Fans of K-pop sensation BTS — dubbed “ARMY” — can visit the actual filming site of the boy band’s reality program series “In the Soop BTS ver. Season 2,” in Pyeongchang, Gangwon.
Titled “In the Soop Stay,” the package has been available since September and earlier this month, its winter-themed programs kicked into gear.
The “In the Soop” series first aired in 2020. The first season also centered on BTS and later had two more spin-offs — one featuring boy band Seventeen and another starring the “Wooga Fam,” a celebrity friend group comprised of V, Park Seo-joon, Park Hyung-sik, Choi Woo-shik, and Peakboy.
In September 2021, local media reported that HYBE had bought the Pyeongchang land where the filming took place for roughly 1.3 billion won ($1.01 million). HYBE built the lodgings for the sake of filming the reality show.
“In the Soop Stay” targets ARMY, but any visitor can appreciate the luxurious property where the members of BTS were able to unwind for a while and show fans more intimate, personal moments.
For ARMY, the icy cold weather is not enough to prevent them from traveling across the country to Pyeongchang to experience how the BTS members spent their days in the area.
“In the Soop Stay” particularly appeals to avid fans of “In the Soop BTS ver. Season 2” as it provides a chance to actually see where and how BTS spent those four days.
Pyeongchang is well-known for skiing and snowboarding as the county tends to stay covered in snow all winter long, and the Soop filming location was no exception.
When the show was filmed in the summer the majority of the grounds were grassy. Now, a blanket of snow covers the entire grounds. While a snowball fight might seem tempting, the piercingly cold air forces visitors to escape inside to the cozy manor-like buildings.
Items used by the members, like J-Hope’s toy airplane, Suga’s guitar, V’s trumpet, and Jungkook’s punching bag, are scattered throughout the building and test visitors’ knowledge of how well they remember which member used what during the show.
For those who struggle, many of the related scenes are on display in photographs.
One photo-op spot that is a must-see is the second-floor library space of the main building. A large horizontal window offers a wide crystal clear perspective of the mountains, which gives off a sense of healing and peace of mind.
It is the same panorama RM marveled at while reading as he sat in one of the armchairs that faced the window in the show.
The interior of the three buildings was arranged like an Easter egg hunt, with plush toys of Soopy, the tree-inspired green mascot for the series, spread across various rooms and quotes from BTS scribbled on the walls.
Some special additions have been installed, such as an instant photography booth where you can choose one member to take a snap with. The photo cards are the perfect souvenir for you to take home.
While the chairs or sofas are free for visitors to sit in, the tour program does not allow you to sit on the seven members’ beds. Visits to the filming location are currently only available on weekends until the end of February due to the weather, according to Phoenix Pyeongchang.
Starting in March, when it becomes warmer, the tour will go back to running every day and the resort plans to release spring-themed packages then.
Phoenix Pyeongchang set up a gift shop inside its Center Plaza building that sells a wider variety of goods related to the show.
The “Soopy Lounge,” nestled within the Phoenix Pyeongchang estate, is tent-shaped cabins all guests are able to rest in outside. Each tent comes with a heater and cushions and is free to use at any time.
The purchase of the “In the Soop Stay” package program is required for all the aforementioned activities. The filming site tour takes place five times a day on the weekends and the shuttle buses operate according to reservations. Individual visits are prohibited. For more information, visit Phoenix Pyeongchang’s website, which is also available in English.
BY SHIN MIN-HEE [email@example.com]