20 February 2016: EXO'luXion in New York, USA (SM Travel Global Package)
18 March 2016: EXO'luXion [dot] in Seoul, S. Korea (SM Travel Global Package)
2 October 2016: EXO'rDIUM in Fukuoka, Japan
3 October 2016: EXO'rDIUM in Fukuoka, Japan
4 October 2016: EXO'rDIUM in Fukuoka, Japan
Originally, I was going to attend Gaon Music Award in Seoul, S. Korea and EXO'rDIUM in Manila in February 2017. But I had to cancel due to my work schedule.
When I attended EXO'luXion [dot] in Seoul, I upgraded to the premium package. Yes, it was pricey. But it was worth it!
For this trip, I flew from Raleigh-Durham, NC to JFK, NY, JFK to ICN, S. Korea. It took about 20 hours all together. This was my first time visited Seoul, S. Korea. Living in Japan for almost 30 years, but I've never visited our neighbor, S. Korea. Yes, it's a shame.
I slept and eat all the way to Seoul. Somehow, I did not think it was long flight. I got to ICN in the evening. I picked up a wifi egg first. I exchanged some cash and headed to get on the limousine bus to the hotel, InterContinental Seoul.
The room was decorated with full of EXO goods. I didn't want to move anything. Hotel service was excellent!
On the concert day, they took us for several places including the hotel EXO filmed Lightsaber MV. The night before, I went out with my friends to eat dinner.
They also took us to SMT for lunch. The food was delicious! I cleaned my plate. I like the global package because you can meet EXO-L from different countries. Even you don't speak Korea, we can still communicate in English.
They also took us to SM Town. We did some photo shoot there as group. I was just amazed with the amount of advertisement the SM put out for their artists.
Finally, we got to the venue. I had a standing ticket with 2 digit #. I should be able to get the front row.
* Warning: Standing area is seriously congested. You will be pushed, pulled, and even gotten hit by the lightstick. Honestly, I could not enjoy because I was pushed the whole time. I realized that I was too old for standing area. I was in front row, between the main stage and sub stage. I wanted to see "El Dorado" since they didn't sing it in NY. Unfortunately, my Ultimate bias, Kai got injured the night before, he could not dance. I knew he was in pain, but still he was on the stage. What a professionalism! It broke my heart to see that Kai was crying.
After almost 3 hour-long concert, we went back to our hotel. All of us used all our energy. I was a little sad that I could not see Kai's dance. I was so looking forward to see "Baby Don't Cry"...
Next day, my friend and I went to Kamong which is the cafe own by Kai's sister. She was very nice. My friend and I did not have the concert tickets but went to the venue to see if we could get one. The line was so long, and the tickets were sold out. So we just went to SM Town and Lotte Duty Free.
I saw some videos from the concert. Kai cried a lot. I wanted to see him, but I also wanted him to get some rest. He felt so bad for his fan because he kept apologizing to us.
My first trip to Seoul, Korea. It was short but I was able to enjoy the whole time. I promised myself that I had to come back!
It is far away from America. Why did I move to America???
Next, I will blog about their Japan tour.