CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTINE BRUNS
My most recent adventure as a K-Performance Supporter, thanks to the great folks at the KTO, was to the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park to see Klive.
What’s Klive, you ask? Well, on first perusal of the website, it looks like a K-Pop concert hall. For my friends and family stateside, K-Pop is THE style of popular music in South Korea – a mix of pop, electronic, hip-hop, dance, and rock, often with both Korean and English lyrics.
Upon further investigation, I realized that Klive was more – a hologram experience, with digitized versions of the live performances in a special concert hall. While this didn’t sound as exciting, my motto in Korea when faced with something new has been “why not?”, so off I went on the subway with a willing friend in tow.
We had time before the 8 pm concert, so we explored the new Dongdaemun History and Culture Park area for a bit. The building is amazing and made me think of a spaceship. Inside are various exhibits and shopping opportunities.
Outside, there are also spaces dedicated to displaying the ruins and artifacts found when the previously existing stadium was removed to build this complex.
As time grew closer, we crossed the street to the Lotte Fitin shopping mall, where Klive is housed.
To reach the event, we traveled up this dedicated elevator to the 9th floor and the fun began.
There are numerous displays throughout the floor for fun, pre-show moments. We visited the art gallery on the upper level and saw these interesting pieces:
There’s a cool “Secret Window” area, where videos on the screens are only visible through these camera lenses.
One unexpected thing we found was the floor’s balcony, where we were afforded this awesome view:
As time came for the show to start, we noticed what we thought was an animatronic figure up on the balcony – but no, he was one of the talented dancers who started the show. They came back at various points throughout the hologram performances, adding a great, live “pop and lock” touch to the evening.
As we entered the theater, there were kiosks for us to take our picture, which later showed up at varying times during the show. Here is a LOVELY gem from before the show started…be kind…
Once the show started, pictures were not allowed of course, but they honestly would not have done the show any justice. When I had read “hologram concert”, I had visions of 2 dimensional, grainy images. So not the case! This reminded me more of what the Star Trek: Voyager series tried for with their Holo-decks – lacking only in the being able to physically touch and interact with the characters.
The images were VERY good and it really did look like a real person or group. There were times when the recorded performers spoke to the Klive audience, our pictures were used with them, and the live dancers were incorporated with the elaborate graphics to make it seem “live”. All spoken Korean dialogue was captioned on side screens in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
The show consists of music by Big Bang, 2NE1, and Psy – (click on their names to watch a music video sample from each). More acts will be added as time goes by. My friend and I discussed whether this would work well back in the states or not – I suggested that it would probably do well as a show at a theme park. Here in Korea, it is fun and can stand on its own.
For those living locally, this is a fun experience and easy to get to:
Closed Mondays; Shows everyday at 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm
The show lasts for about 60 minutes, with no intermission.
Tickets can be reserved online or at the Ticket booth at Lotte Fitin, Level 9.
Adults = 33, 000 KW; Children/Teens = 16,000 KW
Website: http://www.klive.co.kr (in Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese)
Phone: 02-2265-0810, 080-539-8888
Address: 9th Floor, Lotte Fitin shopping center, Dongdaemun
By subway, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Lines 2, 4, and 5) exits 11 and 12 (connected by underground path)