The Ultimate Guide to 2018 BOF (Busan One Asia Festival)

If you’re a fan of K-Pop, K-Beauty or basically any Korean cultures, there are countless reasons to visit Busan this October, as Busan One Asia Festival, which is the largest Hallyu festival in Korea, will take place from October 20 to October 28!

Besides its grand opening & closing ceremony, there are many more events happening during Busan One Asia Festival. For those who want to know all about BOF (Busan One Asia Festival) this year, we have made the ultimate guide so you can have a blast at this incredible festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy Korea’s best Hallyu festival in Busan!

1. Busan One Asia Festival (BOF) Overview

The Busan One Asia Festival is a mega Hallyu event where you can enjoy various Korean cultural contents. It is the largest festival held in Busan every year, and during the period, the whole city is filled with festivities!

| Date: October 20 (Sat) ~ October 28 (Sun), 2018 / For nine days

| Place: Various events will take place across Busan.

| What’s on: Performance (BOF Opening Ceremony, BOF Closing Ceremony, Park Concert, and many more), exhibition & experience booths, and BOF shop, and more!

2. Event Venue

Event Venue Nearby Subway Stn. Events
Busan Asiad Main Stadium Sports Complex Station • BOF Opening Performance
• BOF Closing Performance
Busan Citizen Park Bujeon Station • BOF Park Concert
Busan Cinema Center Centum City Station • Made in Busan
Yongdusan Park Nampo Station • Made in Busan
BOF Land
(Gunam-ro, Haeundae)
Haeundae Station • BOF Land
• BOF Fan Meeting
• BOF B-Art
• BOF On-stage
• Made in Busan
• BOF Goods shop

As you can see on the map above, Busan One Asia Festival takes place in all over Busan, and thankfully getting around Busan is very easy due to its straightforward public transit system. Just like any other big cities in Korea, they have a convenient subway and bus system.

If you want more information about Busan’s public transportation, be sure to read our ultimate transit guide! 👉 Getting Around Busan in South Korea – Public Transport Info

3. BOF Opening / Closing Performance

The highlight of Busan One Asia Festival is the opening & closing ceremony. They are some of the best and largest K-pop events in Korea boasting a star-studded line up every year. If you want to attend these main events, make sure to book it earlier as the tickets are always selling out very fast!

Here are the details for the opening & closing ceremony this year.

1) Opening Ceremony

  • Date: October 20, 2018 (Sat)
  • Time: 7:00 pm KST
  • Location: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
  • Line-up: EXO, Wanna One, Seventeen, NCT 127, Celeb Five, MAMAMOO, EXID, GFriend and more
  • Ticket info: Tickets for BOF opening ceremony are currently sold out. But if you are lucky, you might find a canceled ticket, so keep your eyes on it!

Get 2018 Busan One Asia Festival tickets here

2) Closing Ceremony

  • Date: October 28, 2018 (Sun)
  • Time: 7:00 pm KST
  • Location: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
  • Line-up: Red Velvet, NCT Dream, Favorite, Dynamic Duo, Rhythm Power and more
  • Ticket info: You can get the exclusive standing/ground seat tickets for the closing ceremony at Trazy.com, and enjoy the concert closer to the stage!

Get 2018 Busan One Asia Festival tickets here

4. What else on BOF 2018

Busan One Asia Festival will be on for 9 long days, and there are so much more to see than the opening/closing ceremony, and the best part is that they are all FREE! Check out every program on BOF below and enjoy the festival to the fullest!

1) BOF Park Concert

  • Date: October 21, 2018 (Sun)
  • Time: 7:00 pm KST
  • Location: Busan Citizen Park
  • Line-up: K.WILL, CHUNGHA, and more

BOF Park Concert is a free concert that is open to all citizens and visitors. It is a picnic-like concert that takes place in the huge park. Also, don’t miss out on the flea market on the park too!

2) Made in Busan

  • Date: October 20 ~ 28, 2018
  • Location: Busan Cinema Center, Yongdusan Park, BOF Land (Gunam-ro, Haeundae)

Made in Busan is designed for fostering regional performances. This is where local artists and citizens come together, and there will be more than 20 local artist teams performing at all across Busan!

3) BOF On-stage

  • Date: October 25 (19:00) / October 26 (19:00) / October 27 (16:00)
  • Location: BOF Land (Gunam-ro, Haeundae)
  • Line-up: TBA

BOF On-stage is a Hallyu concert with Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korean stars. Enjoy the variety of their music style on BOF On-stage!

4) BOF Fan Meeting

  • Date: October 21 (19:00) / October 23 (19:00) / October 26 (17:00)
  • Location: BOF Land (Gunam-ro, Haeundae)
  • Line-up: TBA

This year, there will be 3 times of free fan meeting on BOF! Stay tuned for which stars will be coming for the fan meeting this year!

5) BOF Land

  • Date: October 20 ~ 28, 2018
  • Location: BOF Land (Gunam-ro, Haeundae)

BOF Land is the main center of the festival where you can meet every Hallyu content with no genre limitation! It is the venue of various events, such as K-POP New Star Showcase, Made in Busan Performance & B-Art Exhibition Programs, and EverySing Audition.

6) BOF B-Art

  • Date: October 20 ~ 28, 2018
  • Location: BOF Land (Gunam-ro, Haeundae)

Busan turns into a runway during BOF! There will be multiple photo shootings going on with professional models in various Busan’s landmarks. Also, you can try making BOF’s BI with the famous Korean designer Kim Chung-Jae.

7) BOF Goods shop

  • Date: October 20 ~ 28, 2018
  • Location: BOF Land (Gunam-ro, Haeundae)

There will be a gift shop during the festival where you can buy exclusive merchandise & souvenirs designed by BOF and SM TOWN. Be sure to check out and treat yourself with some unique gifts!

+) 2018 Busan Fireworks Festival

| Where: Busan Gwangalli Beach (between Hotel Aqua Palace & Homers Hotel)

| When: 27 October 2018 (Sat)

October in Busan is filled with amazing festivals. Along with the BOF Festival, Busan Firework Festival is a must-see festival in Busan for October. It is the biggest firework festival not only in Korea but also in Asia. This year, Busan Firework Festival takes place on October 27, which is during Busan One Asia Festival. So, you can enjoy both festivals if you make your way to Busan on that period!

The sandy Gwangalli Beach is a perfect stage for the sky sparklers with various displays. To fully enjoy the festival, book your seat on the beach beforehand and savor the spectacular view from the best viewpoint.

Book your seat for Busan Fireworks Festival here

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