For almost all international fans, you have those moments that you secretly wish that you live in the same country as your oppa(오빠) or eonnie(언니). Being a fan was never easy. What more if you live oceans apart? Here are some confessions that every international fan would relate to.
More Expensive because of Shipping Fee
To international fans, they need to pre-order albums and will wait for a month for it to arrive in their country. Imagine if you live in Korea and you just buy the albums after its release.
You will get one photocard per album RANDOMLY. Even if you buy a lot of albums, there is no guarantee that you will get all the versions. Plus, it is different to trade because your fan base is very far from you. So other fans buy them separately to collect them.
Lightstick just in case they have a concert in your country.
Lightstick is a must. seeing the fandom’s official color in the concert will make your idols’ heart flutter. And they might come back if they see this!
SOLD OUT TICKETS is not fun. No money inside my wallet is not fun!
And because kpop groups are from Korea, concerts tend to be more expensive. In Korea, solo concerts cost about 110,000 won or about $110 dollars and that is already a VIP Standing! In other countries, it would cost about $250
Dreaming of going to South Korea
Experiencing Korea yourself is a one true dream for kpop fans. You would like to try your bias’ favorite food, visit their company, or go to cafes owned by kstar. There are tons of things you would like to do if you are a fan. Maybe meet them in the street or you take the subway. Who knows?
But will still watch it even its without subtitle!
You would need to learn Korean if you want to communicate fully with your kpop group. It is a struggle to always wait for a subtitle. Plus, you will not understand what their caption on Instagram is about. And google translator is not always accurate.
What are your other struggles as an international kpop fan? Share your story below.