BTS was made in Seoul, but not a single member was born there. RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook came from 5 different cities that are just as wonderful and unique as they are.
1. Ilsan (RM)
RM was born in Ilsan, the home of the largest artificial lake in Asia, Lake Park. Lake Park features beautiful wildflowers and plants, as well as a musical fountain, and it has been used as the setting for a number of Korean shows. Lake Park hosts the Goyang Korea Flower Show, so book your trip in the spring to see it in full bloom.
If parks aren’t your thing, no worries. Ilsan is home to an impressive commercial district with hundreds of places to shop and dine at. You’ll also find the production studios for MBC and SBS here.
2. Gwacheon (Jin)
Jin’s hometown is close to Seoul, in the Seoul National Capital Area. It is home to Seoul Grand Park Zoo, the first zoo in the Korean peninsula. It was founded in 1909 and is still a popular tourist destination today.
Once you’ve visited the exotic animals at Seoul Grand Park Zoo and explored all of Seoul Grand Park’s hiking trails, why not stop by Seoul Land? This amusement park has approximately 40 rides, movie theatres, and hosts festivals throughout the year.
Gwacheon also has something for intellectuals. Here you’ll find the National Museum of Contemporary Art and Gwacheon National Science Museum.
3. Daegu (Suga and V)
The birthplace of Suga and V is the fourth-largest city in South Korea, after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon, and it has plenty of things to entertain you. In addition to beautiful parks and mountains, you can also go back in time while exploring preserved villages like Otgol Village and Inheung Village.
There is also plenty of shopping, museums, theatres, sports events, and festivals to check out throughout the year.
4. Gwangju (J-Hope)
J-Hope’s birthplace is located in the heart of the agricultural Jeolla region, and it’s famous for its diverse cuisine. If you visit, be sure to book a table at Cheongwon Momil. This restaurant has been a staple of Gwangju’s cuisine scene the 1960s.
You can also visit the Gwangju Asia Culture Center in downtown Gwangju, which celebrates the city’s art, culture, and history.
5. Busan (Jimin and Jungkook)
If you want to get a feel for the place that raised Jimin and Jungkook, you’ll need to travel to Busan, the second-most populous city in South Korea. This seaside town is an ocean lover’s dream and the perfect getaway.
Want to relax? Visit Hur Shim Chung Spa, one of the oldest spas in Korea. Want to eat? Fill your belly with seafood from Busan’s famous Jagalchi Fish Market.
Don’t forget to take some photos at the colorful Gamcheon Culture Village. You can also stop by the cliffside Taejongdae Resort Park, the idyllic Gwangalli Beach, and temples such as Haedong Yonggungsa.