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2024 SBS Gayo Daejeon Music Awards in SUMMER ticket at Incheon is NOW ON SALE

2024 “SBS Gayo Daejeon in SUMMER” @Incheon IS NOW FOR SALE !!!

  • Date: 21st July, 2024 (Sun)
  • Time: 18:30 pm
  • Location: INSPIRE Arena at Incheon
  • MC TEAM : NCT – Doyoung ; IVE – An Yujin ; TXT Yeonjun
  • 1st LINE-UP : (G)I-DLE, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ENHYPEN, NEW JEANS, ZEROBASEONE(ZB1)
  • 2nd LINE-UP :  IVE, LE SSERAFIM, Lee Young-ji , NMIXX, Stray Kids
  • 3rd LINE-UP : Jannabi, CRAVITY, ILLIT, NCT127, ONF, STAYC, xikers
  • 4th LINE-UP : KISS OF LIFE, NCT WISH, WHOOAH

 

 

 

This year, SBS Music Awards – Gayo Daejeon will be held in the first and second halves of 2024 with the first taking place on July 21 and the second on December 25 at INSPIRE Arena.

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[ 2024 SBS Gayo Daejeon MC team]

NCT – Doyoung ; IVE – An Yujin ; TXT Yeonjun

[ 2024 SBS Gayo Daejeon 1st LINEUP]

(G)I-DLE, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ENHYPEN, NEW JEANS, ZEROBASEONE(ZB1) 

[ 2024 SBS Gayo Daejeon 2nd LINEUP]

IVE, LE SSERAFIM, Lee Young-ji , NMIXX, Stray Kids

[ 2024 SBS Gayo Daejeon 3rd LINEUP]

Jannabi, CRAVITY, ILLIT, NCT127, ONF, STAYC, xikers

[ 2024 SBS Gayo Daejeon 4th LINEUP]

KISS OF LIFE, NCT WISH, WHOOAH


One day trip near Seoul

Where to go outside but still close of Seoul?

If you’re coming to South Korea for a week or more you might want to consider exploring cities outside of Seoul, and there are plenty of options to choose from. In this post we have gathered for you 4 places you can easily go to as a one-day trip from Seoul.

 

Suwon

Only 45-min away south of the capital by train, Suwon is your destination if you wish to dive more deeply into Korean culture and traditions. Known for its impressive Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Suwon offers a glimpse into Korea’s architectural heritage and strategic past. Beyond its historical charm, Suwon is a bustling metropolis, renowned for its innovative industries and cultural vibrancy. The city’s lively markets, diverse culinary scene, and numerous parks make it a delightful destination for both history enthusiasts and urban explorers alike.

 

📷 Credit photo: insideasia

 

Nami Island

Nami Island, nestled in the Han River just outside of Seoul, is a picturesque haven renowned for its natural beauty and artistic ambiance. Visitors can stroll along tree-lined paths, admire seasonal gardens, and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and the river. Nami Island is a cultural hub as well, hosting art installations, concerts, and exhibitions throughout the year, making it a perfect retreat for nature lovers and culture enthusiasts alike.

 

📷 Credit photo: sweetescape.com

 

DMZ

Visiting the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) in South Korea offers a unique and sobering glimpse into one of the world’s most heavily fortified borders. Stretching 250 kilometers across the Korean Peninsula, the DMZ serves as a reminder of Korea’s division. Highlights include the iconic blue huts (visits of the blue huts  and the Freedom House, symbolizing hopes for reunification. Visitors can also explore tunnels dug by North Korea, observe the Bridge of No Return, and learn about the area’s history and ongoing diplomatic efforts for peace. A DMZ tour is an insightful journey into Korea’s complex past and uncertain future.

 

📷 Credit photo: Park Jongwoo

 

 

Incheon

Incheon is South Korea’s third-largest city. Famous for its bustling port, vibrant Chinatown, and the futuristic Songdo International Business District, Incheon offers a dynamic urban experience alongside cultural landmarks like the historic Wolmido Island and the poignant Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall. Whether exploring its markets, dining on fresh seafood, or enjoying panoramic views from Incheon Bridge, this coastal city promises a memorable and diverse adventure.

 

📷 Credit photo: Kangheewan / Getty Images

 

 

Can’t find a day tour package for the places you really are interested in visiting ? Then you might want to consider our private tour service, and customize your own flexible and convenient private tour around Seoul.

 

 

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Let’s Meet K-Pop Idols (SBS Gayo Daejeon 2024 Edition)

As SBS has announced their first ever summer Gayo Daejeon, everyone is excited to see who will be performing at the prestigious event. Here is an introduction to all of the groups in the first lineup as we enter a new generation of leading groups! Read more to get to know about the members, iconic songs and even some fun facts. Whether you are a new K-Pop fan or even just a longtime K-Pop fan overwhelmed by the influx of new and talented groups, this guide for you!

ZEROBASEONE

Formed through popular survival show Boys Planet, ZEROBASEONE has taken the K-Pop industry and even South Korea by storm. Walking through Seoul, you will see these nine faces on many subway ads and billboards across the city. The members consist of nine boys who successfully won the hearts globally and received the most votes in the Boys Planet: Zhang Hao, Sung Hanbin, Seok Matthew, Ricky, Park Gunwook, Kim Taerae, Kim Gyuvin, Kim Jiwoong and Han Yujin. ZEROBASONE has released three mini albums as of far with their latest title track being ‘Feel The POP’ in their ‘You Had Me At Hello’ album. With a couple years left in their temporary contract, there is no doubt that ZEROBASEONE will make their mark as fifth generation legends.

Fun Fact: Alongside being a multi-talented musical prodigy, Zhang Hao is the first foreign idol to win a K-Pop survival show with a overwhelming amount of votes totaling up to 1,998,154 votes internationally. Center Hao is truly one for the books.

NewJeans

Making their image as Gen MZ icons, NewJeans is a five member girl group that has captured the hearts of the world with their youthful charms and trendy ear worms that are stuck in your head for weeks. The iconic members of NewJeans are: Minji, Hanni, Danielle, Haerin and Hyein. After a year of hiatus, NewJeans has risen up the charts yet again with their double single ‘How Sweet’ and ‘Bubble Gum’. These girls are truly unstoppable as they become global superstars in both the east and even the west, representing the current state of K-Pop.

Fun Fact: Two of the members, Hanni and Danielle, are Australian! The duo are loved down under, enough that the Aussie duo even did a photo shoot with Vogue Australia for a magazine that was sole all over the nation.

ENHYPEN

The final result of the intense and unique MNET survival show I-Land, ENHYPEN showcases a masculine and cool charm that highlights their dynamic choreographies and stable vocals. Like ZEROBASEONE, fans had the opportunity choose the members for the group and therefore recieve a solid lineup of stars. These seven individuals are: HeeseungJayJakeSunghoonSunooJungwon, and Ni-ki. The group has just announced their 2nd studio album ‘Romance : Untold’ which is set to release on the 12th of July.

Fun Fact: Unlike most standard groups, ENHYPEN doesn’t have any official positions aside from a leader (who is also surprisingly their second youngest member!). This allows all of the members to showcase their all-rounder talents on stages and alter between comebacks.

Tomorrow X Together (TXT)

TXT was once the rookie group that was known as the second boy group from Big Hit Entertainment. Now they are icons who were part of the leading forces that made the 4th generation K-Pop popular in the west. With 5 years of experience up their sleeve, TXT have release multiple mini and full albums where they have experimented with various concepts and genres. The five members of TXT are: SoobinYeonjunBeomgyuTaehyun, and Huening Kai. Their last comeback ‘Deja Vu’ takes the dramatic aesthetic that their recent sound has been developing on and has stunned fans with sheer beauty.

Fun Fact: In one of the debut performances for Crown, TXT faced an incident where the backing instrumental had cut off for a a moment. While this had confused them at the time, it also proved that they had been performing with amazing live vocals from their first days as idols!

(G)I-DLE

Empowering women one day at a time, (G)I-DLE have self-developed themselves as positive role models for fans all across the world. Debuting back in 2018, the five member girl group has established themselves as confident queen-like figures who strive to change the norms of the industry, representing these qualities in hit songs such as ‘Queencard’ and ‘Nude’. The members of (G)I-DLE are: SoyeonMiyeonMinnieYuqi, and Shuhua. (G)I-DLE are planning to comeback with their seventh mini album ‘I SWAY’ on the 8th of July, raising anticipation from fans as they are curious to see what new and innovative concept the girls have in store for us this time.

Fun Fact: (G)I-DLE is labelled as a self-produced group as their main producer is their group’s leader Jeon Soyeon! With an insane level of creative control on the music they put out, you can always guarantee the authenticity of (G)I-DLE’s creativity to shine through.

 

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Seoul Pop-up Stores in June

It’s almost impossible to get bored in Seoul since there are always some kind of event going on somewhere in the city. But there’s one neighborhood in particular where it seems that a pop-up store is opening every other day… We are obviously talking about Seongsu-dong. As you’ll walk in this area you’ll be bond to come across one if not multiple pop-up stores, don’t hesitate to enter them as they usually offer free gifts or samples. While exploring and pop-up hunting in Seongsu-dong, don’t forget to stop by the cute cafes this area also has to offer.

If you are in Seoul during the month of June, these are Pop-up stores that you shouldn’t miss

JENNIE ‘Jentle Salon’

Discover the 3rd eyewear collaboration between Gentle Monster x JENNIE from Blackpink.

📷 Photo credit: gentlemonster.com

 

📅 05.01-06.30 📍50 Apgujeong-ro 46-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul ⌚ Everyday 11:00 – 21:00

 

Braye

Braye is opening its first pop-up store. Newly launched in 2024, this makeup brand takes us in a universe of ‘rough beauty’ and ‘effortless elegance’.

📷 Photo credit : @braye.official on Instagram

 

📅 06.10-06.23 📍33 Yeonmujang-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul ⌚ everyday 11:00 – 19:00 (last entrance at 18:30)

 

The Saem

The Saem is opening its first pop-up store as well, themed around their ‘Cover Perfection Triple Pot Concealer’ which won beauty awards and is currently number one in Olive Young.

📷 Photo credit: thesaemcosmetic.com

 

📅 06.07-06.23 📍5 Yeonmujang 17-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 1F ⌚ Everyday 12:00 – 20:00

Reservation required on Naver

 

HINCE <Blue Dive>

<Blue Dive> is the summer theme for Hince latest pop-up store; bringing a refreshing feeling during those hot summer days. Park Sunghoon from the k-pop group ENHYPEN is the new face of Hince so naturally he is present on a lot of posters in the store.

📷 Photo Credit: @hince_official on Instagram

 

📅 06.14-06.23 📍1F, Cafe 517Lab, 31-1 Yeonmujang-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul ⌚ Everyday 11:00 – 21:00

Pre-booking is highly recommended, walk-in visit visits are possible depending on the situation on site.

 

Naming Cosmetics

Naming Cosmetics is opening their first pop-up store with a theme revolving around space.

📷 Photo Credit: m.naming.co.kr

 

📅 06.21-06.23 and 06.28-06.30 📍53 Seoulsup-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul ⌚ Friday to Sunday 11:00-19:00

Pre-booking is highly recommended, walk-in visit visits are possible depending on the situation on site.

 

Dior Beauty

The DIORIVIERA Pop Up store is inspired by a warm summer on the French Riviera in the South of France. Come discover their luxury collection and enjoy a cocktail by the pool in the middle of Seoul.

📷 Photo Credit: public.diorbeautyevent.co.kr

 

📅 05.31-06.30 📍9-13 Yeonmujang 5-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul ⌚ Mon-Thu 11:00 – 19:30 Fri-Sun 10:00-19:30 (last entry at 19:00)

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Nolie

Nolie is a young body care brand that celebrated its first year since launching not too long ago. Discover their (very) green universe and their products in a newly opened pop-up store in Hongdae.

📷 Photo Credit: @nolie__official on Instagram

 

📅 06.14-07.04 📍AK Plaza Hongdae, 188 Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul ⌚ Everyday 11:00 – 22:00

 

Chi

Discover the beauty products and delicious fragrances inspired by Korean scents and aesthetics in the Chi pop-up store.

📷 Photo Credit: @chi.seoul on Instagram

 

📅 05.24-08.18 📍89 Yeonmujang-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul ⌚ Everyday 11:30 – 20:00

 

 

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Ideas for a Perfect Family Trip in Seoul with KoreaTravelEasy

Travelling with children and unsure what to do? No problem! Korea Travel Easy has various activities for you and your family to enjoy yourselves in the vibrant city of Seoul.

1. Everland

 

Take a dive into South Korea’s largest amusement park by visiting the widely-acclaimed Everland! With a range of exciting rides, live performances and wildlife on site, there is something in Everland for everyone. Not to mention, if you book with Korea Travel Easy, you receive a DISCOUNT on standard tickets!

2. Hanbok Rental at the Palaces

Did you know that all five palaces in Seoul grant you free entry if you wear a Hanbok?! Embrace the fine tradition of Korea by dressing up in this country’s traditional costume from the Joseon Dynasty. When renting a Hanbok for the day, there are also hair stylists to recreate the style of historical Korea. Rentals at the Gyeongbokgung Palace branch start at $6.48 USD, an absolute great deal for everyone!

 

3. Parasite Seoul Location Tour

Are you and your family movie fanatics? Visit the various places where award-winning Korean movie Parasite was filmed! With an itinerary that spans over multiple hours, you will be guided by an English-speaking guide through multiple locations and even brought to a restaurant from the movie to enjoy an inspired lunch.

4. Caribbean Bay

Looking for a splashing day out in the scorching sun? Look no further than Seoul’s very own Caribbean Bay! Take yourself and your family to a water park that is modeled after pirate ships and the Caribbean sub-regions. Full of water slides, pools and other thrilling attractions, there is something for anyone to enjoy, regardless of preference.

 

Want to explore Korea Easy? We offer an one-of-a-kind discount on KTX unlimited passes which allow you to see different cities in the country outside of Seoul. Whether you choose to relax on the beaches of Busan or explore the countryside of Gwangju, KTX day passes can take you where you want to go.

 

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The Gen Z Way of Exploring Seoul with KoreaTravelEasy

You’ve probably seen all of the trending TikToks about the “Dream Seoul Trip” and wondered, how do I plan this legendary trip? No problem! At KoreaTravelEasy, we offer a range of tours and activities that you can add to your itinerary in order to create the aesthetic journey with many memories and even more pictures!

1. Make your Own Jindo Puppy Pom Pom Dolls

It’s always fun to buy some cute new key chains for bags so why not make one yourself? This guided class provides you with the lesson and materials you need to make a cute Korean decoration that you can add to your everyday life. This activity is located at the Mung Mung Moi workshop where Teacher Mikyung will assist students as you make your puppy friend.

 

 

📍 Location: Seoul Women Up Development Center, 2nd Floor, Orangium (Near Konkuk University Station exit 6)

👛 Price: 44 USD

2. Get a Personal Color Analysis or Personal Fit Style

Since South Korea is known for it’s chic and beautiful sense of fashion, it’s only right to have a stylist decide what styles and colors suit you best. Over a sixty minute session, a professional will analyse you and recommend what color suits your complexity best, taking face and body shape into account. At the end of your session, you will be able to create a unique and vibrant image for yourself and impress everyone when you transform into a more stylish person.

 

 

📍 Location: Sinsa Studio or Yeouido Studio

👛 Price: 180 USD per service (includes English interpreter)

3. Have Fun and Visit Lotte World

Let out your inner child by going to the indoor amusement park Lotte World and even renting out a school uniform to enjoy the full experience. From roller coasters and water slides to live performances, there will never be a boring minute in the magical rides that you and your friends can enjoy (while taking pics for Instagram naturally). If you book the aquarium package, you can also watch the 650 marine species swim around. How cool is that?!

 

 

📍 Location: 240 Olympic-ro, Songpa District, Seoul

👛 Price: 39 USD (Lotte World) or 48 USD (Lotte World + Aquarium)

4. Dance Classes With Lachika

Everyone here has likely at least heard of Street Woman Fighter so what if I told you that you can literally attend a K-Pop dance class taught by choreographers from Lachika, a team that has choreographed for groups such as Itzy, Twice and even BTS! During this group class, you will learn the choreography of a BTS or BLACKPINK song than have your very own video recorded for yourself. Even if you think you can’t dance, challenge yourself and learn from the best. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up on the next season of Produce!

 

 

📍 Location: 3F, 10, Yonsei-ro 7an-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

👛 Price: Starts at 26 USD

 

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An Aussie’s First Week in Seoul

📷 Header Photo Credit: Ori Song on Unsplash

Are you planning to travel to South Korea and still have no idea what to do? No problem! Here is the KoreaTravelEasy Australian intern’s guide to exploring Seoul based on what they did within their first week.

1. K-Pop Inspired Self-Tour

What’s a better way to enter a new country than immediately exploring the rich music culture found in South Korea! Seoul has many activities to offer which allows Hallyu fans to experience a unique experience where they can visit stations full of idol birthday celebrations, shops where you can buy MD of your favorite idols and even experiences to meet them up close through performances or fan-meetings.

 

 

Make your experience even better by attending the Gwanghwamun K-Pop Concert with us and get the chance to see Kiss Of Life and other amazing artists for only $15 USD. We also have many more concerts on the way so stay tuned for opportunities to see your favorite idols.

2. Visiting the K-BBQ Restaurants

After a long flight or a long day out exploring, treat yourself by going to one of the many local BBQ joints. You will be greeted with some of the most delicious cuts of meat and side dishes known to the world. As you chatter away with friends while eating and telling stories, the time flies by easily and a great night is spent. So whether it’s with your close ones, colleagues or housemates, take the time to appreciate the many culinary options that Seoul has to offer.

 

📷 Photo Credit: The Creativv on Unsplash

 

Feeling peckish after enjoying your dinner? You could join our Seoul Walking Food Tour by clicking on the link provided below:

3. Korean Wine Tasting and Making

Always trust an Aussie to recommend a bit of drinking in the trip! South Korea has an exciting drinking culture as there are plenty of options to try during your time here. To start off with, a popular activity is makgeolli tasting and wine making as you also enjoy a side of tteokbokki! The rich taste of Korean traditional rice wine is so memorable, it’ll leave you wanting to buy some to bring back home. Don’t even get started on Soju, that’s a story for another day!

 

 

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4. Half-Day Trip to Nami Island

Looking to get out of the bustling city for a couple of hours while still staying within a reasonable distance of Seoul? Visit Nami-Seom Island and get a feel of the beautiful nature two hours away from Seoul by Korail. Whether you dare to try the zip line or opt for the calming ferry ride with a view, you will arrive at an island with plenty to eat and many attractions. Most tourists aim to spend a day at Nami Island as there are many stunning views to explore and take pictures. some even recreating scenes from Winter Sonata, a famous K-Drama which was filmed on the island.

 

 

Keen to explore Nami Island in a tour? KoreaTravelEasy offers many different packages that include transportation to the ferry terminal from Seoul and various additions including tours around Nami Island and surrounding areas such as Petite France, Italian Village, Garden of Morning Calm and many more places covered in nature. You can find these packages on our website and the links provided below:

5. Myeongdong Shopping Trip

The first of many shopping trips you’ll likely make during your time in Seoul has to be in Myeongdong! The shopping district is renowned internationally for the endless choices of Korean skincare and clothing options from a mix of local and international designers. When strolling down the streets, it is recommended that you look in both the department stores and the underground mall. After you’ve spent your day (and money) at Myeongdong, Seoul still has many places to offer so take your time to get the many shopping districts of South Korea’s capital.

 

 

 

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Music Show 101: SBS MTV The Show

Have you arrived in Seoul with the plan of seeing your favorite K-Pop group live? There is a way you can go to see them and many others.

 

You can go to see SBS MTV The Show in Susaek, Seoul!

 

Read the guide below to find out how you can see a music show live!

All About The Show

 

SBS MTV The Show is broadcasted on Tuesdays (subject to SBS’s schedule) and showcases the talented performances of your favorite idols in a genre diverse lineup that changes each week. The show is even hosted by K-Pop idols themselves as the current lineup of MCs consists of Xiaojun (WayV), Hyeongjun (Cravity) and Nana (Unis).

If your favorite group is lucky enough, they may even be able to perform an encore live to the hardworking fans who helped them receive their music show win.

How To Get Inside The Show

 

With KoreaTravelEasy, entry into SBS MTV The Show is extremely easy! When buying the ticket package from our website, you are guaranteed a seat without the need for lining up for a spot with confusing Korean instructions. You even receive a walking tour of Seoul alongside your ticket! What a deal!

Purchasing tickets can be done by following the link below:

 

Final Tips For K-Pop Fans

  • If there is a group you know you wish to support, show your love through bringing your light sticks and learning the fan chants from YouTube. You might even find others with the same light sticks and make new friends.
  • All music shows restrict camera and smartphone recordings. Please take note of this to avoid the trouble later.
  • Cheer loudly and go wild! This is a once in a while opportunity that you do not want to miss out on!

 

If you want to go to an even bigger event where you’ll see thrilling special stages from K-Pop groups, we are also offering limited tickets to the SBS Gayo Daejeon in July!

 

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5 Must-Try Creative Activities to do in Seoul

Are you looking for fun things to do in Seoul? Look no further, we found all the best creative experiences to do for you.

Experiences create the most wonderful memories, and they’re even more memorable when they are made with the heart and shared with a loved one. In that regard, the following activities make for perfect date ideas either with a friend or a lover. Plus some of the object resulting from those activities make for excellent presents to bring back home for friends and family instead, or, in addition to, Korean food and Korean cosmetics that are traditionally gifted.

 

1. Perfume making

If you are a perfume enthusiast who likes to collect fragrances, but at the same time don’t like to smell like everyone else, then this activity is for you. Guided by a perfumer, make step by step your very own personal scent during a session that lasts a little under two hours. There is no doubt that each time you’ll be wearing your creation you’ll be reminded of this meaningful experience and the beautiful memories connected to it.

 

📷Photo Credit: OneMoreTrip.net

 

2. Key chains customization

Personalized keychains were always a popular activity to do in Seoul with countless styles and materials possible, but more recently a new kind of keychain has been been very popular. It is the customization of a small piece of colored fabric on which you add the patches of your choice. There are so many combination of colors available for the ring and the fabric, as well as hundreds of patches to choose from. This is a fun and budget-friendly activity to add to your itinerary while in Seoul.

 

📷Photo Credit: Yuke Chameji on diamond.jp

3. Ceramic painting

People weren’t lying when they said you’ll be walking 10 to 15k steps a day (if not more) in Seoul, so why not take a break in a cute pottery café? In this establishment you will be making your own ceramic from start to finish. You’ll be able to shape your clay in the form of your desire and then customize it with paint. This is such a fun activity to do with company, and the memories that come with this experience will be unforgettable. Besides, it is an excellent way to avoid the rain for a few hours on a rainy day.

 

📷Photo Credit: @cafe_jool on Instagram

 

4. Drawing café

Amidst Seoul’s dynamic energy and bustling streets, take a moment to pause and unleash the artist inside of you in this cozy drawing café. You will be able to choose between acrylic paint and oil pastels to either color an already outlined picture, or showcase your creative talent by taking a blank canvas and let your inspiration take over.

 

📷Photo Credit: @grim_factory on Instagram

 

5. Giant yarn bag knitting

No outfit is ever finished without a bag, says every girl, and a giant yarn bag is definitely the statement piece that you are missing in your closet. However, buying it would take all the fun out of it so why not making it yourself instead? If you’ve never knitted in your life do not worry, this activity is very much so beginner friendly. Do not hesitate and take advantage of your time in Seoul to make this cute bag that you’ll remember forever.

📷Photo Credit: @yaniyan_official on Instagram

 

 

If you come to Seoul don’t miss out on those unique and fun experiences where you will be able to create dear keepsakes and fond memories of your stay in South Korea.

 

 

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6 K-Pop Shops in Seoul K-Pop Fans Need to Know About

If you have finally arrived in Seoul and can’t wait to start your album shopping spree, look no further! Here are some top picks for all idol fans from all generations of K-Pop.

1. KWANGYA Seoul

Situated right next to the SM Entertainment label offices in Seongdong-gu, KWANGYA is the ideal location for fans of groups such as NCT, aespa, Red Velvet, EXO and many more! The store is decorated with signed MD and even has a large LED screen which plays the beautiful music videos has made over the years. If you want to dive into KWANGYA and experience a futuristic side of Korean music, this is the spot for you!

 

📷 Photo Credit: KWANGYA Seoul Instagram

📍 Address: B1, 83-21, Wangshimi-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

2. Line Friends World Pop-Up

Looking for anything cute and sweet? Stop by the Line Friends flagship store in Myeongdong and take a look at the current collaborations they offer with popular groups such as BTS, NewJeans and Zerobaseone. From plush dolls to bags and stationary, there is something for everyone in the iconic brand pop-up. Once you’ve done your shopping there, you can even explore the Lotte Plaza right next door (warning: It’s huge!).

📷 Photo Credit: Line Friends Square Instagram

📍 Address: Myeongdong Lotte Young Plaza 1F

3. WithMuu Myeongdong

As you explore the shopping districts and markets of Myeongdong, take some time to also explore WithMuu as there is lots to uncover. The flagship store has three levels consisting of albums with pre-order benefits, a level dedicated to K-Pop characters and Sanrio and even a K-pop lounge for customers to meet like-minded people.

📷 Photo Credit: WithMuu

📍 Address: 16, Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

4. KTown4u Coex

If you’ve ever bought albums through a group order, you have likely heard of KTown4u. Offering many Pop-up events during comebacks for various idols, you can find lucky draws and exclusive products that you may not see anywhere else in Seoul. KTown4u is even known as one of the largest K-Pop towns in Seoul so prepare to empty your wallet dry!

📷 Photo Credit: KTown4u

📍 Address: coex Artium 2F, 3F, 4F, 513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

5. Aladin Secondhand Bookstore

If you’re on the hunt for MD and albums for older groups or even the best deals available, Aladin is a hidden gem for foreigners coming to Seoul! These underground stores may be hidden but their shelves consists of loads of albums from the first generation to the current rookies. While majority of these albums are preowned, it is ensured that they are all in great condition and ready to join your collection!

📷 Photo Credit: Aladin

📍 Address: Various locations including Konkuk University, Jongno, Gangnam etc.

6. theSameE / YG Place Insadong

BLACKPINK is definitely in your area when you visit the YG Entertainment flagship store in Insadong! Explore the chic and swag-filled interior that YG Entertainment has to offer as you can find merch from their iconic groups such as BLACKPINK, TREASURE and BABYMONS7ER. Depending on the month when you arrive, you may even catch a artist comeback pop-up which showcases the exclusive MD for a new album.

📷 Photo Credit: YG Place Insadong Instagram

📍 Address: 49, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (4F)

 

 

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