If you are a fan of Korean dramas and celebrities, embark on an exciting Hallyu tour in Seoul. There are numerous places in Seoul that have frequently been used as filming sites for dramas and variety programs, not to mention tour attractions solely dedicated to Hallyu.
Among the many attractions, MBC World Theme Park rank number one on the list of recommendations for an extreme Hallyu experience. MBC World Theme Park offers a variety of opportunities to feel and experience Hallyu as well as awesome environments for taking memorable photos. The park has especially gained popularity among tourists after it was used as a filming site for the movie “The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).”
MBC World Theme Park is an attraction that revolves around the theme of Hallyu contents where visitors can get an overview of TV dramas variety programs produced by MBC. The building itself is a gigantic photo booth that provides numerous photogenic spots and backgrounds.
Facilities open for viewing are divided into three zones of M, B, and C. However, viewing time is limited to a total of 90 minutes after admission. Therefore, it is advised to manage your time wisely for each zone if you wish to look around and experience all three zones in one day. The average recommended time is approximately 50 minutes for M zone, 10-15 minutes for B zone, and 25-30 minutes for C zone.
Visitors are welcome to take pictures in all viewing areas, excluding the newsroom and the hologram theater. Taking pictures is restricted in these two areas to prevent visitors from disturbing other audiences during performances at the hologram theater and staff members who work at the newsroom as it is an actual working environment.
The admission ticket not only allows you to enter the park, but it also has another secret function. After a simple verification process, the QR code embedded on the front side of your ticket can save all the pictures and videos of you taken during your tour. Keep in mind that a separate purchase of USB at the ticket booth is required to gain access of your pictures and videos.
Each zone has a small, TV-shaped blue box installed that recognizes QR codes. Verify the QR code on your ticket with these boxes first and you will be able to take pictures and videos in that zone.
There are many places in MBC World Park that offers unique experiences or photogenic environments for visitors. If you decide to include MBC World Park in your schedule, here are a few must-do’s that are well worth your time.
Out of the many experiences you can enjoy at MBC World Park, the most noteworthy experience is available at the newsroom. You can feel what it is like to be a news anchor by reading news scripts out loud in front of the camera. If you are not familiar with reading in Korean, you can choose scripts in other languages such as English, Japanese, and Chinese. You might feel nervous with the camera facing directly at you, but it will definitely be a memorable experience.
After having fun at the newsroom, move on to experience virtual reality (VR) or show off your dance moves. VR experience gives you a tour all around MBC’s main facilities while you remain seated on a chair, taking you on a roller coaster ride every time you move from one spot to another in the world of VR. As for the dance experience, you have to move in order to continue. This unique experience gives you an opportunity to feel what it is like to be a dance-pop artist by teaching you dance moves or giving you an opportunity to dance on stage with k-pop stars of your choice.
At the Korean Historical Drama Center in M zone, you can get a feel of Korea’s traditional atmosphere. The 50m-long hallway displays MBC’s popular historical dramas such as “Moon Embracing the Sun (2012),” “The Great Queen Seondeok (2009),” “The Scholar who Walks the Night (2015),” and more.
You can also take a look at all the historical dramas produced by MBC and even try on costumes that were used in the actual films. Although a separate fee is required to try out the costumes, do not miss this chance to take memorable pictures with these historical drama scenes and costumes.
If M zone offered unique opportunities such as the newsroom, VR experience and more, B zone and C zone offer photo booths and experience programs related to popular celebrities. B zone displays photo walls related to media contents, such as “Infinite Challenge” and “I am a Singer,” as well as dramas, such as “Pasta (2010)” and “Personal Taste (2010).” Some of the photo walls use illusions to create unordinary pictures.
C zone consists of concept booths where you can feel as if the celebrities are right in front of your eyes. Take a picture with celebrities at My Little Television booth as they greet and approach you, then go on a ride with the celebrities of your choice in their vans at the Star Van booth. The photo results will surely make you laugh.
After exploring all three zones, make a short stop at MBC souvenir shop. The shop sells official merchandise of MBC’s popular shows such as “Infinite Challenge.” Mug cups, memo pads, and other goods sold exclusively at this store will serve as a great memento of your trip to Korea, not to mention a perfect gift.
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* This column was last updated in July 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.