NOTE: This applies to foreigners who DO NOT live in Korea. Foreigners who reside in Korea with an Alien Registration have a completely different process. This is for those who reside overseas without an ARC and plan to visit the country just for a concert or event..
ALSO note: This doesn’t guarantee you’ll get a ticket. I’m simply providing a potential road here. IF YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT IN YOUR TICKETING SKILLS, YOU CAN GET SOMEONE TO LOG IN WITH YOUR ACCOUNT AND DO IT FOR YOU. YOUR ID WILL SHOW UP ON THE TICKET SO IT’S LEGITIMATE.
With so many companies adding extra stringent measures on tickets (ugh), the days of relying on resellers and agencies are numbered. One of the ways companies seem to be tackling the scalpers issue is by making it impossible to enter unless your name matches the one on the ticket. If that is the case, you’ll need an actual account because that is the only way to have your name on the ticket.
Luckily, yes24 does have an option for those living overseas. Unfortunately, it’s in Korean.
So…LET’S PLAY PICTURE BOOK!
First, go on the website: yes24.com
You’ll see a blue line running across the TOP of the page. On the RIGHT side, there is a string of words that have to do with accounts. They’re faded and harder to see than the ones on the LEFT:
The three most important in this case are:
회원가입 (Make account)
and 고겍센터 (Customer Service <- just in case)
So, what you want to do now is click on 회원가입 (second from the left or sixth from Global Yes24)
When you click on that, it will take you to this page:
Notice the PINK 01 there? Scroll down and you will see the TERMS and AGREEMENTS section. All you have to is check the RED option (this checks them all for you)
Sloppily highlighed in yellow for your convenience…
Now, you scroll further and come to a PINK 02. You’ll see a series of options for the type of account you want to make. For those living overseas, you want the LAST one
After that, it’s simply a matter of filling in the info. From order of left to right:
한글이름: Korean romanization (for this, you may need to get someone who knows Korean to write it down for you)
First name, Last name (as so helpfully written already in the text box)
생년월일: Birthday in order of Year, Month, and Day
성별: Gender (남: male, 여: female)
이매일: Email (again, self-explanatory)
And then hit the red button. They will send you a confirmation email which gives you a link that takes you to a page to set up your username and password (just like any other account website)
What really kills me about this is that this fixes NOTHING. It just makes things extremely more difficult for ANYBODY to get a ticket. Resellers will still go on and offer their services for concerts and other things, and the rest of us with slow internet just suffer. You think it’s just foreigners having a hard time getting tickets? A lot of Koreans rely on resellers, too, even if they won’t admit it (unlike me) because it takes EXTREME skill and luck to get a ticket. And if you’re picky about where you sit like I am, it’s even more difficult.
What I SUGGEST y’all do is go through your regular resell channels anyway but with a TWIST. There’s a lot of people offering to buy tickets for foreigners (with a fee, of course). BUT instead of just having them do it, make SURE they use it using YOUR login info. (Korean sites don’t have bank or credit card information on your account so it’s safe. And you can always just change your password later). Because they’re using YOUR account, your name will automatically show up on the ticket no matter who goes in and buys it, and resellers hire a team of people to get these tickets so you have a higher chance of succeeding.
Best hunting and good luck to you all. I’m gonna go hope and pray to the Eastern Gods that this totally won’t be necessary…