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Seoul opens house devoted to Okay-pop dance covers

A studio inside Okay-Pop Floor resembles the spaceship featured in woman group aespa’s music video for “Subsequent Stage.” (Choi Jae-hee/The Korea Herald)

Dance cowl movies, created by followers to mimic idols’ strikes on stage and in music movies, have been a vital a part of world Okay-pop fandom tradition.

On platforms like TikTok, YouTube Shorts and Instagram Reels, one can simply discover brief clips the place beginner dancers from each right here and overseas replicate the choreography with unbelievable consideration to particulars. These movies are sometimes shot in locations reminiscent of on the road or in a public park.

Lately, one explicit locale in Seoul has risen as the final word setting for such dance cowl content material, providing filming studios that look identical to Okay-pop music video units.

“Okay-Pop Floor,” positioned on the second ground of a state-run tourism heart in Seoul’s central district of Jongno, provides three studios, with one themed after a music video from boy band BTS and two by woman band aespa. It additionally has areas not adorned with a selected theme.

One of many three-themed studios is modeled after a laundromat featured within the music video of BTS megahit “Permission to Dance.” The washing machines, carts and orange benches look identical to these within the BTS video.

The laundromat from BTS'

The laundromat from BTS’ “Permission to Dance” music video is re-created at Okay-Pop Floor, a brand new house opened in Seoul for Okay-pop-related content material creators. (Choi Jae-hee/The Korea Herald)

This filming set at K-Pop Ground resembles a subway train featured in girl group aespa's music video for “Black Mamba.

This filming set at Okay-Pop Floor resembles a subway prepare featured in woman group aespa’s music video for “Black Mamba.” (Choi Jae-hee/The Korea Herald)

One room re-creates the spaceship from aespa’s “Subsequent Stage” video, whereas one other resembles a subway prepare from the identical act’s “Black Mamba” video.

Every studio permits customers to decide on the music to play and alter coloration and lighting settings as per their choice.

This new playground for Okay-pop followers has gone viral, resulting in a slew of movies below the hashtags “KPopGround” and “HiKRGround.”

An energetic person of social media in her 20s from Turkey who has been residing in Korea for 5 years, Mehtap stated the place is the right spot for Okay-pop fan content material creators.

“You may take actually cool footage and movies there. The studios will appeal to much more international vacationers who need to movie movies that appear like Okay-pop music movies,” she stated, after visiting Okay-Pop Floor on a current Saturday with a gaggle of international content material creators residing in Korea.

Okay-Pop Floor is a part of HiKR Floor, a tourist-friendly facility opened collectively by the Ministry of Tradition, Sports activities and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Group in July.

Upon getting into, guests are greeted by the “HiKR Wall,” a 31-meter-wide digital display screen displaying vivid work and brief movies of must-visit vacationer spots in addition to well-known scenes from native movies and TV dramas.

A 31-meter-wide display shows images and videos of must-visit tourist spots in Korea, greeting visitors on the first floor of the HiKR Ground tourism center.  (Choi Jae-hee/The Korea Herald)

A 31-meter-wide show exhibits photographs and movies of must-visit vacationer spots in Korea, greeting guests on the primary ground of the HiKR Floor tourism heart. (Choi Jae-hee/The Korea Herald)

A large screen plays a video featuring places to visit for wellness tourism in Korea inside the HiKR Ground tourism center in Seoul.  (Choi Jae-hee/The Korea Herald)

A big display screen performs a video that includes locations to go to for wellness tourism in Korea contained in the HiKR Floor tourism heart in Seoul. (Choi Jae-hee/The Korea Herald)

Okay-Pop Floor is positioned on the second ground. The third ground is occupied by the HiKR Artwork Museum, the place followers of Korean drama collection and cinema can be taught concerning the filming places of their favourite media content material with a big touch-screen monitor. In a separate room, guests can discover a few of the locations by digital actuality.

The museum’s ongoing predominant exhibition options sculptures by up to date artists, together with Gwon Os-ang and Suh Do-ho, on the theme of tourism belongings in Korea, starting from native festivals to conventional Korean homes.

On the fourth ground, guests can get details about locations to go to in Korea for wellness tourism by a big display screen displaying movies of associated vacationer sights reminiscent of forest trails on Jeju Island and museums within the mountains round Wonju, Gangwon Province.

In the meantime, private tourism steerage is obtainable at an data heart on the fifth ground with providers accessible in Korean, English, Chinese language and Japanese.

The second, third and fourth flooring of HiKR Floor are open from Tuesday by Sunday, 10 am and seven pm, whereas the primary and fifth flooring keep open till 9 pm Admission is freed from cost.

“In response to the rising demand for journey to Korea, HiKR Floor will strengthen its partnerships with native media and leisure corporations to develop varied services and applications that might fulfill worldwide vacationers’ curiosity in Korean tradition,” a Tradition Ministry official stated.

Based on information from the Korea Tourism Group, 7,520 international guests got here to South Korea in October, sharply up from 333 international vacationers in January.

By Choi Jae-hee (


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