If you’ve ever wanted to experience being a bank robber, now is your chance to live out those villainous dreams by having the opportunity to ‘rob’ the former North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur (KL).
The Joint Economic Area’s (JEA) — Cawangan Malaysia at No. 7, Jalan Batai will be accessible to the public from until 10 July 2022 in celebration of the debut of the Korean version of one of Netflix’s most popular series Money Heist: Korea — Joint Economic Area.
The show is currently topping the Global Non-English Top 10 this week, despite only having gone live on Friday, 24 June. It’s currently the #1 show in South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.
So, if you want in on the action, the big question is — can you pull off the ultimate robbery in KL?
Members will be greeted as they enter the building with a large sculpture of the Hahoe mask used by the characters in Money Heist: Korea — Joint Economic Area as well as an interactive piece that acts as a recap of the Korean la banda culture. Heist 101 starts in the professor’s classroom, where you will hear a briefing on The Plan from the mastermind himself, once you have changed into your very own red jumpsuit and mask (which you get to keep!).
As soon as you ascend the stairs, the heist is in full swing. In Tokyo’s room, you must race against time to complete a treasure hunt; in Rio’s room, you must hack into the JEA’s systems; and in Nairobi, the money-printing room, you must hone your observational skills.
Remember to save your loot from these locations since you’ll need it to reach your ultimate goal: a mound of cold, hard cash.
What we love about this pop-up is that ‘robbers’ who join in on the fun also get to experience those South Korean nuances that the writers of this remake have so thoughtfully included in the show. “As a big fan of the original Spanish series, I felt intrigued to tell this vibrant story in a Korean context,” said writer Ryu Yong-jae of the inclusion of traditional Hahoe masks the thieves wear.
KL’s own Joint Economic Area is open until 10 July, from 6pm to 10pm on weekdays and 10 am to 10pm on weekends.
Malaysians who wish to #JoinTheHeist must RSVP via an online form here.
In the meantime, be sure to watch Money Heist: Korea — Joint Economic Area so you don’t FOMO. Now available to stream on Netflix.