Are you planning on making the trip to South Korea to see your favorite idols once the pandemic is over? There’s so much for K-Pop fans to do in the country, from attending music shows to visiting agency headquarters. Of course, travel doesn’t come cheap. Not sure how much to save up? Take a look at the Korea Tourism Organization’s recently released stats on how much “Hallyu tourists” spend on their trips.
On average, the biggest spend for K-Pop tourists is general shopping, which amounts to around $302 USD per person.
This can encompass everything from stocking up on Korean fashion to buying souvenirs for family and friends.
The next biggest spend is lodging. K-Pop tourists tend to spend around $184 USD on lodging.
Generally, the cost of lodging depends on where you stay—one-room goshiwons are on the cheaper end, while hotel rooms can be a lot more expensive.
K-Pop tourists spend almost as much on food as they do on lodging.
With so many delicious dishes to choose from—like ramyeon, tteokbokki, and bibimbap—it’s no surprise the average spend totals around $155 USD per person.
And finally—perhaps most surprisingly—tourists who travel to Korea specifically for K-Pop only spend around $138 USD on K-Pop related purchases.
This can include anything from merch to fansign albums.
In total, the average K-Pop tourist spends $1,007 USD on their trip (not including air fare). With 1.11 million foreigners traveling to Korea specifically for the Hallyu Wave in 2019, K-Pop tourism brought over $1 billion USD into the country.