Are you planning a BTS Seoul tour in hopes of feeling even closer to your favorite group? We’ve come up with an extensive guide for every Korean pop (K-pop) fan that wants to visit the capital of South Korea. Seoul is more than just music, though; you’ll experience the amazing Korean culture of South Korea (and get to eat ALL the fantastic food).
Are there any good BTS tourist spots in Seoul? Yes! In fact, the K-pop band adds $3.6 billion annually to South Korea’s economy. A study by the Hyundai Research Institute found that BTS fandom accounts for one in every 13 foreign tourists who visited the East Asian country in 2017. Will you be next?
It’s well-documented that BTS is the most successful international Korean pop group in history (and currently the biggest group in the world). While they’ve been around for years, you may have discovered them following the success of their only English-language song, “Dynamite.” Released in 2020, the song has helped them break records and earn a Grammy nomination. Based out of Seoul, there are opportunities everywhere to visit significant landmarks associated with these amazing artists. If you’re planning a trip to South Korea to see this incredible septet, this post is for you!
Who is BTS?
BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan, which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts.” They’re also known as the Bangtan Boys. The name has profound roots, as “‘Bangtan’ means to be resistant to bullets, so it means to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets, to preserve the values and ideals of today’s adolescents.”
Managed by Big Hit Entertainment, they started in 2010 as a hip hop group, but have evolved to cover a wide range of genres and musical styles. They co-write and produce much of their material that focuses on social issues, mental health, loss, and personal journeys.
Who Are The Members of BTS?
There are seven members in BTS, each with their own backgrounds, strengths, and background. One of the things we love most about this group is that the members are so willing to be open with fans:
- “RM” or “Rap Monster” (Kim, Nam-joon)
- “Jungkook” (Jeon, Jung-kook)
- “Jimin” (Park, Ji-min)
- “Suga” or “Agust D” (Min, Yoon-gi)
- “J-Hope” (Jung, Ho-seok)
- “V” (Kim, Tae-hyung)
- “Jin” (Kim, Seok-jin)
BTS ARMY Fandom
The collective BTS fandom are known as ARMY (or A.R.M.Y) which stands for Adorable Representative MC for Youth. There are millions of fans worldwide and BTS has some of the most loyal followers in the industry.
If you’ve ever interacted with a BTS fan, or ARMY, you might have heard them talk about their “bias” or “bias wrecker.” Did it leave you scratching your head? What’s a BTS bias? A BTS bias is the fan’s favorite member of the group. A bias wrecker is the member the fan considers so awesome that he makes them reconsider who their actual bias is.
In our household, we lucked out. My younger daughter and I don’t have the same biases or bias wreckers, so we don’t have to fight. Haha! My bias is Jin and my bias wrecker is Jungkook. Her bias is Suga and her bias wrecker is V. Above all, though, we just love all members of BTS almost exactly the same because the group is incredible!
Where is Seoul?
All the way back when I was in elementary school, I can remember the very first time I’d heard about Seoul. The year was 1988 and the Winter Olympics in Calgary (in my native Canada) had ignited my lifelong love of the Games. When the Summer Olympics were held in Seoul later that year, I needed to know everything about it!
We’ve heard RM rapping about the “Seoul Town Road” in a remix of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” so where is it?
Seoul is the capital of South Korea, and is the country’s largest metropolis. After Tokyo, New York City, and Los Angeles, it was the world’s fourth-largest metropolitan economy in 2014. Basically, the place is booming!
Here, you’ll find tech hubs such as Digital Media City and Gangnam — Yes, the place PSY was singing about in “Gangnam Style”! Seoul is the headquarters for many major brands such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai. They also hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup!
In addition to being home to modern landmarks such as the N Seoul Tower, Lotte World, and multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Seoul is also the birthplace of K-pop and the Korean Wave. It’s no surprise, therefore, that tourists are flocking to the South Korean city!
How to Get to South Korea
When booking your BTS Seoul tour, keep an eye out for flights into the largest airport in South Korea — Incheon International Airport (IIA). From 2005 to 2016, it was named the Best Airport Worldwide by the Airports Council International’s Airport Service Quality Award. There are 111 boarding gates, so it’s definitely busy!
Incheon International Airport serves the Seoul Capital Area and most major carriers fly in and out of there. It also has a reputation for being both clean and luxurious. You’ll find incredible amenities such as a spa, golf course, and video game center along with private sleeping rooms, more!
Your other option in Seoul is Gimpo International Airport. It’s older and smaller, but who cares as long as it gets you one step closer to BTS? The airport services carriers including domestic Korean and international Asia-based airlines, including All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL).
Not flying into Seoul? Another good option is Gimhae International Airport in the southern city of Busan (for a full list of airports in South Korea, click here). My daughter and I really almost hopped on a flight there after a day in Hiroshima, but we’d forgotten our passports at the hotel. Oh well. Next time!
Feeling a little anxious about taking an international flight? With the coronavirus outbreak, a lot of people are feeling a little leery about getting on an airplane. If you live with travel anxiety or even general anxiety, the following links might be useful:
- Long Haul Flight Essentials with Travel Anxiety
- How to Avoid Getting Sick During Cold & Flu Season Travel
- Avoid Getting Sick On Your Flight With These Carry-On Essentials
- Stay Healthy While Traveling With These Natural Remedies
- The Ultimate Germaphobe’s Guide to Hotel Stays
Transportation in Seoul
Okay, so you know how to get to South Korea, but how will you get around Seoul? Fortunately, there are a number of great options. When we’re in nearby Japan, we love using the Japan Rail Pass and Shinkansen system. If you’re familiar with how that works, then you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in Seoul!
Discover the beauty of Seoul by train with the KORAIL PASS. The train system makes exploring the city, as well as South Korea, accessible, and affordable. The discounted pass is only available to foreign visitors who live outside the country and can be purchased beginning 31 days before arriving in South Korea.
People love to get around Seoul by local train or metro. On your BTS Seoul tour, you’ll find subway stations in the major cities that make up the Seoul Metropolitan Area, including Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, and Incheon.
Confession: I’ve never really been fond of buses. They can be cramped, smelly, and still get stuck in traffic. That being said, it beats walking when you’re trying to make the most of your trip!
The bus system in Seoul is robust, and if you’ve ever watched the animated children’s show, Tayo, you’ll recognize the four different types of buses! Manufactured by Hyundai, Daewoo, and Hankuk Fiber, the buses run on compressed natural gas, electric batteries, or a combination of the two.
T-Money and Mpass
Looking for an easy way to pay for your bus and subway fare? Check out the following resources:
- T-money – Rechargeable smart cards and smart devices that can be used to pay for bus, subway, and some taxi fares. Only available to foreign travelers.
- Mpass – International travelers can also purchase a Metropolitan Pass (Mpass) that’s good for up to 20 trips per day (!). You can prepay for “just one day” (see what I did there?!) or up to seven days.
What Cities Are BTS From?
No BTS Seoul tour would be complete without discovering the groups’ roots. Keep in mind, though, that BTS has really cracked down on fans showing “stalker” behavior. It’s really too bad that it’s come to that. ARMY can show love for BTS while being respectful, right?
Please be cool if you decide to go snooping around their hometowns. With that said, here’s a list of the South Korean cities that BTS is from:
Ilsan is home to beautiful Lake Park, the largest artificial lake in Asia. The area is known for its beautiful gardens and natural landscape. With plenty of shopping and restaurants, it’s also the location of the production studios for MBC and SBS. To travel by train from Seoul to Ilsan would take about 90 minutes.
Part of the Seoul National Capital Area, Gwacheon is about 15 minutes by train from the city center. Founded in 1909, tourists and locals love the Seoul Grand Park Zoo, hiking trails, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon National Science Museum, and Seoul Land amusement park.
Daegu (Suga and V)
After Seoul, Busan, and Incheon, Daegu is the fourth-largest city in South Korea. You won’t struggle to find things to do! In addition to shopping, restaurants, museums, sporting events, and festivals, you’ll fall in love with the parks, mountains, and preserved villages such as Otgol Village and Inheung Village. Traveling to Daegu from Seoul by train would take about two hours.
Foodie? You’ll love the diverse cuisine in Gwangju. Deep in the heart of the agricultural region, Jeolla, it’s an area with a rich history and deep connection to art and culture. Spend the day exploring the Gwangju Asia Culture Center and then feast at well-known eatery, Cheongwon Momil. A trip to Gwangju from Seoul will take about two hours by train.
Busan (Jimin and Jungkook)
After you’ve seen some of the sights in Seoul, you might want to check out South Korea’s second-biggest city. The seaside town of Busan is about three hours south by train (a quick flight would get you there in 55 minutes!). It’s the perfect place to relax. Be sure to book a treatment at Hur Shim Chung Spa, one of the oldest spas in Korea!
BTS Stan Tour in Seoul
There are a lot of things to see and do in Seoul — South Korea is a beautiful place! One cool way to get the most out of your visit is to get a Discover Seoul Pass. You can get them for 24, 48, or 72 hours. On our upcoming trip, we won’t have long, but we so wish we could spend three days exploring the area!
With the pass, you’ll get free admission into 42 attractions across Seoul as well as discounted admission to other attractions and experiences. If you get the BTS Edition of the Discover Seoul Pass, perks include:
- Korea Tour Card as a free gift.
- An exclusive BTS photo postcard.
- English tourist map in the package.
Now, if you’re going on a BTS Seoul tour, you’ll need to know the hottest spots! Where are the best places to meet up with fellow ARMY? Here are some ideas:
BT21 LINE Store & Cafe
If you’ve never been to a BT21 store, you’re in for a treat. The Itaewon flagship store is where the concept for Shooky, Tata, Cooky, RJ, Mang, Koya, Chimmy, and space robot Van came to life! You’ll find BT21 clothing, accessories, dolls, and other items on the second floor. Head up to the third floor for LINE Store’s cafe. You’ll need to recharge after all that excitement! Be sure to sample the BT21 themed drinks and sit where BTS sat while they drew these super cute characters!
Remember when Jin dressed up like a bunny in episode 45 of Run, BTS! and his bandmates tried to make coffee? They were so cute all dressed up like baristas. Sigh…if you dream of tasting one of those signature beverages on your BTS Seoul tour, head to &gather Cafe. Meet you there (and I’m not even a coffee drinker)!
For nearly two years, BTS ate at Yoojung Sikdang in the early days of their careers. Close to their Gangnam dance studio, they’d stop in for a bite to eat after working up a sweat. Now, the place is filled with memorabilia for fans who visit from around the world. One dish was even renamed “Bangtan Bibimbap” because they loved it so much!
Another notable BTS hot spot in Gangnam is Laundry Pizza. You might recognize the restaurant’s colorful laundromat theme from their 2017 album, Love Yourself: Her. While you sit inside noshing on a slice of pizza (or a whole one!), gaze adoringly at the pictures from BTS’s famous photoshoot.
The Min’s Cafe
Owned by idol Lee Changmin (from 2AM and Homme), BTS and their management have been regulars at this coffee shop for years. Changmin’s parents run the place and happily share little BTS facts with eager fans. They’ll also give you tips on which menu items BTS love!
Jin is my personal bias, which means this place is a must-see on my BTS Seoul tour! He co-owns the Ossu Seiromushi restaurant with his brother, Kim Seok Joong. It specializes in Japanese cuisine which combines my favorite BTS member with my favorite food. It’s the best of both worlds!
Hyangho Beach Bus Stop
You’ll have to venture several hours outside Seoul to find the “Bangtan Bus Stop.” Hyangho Beach Bus Stop is located in the Jumunjin district of Gangneung, Gangwon Province. Although, the original bus stop located on the 2017 album cover for You Never Walk Alone doesn’t actually exist, Hyangho Beach created one just for BTS ARMY to visit and take photos to recreate the famed scene. Visit during the summer and enjoy a fantastic beach getaway!
Old Big Hit Entertainment Studio
While Big Hit has moved into a much bigger, more official space now, the original location is where it all began. As mentioned, Big Hit and BTS are trying to clamp down on stalker behavior from fans, so things could change at any time.
As far as we can tell, the building’s landlord has kept the Big Hit sign up and you can see where ARMY from all over the world have written messages on the walls! Here’s the address: Seoul Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-dong, 135-010, 10-31 Cheong-gu Bldg, 2F, South Korea.
Did you know that Big Hit owns a $6.53 million dollar apartment for BTS to share when they’re not in their own homes? Widely considered the priciest apartment complex in South Korea, the “dorm” is located in Hannam The Hill, near the Han River and Mount Namsan.
Located in the central part of Seoul, it’s not hard to find, but you shuoldn’t try to get close to the actual apartment. It is exciting, though, to get a feel for the neighborhood where they live! Just don’t go too overboard or your BTS Seoul tour could include a stop at the local jail!
Looking for the abandoned train station from the BTS music video, “Spring Day?” Head to Iryeong Station in Yangju City. It’s in the northern area of Seoul and is a great setting for an impromptu photoshoot!
Yangpyeong English Village
Another great music video filming location is the Yangpyeong English Village. You’ll see some familiar spots featured in the early BTS music video “War of Hormone.”
Seoul Forest Woodland Playground
Suga’s Love Yourself: Her poster was shot at the Seoul Forest Woodland Playground. You know you want to head over to that concrete tube where Yoongi sat! We’ve heard it’s a little tricky to find but definitely worth it!
Abandoned Swimming Pool
This is a bit of a trek, but that’s no big deal for determined ARMYs, right? Take a bus to the Genetic Engineering Center at Seoul National University (SNU). On the left of the building, there’s a hiking trail. In about 10 minutes, you’ll find the filming location for BTS’s “HYYH On Stage: Prologue” video.
Before you jump into the abandoned swimming pool to recreate BTS’s dance moves, look for signs. If you’re not supposed to be there, don’t risk hanging around. Take one good look and then head back to the bus stop. BTS wouldn’t want you breaking any rules or getting in trouble!
Sigh… it’s impossible to forget the super emotional music video for BTS’s “I Need You,” right? Retrace J-Hope’s steps on the Dongho Bridge which spans across the Han River in Seoul.
VT Pink House
There’s a dessert cafe that offers the perfect sweet treats for BTS fans. In addition to themed drinks and baked goods, there’s plenty of eye candy to be seen. Yes, there are photos and cutouts for you to pose with as you enjoy a snack! Follow VT Pink House on Instagram and find them near the Hongik University Station through Exit 9. Meet you there!
K-Pop Tours & Activities in Seoul
Many BTS fans also love other K-pop groups. For example, we listen to a LOT of Red Velvet in our house. While you’re on your BTS Seoul tour, why not branch out to include more artists? If you’re up for it, here are some things to do:
Star Gallery at Lotte Department Store
This place is a must-see, but be prepared for LOTS of tourists! Here, you’ll find memorabilia dedicated to BTS, TWICE, Super Junior, and EXO. Pretty cool, if you ask us! Be sure to check out the hand model display where you can compare your hands with those of the members of BTS!
If you stop at The Min’s for a bite to eat, stick around and walk the short distance to K-Star Road. It’s stretches just about one kilometer in length and connects Apgujeong Rodeo Station to the Cheongdam crossroad. You can’t miss the outdoor sculptures depicting the likeness of K-pop groups including BTS, EXO, 4Minute, Super Junior, 2PM, SHINee, KARA, and many more!
SBS MTV The Show Taping
Produced by Korea and China, “The Show” (buy tickets) is a great opportunity to see some K-pop action! You cannot know for sure which artists will be performing, but you’re sure to be entertained. Plus, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during those live tapings you’ve probably watched on YouTube dozens of times.
Seoul Hallyu K-Pop Tour
Have you seen the word “hallyu” but don’t understand the meaning? Basically, it translates to “Korean Wave” because Korea is taking the world by storm! Therefore, no BTS Seoul tour would be complete without going on the Hallyu K-pop Tour (buy tickets)!
You’ll hit BTS’s favorite restaurant, Yujeong Sikdang, and other fantastic landmarks such as the Music Bank at KBS building, the BT21 Line Friends Flagship store, and more!
BTS Fan Day Tour
This great itinerary allows fans to experience Seoul through the eyes of BTS (buy tickets). You’ll be taken to some of the city’s most underrated spots including nostalgic stops at the abandoned Hwarangdae and Iryeong stations, Yoon Donju Literary Museum, Bugak Skyway Delight, and Yoojung Sikdang, BTS’ favorite restaurant!
K-Pop Dance Class
Are you ready to take on the choreography from “Idol” or any other popular K-pop music videos? They work so hard to perfect their movements, and now you can find out if you’ve got what it takes. We Dance Studios offers 90-minute lessons with famous Hallyu choreographers in spacious classrooms. Sign us up!
What to Pack for Your BTS Tour
Proud member of ARMY? You already know you can’t go anywhere without showing your love for BTS. It’s even more important, though, if you’re taking on a BTS Seoul tour! You need to be ready! Unfortunately, between cold and flu season and outbreaks of the coronavirus, you’ll need to be practical as well as cute!
Here’s what to pack:
- Face mask (get the BTS ones!)
- Carry-On Essentials
- Comfortable shoes (maybe these or these!)
- BTS shirts (I love this one!)
- Warm BTS hoodie (like this one)
- BTS jacket (like this or this)
- Super cute BT21 headband (here)
Keep in mind that South Korea sees all seasons, so you’ll need to pack according to when you’ll be visiting. If you’re going during the summer months (June to August), prepare for hot and humid weather. If you’re visiting during the winter months (December to February), bundle up, it’s going to be cold! Spring and fall are relatively mild, but pack a hoodie or sweater for when it gets cool (especially at night).
Unless you’re going to a concert while you’re in Seoul, you might want to leave your ARMY Bomb (light stick) at home. Those things are precious and you don’t want it to get broken. Plus, they are heavy in your suitcase and you need to save space for souvenirs!
Also, depending on where you’re coming from, you might be on the plane for a long time. Be sure to check out our tips for surviving long haul flights. Really, it can make a huge difference to be prepared!
Where to Buy BTS Merchandise
What’s one of the best ways to show your love for BTS? By grabbing some cool merch, of course! Our home is filled with so many cool things from hoodies and UNO cards to all kinds of BT21 goodness. We were thrilled to find a Line Friends store in New York City!
If you’re planning a BTS Seoul tour, you need to look the part. Wondering where to buy BTS merchandise? Every day, we seem to have more options, but here are some good places to start:
There are many places to buy BTS merchandise, but I’ll say that we had the best luck with Line Friends, Amazon, and Hot Topic. We did order a few things from Wish.com (don’t judge us!) and half of it was pretty terrible and the other half was perfect. It can be expensive to show your fandom, so we don’t judge where you get your BTS merch (and we love seeing handmade stuff, too!).
Getting ready for your BTS Seoul tour? You need to make a great playlist for the long plane ride, right? There’s nothing better than creating the perfect BTS soundtrack for your adventure, and we’ve got you covered!
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As teenagers, BTS released their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool in 2013. It’s been an amazing journey since then! When they released Wings (2016), they had refined their message and established themselves as the socially conscious group we love today. It also was their first album to sell one million copies in South Korea!
In 2017, they broke all kinds of records with “Mic Drop” (a collaboration with DJ Steve Aoki) and became the first Korean group to receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). That paved the way for many more firsts:
- Love Yourself: Tear (2017) helped BTS become the first Korean act to top the Billboard 200. They repeated this accomplishment with Love Yourself: Answer (2018) and Map of the Soul: Persona (2019).
- This chart performance made them the first group since The Beatles to have three #1 albums in a year.
- Love Yourself: Answer became the first Korean album certified Platinum in the United States.
- Having sold more than 16 million albums domestically (in Korea), they are the best-selling artist to debut in the 2010s.
- Map of the Soul: Persona is the best-selling album in Korean history.
- In 2018, BTS was the second best-selling artist worldwide and the only non-English speaking artist on IFPI’s Global Artist Chart.
- In 2020, BTS made history with the first non-English song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100
- BTS were also the first Korean act to go Platinum in the U.S.
- Did they also set a record by releasing the first Korean-language song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100? Yep! “Life Goes On” is an amazing song!
We really could go on and on about how magnificent BTS really is, so we’ll just have to stop ourselves. We definitely encourage you to do some research on all of the ways these artists continue to make history. But first — let’s take a look at their discography!
BTS Korean Studio Albums
BTS Japanese Studio Albums
BTS Reissue Albums
BTS Korean Compilation Albums
- The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever (2016)
- The Best of Bangtan Sonyeondan -Korea Edition- (2017)
- Love Yourself: Answer (2018)
BTS Japanese Compilation Albums
BTS Soundtrack Album
- The BTS World: Original Soundtrack (2019)
BTS Extended Plays
An extended play or (EP) has more tracks than a single, but fewer than you’ll find on an album. I’m forever grateful they released Persona!
- O!RUL8,2? (2013)
- Skool Luv Affair (2014)
- The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1 (2015)
- The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2 (2015)
- Love Yourself: Her (2017)
- Map of the Soul: Persona (2019)
BTS Single Albums
- 2 Cool 4 Skool (2013)
- No More Dream (2014)
- Boy In Luv (2014)
- Danger (2014)
- For You (2015)
- I Need U (2015)
- Run (2016)
- Chi, Ase, Namida (2017)
- MIC Drop/DNA/Crystal Snow (2017)
- Fake Love/Airplane Pt. 2 (2018)
- Lights/Boy With Luv (2019)
All of BTS’s music is pretty amazing, but I do have my favorites. Some of the tracks I can’t get enough of are “Idol,” “Not Today,” “Make It Right,” “Just One Day,” and “Mic Drop.” When I’m out for a walk, these songs are on repeat!
How to Get BTS 2020 Map of the Soul Tour Tickets
If you’re a big BTS fan, you HAVE to catch them in concert! Fans around the world flock to shows for a chance to see their favorite performers live. We’ve only been able to see them perform the BTS World Tour ‘Love Yourself: Speak Yourself[The Final] at our local movie theater so we’re hoping to score some tickets!
In fact, they’ve broken a couple noteworthy tour records over the years:
- Love Yourself World Tour – BTS became the first Asian, non-English performers to not only headline, but sell out Wembley Stadium!
- They also made history at the Rose Bowl Stadium by breaking the record for single highest-grossing engagement!
We expect to see even more records being broken in 2020 as BTS’s global popularity continues to grow. This is such an exciting time to be a fan!
BTS 2020 Map of the Soul Tour
The Bangtan Boys announced the 2020 dates for their Map of the Soul Tour. If you’re hoping to see them during your BTS Seoul tour, you’ve got four chances! If you won’t be in South Korea during those times, check out some of the other tour stops!
UPDATE: Unfortunately, we’re all waiting for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, the tour has been suspended for now 🙁
Seoul (Olympic Stadium)
- April 11
- April 12
- Short break
- April 18
- April 19
Santa Clara (Levi’s Stadium)
- April 25
- April 26
Los Angeles (Rose Bowl Stadium)
- May 2
- May 3
Dallas (Cotton Bowl Stadium)
- May 9
- May 10
Orlando (Camping World Stadium)
- May 14
Atlanta (Bobby Dodd Stadium)
- May 17
New Jersey (Metlife Stadium)
- May 23
- May 24
Washington, D.C. (FedEx Field)
- May 27
Toronto (Rogers Centre)
- May 30
- May 31
Chicago (Soldier Field)
- June 5
- June 6
- June 13
- June 14
Fukuoka (PayPay Dome)
- June 28
- June 29
London (Twickenham Stadium)
- July 3
- July 4
Rotterdam, Netherlands (Feyenoord Stadium)
- July 8
Berlin (Olympiastadion Berlin)
- July 11
- July 12
Barcelona (Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys)
- July 17
- July 18
Osaka (Kyocera Dome)
- July 23
- July 25
- (Osaka is so lucky, look at all these dates!)
- July 26
- July 30
- August 1
- August 2
Saitama (MetLife Dome)
- August 7
- August 8
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)
- September 1
- September 2
How to Get Map of the Soul Tour Tickets
First, we need to apologize for the fact that these instructions will apply mostly to BTS fans in North America. Getting BTS tour tickets is actually really difficult, and understanding the process where we live is complicated enough. We just haven’t fully figured out how to buy them internationally (and if Reddit is any indication, fans around the world struggle in their home countries too!).
That being said, one thing we’ve noticed consistently is that it’s best to become a registered member of the BTS Official Global Fanclub. In order to do that, you must:
- Have a Weverse account;
- Have a Weply account;
- Use the SAME email address to register for Weverse and Weply;
- Sign up for Global Fanclub (ARMY) membership.
You can also sign up for the Japan BTS Fanclub membership (English instructions here). Be sure to check out the Japan Concert Tickets site as they might have more information. We haven’t been able to find links to any South Korea or Europe-based fanclubs, so if you know of them please email us and we’ll add the details!
So, why should you join the BTS fanclub? Because, in addition to cool swag and other benefits, you also get priority access to purchasing North American tour tickets. Once you’ve secured your membership, here are your next steps:
- Sign up for a Ticketmaster account (if you don’t already have one);
- Go to this page specifically for BTS fans;
- Click on the button that says “BTS GLOBAL OFFICIAL FANCLUB ARMY MEMBERSHIP PRESALE;”
- Continue through the process. You should receive a message confirming your registration for presale tickets;
- You will be notified if you’ve been approved. If you are, then you’ll have first dibs at purchasing 2020 BTS Map of the Soul Tour tickets.
If you don’t belong to the fanclub and can’t/don’t want to join. You can still get a leg up on the competition by registering as a “Verified Fan.” Go to the BTS Ticketmaster page and click on the button that says “GENERAL VERIFIED FAN PRESALE.” Your window will be one day later than the Fanclub members, but still before the general public.
Missed your chance to register for either of these opportunities? Don’t want a Ticketmaster account? You can always check Vivid Seats or the following links from StubHub:
- Los Angeles BTS Tour dates: Get tickets to the hottest events in Los Angeles at StubHub!
- Chicago BTS Tour dates: Get tickets to the hottest events in Chicago at StubHub!
- Washington, D.C. BTS Tour date: Get tickets to the hottest events in Washington D.C. at StubHub!
- Orlando BTS Tour date: Get tickets to the hottest events in Orlando at StubHub!
- Dallas BTS Tour dates: Get tickets to the hottest events in Dallas at StubHub!
As of today, tickets haven’t even gone on sale yet, so our information is limited (and if you see tickets on resale websites before they go on sale, know that you aren’t actually buying a ticket because no one has them yet!). We will update these resources for our fellow ARMYs as more details become available. Good luck to everyone trying to get tickets!
Have The Best BTS Seoul Tour!
We’ll be heading out on our BTS Seoul tour in August 2020 and we’re so excited. We hope you are too! We’re planning to take some of our favorite BTS t-shirts, our headbands, and have a great BTS playlist ready for our long haul flight to Asia. It’s going to be so hard to come home!
If you’re heading out on your own BTS adventure, remember to check the rules about the areas you’ll be visiting and also avoid stalker behavior. We know you’re excited and love BTS, but always be respectful. They might seem larger-than-life to us, but they are still just human beings. Respect their boundaries and don’t make them fear for their safety.
Above all, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of South Korea. After all, this is the place where BTS was born and raised. It inspired them to be the amazing artists that they are today, so it’s definitely worth exploring. Check out the BTS stan locations, but also be sure to explore all that Seoul has to offer. It’s going to be amazing. Happy travels!