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K-pop has added a new dimension to the industry: theme parks. SM Town was the first company to do this in 2015 with its SM Town Coex Artium in Seoul, featuring six floors of interactive activities, shops selling celebrity merchandise, a cafe, photo studio, a hologram performance theater and more. Fans are able to immerse themselves in their favorite artists and experience a recording session complete with training, hair and makeup.


Jeju Island will be the new destination for K-pop fans. The 617-acre Jeju Shinhwa World will host hotels under the Marriott, Four Seasons and other brands, villas, a casino, an amusement theme park, a Lionsgate movie world, a water park, shopping, restaurants and YG Town.


YG Town and G-Dragon from Big Bang helped design the theme park for their fans, with outdoor concert venues and other entertainment activities. Parts of Jeju Shinhwa World are open with other sections expected to be completed by the end of the year.


The new family-oriented destination is expected to bring in tourists from neighboring countries such as Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as the United States.


Jeju Island was known best until now for its location filming and as an alternative honeymoon destination to Hawaii for Korean couples. The Jeju Food and Wine Festival, inspired by the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, has been a regional culinary draw for its abundance of seafood and local pork.


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135 Jeff Chung Learn to cook complete meal during chef’s classes in Seoul 4261 2017.09.04
134 Jeff Chung Big Bang’s Daesung to play pair of Hawaii shows 4722 2017.08.28
133 Jeff Chung Korean Cinema series features food, cocktails and dance 4682 2017.08.22
132 Jeff Chung Reporter avenges brother’s death in ‘Distorted’ 4382 2017.08.22
131 Jeff Chung K-pop artists, food, culture pack annual Korean Festival 5331 2017.08.07
130 Jeff Chung Koreans escape from island’s horrors in new film 5419 2017.07.31
129 Jeff Chung Honolulu, Seoul mark 44 years as sister cities 5354 2017.07.24
128 Jeff Chung Popular ‘Descendants’ actors to wed in October 5303 2017.07.17
127 Jeff Chung More K-dramas available via video-on-demand 5877 2017.07.10
126 Jeff Chung Indulge seafood cravings at Seoul fish market 5953 2017.07.03
125 Jeff Chung Duck Butt owners open second location 5904 2017.06.26
124 Jeff Chung Hyundai’s new SUV named after Hawaii island locale 6151 2017.06.19
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