PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, July 26 (Yonhap) — Airbnb announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Hybe, the entertainment company behind BTS, to give fans of the K-pop group a chance to relive moments from Season 2 of ” IN The reality show “THE SOOP BTS”.
Airbnb said up to two guests can stay overnight at an iconic two-story mountaintop villa in the eastern alpine city of Pyeongchang on Aug. 29. Pyeongchang was the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The vacation rental services company said reservations will be open to anyone globally and cost US$7 – a nod to the seven members of the group – but it will only select one person depending on the on a first-come, first-served basis through reservations on its website, which is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. on Aug. 2 (10 p.m. EST on Aug. 1).
The event is part of Airbnb’s global “Only On Airbnb” campaign, which rents out famous sites featured in movies and TV series to selected guests.
Airbnb previously rented a recreation of Carrie’s New York apartment from the TV series “Sex and the City.” He also made available a one-night-only stay at the iconic house in the Christmas classic “Home Alone,” located in Chicago, last December.
BTS’s vacation home in Pyeongchang is the first South Korean location in the countryside where guests can stay overnight.
“Airbnb will strive to offer unique accommodations related to K-pop and K-dramas as part of the campaign,” Eum Sung-won, South Korean communications manager at Airbnb, told reporters.
K-pop and the wider Korean wave have resonated with young people around the world, cementing South Korea’s image as a cool country, home of K-pop phenomenon BTS and “Gangnam Style”, the hit song by South Korean rapper Psy in 2012.
Airbnb said it tried to preserve details of the home as closely as possible to what appeared in the reality TV series.
With the exception of RM’s second-floor study space, which turned into a guest bedroom, the place was decorated with artifacts reminiscent of moments from the show.
J-Hope’s model airplane, featured in both Season 1 and Season 2, hung from the ceiling, while a telescope used by BTS members to take in the scenery of the countryside was seen on the second floor .
RM’s signature home gym space has also been fully preserved inside the villa.
While three buildings featured in the TV series, the one open on Airbnb is not where the members slept, the company added.
Guests are responsible for their own travel to and from Pyeongchang Station, but will be provided round-trip transportation by car for the 20-minute journey from Pyeongchang Station to the Estate.
Airbnb said it will offer guests a $1,000 Airbnb travel credit in case the company cancels the stay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.