I only had five days for my first trip to South Korea. Part of my itinerary was to visit the famous tourist spots such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, N Seoul Tower, Nami Island and Petite France. Since I am a K-Pop fan, I managed to squeeze in one day to visit the K-Pop entertainment agencies and K-Pop-owned restaurants .
I started my K-Pop tour in Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong in Gangnam. I used the Korean Entertainment Agencies Tour Route from Visit Korea as a reference. I altered the sequence (blue line) to Cube (former office building), JYP, FNC and SM since I did not visit Grill Taco and I do not want to take a bus. This map is very reliable because I was able to find the above agencies without getting lost (I did not rent a mobile wifi to cut down my travel expenses so I do not have GPS or access to google maps).
Directions to Cube Entertainment and Cube Studio & Cafe:
Update as of April 2016: I was informed by one of our readers that Cube moved to a new office location. I updated the map and address with English translation.
Cube Entertainment Old Office:
1) From Apgujeong Rodeo Station (Bundang Line) exit 2, you will immediately see K-Star Road where a lineup of Gangnamdol of different K-Pop groups from entertainment agencies located in the same area can be found.
2) Walk along K-Star Road until you reach a major intersection where you will see Citibank on the corner to your left side and Burberry on your right side.
3) Turn left and walk along the side of Citibank until you see a building which has Baskin Robbins on the first floor at Dosan-daero 89-gil (ro – larger street; gil – smaller street). Cross the street towards Baskin Robbins and turn left, you will immediately see the old office building of Cube Entertainment.
4) Walk straight ahead until you reach a small intersection. Turn right to go to Cube Studio and Cafe.
Cube Entertainment | 큐브엔터테인먼트
New Address: F2 Building 7th Floor 83 Achansanro (Seongsu-dong) Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Old Address: LH Building 8 Dosan-daero 89-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea | 서울시 강남구 도산대로 89길 (청담동) LH빌딩
Here is the map from their website of their new office address. I added the English translation for your reference:
Here is the map from their website of their old office address. I added the English translation for your reference:
Directions to JYP Entertainment Center:
Cube Studio and Cafe is very near JYP Entertainment Center. Following steps 1 to 4 above, on the left side of the small intersection, you will see Dunkin Donuts which is just across JYP Entertainment.
JYP Entertainment Center | JYP 엔터테인먼트 센터
Address: JYP Center, 41, 79-gil Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu Seoul | 서울시 강남구 압구정로 79길 41 JYP센터
Here is the map from their website:
Directions to FNC Entertainment:
Following the steps above, we will have JYP Entertainment as starting point to go to FNC Entertainment.
1) Walk along the same side of JYP Entertainment Center, as shown below:
2) Turn right when you reach the building which has Lee Sang on the first floor and Sulbing Dessert Cafe on the second floor.
3) You should pass by Gallerie PICI. Continue walking straight ahead.
4) Turn left at Dosan-daero 99-gil where CJ VIlla is located. Walk until you reach the end of the block of #42 CJ Villa.
5) You should see these establishments along Dosan-daero 85-gil once you reach the end of #42 CJ Villa. Turn Right.
6) As you turn right, you will pass by Egosposa and Chungdam Gallery.
FNC Entertainment is on the right side along Chungdam Gallery.
FNC Entertainment | 에프엔씨 엔터테인먼트
Address: 46 Dosan-daero 85 gil Gangnam-gu (Cheongdamdong 111), Seoul | 서울시 강남구 청담동 111 (주) 도산대로85길 46
Directions to SM Entertainment:
Following the steps above, we will have FNC Entertainment as starting point to go to SM Entertainment.
1) From FNC Entertainment, walk straight ahead until you reach the end of the road which has a park across from it. Turn right.
2) As you turn right, look straight ahead and you will see this:
3) You will pass by Hangang Villa 한 강 빌 라 (the yellow building) and Riverside Ritzvil before you reach SM Entertainment Building.
SM Entertainment | SM엔터테인먼트
Address: 521 Apgujeong 2-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul | 서울시 강남구 압구정 2동 521번지
I was not able to see any K-Pop artist during this time but I was fulfilled just seeing the entertainment agencies of my favorite K-Pop artists (BtoB of Cube; 2AM, 2PM and GOT7 of JYP; CNBLUE of FNC; Super Junior of SM). Hope this guide will help you find what you are looking for. Feel free to leave a comment for suggestions or corrections.
I posted a separate guide on how to go to YG Entertainment since it is located in a different area. Happy fangirling! ^_^