Welcome to 'K-pop Destinations,' the series that helps readers travel across the world. We'll show you where hit shows and videos are filmed, where top performers are giving concerts, or where your favorite stars take their vacations. That way, the next time you take a vacation, you can make sure to incorporate a little K-pop travel into your getaway.
This week we're going to be whisked away to Huis Ten Bosch amusement park in Sasebo, Nagasake, Japan. It's a place where rustic Dutch charm meets 21st century technology in the form of K-pop holograms.
The Japanese theme park designed to look like a quaint Dutch village is showing a K-pop hologram show with a billing of some of the industry's hottest acts from now until July 5, making it the perfect K-pop destination for a summer getaway.
Huis Ten Bosch is full of all kinds of attractions for everyone from kids to grandparents, so it's a good place to visit if you're vacationing in Japan with some non-K-pop fans. You can wind your way through picturesque streets dotted with vibrant flowers, take a relaxing boat ride through peaceful canals, snap photos in front of Dutch windmills, feel like royalty wandering through the Palace Huis Ten Bosch, get a history lesson at attractions like the Shipping Museum or the Porcelain Museum, or get spooked in one of several digital horror houses.
For a K-pop fan, though, the main attraction will probably be SMTOWN's Hologram concert, which features digital performances from TVXQ, Super Junior, SNSD, SHINee, f(x), and EXO.
Holograms may not beat seeing your favorite performer live. But there are several advantages to seeing your idol in hologram form. For one, it's usually far more affordable and accessible for fans to get tickets to a show that runs for weeks in one place as opposed to the high priced tickets that are available when performers breeze through a city on a jam-packed tour.
Plus, it's a guarantee that each performance you see will be flawless. And even if it's not a warm body up on stage, the atmosphere is red hot and that electric feeling of a live K-pop concert is in full force.
Tickets are available for pre-sale online, which is probably a smart idea since demand is high. It's 1,500 yen, or about $13 USD, for show-goers who don't have 'passports' or season passes to the Huis Ten Bosch. More information about the show can be found here, or you can check it out for yourself in this video.