*Warning : This post is not meant for anti Kpopians 🙂
Directions to MNET Countdown will be given below the post. It is fully translated from the main site. Dawn and I got a little lost while heading there for the first time. They used to be located at a building called 88 Health Center – I guess its a good shift because the new place is a whole lot more cleaner.
Those who know a little thing or two about Kpop should have heard of Mnet Countdown. For those who don’t, its a weekly music program that allows the public to go in for free. The other music programs may have their own regulations but Mnet Countdown usually just requires you to get your tag number early in the morning, then you can come back for the queue in the evening when the program starts its live broadcast.
Dawn and I weren’t so agitated about attending so we never really bothered to go there early and get number tags. Good thing there was still space left (Only 200 max per week) as those who reserved didn’t turn up (on time). Sometimes when certain groups come up, you would have to show them the album to gain access but most of the time they have the General Seats – so you can always come without being a fan of anybody. Kiamsiap people like me will normally have no original album to gain seats pfft.
BuDae Jjigae (부대찌개), a soup with mixture of Korean tofu, Ramen, Sausages and Ham
Dawn had Cheese Ramyun
I was actually only looking forward to see Kyu Hyun but MNET and S.M Entertainment is on conflicts so none of their artists are allowed to feature in the program. Too bad. We went with no hopes of going in, just wanted to look around because we knew it was going to be a little too late. Plus, this was a new location so I didn’t know what to do. Previously we had to just stand around and then when its time to go in, we’ll just er…enter.
On our way in the bus
In the bus. Yellow seats are for the general public, whereas the pink ones are for the needy.
Had to wait outside the hall at 4PM, after gaining last minute entrance.
Guestlist of the day was:-
CNBLUE, Supreme Team,Davichi, Wonder Girls, 4 Minute, T-Max, Seo In Gook, MBLAQ, and a few more ( can’t remember who). I loved Davichi so was really looking forward to hear them live. Had goosebumps because I love their latest track <Please Stop Time> and they were so good!
The area is actually really small compared to what you see in photos, videos or anything. Most probably the size of 3 badminton courts so you can clearly tell who’s singing live and who wasn’t. Most of the idol groups have had their performances recorded earlier so during the real live broadcast, they would just air the recorded versions and the artist themselves will just appear in the center to entertain the fans.
Nobody was allowed to take photos but I sneaked a few photographs. I was pretty sure the guard saw me but he closed one eye. There was one time I was so scared because he dashed towards my direction while I was taking a video. In the end he confiscated the camera that belonged the girl sitting next to me!
Sorry, forgot their name but I know they’re from MBLAQ. Emcees for the day along with a member of CNBLUE
Bwa Bwa~ Nareul Bwa Bwa
Here’s a video I sneakily recorded. Blocked by a head in the beginning but after that it gets clear. You can also get a glimpse of how things are done in the place – and maybe get a rough idea on how small the place really is.
My picks for the day were CNBLUE and Davichi. Can you spot them?
At the end of the show, all the artist that performed for the day came together to anticipate the winner.
After the live broadcast, we took a few photos because the area outside the building was very photo worthy
This is the exact building, just incase you need to recognize it.
Dawn with the enormous head. The sky was getting darker as it was already about 7PM. Hence, the darkness.
Loving the contrasting backgrounds. That’s Dawn sandwiched in love.
And me trying to er, be…attached pfft.
Looks like the type of photos where an Ah Lian stands next to a Christmas Tree in Mid Valley and poses on the hips pfft
Dawn and I headed to Myeong Dong after that (long day!) because Gloria, my first ever Korean language lecturer who taught me my first official Korean sentence! She resides in Malaysia but was in Seoul to visit her family. While we were in the middle of the filming of MNet, she called and asked to meet up so we did! It got pretty late when we met her but it was all good. Really surprised to know that it was her first time in Myeong Dong! It’s like a KLian hasn’t been to Sungei Wang!
In the subway : Non profitable organizations giving away food to the poor and old. An uncle was so angry cause I was taking their photo 🙁
There this stage in the main entrance of Myeong Dong where many of them hopefuls perform on stage to be spotted at talents here!
I stood here for about 2 hours just to watch them people dance two years ago. I remember it was FREEZING cause it was still the end of winter and I was in spags
Students in uniforms dahnsheen!
A guy proposing to his girlfriend in public, with er Jaden Smith behind karate kicking
After briefly watching eh performance, Gloria appeared so we had some Jjim Dalk <찜닭>. Dawn and I weren’t very hungry and Gloria already had her dinner so we just settled for the budget dinner. Actually not very economical because only Dawn and I ate.
Directions to MNET Countdown
The building you have to be at is CJ E&M ( CJ Entertainment).
You have to be there before 10AM in order to be put in the guest list (although the admittance is at 4-5PM). Upon entrance you will need to locate the main lobby or get to a studio in Level 2 of the building. Find someone and ask them about reserving for Mnet Countdown.
Line No.6 Digital Media City, Exit No.2
Line No.6 World Cup Station, Exit No 2
World Cup Station : #171, #271, #571, #7714, #7751
Seoul Station, Nam Dae Mun Station : #7013
Korea University, City Hall : #171, #172
Hong Dae (HongIk University) : #7016, #7711, #15
Hap Jeong Station (Exit No 2) : #7013
Yang Jae, DanGook University, Jong Ro, Gwanghwamun, Seodaemun : #470
Yang Jae Station, Kang Nam Station #9711
Stations to stop off : Sam Ang Elementary School, DMC HongboGwan, Digital Media City Station
It’s pretty complicated so you might wanna visit this site, and print the map so that you can show the cabbie where to go. CLICK
You might want to take the bus as above to the place BEFORE taking a cab because cabs there are pretty costly. The meter goes up pretty quickly. If you have zero level grisp of Korean, you would want to go there super early – just incase you get lost.