Hotel Maui in Seoul

I have always looked forward to travelling out of the country whenever it is possible and as of the moment, South Korea has been my most frequented travel destination for the past two years because I just love this country so much!

Whenever I travel, I make it a point to try new things so during my fourth visit to Seoul last November 2016, my friend and stayed at Hotel Maui which is one subway station away from Dongdaemun. Continue reading “Hotel Maui in Seoul”

Haeundae Guesthouse in Busan, South Korea

I always wanted my trips to be organized but sometimes I have to let nature take its course and just enjoy the moment and veer away from the norm. This is my second time to go on a trip without making any prior reservation for accommodation. Our Busan trip was a spur-of-the moment decision so it was a good thing that I have read about Haeundae Guesthouse while preparing for our trip last year. Continue reading “Haeundae Guesthouse in Busan, South Korea”

My Happiest Memory in Seoul

I have been to South Korea three times since 2015 and every trip is memorable because I have always had new experiences each time. Seoul will always be my happy place so wherever I go, whoever I’m with and whatever I do, I will  always be happy just by being there but if I were to choose only one, my happiest memory in Seoul so far was the time I spent with CNBLUE where my friends and I have experienced our best fangirling moments for almost 24 hours with our favorite Korean band! Continue reading “My Happiest Memory in Seoul”

How to Travel from Seoul to Busan by Bus

There are other options to travel from Seoul to Busan. While KTX remains the first option that I have often read in other blogs, traveling by bus is cheaper and convenient as well. Continue reading “How to Travel from Seoul to Busan by Bus”

Zaza Backpackers Hostel in Seoul

On my first trip to Seoul, I booked my accommodation at Zaza Backpackers. I have a friend who is a loyal client of them. She gave positive feedback about them and she always stay here whenever she goes to Seoul. Since I am a solo traveler on a budget, her feedback made me feel at ease even if it was also my first time to stay in a dorm room. Continue reading “Zaza Backpackers Hostel in Seoul”

Myeongdong Global Hostel in Seoul

For my first trip in Korea last April 2015, I originally booked for one bed in a dormitory room at Zaza Backpackers Hostel one month before my trip through their website and I received a confirmation the following day. To secure my reservation, I was asked to email them twice, 15 days before and 5 days before my check-in date. Upon my arrival, I was informed that I will be staying at Myeongdong Global Hostel which is just one corner apart from Zaza Backpackers. Continue reading “Myeongdong Global Hostel in Seoul”

Autumn in Nami Island

Visiting Nami Island in each different season has been one of my goals when I travel to Korea. The first time I went here was last spring in April 2015. I was alone and it was quite late when I arrived but I was still able to appreciate the beauty of this island and I gained two beautiful friends on my way back to Seoul. This time along with my friends from college, I was able to witness her beauty during autumn. Nami Island is indeed lovelier during this season with yellow, orange and red hues dominating what was once a lush green flora.  For more details on how to go here from Seoul as well as other facilities featured in this half moon-shaped island, I will refer you to my post last April about Nami Island.

For now, let me share with you my most recent trip to Nami Island. My friends and I enjoyed every bit of time we spent here. We circled the island on foot thrice which is something I was not able to do last time I was here. I was also able to see some of the places I missed out last spring.  We took pictures, had coffee in one of the benches underneath the ginkgo trees, talked more about what we have been up to lately and laid on the ground which felt really good, and took MORE pictures…you have been warned!  I hope you will enjoy this and let me know what you think about it :-)

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Entry Visa to Nami Island

Continue reading “Autumn in Nami Island”

Directions to YG Entertainment (YG 엔터테인먼트)

If you have been reading my previous posts, you might have noticed that I am a K-Pop fan and two of my favorite groups belong to YG Entertainment: BIGBANG and 2NE1. Actually, I like a lot of other YG artists, actors and models too!

On my previous post, I provided a step-by-step guide on how to go to Cube Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, FNC Entertainment and SM Entertainment (read more here), and as promised, here is a step-by-step guide on how I was able to go to YG Entertainment. Since today is G-Dragon‘s (Kwon Ji Yong) birthday, I am dedicating this post to him. Happy birthday Ji Yong ssi! Saranghae! :-*

I went to visit other entertainment agencies during the earlier part of the day, so it was already quite dark when I went to YG Entertainment. Compared to the previous entertainment agencies I went to, where I had to walk quite a long distance from the subway, going to YG Entertainment is easier.

1) From Line 2 Hapjeong Station (합정역) Exit 8, just walk straight ahead and you will see the following buildings, (mostly motels/hotels) as you go towards YG Entertainment.

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Cheers convenience store and Seowonjang Motel
Holt Hotel
Holt Building
LIG Art Hall
LIG Art Hall
Directions to YG Entertainment_4
Hotel Circle near SK gas station

2) You will pass by Hotel Circle and SK gas station, just keep walking straight ahead until you reach Lee Mart which is also just across Proud Apartment.

SK Gas Station
SK Gas Station
Lee Mart
Lee Mart
Lee Mart
Lee Mart
Proud Apartment (한국 프라우드 아파트)
Proud Apartment (한국 프라우드 아파트)

3) Turn right on Lee Mart then cross the street towards Proud Apartment which is on your left side. You should reach the entrance of Proud Apartment and you will see a street sign Huiujeong-ro 1 gil (희우정로 1길).

Entrance of Proud Apartment (한국 프라우드 아파트)
Entrance of Proud Apartment (한국 프라우드 아파트)
Huiujeong-ro 1 gil (희우정로 1길)
Huiujeong-ro 1 gil (희우정로 1길)

4) YG Entertainment Building is on the same side as Proud Apartment. It is also near a GS25 convenience store and a Kimchi/Seaweed Museum (yellow building) is on the other side of the street.

YG Entertainment Building on a spring night
Proud Apartment and YG Entertainment Building on a spring night
YG Entertainment Building
YG Entertainment Building
GS25 convenience store near YG Entertainment Building
GS25 convenience store near YG Entertainment Building
Seaweed Museum and Kimchi Museum near YG Entertainment Building
Seaweed Museum and Kimchi Museum near YG Entertainment Building

It was in early April 2015 when I went here. Back then, BIGBANG is still preparing to launch their MADE series album. I was tempted to stay and wait for a chance to catch a glimpse of them (just in case they were recording at that time) but the cold weather stopped me from doing so. Overall, I like how unique YG Entertainment looks like. It looks modern and artistic, just like their talented artists.

I hope YG will host an event where they will give fans a chance to tour YG building and eat at YG cafeteria or perhaps watch artists as they practice or record their album. I know it is a far-fetched wish, but I’m still crossing my fingers it would happen soon.

Cannot get enough of your favorite YG artists? Why not visit them at YG Entertainment using this guide, who knows it might be your lucky day to spot your favorite artist!

Address: South Korea, Seoul, Mapo-gu, 서울특별시 마포구 합정동 397-5

CEO: Yang Hyun-suk (양현석)

Recording Artists: JinuseanMasta WuBig Bang2NE1Psy, Epik HighLee HiAkdong MusicianWINNERiKON; Groups/Subunits: Taeyang (Big Bang), G-Dragon (Big Bang), T.O.P (Big Bang), Daesung (Big Bang), Seungri (Big Bang), GD & TOP (Big Bang), Park Bom (2NE1), CL (2NE1), CL & Minzy (2NE1), Tablo (Epik High), Kang Seung-yoon (Winner), Hi Suhyun

Actors/Actress: Yoo In-naCha Seung-wonChoi Ji-wooChoi Seung-hyun (Big Bang), Kang Daesung (Big Bang), Im Ye-jinJang Hyun-sungJung Hye-youngKal So-wonKang Seung-yoon (WINNER), Ku Hye-sunLee Seung-hyun (Big Bang), Lee Sung-kyungLee Yong-wooNam Joo-hyukNam Tae-hyun (WINNER), Sandara Park (2NE1)

Web Site: www.ygfamily.com

You may also follow YG Entertainment on You Tube, Facebook, and Twitter

Directions to Korean Entertainment Agencies: Cube, JYP, FNC and SM

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).

I used this map as a reference but I altered the sequence to: Cube, JYP, FNC and SM.
I used this map as a reference but I altered the sequence to: Cube, JYP, FNC and SM.

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.

K-Star Road
Cute Gangnamdol of various K-Pop group are lined up along K-Star Road

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.

Citibank and Burberry at the major intersection
At the major intersection, you will see Citibank and Burberry.

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.

The building where Baskin Robbins is located is on the same side as Cube Entertainment Building.
The building where Baskin Robbins is located is on the same side as the old office building of Cube Entertainment
Cube Entertainment
Cube Entertainment former office building

4) Walk straight ahead until you reach a small intersection. Turn right to go to Cube Studio and Cafe.

Cube Cafe
Cube Cafe

Cube Entertainment  |   큐브엔터테인먼트

Recording artists:  4Minute, Beast, BtoB, G.NA, Rain,  CLCRoh Ji Hoon, Shin Ji Hoon, Oh Yeri, Huh Gak, and A Pink.

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

Website: www.cubeent.co.kr

Here is the map from their website of their new office address. I added the English translation for your reference:

Cube Entertainment New Office Address
Cube Entertainment New Address in Korean and English

Here is the map from their website of their old office address. I added the English translation for your reference:

Cube Entertainment Location in Korean and English
Cube Entertainment  Old Address in Korean and English

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
JYP Entertainment

JYP Entertainment Center   |    JYP 엔터테인먼트 센터

Recording Artists:  Wonder Girls, 2AM, 2PM, Miss A, Baek A-yeon, 15&, JJ Project, Sunmi, Got7, HA:TFELT, Bernard Park, G.Soul.

Address: JYP Center, 41, 79-gil Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu Seoul  | 서울시 강남구 압구정로 79길 41 JYP센터

Websitewww.jype.com

Here is the map from their website:

JYP Location

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:

JYP Entertainment Center will be our reference to go to FNC and SM Entertainment
JYP Entertainment Center will be our reference to go to FNC and SM Entertainment

2) Turn right when you reach the building which has Lee Sang on the first floor and Sulbing Dessert Cafe on the second floor.

Lee Sang and Sulbing Dessert Cafe
Lee Sang and Sulbing Dessert Cafe

3) You should pass by Gallerie PICI. Continue walking straight ahead.

Gallerie PICI
Gallerie PICI

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.

Dosan-daero 99-gil
Dosan-daero 99-gil
CJ Villa
CJ Villa

5) You should see these establishments along Dosan-daero 85-gil once you reach the end of #42 CJ Villa. Turn Right.

Bakery and convenience store at Dosan-daero 85-gil
Standard Bakery and convenience store at Dosan-daero 85-gil
Dosan-daero 85-gil
Dosan-daero 85-gil

6) As you turn right, you will pass by Egosposa and Chungdam Gallery.

Egosposa is on the left side of Dosan-daero 85-gil
Egosposa is on the left side of Dosan-daero 85-gil
Chungdam Gallery is on the right side of Dosan-daero 85-gil
Chungdam Gallery is on the right side of Dosan-daero 85-gil

FNC Entertainment is on the right side along Chungdam Gallery.

FNC Entertainment Address: 111 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 강남구 청담동 111 도 산대 로 85길 46
FNC Entertainment

FNC Entertainment  |  에프엔씨 엔터테인먼트

Recording Artists:  F.T. IslandCNBLUEAOAN.FlyingJuniel, and Yonghwa.

Address: 46 Dosan-daero 85 gil Gangnam-gu (Cheongdamdong 111), Seoul  |   서울시 강남구 청담동 111 (주)  도산대로85길 46

Website: www.fncent.com

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.

Directions from FNC to SM Entertainment. Walk straight ahead until you see a park.
Directions from FNC to SM Entertainment. Walk straight ahead until you see a park.

2) As you turn right, look straight ahead and you will see this:

SM Entertainment Signage
SM Entertainment Signage

3) You will pass by Hangang Villa  한 강 빌 라 (the yellow building) and Riverside Ritzvil before you reach SM Entertainment Building.

You will pass by Hangang Villa and Riverside Ritzvil before you reach SM Entertainment Building
From right to left: Hangang Villa, Riverside Ritzvil and SM Entertainment.
SM Entertainment Building
SM Entertainment Building

SM Entertainment   |    SM엔터테인먼트

Recording Artists:  TVXQTRAXSuper JuniorGirls’ GenerationSHINeef(x)EXO and Red Velvet.

Address: 521 Apgujeong 2-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul    |   서울시 강남구 압구정 2동 521번지

Website: www.smtown.com

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! ^_^

K-Star Road in Gangnam

Psy’s song “Gangnam Style” had been a worldwide hit but this is not the reason why I went to Gangnam. Of course, Gangnam is known for its upscale fashion and it is a shopping haven for the trendsetters. World-famous brand labels line up the streets of Apgujeong-dong which will make the fashionistas’ heartbeat faster.

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That is a different story for a K-Pop fan like me. The huge yet cute and colorful statues (also called Gangnamdol) which represent K-Pop idol groups from different entertainment agencies along the K-Star Road are more interesting to look at! You will easily find this road upon exiting the subway. Be sure to drop by and take lots of picture with your favorite K-Pop group’s Gangnamdol before you resume your long walk towards the entertainment agencies of Cube, JYP, FNC and SM along Apgujeong-dong and Cheongdam-dong.

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CNBLUE
CNBLUE
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2PM
Super Junior
Super Junior
FT Island
FT Island
Shinee
Shinee
TVXQ
TVXQ
EXO
EXO
Miss A
Miss A
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Girl’s Generation
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4-Minute

Address: Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea.

Directions: Bundang Line Apgujeong Rodeo Station Exit 2.

Admission:  Free.

Operating Hours:  Daily, 24/7.

You may visit the following links for more details:

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr

http://www.visitseoul.net

http://tour.gangnam.go.kr