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Exciting BTS Locations to Visit in Korea for the Biggest ARMY Fans

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BTS or Bangtan Boys are a KPOP sensation that has taken over the world, so of course there are many places relating to the idols to visit throughout Korea.

Fans of the boy group call themselves the ARMY and have some of the most loyal fans worldwide. With such a huge status around the world, many fans will plan to visit Korea for the sole purpose of visiting BTS locations and making that their entire itinerary. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is more than enough for visitors to see considering they’ve been in our lives since 2010.

Whether you want to recreate the same photographs the BTS boys took to improve your own Instagram, enjoy the food at their favourite places to eat in Korea or just hit up all the famous locations from their music videos. The possibilities are endless.

Since there are so many significant places to visit across the country, I’ll also make sure to add in future locations that are significant to you BTS fans so you can enjoy more of Korea in the future too.

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Getting Around Korea

If you plan on travelling around, you should consider downloading useful apps to help you navigate the country. Google Maps and Uber don’t work very well in Korea so they use other platforms instead.

To make it easy to stay connected consider getting an eSIM through Airalo. They can be downloaded straight to your device and used almost instantly. That way, you don’t have to worry about finding WIFI points during your trip.

Before you start travelling around Korea to visit all the different BTS locations, you should prepare in 2 ways.

If you plan on renting a car as a foreigner check the requirements for your nationality and international licences (British driving licences require an IDP from our home country before arriving in Korea for example).

You can rent a car through these two companies, both of which I have used throughout my year of living in Korea.


Seoul

Although Seoul is technically in the region of Gyeonggi, there are so many BTS attractions spread across the city in different locations here that I decided to give Seoul its own section to break down each place.

You will find the attractions throughout the rest of Gyeonggi Province later in the article.

K Star Road sign with the striped floor and the famous hastag of #gangnamdol

K Star Road

Location: 394 Apgujeong-dong Gangnam-gu Seoul (서울 강남구 압구정동)

K Star Road is one of K Pop’s most important attractions here in Korea’s capital city. It’s the place where stars are made and all along the street there are tributes to your favourite bands and idols. Not only will you find a large sign dedicated to the stars and the start of this famous street, but you can also take part in a bit of a treasure hunt.

All along the street on one side of the road, you’ll find a collection of 18 GangnamDolls. These dolls are lifesized statues in the shape of teddy bears. Except, instead of being decorated to look like a bear in colour, each one is actually designed to represent a different K Pop band or person.

And of course, this collection wouldn’t be complete without one for you ARMY fans. BTS has their own GangnamDoll in black and white with their name printed clearly at the top. Go and get your selfies!

Cafe Hyuga (Old Dormitory)

Location: 16 Nonhyeon-ro 119-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울 강남구 논현로119길 16)

This was the first dormitory the boys lived in when they became the Bangtan Boys. It was originally a dorm it was converted into a popular cafe back in March 2022. Although much of the building has changed from the familiar dorm we know and love, you’ll be pleased to know that the cafe owners have kept some inside decor as a nod to the boys. After all, much of their business comes from ARMY fans!

You’ll find large paintings of the artists, a huge wall of sticky notes written by fans to the boys as well as photographs of the building interior inside (ie, while it was still used as a dorm). If you’re a fan of the OG BTS days and watched any of their reality shows, you simply have to visit this cafe!

Daeo Bookstore

Location: 33 Nuha-dong Jongno-gu Seoul (서울 종로구 자하문로7길 55)

This is known to be the oldest bookstore in all of Seoul but that’s not the only thing to get it on the map. It is also one that RM visited a few times which definitely created a wave of fans wanting to visit. You’ll even get to see his signature hanging on display for all visitors to see.

Today, as well as being a bookstore, it is also a cafe and it hosts various events from time to time.

I seoul u sign at Yeouido Hangang Park in Korea
Shutterstock – Nghia Khanh

Yeouido Hangang Park

Location: 330 Yeongdeungpo-gu Seoul (서울 영등포구 여의동로 330)

Since the Boys spent the majority of their KPOP career in Korea’s capital, it’s no surprise that they were part of the marketing “Life in Seoul” campaign to encourage tourists to visit this vibrant city. As such a huge name in Korea and the musical world, they have such a huge influence so practically anywhere BTS recommends as worthwhile locations to visit, will surely be a hit with fans.

BTS certainly helped put KPOP on the map and gave many fans a new reason to visit the country. In this video, you’ll see one of the “I Seoul You” signs in Hangang Citizen Park. Also, you can check out the Jin Forest during your visit which is located in the same park.

Monopoly store (BT21)

Location: 1st floor, 15 Nonhyeon-ro 163-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울 강남구 논현로163길 15 1층)

This large corner store in the heart of Gangnam is a place where you can purchase a variety of items from the BT21 collection. It’s one of the number one locations in Korea to purchase BTS related merchandise. Notebooks, stationery, phone covers or accessories, there is a large selection of items for you to choose from. What better way to feel close to your idols than to have their BT21 characters close by and printed on the items you use daily?

Seoul Forest

Location: 685-20 Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga Seongdong.gu Seoul (서울 성동구 뚝섬로 273)

Seoul Forest is a beautiful forest in the centre of Seoul that has been used as a backdrop in many KDramas and KPop marketing campaigns. Throughout the park, you’ll get to see where Suga took the photo that was later used as the “Love Yourself” poster seen by millions.

If you need a rest or challenge, you could take part in the “BTS Bench Tour” which takes you on a small adventure through the park to find each of the benches dedicated to the stars. Each one has a small gold plaque with a message in Korean for the BTS members.

And if that’s not enough, the park is also home to some small murals of JungKook for you to admire and even take a picture with. There are so many photo opportunities for the BTS ARMY.

The hybe museum in Korea with a small plushie of V
The outside of the Hybe Restaurant and my friend Romi holding a plush toy of Tae (V) from BTS

Hybe Insight (하이브 인사이트)

Hybe Insight (museum) has since closed as the space is being used for dance studios and production rooms for the entertainment companies’ expanding list of artists.

Inside this building is the new office for BTS’s entertainment company “HIBE”. The Hybe Insight is a museum exhibit dedicated to all things musical and touches on BTS. Tickets cost just 25,000 won (£15.24/$18.48) per person to enter. Unfortunately, you cannot just show up on the day as you will need to reserve a ticket.

**Although this exhibit is now closed, the Hybe Insight exhibit will be travelling around the country to new locations. You can keep up to date with their latest destinations through their social media accounts**

National Museum of Korea

Location: 168-6 Yongsan-dong 6(yuk)-ga Yongsan-gu Seoul (서울 용산구 서빙고로 137)

This national museum of Korea is one of the main filming locations for the music video of the popular BTS track “Dear Class of 2020”. Throughout the video, you’ll see the boys in pastel-coloured clothing while sitting on stools and singing. In the rest of the video, you’ll see them dancing in synchronised choreography in the middle of the museum entryway. If you’d like to see the music video, follow this link!

Jamsil Olympic Stadium

Location: 10 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul (서울 송파구 올림픽로 25)

The Olympic stadium is a recognisable place due to the 5 Olympic rings on the outside, but many BTS fans jumped in excitement to see the boys take a group picture outside the stadium in July 2022. From front to back, you’ll see Jungkook, Jin, RM and Jimin all posing in front of the famous stadium which was uploaded to Jin’s Instagram. Can you recreate this photo?

BT21 sign with two characters from Line Friends
My adorable friend Romi posing with the BT21 sign and two loved characters

Line Friends Stores

Hongdae Location: 141 Mapo-gu Seoul (서울 마포구 양화로 141)

Line Friends are the artists behind the hugely popular BT21 character line representing each of the BTS members. There are 3 Line Friends stores across Seoul with the one in Hongdae (above) being the largest flagship store. There are two others which can be found in Gangnam and Insadong, but due to being smaller, there are fewer options.

Inside each of these stores you’ll find hundreds of items under the Line brand that have been brought to life into plushies and the BTS dolls are truly adorable. You could collect them all if you have enough space in your suitcase!

Starbucks (Butter Performance)

Location: 145-35 Jamwon-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울 서초구 잠원로 145-35)

If you’ve ever seen BTS perform their choreography, you’ll see that they’re always perfectly in sync. When the boys released the popular track “Butter” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, they made sure to perform their fluid dance moves in a simple but stunning location. They performed in the empty Starbucks Seoul Wave store which is recognised for having wave-styled windows around the outside and being situated on the river. This is one of the top Starbucks locations to visit in Korea because of its association with the BTS phenomenon.


Gangwon

the BTS bus stop from their famous album cover
The famous bus stop from the BTS album

BTS bus stop

Location: 8-55 Hyangho-ri, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea (강원 강릉시 주문진읍)

This might be one of the most famous bus stops in the world. You might recognise it from their popular album named  “You Never Walk Alone”. This is their second reissued album (a continuation from their 2016 Album, “Wings”) released on February 13, 2017, and features popular tracks including their lead single “Spring Day” and “Not Today”.

The bus stop is right in front of Jumanjin Beach (Jumanjin Haebyeon) and allows you to recreate their album cover except with you as the star! If you’d rather travel here by yourself instead of on a tour, you can take the KTX (2 hours from Seoul) and then public transport (30 minutes by bus, car or taxi).

While you’re in the area, you’ll get to see the concrete pier in the sea where they filmed the K Drama “Goblin”.

Maengbang Beach – Butter Album Photos

Location: Geundeok-myeon Samcheok-si Gangwon-do (강원 삼척시 근덕면)

In May 2021 the boys released the single “Butter” and in typical fashion, they released teaser images in the run-up to the official date. When the BTS boys went to the East Coast they posed in a quiet diner with fake (yet adorable) mugshots. These famous photos became the face of the upcoming track that features Megan Thee Stallion and is now a highly recognised beach because of it. Out of the entire photo series, one of the most recognisable photo locations is the beach in northeastern Korea where the BTS boys posed lying in sun loungers.

In The Soop 1

**I am unable to list the exact property location, but if you choose to stay a night the property owners (from the Airbnb link below) will send you the address!** Located 25 minutes outside of Chuncheon.

If you dream of staying on the lake where the first season of “In The Soop” took place, then look no further! You can stay in the house (on Airbnb) where the season was filmed and you can easily try to recreate all your favourite scenes. The house is a stunning lakefront property and inside you’ll find much of the decor to still be similar to how it was when the show was aired. You can visit and feel like your own reality TV star!

In the soop sign and the building in the background which is one of the locations the BTS boys stayed in Korea during their 2nd season reality show
The sign for In The Soop and the famous building the boys stayed in during filming that you too can stay in!

In The Soop 2

Location: Gangwon-do Pyeongchang-gun Bongpyeong-myeon Taegi-ro 174 (강원특별자치도 평창군 봉평면 태기로 174)

Now, for those who also watched the second season of “In The Soop”, you’ll be pleased to know you can also stay on the property used in the show. Out of the two seasons, this property was one of the favourite locations Run by the Phoenix Hotel this is a great way to immerse yourself into the world of the Bangtan Boys.

You can book your stay through this link and not only will you get to enjoy the property, but guests who are also BTS fans typically get memorabilia from the show in a small gift bag! Talk about great service. The property is beautiful and surrounded by lush nature and you’ll get to live out your fantasy as though you were there with BTS yourself.


Gyeonggi

Iryeong station

Location: 327 Samsang-ri Jangheung-myeon Yangju-si Gyeonggi-do ( 경기 양주시 장흥면 )

If you’ve seen the music video for “Spring Day”, you’ll know this abandoned train station is shown multiple times throughout. In the video, you’ll see singer Tae (V) standing on the station platform waiting for a train before also walking along the tracks.

He looks sad as though missing someone before he slowly kneels on the train tracks. This disused train station has been thrown into the limelight as a primary filming location in Korea for a BTS song and it now is a must-visit attraction on any BTS ARMY road trip.

You can reach the station from Seoul Express Station in just over 1 hour.

Seohuri Forest

Location: 75-5 Changnyongmun-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do (경기 수원시 팔달구 창룡문로 75-5)

If you’ve seen BTS’s Season’s Greetings photos from 2019, you’ll likely recognise this stunning backdrop from their photos. As you walk around the forest, you’ll see a few different framed photographs that show you exactly where each of their photos was taken. Not only do you get to be there in person but you will even get the chance to recreate these iconic images yourself.

Please note: It is advisable to wear comfortable footwear here as many of the roads here have uneven terrain.

A plushie toy of BTS member tae (V) in front of the daechwita music video filming locations in Korea
My friend Romi holding her Tae (V) plushie on the set of the Daechwita music video & another recognised scene

MBC Dae Jang Geum Park

Location: 778-1 Yongcheon-ri, Baegam-myeon, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea ( 대한민국 경기도 용인시 처인구 배감면 용천리 778-1 )

The MBC Dae Jang Geum Park is mostly known for being the primary filming location for many KDramas. However, it was also used as the backdrop by a particular BTS member in one of his music videos.

Suga filmed the music video for his single “Daechwita” here so while you’re walking around you can see exactly where he was performing his track. If you’re familiar with the music video, you’ll know he sings and dances through the grounds of stunning temples and ancient villages that look like those from medieval Korea, now you can walk in the same footsteps. You can visit the park on a tour here.

Yurine Beolgyo (restaurant) & Ferry Pavilion

You can visit both of these locations on this tour

BTS member V visited this now-famous restaurant while filming his vlog. He ordered a cockle meal along with some soy sauce, but that is not the only delicacy this restaurant offers. Depending on your tastes, there are various other food options including Bibimbap, pancakes, mulhoe and more. Due to being a popular establishment, there is likely to be a wait time before being seated, but you can admire the fan memorabilia while you wait.

You can also sit exactly where V did while he waited for the ferry!

The everland theme park sign on the roof of a wooden building

Everland

Location: 310 Jeondae-ri Pogok-eup Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si Gyonggi-do (경기 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 199)

Not only is this one of two major theme parks in Korea, but it was also one of the primary filming locations for the music video “Dynamite“. This was the song that BTS sang for the America’s Got Talent show in the year 2020 and it was watched by millions.

The BTS Boys were the only artists to perform remotely for this hugely popular televised event and they created the entire music video in one-take.

If you want to pretend you’re in the video itself or even just enjoy a day out at Korea’s favourite theme park, you can purchase tickets here including transport from Seoul.

Koo (Old House) Museum

Location: 49-12, munaemi-gil, seojong-myeon, yangpyeong-gun, gyeonggi-do (경기도 양평군 서종면 무내미길 49-12)

Since RM is a huge art lover he visits museums pretty regularly. This has caused a domino effect in many museums adding photo zones for the idol so his fans can take photos near the same exhibits that he did. Specifically at the Old House Museum, RM has a chair right in front of artist David Hockney’s work which has since become an iconic photo area for fans of BTS and RM.


Yeongnam

Busan

Jungkook and Jimin mural painted on a wall in Gamcheon Culture village for BTS fans - one of the top locations in Korea to see a painting of BTS boys

Gamcheon Culture Village

Location: Deogyul-ri Gamcheon-myeon Yecheon-gun Gyeongsangbuk-do ( 경북 예천군 감천면 )

The Gamcheon Culture Village is a neighbourhood built into the mountains of Busan where every house has been painted a different colour. As a hugely popular tourist attraction in its own right, the village has been used as the backdrop for multiple Kdramas and movies.

How is the village related to BTS you ask? Well, since Jimin and Jungkook are both from Busan, the village has a large painted mural of the singers along the photo-zone path. Known as the “sons of Busan” these two BTS members look like Disney princes in the painting which is one of the most popular murals in the area. There are multiple locations across Gamcheon in Korea that are worth a visit, but this BTS mural is certainly the highlight.

Oryukdo Skywalk

Location: 137 Nam-gu Busan ( 부산 남구 오륙도로 137 )

Oryukdo Skywalk is a small glass platform that visitors can walk along to see the sea and cliffs below. Located in the south of the city, this skywalk is an attraction that is completely free of charge. It’s not been used in any music videos or photo releases, but there is a small photo zone of Jimin that ARMY fans can take advantage of.

Magnate cafe back yard wall seating area - one of the popular cafe locations in Korea for ARMY and BTS fans

Magnate Cafe

Location: 135 Jinnam-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea ( 부산 남구 진남로 135 )

The Magnate Cafe is one owned by the family of a BTS member. Jimin’s father has proudly run this loft-style cafe since 2019 and has become a favourite destination for ARMY and KPop fans to grab a bite to eat. Inside you’ll find a grey and brown interior with a wide range of tables and chairs to relax in while you admire the memorabilia and merchandise.

You can enjoy cakes, pastries, smoothies, coffee and more inside the cafe. Plus, you can see a large table near the entrance that showcases many different t-shirts, cups, postcards and other items decorated in BTS designs. If you’re a fan of the band, this is surely not a cafe to miss.

While you’re at it, check out these other cafes in the city.

Busan’s Citizen Park

Location: 73 Busanjin-gu Busan ( 부산 부산진구 시민공원로 73 )

In June 2019, V posted a tweet reading “부산 좋네에~~” which roughly translates to “Busan is nice” with two photos of himself in Busan’s Citizen Park. Citizen Park is a public park in the centre of the bustling city which is a huge hit for visitors to Busan. Although there aren’t any murals or anything else relating to BTS here, you could easily recreate V’s photo yourself during your visit.


Final Thoughts on BTS Locations to Visit in Korea

Of course, these attractions only scratch the surface. If we were to list every single restaurant or destination in Korea the boys have visited the post would go on for DAYS. These are certainly some of the most popular attractions though.

Plus, I’m sure if you’re a diehard fan there may be one or two places that you saw in their vlogs, reality shows or music videos that you’re just dying to visit. With the help of other ARMY, you can certainly discover more locations in Korea to recreate the boys’ best moments.

So what are you waiting for?

Head out to Korea and follow in the footsteps of the boys to their favourite places and locations just waiting to be shared by more ARMY.

Do you have a favourite BTS attraction?

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