Written by Korey Jordan II (@koreyj2)
Photos by Liz Kwon (@_kwon96) and Chris Lazarro (cover photo)
This year, for the first time ever, Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) brand, makes an appearance in the dynamic and trendy megacity of Seoul, South Korea on August 31 – September 1. With EDM’s growing popularity throughout Asia, EDC Korea’s premiere festival will give EDM enthusiasts of all types an iconic experience that extends well beyond the music. Be prepared to fully immerse yourself in a diverse array of art, music, and carnival rides.
Since its inception, Insomniac has always delivered EDC festival goers an unforgettable experience and I wholeheartedly believe that the EDC Korea debut will not be an exception. For starters, the first Korean Electric Sky brings a world-class lineup shared across three spectacular stages to Seoul Land, an actual amusement park.
EDC Korea will be a transcendent experience you won’t want to miss. EDM giants like Deadmau5, 3LAU, and Dillon Francis, as well as Korean talent, such as Joon Kwak, Minimonster, and TOKiMONSTA, will have you dancing through the night.
The Venue – SEOUL LAND
Planners and organizers could not have chosen a more perfect venue to share the Electric Sky with South Korea. Seoul Land, South Korea’s first amusement park and located in the Seoul Grand Park complex, just south of Seoul, brings in 3 million people every year is packed with food, rollercoasters, arcades, and other attractions themed with popular South Korean animated characters.
Traditionally, EDC organizers are faced with the challenge of turning ordinary venues into immaculate playgrounds, however, for the first time ever Insomniac brings EDC to an actual amusement park. All thrill-seeking festival goers will have unlimited access to 11 different carnival rides, all included with the price of their tickets.
Additionally, for those visiting that may be slightly intimidated by public transportation, should highly consider the EDC Korea Shuttle, with pick up and drop off locations in Hongdae and Myeongdong, for transportation to the venue.
The Amazing City of Seoul
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a vibrant mashup of rich history and culture coupled with beautiful modern architecture and futuristic technology. Visitors will discover traditional and historical palaces and Buddhist temples among gigantic steel sky scrapers. For those with free time, Seoul has a cheap and reliable public transportation system that makes the megacity seem a tad smaller.
For those with free time, try to make it to both Myeongdong and Hongdae. Myeongdong is a shopping district, well known for is abundance of amazing and affordable Korean street food. Hongdae is known as one of the hippest areas of Seoul, mainly due to its close proximity to Hongik University. Expect to find an abundance of college students dancing in the streets, shopping, and affordable street food in addition to popular bars and clubs. Bonus – Enjoy your soju and beer comfortably in public because South Korea has no open container laws!