Countdown


Mnet M!Countdown may be the easiest of all the shows to get into. That is, of course, if you don’t work on Thursdays. Almost all of their performances are pre-recorded, so you will have to check your idol’s cafe for specific times. At all music shows, it’s best if you arrive early (first train early) if you want to get in for your group.


MNET M!COUNTDOWN ADDRESS: 마포구 상암동 1606번지 CJ E&M센터 2층
METRO STOP: Digital Media City Station (디지탈미디아시티역) Line 6/Airport Railroad. Exit 2
DIRECTIONS: There is a bus stop across the street from exit 2. You will need to take the 7711 bus from that stop to the studio. The stop you want is the Sangam Digital Media City Public Information Hall (상암DMC), which is the third stop from the station. The announcement for this stop is made in English so listen for it if you can.

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. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.

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. Some groups will have paper signs posted up and people will be crowded around them. Ask someone in this line for the list and they will point you toward someone that will take your name and sometimes your number. Other groups will have similar lists or require you to take a picture and send it to them. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.

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: Exploring the area across the street from the bus stop will get you a starbucks and a bunch of other places to eat. You can also find a food court in the building behind the DMC building.

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.

+ 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.

+ EXO – They have yet to get an official fancard or fanclub name so you will 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)

+ FTISLAND – Carded membership for FTIsland is open all the time. So if you’re in Korea, just go get one. Once you get one, you will need to buy the single online (they will require you to print this confirmation out) as well as the CD and a pentastick (the FTIsland support flag which will be sold there for 4,000won). If you don’t want to get a carded membership, then just bring the latest CD and a pentastick (or just buy it there :D)

+ TEEN TOP – Angels probably have official fancards now and they are HUGE FANDOMS so you will probably have to arrive EARLY in order to get a good place in line. Bring your CD and check on their site for further 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.