Popcorn tickets and events, Jeju, South Korea
In a small, relatively smart office space, a short walk up from Jungang Rotary is one of Jeju’s number one concert and musical ticket vendors. More than just the vendor though, Popcorn CEO Koh Chung Hoon (고 충훈) is the man who helps book the big shows for Jeju with past, notable coups, including The Last Empress (widely regarded as Korea’s first “original” musical) and a Korean musical version of Grease. Popcorn was founded around five years ago when Koh returned to Jeju from time abroad in Austria. On return, he found the island devoid of the shows he’d seen in Europe and found that the Korean produced versions were very much confined to Seoul and the mainland. Koh says at first he had to almost beg to get acts to come here, but, now that he’s well known, it’s not so much of a problem. As time progressed he has been able to branch out into jazz and classical music as well as maintaining a staple diet of musicals – three genres that seem to the most popular among Jeju audiences.
Getting the shows to Jeju
The shows are personally selected by Koh who visits Seoul to decide if it would be worth bringing it to Jeju for a run. If so, he goes through the process of booking them and finding a venue. This summer’s centrepiece will be a Korean musical version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, at the ICC in Seogwipo. “When people hear of Hamlet and musical they think ‘what?’” Koh explains.
As I walk about Popcorn’s office, numerous autographed banners adorn the walls along with recognition awards for his services to Jeju. There is a display signed by the cast of the aforementioned The Last Empress, a musical he hopes will return at some point in the near future. Photographs of jazz pianist Moon HyoJin (문효진), who Koh is agent for, also hang.
Useful for foreigners
For foreigners, Popcorn could prove itself to be a most useful service. Instead of seeing the Korean language promotional posters in a random store window, or on a large banner at an intersection as you speed by, it’s possible to find out what’s coming to Jeju all from one place – and well in advance. Koh will be able to sketch out forthcoming show schedules. Drop into the office or phone (Koh speaks some English though a translator is advised).
Popcorn is located on the right hand side (if walking up from Jungang rotary in the direction of KAL Hotel and City Hall) almost at Namun Rotary in Jeju City. There are a number of posters and banners outside the office promoting the latest shows.
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Popcorn CEO, Koh Chung Hoon