SBS Inkigayo Super Concert in Gwangju! (My First Kpop Concert in Korea)


sbs super concert in gwangju

Last April 28, my 7th day in Korea, I woke up with a different beat. I was a bit more energetic, excited, and I knew this was going to be one of the highlights of this "Chasing Spring" Korea 2019 trip!

I went out of our room to our guesthouse owner cooking breakfast for us: Kimchi Pancakes! Ahhh the smell of hot food in the morning! I was the first one on the table, and had a fresh batch of what they call the kimchijeon, it tastes so so good! I think it's the best out there!

I went out early and it was raining. I had to drop by a convenience store just to get a clear plastic umbrella at around Php 220. Kahit nag kukuripot ako, it turned out to be a good decision as I was able to maximize it when I lined up outdoors for the ticket exchange and it was raining really hard.

Super gloomy in the morning, but the booths were all ready for the huge crowd!
sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

Compared to the other cities I went to earlier on, I amazed myself with my mastery of Gwangju's bus system. It was easier, and I had a smooth bus ride to the venue without even asking strangers or the bus driver for directions (and just used my online maps and trusty TEP Wireless).

I was in Gwangju World Cup Stadium at around 9am, and the gates were already open for ticket claiming and activity booths. Merchants were setting up outside in preparation for a great sales day. They were selling caps, binoculars, stickers, shirts, light sticks, and all sorts of Kpop unofficial merch carrying the names and faces of those performing that night.

Kpop merch by the entrance of the stadium:
sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

The Lineup: 

BTS
MOMOLAND
IZ*ONE
N.Flying
NATURE
Cherry Bullet
Hong JinYoung
TXT
THE BOYZ
TWICE

sbs super concert in gwangju

It was still raining while I was in line for my ticket, and although patience was tested, 99% of me was just so excited to get this over with and secure my seat that night. I was with other international fans from all over the world--mostly ARMYs wearing their headbands or Bangtan shirts with pride. I am in the right place!

When I got my wristband, I went out for lunch and do a little bit of sightseeing since it was still early to stay in the venue (it was 11am, the stadium itself will be opened at around 4pm).

sbs super concert in gwangju

They also gave us a passport booklet. I did not open it because I think I was too excited for the concert and getting some merch! Turns out, if I had all the stamps in the activity booths at the venue, they'll give authentic BT21 merch as prizes! Huhu!

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

Ahhh finally! It was already sunny when I got back at the venue at around 3:30 pm. I went around a little more to look for coffee, buy snacks, and just take pictures. I was doing all these while feeling a nice vibe that only a concert day can give.

The food stalls inside the gates were already filled with concert goers waiting for the stadium the open:
sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

My iced americano and a free lollipop from the kind ahjussi vendor:
sbs super concert in gwangju

When it was finally time to enter, I made sure to walk first at the very center of the upper sections to see the view of the venue from this angle. Sobrang ganda!

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

I was seated in D-4, right next to other South East Asians from different media outlet, and Filipinos who got their tickets from tours. Thank you new chingus for making this experience extra memorable!

sbs super concert in gwangju

Can't help it! Final photo op with the stage before the concert begins!

sbs super concert in gwangju

And finally, the concert starts with a countdown and fireworks! By this time, everyone's so hyped to see their favorite Korean stars perform live!

Sharing pictures of the artists + their setlist for the night. Each of the bands (except BTS) also performed 1 dance challenge, super cute nila and very game!

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

sbs super concert in gwangju

Cherry Bullet
Q&A

Cherry Bullet Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Cherry Bullet Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Cherry Bullet Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

NATURE
Dream About U

Nature Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Nature Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Nature Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

The Boyz
Bloom Bloom

The Boyz Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

The Boyz Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

IZ*ONE
Violeta
Up

iz*one Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

TXT
Cat & Dog
Crown

TXT Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

TXT Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

TXT Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

TXT Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

N. Flying
Spring Memories (I just discovered this band and song here, and love ko sila!)
Rooftop

N. Flying Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

N. Flying Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

MOMOLAND
 I'm So Hot
Bboom Bboom

momoland Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Hong Jin Young
Love Battery

Hong Jin Young Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Hong Jin Young Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Hong Jin Young Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

TWICE
Fancy
Yes Or Yes
Dance The Night Away

Twice Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Twice Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Twice Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Ang go-gorgeous nila!
Twice Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju


See you soon in Manila, Twice!!!
Twice Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

BTS
Boy With Luv
DNA
Make It Right
IDOL

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

When BTS came up the stage, you'll notice the shift of energy. Everyone's on FIRE! Would have wanted to stand up and I am not even a dance-y type of person, but bawal! Their spirit is so contagious! I just want to jump jump jump!

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

If you ask me for my bias, definitely it's V or Taehyung just because I was introduced to BTS because of him! I've first known Taehyung as an actor in Hwarang, since I am originally a Kdrama girl since 2016.

No regrets stanning this person, though, I love his soulful voice, his cute antics whenever I watch random BTS videos on Youtube, and the fact that he also loves classic artists like Van Gogh! He is also very insightful, his messages during concerts to the ARMYs are all heartfelt and raw.

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

But honestly guys, after watching more videos--from the crazy funny ones to the serious ones--I can't help but love the whole 7 of them! Bias Wrecker? Sila na lahat! Haha! I can go on and on, haha, but I just feel lucky to be there on their last concert before winning the Billboard Music Award for Top Duo/Group!!! 💜 

Alam nyo kung magkaka anak ako right now lol, I'll be the happiest if they stan BTS! Sobrang good influence and inspiring!!

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

The concert ended with a bang will be an understatement. Everyone was hoping for an encore, we even ran to the stage in the hopes of one more BTS song, or maybe seeing all the artists for a final song??? Sobrang epic siguro nun! 

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

Although that encore did not happen, I went home on a post-concert high! Sobrang bitin but happy! I really wish to catch a solo BTS concert before the year ends, and I'll make sure I'm standing in front when that happens!

The daily paper in Gwangju the next day featured the SBS Super Concert on the front page, baby!
Bangtan BTS Kpop sbs super concert in gwangju

And since pictures will never do any justice to the experience, sharing clips I (attempted) to record during the concert day! I also posted these on my IG Story Highlights and IGTV @anagon. :)

That's it for this blog post! I hope that in my own little way I was able to take you to the concert and shared the happiness with you. Enjoy the videos!



Special thanks to Korea Tourism Organization Manila for having me!

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