ONE-DAY KPOP ITINERARY AROUND SEOUL – 2. YG Building

Welcome to my second post from my ‘ONE-DAY KPOP ITINERARY AROUND SEOUL’ series. ICYMI, my first post was about Seoul World Cup Stadium which the venue of the annual Dream Concert in Korea. Below is the link to my first post.

ONE-DAY KPOP ITINERARY AROUND SEOUL – 1. World Cup Stadium

Before I go on with the details of my the next stop here is my Tip #2 and #3 when going around Seoul.

Tip #2 – If you could not read Hangul (the Korean alphabet) and you don’t want to stress yourself explaining in Korean to taxi drivers where you want to go , use the train! For me, using the subway train is the most effective way to go around South Korea especially if your Korean is very limited like mine. Subway stations in Korea have signs in Chinese, Hangul and Romanized Korean. Unlike the subway stations, most bus stops’ name are in Hangul. While you can search online what bus number you have to take to go where you want to go, the signs (like what’s the next stop is) inside the buses are also in Hangul. Unless you know where exactly to stop or you can read Hangul, riding buses in Korea can be very  stressful for a foreigner. But in case of emergency, have your hotel/ guesthouse’s  (or any place you want to go)address printed on a paper with the romanized and hangul version so that if you need to take the taxi, you’ll just have to show it to the taxi driver.

My bestfriend and I just used the subway trains for this one-day kpop itinerary.

Tip# 3 – Download ‘Subway Korea’. Its a very useful app that could help you navigate through South Korea’s subway sytem. There are also printed maps of the subway systems at different stations. Make sure you have them in case something will happen to your phone.

From this post onward, I will be posting the screenshots from the Subway Korea app starting point and end point of the itinerary so that you’ll have an idea how far it is.

So now for the next stop..

YG Building –  It is located in 397-5 Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu in Seoul. Hapjeong Station is just 3 stations away from World Cup Stadium Station.

  • Why visit? – If you’re a true KPOP fan, I don’t even need to explain why especially if you are a YG stan.
  • How to get to? – From Hapjeong Station Line 6 take exit 8. Unlike Seoul World Cup Stadium which is just right outside World Cup Station, you have to walk to 2-3 blocks away from the station to reach YG Building. There are so many blogs posts available online on how to get to YG building from the Hapjeong Station so i’ll skip that part but here is one which I think I read and used as reference before we went to Seoul –  How to go to YG Entertainment

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Since YG Building is just near Hapjeong Station, most of the advertisements at the station are for YG artists. We visited last September 2016 so birthday ads for September YG babies Bobby and Jinwoo were up during those time.

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So here’s what the soon-to-be old YG building looks like. It is soon-to-be-old because YG is currently putting up a new building just beside this for its new office which is expected to be finished in early 2019.

 

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Beside the YG building was the old building used in Winner’s Half-Moon Friends which now taken down to give way for the new office. The kids will never see Half-Moon Friends school anyomore. 😦

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I am happy that I was able to take a picture with it before it was taken down.

In front of YG building is small empty space with a wall full of vandals from fans. You can see the love of the fans through this.

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There is a GS25 convenience store near YG building so if you want to dedicate your whole day waiting for your fave YG artists, you can stay there. There were few fans ‘waiting’ at GS25 when we went there even if it just I think 9 in the morning.

The new YG building will look like this.

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Note: You’re not allowed to enter YG building unless you have official business with YG. This is the nearest that I can be to the entrance of YG. So near yet so far!

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So next stop is Hongdae and it will be up next week! But here’s a sneak peak of what to see in Hongdae.

For now, you can tweet me @RoxyUnnie if you have any question.

 

 

 

 

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I just followed my heart and I ended up at concerts and Korea

I started fangirling to Super Junior around 2008 or 2009 and I was just a 4th year HS (Grade 10 ) student back then. During those times, KPOP concerts in the Philippines were near to impossible (actually even in other countries) so I had one goal – go to Korea find Super Junior.

But as hallyu spread outside Korea in 2010, new groups emerge and KPOP concerts started to be conducted in other countries including the Philippines. But I had no means to attend those concerts since most of the time they are done in Manila and that Manila is 2 hours away from my province and even if I had enough money I was pretty sure my parents won’t allow the young me to go. Yes, the typical fangirl problem. (That’s why I envy those kids today who are actually allowed by their parents to go to concerts.) College came and I literally had a hard time. School works became too demanding to the point that I had to give up ‘fangirling’. I still listen from time to time but I was not as updated as before especially towards the end of college and before the our board exams.  I would hear that Super Junior, 2ne1, Big Bang and other KPOP artists would come to the Philippines and have a concert and I could do nothing but study. So fast forward after finishing school and passing the board exams, I said to myself that I would just follow my heart do what makes me happy because why not? I deserve to be happy. Six months after being hired, it was announced that One Direction will be coming to the Philippines (not a KPOP group but I fangirled to them too) and I decided that I will watch them live no matter what!

March 21, 2015, OTRA Manila my first ever concert and it was one of the happiest day of my life. I felt that despite the struggle of getting the tickets and the price of the concert itself, it was all worth it. After that, I become a ‘regular’ concert goer.

Concerts I have attended include:

July 30, 2015 – Big Bang MADE in Manila

March 12, 2016 – 5sos’ Sounds Live Feels Live in Manila

June 24, 2016 – MTV Music Evo Manila with One Republic, APINK, Bebe Rexha, Far East Movement, JaDine and Gary ft. Gab Valenciano

July 30, 2016 – BTS’ Epilogue in Manila

And to my surprise, I never expected this, I was also able to attend MAMA 2016 in Hong Kong last December 2, 2016. I have never seen so many KPOP stars live in an event and that was so daebak. I saw NCT, Sf9, IOI (blessed to see them before they formally disbanded), Taemin of Shinee, GFRIEND, SEVENTEEN, Suzy, Zico, Dean, Crush, MONSTA X, GOT7, Lee Juck, Ko Sang Ji, TWICE, Eric Nam, BTS, BeWhy, Taeyon, Ailee, and EXO plus western artists like Gallant, Timbaland and Wiz Khalifa. There were also korean actors. Special mention to Park Bogum! Plus seeing one of my bias group win Daesang live was such an experience.

March 2, 2017 – One K Global Peace Concert with PSY, Shinee, CNBLue, B1A4, BAP, BTOB and AOA.

May 7, 2017 – BTS’ Wings Tour in Manila

I really wish I could watch more. I am personally looking forward to SEVENTEEN’s Diamond Edge Tour and G Dragon’s <ACT III, M.O.T.T.E> but I’m not sure if I could watch any of them.

In between those concerts, I was able to fulfill another fangirl goal of mine – go to Korea! Last September 2016, I was able to celebrate my birthday with bestfriend in South Korea!

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Just like what I said on the title, I just really followed my heart and I looking back I didn’t realized that I had accomplish so much “fangirl goals”. I don’t know what I did in my past life to deserve this but it just happened. After all the sacrifice at school, I am really happy that I could finally do things I love.

My goal now is to write about my experiences and to share tips on how achieve your own fangirl goals. Nothing is really impossible as long as you put your heart on it and believing that there will be perfect timing for everything!