Going to the Movies in Korea

CONTRIBUTED BY TRISH

I hate to admit this…

It is something you might have a hard time believing.

I’m a little ashamed.

You are curious, aren’t you?

Confession: This past weekend was the first time I have gone out into Seoul and watched a movie at a Korean theater.  EVER.

Seriously.

Shocking I know.

When we lived here before movies at the theater on post were FREE.  That’s right, they were FREE!!  So we really had no reason to go off post and pay for a movie.

This time around the movies are not free. (Dang it…I really liked that perk!)

They are still cheap, ($5USD) but the movie theater is a ‘post’ style movie theater.  You know, 1950’s auditorium style.  The post movie theater kind of reminds me of the auditorium from my High School, but smaller…not that I went to high school in 1950’s, heck I wasn’t even born in the 50’s,  But I’m sure some of you know what I am talking about.  So anyway, since the movie theater on post isn’t free anymore I don’t feel as obligated to frequent the theater as often…and since the movies off post aren’t much more money than the ones on post ($5 vs. 8,000 Won – or $7.52USD) and it is a MUCH NICER theater with ASSIGNED SEATS, cheaper drinks/snacks…PLUS you can get Jagermeister Energy drink at a movie theater in Seoul.  I mean really..what more can one ask for?

I did a little research and found out that the movie theater at the Coex Mall is supposed to be the nicest theater in all of Seoul…some say all of Asia.  I can’t say as I haven’t been to them all.  In fact, I have been to none of them.  How about this…I’ll let you know if I find a nicer one.

So, trying to see a movie here in Seoul is not as easy as in the states.  You don’t show up 1/2 an hour before the movies start to buy your tickets.  You order your tickets online several hours or DAYS in advance to guarantee you get a good seat.   Seriously, people around these parts PLAN their movies outings.  I ordered our tickets online more than THREE HOURS EARLY and this is the text they sent me:

We had to sit on the 2nd ROW!!  NO JOKE!!  Did I mention I ordered tickets more than 3 hours in advance? To order tickets online anywhere in Seoul go to this website: Cine in Korea and you will see how easy it is. They like it if you have a Paypal account. This is the entrance to the movie theater.

And then you have to go down stairs to get to the ticket box.

All Korean movie theaters have little ATM type machines where you can buy tickets and print tickets.  We tried to print out tickets there but I couldn’t figure it out so I when I went over to the information desk to ask how to print out the tickets they ask for my ticket code and printed them for me.  Easy peasy.

After getting our tickets we headed over to the snack bar for some yummy popcorn and we were intrigued by what all they have to offer.  As you already know you can get Jager Energy drinks, but did you know you can also get a Jager combo for a mere 14,000 won!
It seems a little crazy to me that the Jager combo is less expensive than the Asahi combo!
And check out their nonalcoholic combos – this has got to be the best kept secret in Korea.   They are AFFORDABLE – for movie prices anyway!  2 pretzels, 2 sodas & a popcorn for 9,500 won!  I’m super excited about this!
We ended up buying a popcorn combo…2 types of popcorn, 2 sodas and a hotdog for 12,000 won!
That is right…2 types of popcorn! Cheese and caramel baby!
I liked the cheese more and Hubby liked the caramel more.
He says it is because I am cheesy and he is sweet.
I’m not sure I agree with that.

Isn’t this bucket of popcorn AWESOME!?!

Oh and the popcorn…A M A Z I N G ! !

It was so good I wanted to go out and buy butter popcorn when we finished this bucket, but I resisted. This way I have another ‘new’ thing to experience the next time we go to a Korean movie theater.

OH….I almost forgot to tell you. There was NO CANDY counter!

How great is that?

Information:
To book tickets,  find out what is playing, and where,  the following website is excellent:

You can search by location or by movie, and it will even narrow the search to English movies only. It includes CGV, Lotte, Megabox, and Primus movie theaters.

So if you click, “Iron Man”, and chose “Yongsan”, a list of all the movies at the Yongsan (I’Park) location will appear and whether good seats are available or only front and side seats.  Click on the show time you want  and book your tickets with Paypal or Credit Card .

It even provides a map of your theater location.

 

 

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