BTS performed at the historic Gyeongbok Palace (Picture: NBC / BACKGRID)
Western BTS fans already have Korea on their holiday bucket lists, but the trip to Seoul just got even more tempting.
The Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of Korea is in the early stages of developing a BTS tour, after the band performed at iconic cultural spaces in Korea over lockdown.
As BTS had to remain in Korea for much of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic, they filmed performances for US shows like The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon in their home country from stunning palaces and gardens around Seoul.
And the CHA is hoping to create buzz around the cultural experience Korea has to offer by introducing a tour aimed at fans of the Dynamite singers.
An official from the CHA told Korea Times: ‘As of now, the places to be included in the BTS tour are Gyeongbok Palace and Korea House. As you know, BTS performed Idol and Mikrokosmos in the palace.
‘In January 2018, the band visited Korea House to shoot the Billboard magazine cover. Visitors stand in line to take photos at Nogeumjeong Pavilion and Haeringwan.’
For BTS’s week long residency on The Tonight Show, they filmed two performances from the historic Gyeongbok Palace, the main palace of the Joseon dynasty, in Seoul.
RM, Jimin, Suga, V, Jin, J-Hope and Jungkook performed their hit Idol in front of Geunjeongjeon – known as National Treasure no 223 – where kings would hold meetings and receptions.
They also sang Mikrokosmos on Gyeonghoeuru Pavilion, listed as Natioall Treasre no 224, where royal banquets used to be held.
The performances were originally designed to promote the Royal Culture Festival, with an official from CHA explaining: ‘Gyeongbok Palace is the representative legal palace of the Joseon Kingdom, and Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Geunjeongjeon are two iconic traditional structures in the palace. BTS’s performances were filmed at the palace for that reason.’
The band filmed two performances at the Palace (Picture: ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)
Since debuting in 2013, BTS have become the bestselling band in Korea, and as of last year, are BTS reportedly worth more than £3.4 billion to South Korea’s economy each year.
It is believed that the band attracts one in every 13 foreign tourists that visited South Korea – so it’s no wonder the CHA are keen to set up a tour based on the boys.
This news comes ahead of the release of BTS’s fifth Korean language album, BE, which is set to drop next week.
BE includes the hit single Dynamite, and lead single Life Goes On will drop with a music video on the same day as the album release.
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