I suppose you might think this a strange subject for me to write about. And it probably is. I mean, after all, who is interested in my trips to the cinema in Korea? Well, hopefully, some people out there are because going to the cinema here is quite the experience.
So, the idea from this article came when my girlfriend and I were talking about the differences between seeing a movie here and seeing a move back home. I noticed that there were some significant differences between the way a cinema in England works and the way a cinema in Korea works. Below are my reasons for saying that Korea cinemas are the best I have been to.
Reason One – Film Selection
When I first moved to Korea, I was terrified I would not be able to see a lot of the new English films that I wanted to. This turned out to be completely wrong. Back home, I (at one point) would visit the movies around once a week. Although I go a lot less here, I couldn’t be happier with the selection. Sometimes, Korea even gets movies earlier than the UK and the US (the latest Avengers film was a great example of this).
Reason Two – Buying Tickets
Buying tickets here in Korea in amazingly simple. Inside the cinema, posters can tell you what movies are showing, what times and where (the screen number). The English films here are almost never dubbed, just subtitled for Koreans (with the exception of animations).
Buying your ticket in advance is the most sensible option, and there are a multitude of ways that you can do it. The most simple way is simply turn up to the cinema, wait in line and buy it from a member of staff. But cinemas here also have automatic ticket machines (in Korean, but they are easy to understand and work out) which can tell you what films are showing, what times and let you book your tickets with ease. The whole process takes less than two minutes.
The final option is to book tickets online, via CineInKorea. This is an English website that has listings for hundreds of cinemas in Korean and it lets you book and purchase your tickets with ease. And the best part? The tickets here are incredibly cheap (16,000 won for two tickets in the premium section).
Reason Three – Seating
Something that is amazing (in my opinion) and not something so common back home is the ability to choose where you sit. Instead of fighting it out with the rest of the crowd in an anxious battle for the best seats, you pre-select where you are in relation to the screen when you buy your tickets.
On top of this, they have double seats/”couple booths”, places to hang your coat, and fold up arm rests. The seats are a lot more comfortable than the seats back home, and give even the tallest people (for example, me) more than enough leg space. No more feeling like you are trapped on a budget airline!
Reason Four – The Food
Finally, I come to my favourite part. The amazing snack food you can buy at Korean cinemas. The best thing about Korean snacks at the cinema is how affordable they are. It costs a fraction of the price that it would back in the UK. Marta and I went to see Jurassic World yesterday. We got two large drinks, some nachos and a large popcorn all for about £7 (at most). They also offer a multitude of popcorn flavours – salted, onion, caramel just to name the few that I know. And you can get them half-and-half. That way, everyone wins.
Well, I feel like I have rambled on enough today.
I hope you are all well!