K-pop TV program “Show Champion” is gaining popularity as a hot tourist attraction among international travelers to Korea. On May 8, 2013, KTO visited the “Show Champion” set where shows take place and are broadcast on the MBC Music channel. The show features performances by top K-pop acts and gives an award to the very best among the 10 K-pop songs of the week.
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#1. International tourists from countries including Japan and France wait in line in front of UNIQLO-AX Hall to enter the “Show Champion” studio.
#2. The first 300 people individuals to arrive can watch “Show Champion” in the standing room area on the first floor. A hundred special seats on the second floor are reserved for international tourists twice per month.
#3. Amber (left) and Eunjeong (right) of K-pop groups F(x) and T-ara, respectively, host “Show Champion.”
#4. M.I.B, Ubeat, BTOB, and Secret (clockwise from upper left) perform on stage alongside other groups on May 8.
#5. SHINee’s pre-recorded performance plays on a huge screen on the stage. “Show Champion” televises both pre-recorded and live performances.
#6. The most highly anticipated moment on Show Champion is the announcement of the Champion Song, which went to 4minute at this taping.
#7. International tourists give enthusiastic applause after the performance. After the show, Oceane Dubue of France said this tourism package was awesome and strongly recommended it, especially to K-pop fans around the world. Oceane also said seeing “Show Champion” live is a great opportunity to have fun with Korean music.