Ever wonder what people usually buy at Daiso stores? Daiso Korea has compiled a list of products that made it to the Top 10 Hot Items voted by netizens and consumers on their SNS for the month of July, and the results are interesting as some items are as random as a toy water gun or coloring postcards!
In no particular order, check out which items topped the list in the month of July:
Patterned Masking Tape Set (₩3,000)
Plain Color Masking Tape Set (₩3,000)
Water Gun Pistol (₩2,000)
Hanging Storage Case (₩5,000)
Adhesive Phone Holder (₩1,000)
Nail Mirror Powder (₩1,000)
Pineapple Soft Toy (₩5,000)
Foldable Basket (₩5,000)
Snoopy Art Coloring Postcards (₩5,000)
Clear Organizer Box (₩2,000)
Daiso Korea is a shopping paradise on its own! What would you buy if you enter the Daiso stores in Korea? 😉
Prior to their first ever Fanmeeting “1st ABNEW in Singapore”, AB6IX made an appearance at the open press conference last Saturday (27 July) at The Star Vista, where the quintet was welcomed by an amphitheatre of fans cheering passionately for them.
At the press conference, the boys answered some questions about their time in Singapore, first impressions of one another, their TMIs (Too Much Information) of the day, and more.
Out of the 5 members, Woong was the only one who had never visited Singapore prior to this trip. When asked if there’s any local food he’d been looking forward to try, he mentioned Kaya Toast and Pandan Cake among the ones that he’d heard rave reviews about.
On the other hand, Dae Hwi also talked about his huge love for chilli crabs, revealing that they had this dish the night before where they ate all the way till the restaurant closed at 12 midnight.
The press conference also included a fun segment called the AB-Pick, where members were to pick amongst themselves and choose the one that best represents the questions asked.
Woong was selected by the majority as the member who is in charge of aegyo (cuteness) in the group, while Woo Jin was voted to represent the sexiness of the team.
On their first impressions of one another, Young Min mentioned that Woong looked very approachable as he has a very bright smile, while Woong revealed that his initial impression of Dae Hwi was a born celebrity.
Dae Hwi further shared that even though Woo Jin was quiet at first, he is now in fact the noisiest member, often the mood maker of the group.
When asked by the fans to share their TMIs of the day, Woo Jin said he was the last member to have his hair and makeup done, whereas Dong Hyun casually talked about having chocolates after he woke up that morning.
The press conference concluded with a question specifically directed to Dong Hyun as the MC asked, “Who is Ahn Jeong Soon?” It brought the crowd to fits of laughter at the mention of this fictional character, to which Dong Hyun revealed that it was made by accident during a game he played recently in a variety programme.
Sunscreen is arguably the most important product in one’s skincare routine. Not only does it prevent premature ageing of your skin, it also helps protect your skin from damage caused by harmful UV rays, so it’s not surprising why sunscreen is a staple for many. If you have not made sunscreen a part of your daytime skincare routine, it’s not too late to do so. You’ll definitely be thanking yourself years later for taking the extra time (and spending the extra money) to protect your skin. Ahead, a list of Korean suncare products you can consider getting.
Brightening Up Sun SPF50+ PA+++, $45
This sun cream is one that is tinted, helping to brighten and correct your skin tone. It’s quite lightweight and doesn’t feel sticky or greasy, plus it gives your skin a matte finish after application. Great for days when you’re feeling too lazy to apply base makeup but still want to look somewhat put together.
Available at all Sasa stores.
Every Sun Day Mild Sun SPF 43 PA+++, $52 and Every Sun Day Sun Fluid, $47
The Every Sun Day Mild Sun SPF 43 PA+++ from the brand was the first sunscreen I’ve ever purchased, and it has definitely served me well. This product protected my skin well during all the university camps I’ve recently attended, especially when we had beach days and had to be in the sun for quite some time. If you’d like that extra protection, consider the Every Sun Day Sun Fluid which boasts a higher SPF rating of SPF50+ PA+++ and also protects your skin from UV rays and fine dust.
Available at all Sephora stores.
Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF50+ PA+++, $22
This sebum-free, non-sticky sun milk uses only mineral-based mild ingredients, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin. If you have oily skin and have problems finding a sunscreen that won’t leave your face looking greasy, then you might want to try using this product. As this product might dry out your skin a little, it’s more suitable for those with oily skin rather than for those with dry skin.
Available at all Etude House stores.
Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ PA+++, $36
For all the cushion compact lovers out there, this might just be the product for you. As its name suggests, the texture of this product resembles that of a marshmallow, keeping your skin moist on the inside and smooth and fresh on the outside. Reapply your sunscreen throughout the day without ruining your makeup with this fuss-free product, all whilst giving your skin the protection it needs.
Available at all LANEIGE boutiques and counters.
Everyday Sun Stick SPF50+ PA++++, $22
Smooth, non-sticky and fuss-free, this sun stick is designed with a curved shape for easy application on your face. It’s also lightweight, so you can always reapply this every few hours even when you’ve makeup on! Protecting your skin from UV rays, particulate matter and skin dryness, this product is one to consider getting for all those who are still new to the sunscreen game.
To embrace evil, or to confront it. A story of the massive battle between good and evil is about to take the cinemas by storm this August. Two years after his hugely successful film ‘Midnight Runners’, director Jason Kim is back to hit the silver screen with a brand new genre and subject matter in The Divine Fury.
Starring a high-profile cast comprising Park Seo-jun, Ahn Sung-ki and Woo Do-hwan, this movie is set within the contemporary world in which a martial arts champion joins up with an exorcist priest to battle against a dark force of evil.
Reuniting again with director Kim in this film, Park Seo-jun plays the character of Yong-hu, a martial arts champion who fights evil. In contrast to all his previous roles, this character brings out a deeper, more mature acting that showcases the actor’s emotional range and acting abilities.
In order to effectively portray the character well, Park Seo-jun was said to have performed all the martial arts, wire action and CG action by himself, perfectly executing the challenging role.
Meanwhile, veteran actor Ahn Sung-ki returns to the screen as Father Ahn, an exorcist priest who fights evil spirits. Ahn Sung-ki’s 62 years of acting experience has earned him the moniker of Korea’s leading national actor, having demonstrated his reliability and likeability in countless films.
In The Divine Fury, he exudes the weighty presence of his character impeccably, performing action scenes and even taking up the challenge of Latin dialogue, truly living up to his name.
Another key character in this film, rising star Woo Do-hwan brings a sharp tension to The Divine Fury playing Jisin, a mysterious Dark Bishop who takes advantage of people’s weaknesses to spread evil.
Displaying a fresh charisma and strong acting, Woo Do-hwan has earned praises for his performance as he perfectly portrays the dark nature of the character that’ll be sure to captivate audiences.
With high anticipations in store for this blockbuster film, the thrilling story and groundbreaking action sequences are sure to create a completely new world for the audiences.
After losing his father at a young age, Yong-hu (Park Seo-jun) harbors a deep mistrust and anger towards the world. Years later he has become a martial arts champion, but one day he discovers an unexplained wound on his palm. When he meets the exorcist priest Father Ahn (Ahn Sung-ki), he learns that there is a special power contained within the wound.
As his fellowship with Father Ahn deepens, he starts to perform exorcisms with him. However, an evil figure named Jisin (Woo Do-hwan) kills a girl who was recently exorcised by Father Ahn and Yong-hu.
Jisin hatches a plan to ensnare and kill more people. Father Ahn and Yong-hu try to defeat him, but Father Ahn is mortally wounded in the fight. Yong-hu takes strength from the God he once rejected, and faces off against Jisin…
Title: THE DIVINE FURY Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller Cast: Park Seo-jun, Ahn Sung-ki, Woo Do-hwan Cameo Appearances: Lee Seung-joon, Choi Woo-shik Directed by: Jason Kim Singapore Release Date: 15 August 2019 (Sneaks 8-12 August) Runtime: 129 Minutes Rating: TBA
Returning to the Bayfront Event Square on 26 October, this year’s ASICS RELAY will be an exciting race to anticipate and compete in, with the announcement of South Korean singer Park Sang Hyun (otherwise better known as Thunder) being appointed as ASICS Ambassador in Southeast Asia.
Taking place in four different cities, the annual running event will wrap up its last leg in Singapore, expecting over 1,500 teams gearing up to join in the relay race. Featuring two race categories namely the 42km Full Marathon and the 21km Half Marathon, participants can team up in four or two in any of the three categories – Male, Female and Mixed Team.
There will be several exciting and interactive activities to look forward to at the race village, including face painting and a 180-degree photo booth, along with the presence of Korean DJ duo, 2 Hearts, who’ll be pumping up the race with high energy tracks. Upon completion of the race, participants can also enjoy a wide selection of food from local kiosks.
Even though Thunder himself will not be joining in the Singapore race, he has left a message for his Singapore fans, sharing what he’d been up to recently. Check out the excerpt from our email interview with the former member of MBLAQ:
Q: How do you feel about being appointed as the Ambassador for ASICS RELAY 2019? I feel very honored to be an Ambassador for this year’s ASICS RELAY 2019. It’s a unique and fun way to gather your friends together to break a sweat and create wonderful memories!
Q: You mentioned before on your YouTube channel that you have an interest in exercising. What form of exercise do you usually do and any tips to share about keeping fit? I usually do push-ups, pull-ups and dips to maintain my body. A tip that I use when I haven’t worked out in a while is building my endurance back and testing my endurance level by doing a burpee test.
Q: Any plans to collaborate with other celebrity youtubers or even your sister (Sandara Park) to make a video together? I’m always open to possibilities, but for now I don’t have any plans.
Q: What are your upcoming plans for the year? I’m currently preparing for my next album. I have a Digital Single planned for August release and a Mini Album planned for November release.
Q: Please leave a message for your Singapore fans. Hey Guys! This is Thunder! I just want to say hi to all my fans in Singapore, thank you for always giving me your support and I hope to see you all soon maybe through an ASICS event in the near future. Thank you!
Registration of the ASICS RELAY 2019 Singapore Edition is now open until 13 October 2019, or whenever slots are filled, whichever earlier. Interested participants can now register at the official website here, and winning team of the 42km Full Marathon will walk away with a grand prize of $1,000 with 4 pairs of ASICS shoes.
Named by Forbes Magazine (Korea) as one of the most influential celebrities of Korea in 2019, BLACKPINK is at the top of the game once again with their endorsement with Samsung.
The high-value brand has today announced the launch of the BLACKPINK Special Edition bundle in Singapore, which is curated specially for fans of the girl group.
Here’s what the BLACKPINK Special Edition comprises and looks like:
A Galaxy A80, Galaxy Watch Active and a pair of Galaxy Buds– and they’re all BLACKPINK themed. What’s more, Samsung is also giving away BLACKPINK’s latest “Kill This Love” album to fans who purchase the limited edition bundle.
Exclusive BLACKPINK content on Galaxy A80
If a BLACKPINK themed phone is not enough, how about special content on the phone such as exclusive BLACKPINK booting animation and Always-on Display, curated themes and icons, and a personalised homescreen photo carousel?
On top of that, fans can also freely express themselves with a set of BLACKPINK character stickers, enhancing conversations and interactions with their loved ones. Talk about standing out in the era.
The BLACKPINK Special Edition will be available at the recommended retail price of S$1,198 from 1 August 2019, at all Samsung Experience Stores in Singapore and the official Samsung store on Lazada, while stocks last.
Watch BLACKPINK unbox their very own group-themed Special Edition bundle:
This sentence was what tugged my heartstrings the most after Saturday’s show. For idols, it was a declaration that they would always work hard and for the fans, it was a promise that they will always be here to support.
GFRIEND is a group comprising 6 girls from Source Music. Debuted in 2015 and with a successful career spanning close to 5 years, these girls are definitely one of Korea’s current representative girl groups. Well known for their explosive vocals, sleek dance moves and addictive tunes, the sextet has finally made their way back to Singapore to greet their local fans after a long 1,050 days.
And boy, did they not disappoint on their latest visit. Over the span of almost 3 hours, local Buddies (the name of their fans) were taken on a wild ride along with the girls. Starting off the night’s show on a high note with their infectiously cheery tracks, GFRIEND made their long-awaited appearance onstage wearing bright pastel, coordinated outfits while dancing to well-known hits such as “Me Gustas Tu”, “Life Is A Party”, “Vacation” and more.
Riding onto that energetic momentum, GFRIEND also gave Buddies a glimpse into their lives pre-debut when they showcased never-before-seen performances halfway into the set. Split into two different sub-units, “World Peace” and “Hug Hug”, the contrasting concepts gave fans a chance to know more about the group’s could-bes and what-ifs.
The former, which consisted of members SinB, Sowon, and Yuju had an edgier and chicer concept, while the latter, which consisted of Eunha, Yerin, and Umji had a more flamboyant, playful one. Accompanied with a humorous VCR that depicted the behind stories of each of the group names and songs, this portion was definitely a hit with the crowd as they entranced us with their adorable antics.
Though the concert began with a refreshing and youthful vibe, as the night went on, the girls made a 180-degree change to show off a more mature yet refined style and color of theirs. Versatility at its finest, we were impressed at their abilities to pull off a variety of styles without compromising on both their song and dance quality.
For one, we are very sure that their performances of “Only 1”, “L.U.V.” and “You Are Not Alone” blew the crowd away. Their ability to bring out the emotions of the song while dancing to those body busting routines was definitely one outstanding highlight to remember.
Even after performing all those crazy dance routines, GFRIEND always made it a point to interact with their fans as much as they possibly could. Occasionally, members would come right up to the edge of the stage to get closer to their fans while waving and blowing kisses nonstop. So much so that I’m pretty sure every fan walked away with at least something to remember them by.
There was just one portion of the concert that left us and the other fans quite unsatiated, and it was when GFRIEND did not perform their latest track “Fever (열대야)” as it was not on the original setlist. However, not wanting to disappoint the eager crowd, the girls performed a small snippet of the tropical-influenced dance track – Acoustic. They didn’t have the audio track for the song due to some technical difficulties but seriously, props to them for knowing their fans so well and giving them what they want.
Overall, the concert was a feast for the ears and the eyes. The girls were outstanding, the setlist was mostly well planned out and we learned so much about the group. Here’s to hoping they will visit our sunny shores again in the very near future!
One of tvN’s most buzz-worthy dramas of the year, Hotel Del Luna has been setting high records for its telecast rating every episode, blowing viewers’ minds away with its incredible CG effects and intriguing storyline.
Starring a stellar line-up of cast including IU, Yeo Jin Goo, P.O, Kang Mina and more, this drama revolves around two main characters Jang Man-wol (played by IU), the CEO of Hotel Del Luna who has been stuck there for 1,000 years, and Gu Chan-seong (played by Yeo Jin Goo), the hotel’s newly appointed manager. Together with the hotel staff, they run Hotel Del Luna, a hotel for dead souls.
As the story progresses, the drama also captures the attention of many with its lavish and majestic shooting sets, and you’ll be surprised to learn that some of the places where the scenes were filmed, actually do exist in real life despite the amazing CG effects! If you’re a fan of Hotel Del Luna, here are some filming locations or official event places you must check out when in Korea:
1. Hotel SEINE (호텔 세느장)
Unlike what its name suggests, this place is not a hotel. Named “Hotel SEINE”, it is an actual cafe that is operating in the trendy Ikseon-dong neighbourhood in Seoul, opened since November 2018.
Built with 6 floors in total (including a rooftop lounge and a boutique in the basement), the hotel-themed cafe looks unassuming on the outside, but once you step in, you’ll be welcomed with the cozy and vintage interior like no other.
The cafe’s appearance resembles that of the Grand Budapest Hotel and its interior is absolutely photo-worthy. Visitors will be greeted with a stretch of red carpet at the entrance of the cafe, before they make their way to the “hotel lobby” where the concierge counter is.
Don’t be fooled by its appearance though – this is where the baristas actually work, as customers can place their coffee and dessert orders here before exploring the cafe. We must say, this concept is really interesting and creative – it explains why they have an endless stream of customers visiting the cafe since its opening!
Besides the “hotel lobby” and a bakery on the first floor, Hotel SEINE also houses a cake factory and an art salon on the second and third levels respectively. Visitors can find traces of Hotel Del Luna in the cafe, including a photo zone on the third floor as pictured below:
Interestingly or coincidently, the rooftop lounge is named “Full Moon Rooftop Lounge”, just like IU’s character name Man-wol (= full moon).
In Episode 11, several scenes were filmed at Hotel SEINE, which represented Hotel Del Luna in the 1980s where they accepted a pair of human guests/newlyweds during the Lunar Eclipse day.
Address: 28-5 Donhwamun-ro 11-gil, Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 돈화문로11길 28-5) Telephone: 02-766-8211 Opening hour: Monday to Sunday, 12:00 – 24:00 Getting here: Alight at Jongno 3-ga station (Line 5, Exit 4) and walk towards an alley on the left where you’ll spot the pink building.
2. Seoul Book Bogo (서울책보고)
A newly opened complex since March 27 this year, Seoul Book Bogo is the nation’s first public secondhand bookstore located near Jamsillaru Station. It was featured as a ghost library in Episode 2 of Hotel Del Luna, and it looks exactly fascinating in reality:
Used to be an empty storehouse before its massive transformation, one can find over 130,000 secondhand books in the bookstore, from rare collections to books that were donated by celebrities.
Address: Ogeum-ro 1, Songpagu, Seoul 05507 (05507 서울 송파구 오금로1, 신천동 14) Opening hour: (Weekdays) 10:30 – 20:30 | (Weekend & Holiday) 10:00 – 21:00 | Closed on Mondays Getting here: Walk for 300m from Jamsillaru Station (Line 2, Exit 1) to arrive here.
3. Kyungsung Clothes (경성의복)
Ever wonder how many different outfits IU changes every now and then in each episode? You can now rent fanciful outfits similar to those that she wore at Kyungsung Clothes, a clothes rental shop that is currently having a Hotel Del Luna photo event in its premises.
They have 2 shops in Seoul, both located near each other. Costume rental starts from ₩30,000 for 3 hours, and it is recommended to make reservations through email. More details can be found on their website here (in Korean only).
Address of Shop #1: Jongno-gu, Samil-dong 30 Road 56, 2F (서울 종로구 삼일대로30길 56, 2층) Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 – 22:00 Getting here: Walk 250m towards the direction of Changdeokgung from Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 3, Exit 7)
Address of Shop #2: Jongno-gu, Donhwamun 11 Road 30, 3F (서울 종로구 돈화문로11길 30, 3층) Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 – 22:00 Getting here: The shop is across Exit 4 of Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 3).
4. Paradise City (파라다이스시티)
This is the “Royal Pacific Hotel” that Gu Chan-seong was supposed to work at, where he later ditched the job to fill the manager position at Hotel Del Luna. One would easily recall the iconic scene in Episode 2 of the drama, where Chan-seong ultimately decided to fall right into the swimming pool to avoid any contact with the female ghost that he was so terrified of.
The drama also shot scenes at the lobby of Paradise City in Incheon, which was shown in Episode 1 and 2.
Most recently, the resort’s indoor family amusement park “Wonderbox” was featured in Episode 8 of Hotel Del Luna. Newly opened its doors on March 31 this year, this theme park takes the concept of a “night-time amusement park”, perfectly fitting into the scenes of the drama. Lots of facilities such as a Ferris wheel, Carousel, Carnival games and more can be found here.
Address: 186, Yeongjonghaeannam-ro 321-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea (영종해안남로321번길 186, 중구, 인천) Getting here: From Incheon International Airport, board Bus No. 302, 306A or 306 towards Yongyu Elementary School, alight at Grand Hyatt Incheon and walk towards Paradise City (~5mins).
5. Mokpo Modern History Museum No.1 (목포근대역사관, 1관)
Hotel Del Luna appears ordinary on the outside yet extraordinary inside, and it is this brick building that first aroused Gu Chan-seong’s curiosity to enter the premises. This is the entrance to Hotel Del Luna and the scenes of the hotel’s exterior were shot at the front of Mokpo Modern History Museum No.1.
Designed in Renaissance style, this is the oldest building in the city of Mokpo, accessible by KTX 2.5 hours from Seoul. The museum relays the modern history of Mokpo and it used to be a Japanese consulate during the Japanese Occupation.
Interesting to note, the ivy vines around the building were installed for filming purposes to make the “hotel” look even more mysterious after CG effects. There is currently a signage on display there, which indicates that these extra props will be removed once the drama ends.
Address: 6 Yeongsan-ro 29-beongil, Daeui-dong 2-ga, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do 전라남도 목포시 영산로29번길 6 (전라남도 목포시 대의동2가 1-5) Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Mondays) Getting here: Take a KTX to Mokpo Station and walk to the museum. (~13 mins)
Note: Admission fee (₩2,000) applies for entrance into the museum.
6. Changhwadang — Daehakno Branch (창화당 대학로점)
Watching Jang Man-wol (IU) eating the dumplings is like watching a Mukbang (eating broadcast) and the next moment we know, we’re already craving for the dumplings she had.
This scene in Episode 1 of Hotel Del Luna was filmed at the Daehakno Branch of Changhwadang, a famous Chinese dumpling restaurant located at Myeongnyun 4(sa)ga in the Jongno District of Seoul. They have several branches in Seoul and are most popular for their dumpling dishes.
Jang Man-wol even dedicated her first post on Instagram to the dumplings!
If you visit this particular branch, you can find out where CEO Jang Man-wol sat during the shoot too. A smart move by the restaurant!
Address: (Daehakno Branch) 39 Changgyeonggung-ro 26-gil, Myeongnyun 4(sa)ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로26길 39 1층 (서울특별시 종로구 명륜4가 154-3) Getting here: Alight at Hyehwa Station (Line 4) and walk from Exit 3. (~5 mins)
7. A Loaf Slice Piece (어 로프 슬라이스 피스)
In Episode 4 of the drama, Gu Chan-seong visits a bakery in order to help his female ghost client look for a person she encountered before her death. Named “A Loaf Slice Piece”, the bakery cafe is located in the city of Yongin in Gyeonggi-do, and is popular for their freshly baked pastries.
Address: 755 Yubang-dong, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 경기 용인시 처인구 백령로 47 (경기 용인시 처인구 유방동 755) Telephone: 031-339-1488 Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 – 21:00
8. Buyeo Garimseong Fortress (부여 가림성)
Garimseong Fortress, also known as Seongheungsanseong Fortress (성흥산성), is a historical site that overlooks the lower stretch of Geum River. The stone fortress traces back to the Baekje Dynasty and holds an important history as it was built to protect the Ungjinseong Fortress / Sabiseong Fortress (Baekje’s capital) during the Baekje era.
Several scenes were shot here featuring the famous Zelkova tree, which is a very popular hotspot for photoshoot (especially among couples). The tree briefly appeared in Episode 3 and 4 – in Gu Chan-seong’s dreams – where Jang Man-wol was seen smiling at Chung-myung and Yeon-woo, then later resting by herself under the tree.
In Episode 5, she reunites with Yeon-woo here once again, as he tells her that he’ll build the biggest house for her with this tree that she loves. This is how the tree looks like in real life:
Fun-fact: This tree actually has a nickname too. It’s called Sarang Namu (사랑나무) and people usually refer it as “Mt. Seongheungsan Love Tree”. It has been featured in numerous dramas such as The Crowned Clown (2019), I’m Not A Robot (2017-2018), My Sassy Girl (2017), Iljimae (2008), and many more.
Address: 167, Imcheon-myeon, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (충남 부여군 임천면 성흥로97번길 167) Getting here: Take a bus bound for Buyeo from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (~2.5 hours). It is recommended to take a taxi from Buyeo Express Bus Terminal to Nammunji (South gate site), which is the entrance to the fortress, thereafter you have to hike up the mountain following the sign for Seongheungsanseong Fortress.
9. Ilsan Lake Park (일산호수공원)
In Episode 5 of Hotel Del Luna, Gu Chan-seong came to the park in search of a red pocket that holds the string to marriage with the dead bride, which ended up being stumbled upon by Sanchez. This scene was filmed at the Ilsan Lake Park, easily accessible from Seoul by subway or buses.
Open all-year round, visitors can enjoy many recreational facilities and activities here at the park, which is one of the largest man-made parks in Asia boasting a medicinal herb island, a 4.7km bicycle path, musical fountain, rose garden, and more.
Address: 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do [경기도 고양시 일산동구 호수로 595 (장항동)] Getting here: Alight at Jeongbalsan Station (Line 3, Exit 2) and walk for 5 minutes to arrive at the park.
10. E-UM THE PLACE (이음더플레이스)
Often featured as Sanchez’s house in the drama, this is actually a private Hanok gallery located in the heart of Samcheong-dong and it’s called E-UM THE PLACE. Built in 1908, the Hanok (Korean traditional house) has been well-preserved till date and is often used as a venue to host private occasions like weddings, parties, exhibitions or corporate events.
The gallery was established to connect tradition, the beauty of present, and future values. It’s also where people could appreciate the architectural beauty of Hanok infused with the unique Korean culture in a sophisticated, private environment.
Address: 35-3 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (종로구삼청동 35-3) Operating hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm
11. Byeokchoji Botanical Garden (벽초지 수목원)
A perfect nature getaway, Byeokchoji (BCJ) Botanical Garden is located in Paju and it is a very popular spot for drama and music video filming. Most recently, the cast of Hotel Del Luna came here to film several scenes, including Sulli’s cameo appearance in the drama.
Every mid November to early March, the garden will host a massive lighting festival (the one and only one in Paju) and it’s a beautiful sight not to be missed! On all other days, visitors can also experience exciting hands-on programs here all-year round.
Address: 242, Buheung-ro, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 광탄면 부흥로 242) Opening hours: 9am to 7pm Admission Fee: ₩9,000 (Adult), ₩7,000 (Youth), ₩6,000 (Child & Senior Citizen). Free for infants under 3 years old.
Getting here: The best way to get here is by taxi. It takes around 20 minutes by taxi from Paju Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line).
12. Pizza Alvolo (파자알볼로)
Sanchez’s restaurant, also known as Pizza Alvolo, is an actual pizza restaurant with the same name operating near Yangpyeong Station (Line 5) in Seoul. Do not be confused with the other Yangpyeong Station on the Gyeongui-Jungang Line. This station is along Seoul metro’s Line 5 and it’s located near Yeouido.
There are several franchise outlets for Pizza Alvolo, but if you’re looking to visit the particular branch where the drama was filmed, it’s the one near Yangpyeong Station. They serve a huge variety of Korean pizzas, including the one that Jang Man-wol had in Episode 12, which is called 꿈을피자 (Ggumeul Pizza).
Address: 3 Yeongdeungpo-ro 12-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울 영등포구 영등포로12길 3) Operating hours: 11am to 9:30pm Getting here: 10 minutes walk from Yangpyeong Station (Line 5), Exit 2.
Shown in a couple of episodes as Seol Ji-won’s hideout, this place is actually a fairly new restaurant located in Seoul’s H Avenue Hotel (Kondae Branch). Operating since 2018, C156 houses an American style bar & dining on the basement level (hence named C156 Underground), a 24-hour fitness facility, and a rooftop lounge bar & pool that offers great views overlooking Seongsu-dong and Konkuk University streets.
The H Avenue Hotel itself is also worth a mention as its interior design was said to be inspired from the film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, recreating impressions of vintage-looking Eastern European buildings.
Besides Hotel Del Luna, a number of other K-dramas were also filmed here including Welcome to Waikiki 2, My ID is Gangnam Beauty, and more.
Address: 156 Dongil-ro, Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 광진구 동일로 156) Getting here: It is a 10-15 minutes walk from Children’s Grand Park Station (Line 7, Exit 4) or Konkuk University Station (Line 2/7, Exit 1).
14. Forest of Wisdom (지혜의숲)
Featured in the final episode of Hotel Del Luna where Yuna met up with Gu Chan-seong, this scene was filmed at the Forest of Wisdom library located in the heart of Paju Book City complex.
This massive cultural complex brings art and architecture into one and the bookshelves here stand at 8-metre tall, displaying over 20,000 titles which are all donated copies.
In fact, numerous dramas have filmed here, including the recent Search: WWW, Romance is a Bonus Book, and many many more.
Address: 145 Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기 파주시 회동길 145) (문발동 524-3) Getting here: Take bus no. 2200, 200 or shuttle bus to Paju Book City from Hapjeong station (Line 2/6, Exit 1) in Seoul. It’s about 30 minutes away by bus.
15. Bukhangang Railroad Bridge (북한강철교)
One of the most memorable scenes that got our eyes teary in the final episode was where Jang Man-wol began her own journey on the road to afterlife. In reality, this scene was filmed at the Bukhangang Railroad Bridge, which is now known to be a route dedicated for bikes.
Check out more pictures from Jang Man-wol’s Moonstagram!
Address: 511-2 Yangsu-ri, Yangseo-myeon, Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi-do (경기 양평군 양서면 양수리 511-2) Getting here: Transfer to the Jungang Line from Cheongnyangni Station and alight at Ungilsan Station (Exit 2). Start walking from the left of Exit 2 towards the river and follow the bike lane or foot path underneath the bridge.
South Korean boy group NCT 127 had their first solo gig in town at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last Saturday (20 July), which was the final stop of their world tour, “Neo City: Singapore – The Origin”. This was their first major show here since their last appearance at HallyuPopFest 2018.
NCT 127 started off the concert with their hit tracks such as “Cherry Bomb”, “Limitless” and “Chain”, bringing the crowd to an all-time high while showcasing their strong performances and vocal abilities.
After performing a series of energetic performances, the group came back on stage to serenade fans with songs such as “City 127” and “Angel”, sending fans to heaven on earth, with vocals as sweet as honey.
The boy group also performed “Jet Lag”, which was one of their latest releases, blessing NCTzens with a never before seen stage. The vocal line that comprises Taeil, Jaehyun and Doyoung, also showcased an emotional stage with “Timeless”, touching the hearts of all the fans.
After a series of “romantic” songs, as the members described, NCT 127 came back with hot stages “Regular”, “Wake Up” and “Baby Don’t Like It” ducked in red outfits, while showing off sleek and suave moves with their dances.
The next segment saw the members in colourful outfits with a hinge of nostalgia, bringing fans cute and cool stages with “Good Thing”, “Touch” and “Simon Says”.
Ending the concert with a fan-favourite track “Firetruck”, NCT 127 concluded their final leg of show with much excitement, leaving fans screaming for more. Members then took turns to thank the fans and assured that they will definitely return with cooler, cuter and sexier stages in the near future.
(Article by: Shine | Official Photos: ONE Production)
South Korean girl group TWICE was in town last Saturday (13 July) for the Singapore stop of their “TWICELIGHTS” concert tour which was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This visit marked the third time TWICE met with their fans (ONCEs) in Singapore, as they kicked off the night on an explosive note with rock-esque performances of “Stuck In My Head” and “Cheer Up”.
The energy continued as the group put their own unique feminine twist on The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”, which was followed by “Dance The Night Away”, the perfect summer track!
The girls also performed mellow tracks such as “You In My Heart”, where fans waved their phone flashlights, lighting up the entire stadium. It was a beautiful sight, and definitely created such a warm atmosphere for TWICE and ONCEs alike.
They brought the energy up again with the unit performances, where fans were treated to a sexy performance of Beyoncé’s “Dance For You” by Sana, Dahyun and Tzuyu.
Jihyo and Momo performed a unique and powerful choreography to Taemin’s “Goodbye”, and Nayeon, Jeongyeon and Chaeyoung closed with “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga.
TWICE then continued with more fan favourites — “Likey”, “What Is Love”, “Like Ooh-Ahh”, “TT”, and their latest title track “Fancy”’. This was the first time the group performed “Fancy” in Singapore, and ONCEs responded with the loudest fanchants ever!
After the fan project where ONCEs reassured TWICE how precious each member is, and how thankful they are to the group, the girls were visibly touched and poured their hearts out to their fans.
Nayeon found that night especially memorable and she said that she will never forget it, promising to come back to Singapore again. Tzuyu expressed her gratitude to ONCEs for always giving them strength, and that she will return the love by performing on stage. Chaeyoung also reassured fans that TWICE will be back as nine members soon, and asked fans to just wait a little longer.
On that note, TWICELIGHTS in Singapore drew to a close as the group performed “Stuck”, whilst going to all ends of the stadium to wave goodbye to their ONCEs.
TWICE has proven yet again that they are one of the top girl groups in the industry and that they are here to stay. We absolutely cannot wait to see what greater heights the future has in store for them!
(Article by: Sarah | Official Photos: Live Nation Singapore)
Skechers brand ambassadors and two of NEXT members Justin HuangMinghao and Huang Xinchun were in Singapore yesterday (July 18) to grace the grand opening of the footwear’s brand experience store at Jewel Changi Airport, where they were met with hundreds of avid fans awaiting to catch a glimpse of the idol stars.
Both stars participated in the first season of ‘Idol Producer’ (偶像练习生), a Chinese survival program, where Justin and Xinchun were ranked 4th and 32nd respectively on the finale of the show. Justin is currently promoting with Nine Percent, the nine-member boy group formed by the survival show, as well as NEXT, which is under his agency, Yuehua Entertainment.
Prior to joining ‘Idol Producer’, Justin is a familiar face to many global fans as he’d participated as a trainee on the second season of Korean survival show, ‘Produce 101’. On this trip to Singapore, he revealed that he’d been looking forward to try a variety of local food and hoped to spend some time at the beach if he has a free day to spare.
On the other hand, Xinchun added that both of them have never been to Singapore before, and he was really amazed at the airport’s structure and space. He further encouraged fans to visit the Skechers brand experience store at Jewel Changi Airport as there are several photo-worthy zones, including one where consumers can add a touch of personalisation to their Skechers sneakers.
When asked to rate the fashion sense for each other, both Justin and Xinchun unanimously gave 10 out of 10 points, adding that sneakers play an essential part to their daily fashion. They also revealed that they often wear their Skechers sneakers during dance practice or whenever they head out, as the footwear is comfortable, fashionable, and suitable for all ages.
The two idol stars also thanked fans for supporting NEXT and their music, sharing that they hoped to repay the love with a new album as soon as they could.
Skechers all-new brand experience store is now open at Jewel Changi Airport, #02-201, where one can find limited quantities of Jewel-exclusive collections. Thank you Skechers Singapore for the media invitation.
Good news, we’ve secured an exclusive promo code just for fans of Kang Daniel! If you’ve yet to purchase tickets to the Fan Meeting, here’s your chance to receive a whopping 30% discount off for Category 1, 2 and 3 tickets. Simply book your ticket on Klook and key in “HALLYUDANIEL” as the promo code to enjoy the exclusive offer.
Note: This promotion is valid for Singaporean users only, applicable to the Singapore show.
Updated on 7 August 2019:
All VIP tickets to Kang Daniel ‘Color on Me’ Fan Meeting in Singapore have fully been sold out! In all good news, the artiste management has today confirmed more fan benefits for ticket holders of the VIP and Cat 4 tiers, where they’ll stand to win passes to the Send-Off Party. Check out the updated fan benefits below:
Updated on 24 July 2019:
These are the details that you’ve been waiting for! Singapore will be the first stop for Kang Daniel‘s upcoming ‘Color on Me’ Fan Meeting Tour, and special segments are being planned for the show at the moment to reciprocate the love for his fans.
With his soaring popularity, Kang Daniel will be holding his Fan Meeting at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, a feat that is not easily achievable by K-pop solo artiste. Premium gifts such as an exclusive fan will be given to all ticket holders, and a limited edition Kang Daniel EZ-Link card will also be packaged with all VIP and Cat 1 tickets.
Kang Daniel will be the first K-pop artiste who’ll have his image featured on the EZ-Link card and the card is strictly not available for sale. On top of that, all Cat 1, Cat 2 and Cat 3 ticket holders will also stand a chance to win a Send-Off Party pass to catch the idol star up-close, whereas all VIP ticket holders will be entitled to a Meet & Greet Group Photo.
Details of Kang Daniel Fan Meeting: Color on Me in Singapore: Date: August 16, 2019 (Friday) Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium Time: 8PM Ticket Pricing: (before booking fee)
(All Seated Tickets) S$298, $238, $188, $148, $98
All tickets will be available for sale via SportsHubTix website, hotline (+65 3158 8788), Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office, The Star Performing Arts Centre Box Office, Scotts Square, as well as island-wide SingPost outlets on 27 July from 10am onwards, based on local time. Tickets are also available on Klook here.
Meanwhile, check out the seating plan below:
Exciting news for fans of Kang Daniel! After announcing that he will be dropping his special solo debut album ‘Color on Me’ on July 25 at 6pm (KST), the star has confirmed more promotional activities such as his first Fan Meeting Tour.
His agency KONNECT Entertainment has released an official poster for Kang Daniel’s upcoming solo Fan Meeting Tour, where he will be visiting Singapore on August 16, and Hong Kong on August 18, with more stops to come.
While more information will be announced soon, fans can mark these dates in the calendar and countdown to the idol star’s long-awaited debut!