Aug 5, 2011

KPOP Music Shows: How to Apply for Tickets, M! Countdown, Music Bank, Music Core & Inkigayo

  • M! Count Down
    • Among all the music programs in Korea ‘ M! Count Down’ is the most accessible for international residents and visitors. There is no registration process; guests are admitted to the studio on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. You will need to get to the studio on the second floor of the CJ E&M Center in Sangam as early as possible to be guaranteed a seat. According to a fan site (although not specified on the station website), only the first 200 people will be admitted, so make sure to go extra early.

      Location: CJ E&M Center (2F) Studio
      Recording Date & Time: Thursdays / 6:00 pm
      Directions: Digital Media City Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2, take a short taxi ride
      Studio Audience Information Website: (Korean)
  • KBS Music Bank

    • You can apply for a studio audience ticket to the KBS Music Bank program on the official site of Music Bank after you sign up on the KBS (Korea Broadcasting Station) website. International residents in Korea will be asked to provide their alien registration number or passport number.
      Go to Member Sign-up Page (English)

      Application for Music Bank tickets may only be made online between Thursday 9:00 and Friday 24:00 a week prior to airing. Winners’ announcements are posted Mondays after 17:00. On the day of broadcasting (Friday of every week), ticket winners should present their ticket reservation number at the KBS new wing open hall.

      All Music Bank audience members must be 15 years of age or older. Ticket holders younger than 15 years of age will be denied entrance to Music Bank. Each ticket winner will receive 2 tickets, so you must provide the name of your accompanying guest when applying for tickets online. Both guests must present a valid ID on the day of broadcasting in order to be admitted to the studio.

      On the day of broadcasting, your reservation number will be confirmed onsite and exchanged for tickets to Music Bank. Ticketholders will be admitted to the studio between 4:50 pm and 5:20 pm and any remaining tickets (standing room only) will be awarded to unregistered guests onsite between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. Ticket winners who do not line up and exchange their reservation number for a ticket by 5:00 pm will lose their seats. Admission for ticketholders will be closed promptly at 5:30.

      KBS New Wing Open Hall (신관 공개홀)
      Address: Seoul, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Yeouido-dong 18
      Telephone: 02-781-1000
      Directions: National Assembly Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 4, 3-min walk
      (* Please note that the KBS old and new wings are located in the same area; the KBS annex is located at a different site.)
      Studio Audience Information Website: (Korean)
  • MBC Music Core
    • Like M! Countdown, you don't need to apply for tickets or register to get in and watch the show. For more information on how to get to the MBC Music Core Studio and some tips, visit this post by aa-chan.
  • SBS Live K-POP Countdown (Inkigayo, 인기가요)
    • To apply to be part of the studio audience of the Inkigayo program broadcast live on SBS you must first sign up on the official site of SBS (Seoul Broadcasting Station). You will need your alien registration card (issued in Korea) and your alien registration number. It is best if you can speak some Korean or if you can receive help with translation of the procedure and results.
      Go to Member Sign-up Page (English)
    • Once you connect to the SBS Inkigayo website (, you will need to click on the “Studio Audience Application” (방청신청), the fourth menu item down on the left-side of the main page.

    Clicking on the “Studio Audience Application” (방청신청) option will connect you to a new page prompting you to log in. Type in your membership ID and password, and you will be led to the screen pictured below.

    Once you sign up on the SBS website, your membership information is saved in the ticket application page for your convenience. Simply check your personal information, choose the desired studio date, and click on the “Apply for Ticket” (방청권신청) button. Tickets are given in sets of two and the winners’ announcement can be checked on the Inkigayo website every Thursday after 3:00 pm.
    You may print your ticket from the pop-up winners’ announcement notice if you have been selected as a ticket winner. You must present your ticket and ID at the studio on the day of the show in order to be admitted.

    Ticket holders who visit the SBS open hall in Deungchon-dong on Sundays before filming will be admitted to the studio starting from 2:30 pm. Admission and seating closes by 3:30 pm.
    ** Please note that all audience members must be 13 years of age or older. Photography and videotaping is strictly forbidden during the show. Any audience member caught taking photos or videos may be asked to leave the studio.

    SBS Open Hall in Deungcheon-dong
    Address: Seoul-si, Gangseo-gu, Deungchon-dong 58-1
    Telephone: 02-2061-0006
    Directions: Gayang Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 10
    Studio Audience Information Website: (Korean)

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