Up close on the slippery stage
The low point in the evening came when a small-time Korean girl band took to the stage, singing along
in front of one of the Korean marching bands, wearing hotpants and high heels - and looking decidedly
like an act in a strip club, not a family music show… but no-one besides us Westerners seemed to bat an
Despite that minor blip, the night was a roaring success and left us feeling thoroughly bewildered at
how we had managed to enjoy such a great show for such a small price. The atmosphere was electric and the
2 hour spectacle seemed to pass by in half that time.
The Wonju Tattoo is definitely a festival worth checking out, and one I will no doubt be returning to
in the future.
Getting There - We took a taxi from Wonju bus terminal and paid a couple of thousand
won each (we had a full taxi of people). We simply said ‘tattoo’ and the driver understood where we wanted
to go. There may be a bus which runs to the stadium, but we couldn’t figure out which one it would be. On
the way back, we simply hailed down a taxi again, and there seemed to be a few driving past.
The military band in full swing
Getting tickets - The ticket purchasing system online was very complicated and all in
Korean, so we had to ask a Korean friend to buy them for us. We would recommend doing it this way if you can,
as we were able to choose great seats, and on our arrival we walked straight in with no waiting and no hassle.
It is possible to buy tickets on the door, however I’d advise an early arrival if you want to do this, as there
was a huge queue.
We also took snacks and alcohol into the stadium and this was no problem at all – however the seats are
pretty small with not much leg room, so I wouldn’t advise taking huge bags full of stuff with you.