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Made In Korea: VIXX’s 5th Anniversary Art Exhibit “VIXX 0524”

To celebrate their 5th anniversary, VIXX opened up a special art exhibit for fans to look back on all of their fond memories together.

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Jellyfish Entertainment and VIXX has opened up their special art exhibit – titled “VIXX 0524” – at the ARA Art Center in Seoul from May 24th to June 4th. Through the exhibit, fans will be able to enjoy never-before-seen photos, contents, music and so much more that the members have especially created for their STARLIGHTs. VIXX announced that they decorated the exhibit in an outer space theme to hold meaning towards their fans – STARLIGHT.

Must Read : MV )) VIXX – Shangri-La

Kpopmap visited the art exhibit in order to share the experience with STARLIGHTs all across the world who were unable to visit the memorable event.

 

As soon as you make your way up to the 3rd floor of the ARA Art Center, you’re welcomed by the VIXX x STARLIGHT motto – “I will shine brightly as I look at you.” As you continue through the entrance, you see each members’ signature and messages left for the fans who’ve come to visit.

 

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The next area you see is a collage wall full of concept photos of the group since debut. In between, some of their most precious trophies line the walls. From Music Bank to the Golden Disc Awards, you can take a look back at all their success so far.

 

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As soon as you turn, you come face to face to some of the most iconic concept outfits that the VIXX are famous for. Along with photos during that time of promotion, you see the clothes that the members actually wore.

 

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VIXX aren’t known just for their expressive concepts. They’re known for their music. The boys lined up a wall full of their albums since debut into special edition vinyl discs.

 

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Next you come to a listening booth where you can listen to never-before-released music by both Ravi and Leo. Ravi‘s corner present his latest self-composed track, while Leo‘s corner has his “Cover Girl” playing. For a more intimate time, search the QR code to personally listen to the boys explaining their respective tracks.

 

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Turn right around and you see a long wall of photos. To celebrate their day of debut, VIXX personally hand picked 524 photos that they took over the past 5 years. You can also find various QR codes on the side, where you can listen to the boys reminisce over the photos.

 

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This is where it gets personal. Ravi and Leo had their music booths, but HongBin, Ken, Hyuk and N have decorated a small display full of their personal belongings. HongBin, ever the gamer, filled his shelves with games and movies. Ken loves to draw, so he featured some of his favorite drawings of his famous characters, KoVIXX. Hyuk the photographer put up some of his favorite cuts from their Spain trip out together. N hand chose his favorite candle scents to share with his fans, as well as some goodies from his actual home.

 

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As the exhibit comes to a close, you can see the VIXX boys’ sweet messages to their fans in form of lyrics. And in return, STARLIGHTs can leave a message to their idols on the colorful wall.

 

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The exhibit ends here, but VIXX knows their STARLIGHTs will be wanting more. To celebrate their 5th anniversary together, fans are able to purchase various goodies sold exclusively at the art exhibit. From beautiful necklaces, t-shirts to special photo cards, you can take a little part of the exhibit with you on your way out.

 

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Before you leave, make sure to take a photo with your favorite oppas on their large photo wall!

 

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12 Things Only Found at VIXX’s “Kratos” Showcase

Kpopmap met up with VIXX at their “Kratos” Showcase to successfully close out their VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION project!

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VIXX just made a comeback with their 3rd mini-album, “Kratos”, on October 31, 2016 at the Yes24 Live Hall in Seoul. Their newest album marks the closure to the group’s year-long project. From their 5th single, “Zelos” in April and “Hades” in August, the boys are here to present the finale. As the signature concept-dols of K-Pop, VIXX returns with the concept of the greek god Kratos.

Must Read : MV )) VIXX – The Closer

To bring the STARLIGHTs closer to their VIXX, we cover the boys’ “Kratos” showcase in 12 parts. Find out everything you need to know about the new comeback of VIXX!

 

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 1. THE CLOSER

VIXX opened up their showcase with the stunning performance to match their new title track, “The Closer”. The six members, N, Ravi, HongBin, Leo, Hyuk and Ken, appeared on an upper level stage. As the doors opened, the members strut down the stairs donning sexy crochet eye blinders. With the grand entrance, the stage officially opened up the VIXX showcase.

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2. CLOSER PERFECTION

As much as its importance as the closing track of the VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION, ‘The Closer’ met every expectation and anticipation of the audience. The boys showcased a track that was not just perfect in vocals and rhythm, but also perfect in choreography. As the concept idols of K-Pop, VIXX showcased a stunning choreography that was full of artistic moves that told the story of a man in love. Add in the group’s perfect KalGunMoo and you got one perfect closer.

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3. CLOSER VIXX

It makes sense that the boys are called VIXX. For none STARLIGHTs, VIXX stands for Voice Visual Value in Excelsis – and they truly live up to their name. Seeing the boys up close, we couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the beautiful visuals of each member. With their tall heights, handsome faces, and stunning build, VIXX bring the best in visuals, vocals and value.

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4. CLOSER RAVI

It’s surprising to see Ravi in a none-hip-hop group. From his “Show Me the Money” appearance to his solo collaboration ‘DamnRa’, Ravi proves time and time again just how talented he is as a rapper. But we guess it’s just because VIXX are perfect in every way – even in the hip hop aspect. Ravi’s short but sweet segment for “The Closer” was as memorable as it was amazing. With his deep vocals, sick swag and killer stage presence, the rapper absolutely nailed it on stage.

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5. CLOSER CONCEPT

The group’s comeback concept is the story that started the whole VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION. Before their “Hades” and “Zelos” concepts, the VIXX members were men falling in love. To match the strength of the greek god, Kratos, the boys donned sexy military outfits. With gold embroideries and shining badges, the members were seriously sexy and dripping with charisma.

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6. CLOSER KEN

Ken the maknae was the main character of the group’s new concept. The cutie proudly wore an extra badge of honor ahead of his older brothers. To celebrate their new album, Ken took the stage to show just how much he was excited for the return. He showcased his signature wit as he sent the audience cutesy kisses and a contrasting charismatic turn. All throughout the showcase, the VIXX baby was just a ball of public affection. The funnier part about Ken’s sweet displays of affection were his older brothers who continued to snicker and hide their faces in embarrassment.

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7. CLOSER N

There are various types of leaders aggressive leader, strategic leaders, center leaders, and more. N, the leader of VIXX, is a special kind of leader. His soft voice and tender smile has a way of making others focus solely on him and be captivated to follow his every command. N’s great speaking skills also helps him take care of his members as much as he sincerely answers the questions from the audience. Because he always takes good care of his members, the idol wanted some love for himself too. HongBin humorously admitted that N told his members to praise him more on stage. Much to N’s approval, HongBin praised N  for creating the choreography for their sub-track, “Desperate”.

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8. CLOSER DANCE POINT

N took the stage to show us the main dance point of their title track. With his graceful movements, N showed us their new point dance that featured fancy turns, cool kicks and slow motion hand tricks. However, the boys have yet to find a name for it. The boys ask STARLIGHTs to gather their creative minds to think of a name for the choreography.

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9. CLOSER COMPOSERS

Leo and Ravi both have significant tracks included in the new album. Ravi composed and wrote the lyrics to the track, “Good Night & Good Morning”. He created the track about a year ago with his members in mind. He thanked the group for following so well and making the R&B track even better. Leo also composed and wrote the song, “Romance is Over”. As much as it meant a lot for the idol, he thanked his brothers for always doing their best.

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10. CLOSER DESPERATE

Much like the original music style of VIXX, “Desperate” is an EDM track laced with the dramatic melody of the violin. The track featured the perfect combination of slow and fast beats to showcase the signature style of the group that we all know and love. The powerful performance was even more special as it held the choreography designed by leader, N.

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11. CLOSER BODY

When asked what changed the most for their new comeback, the boys indicated that Ravi’s body changed the most. Especially since the concept features military outfits, VIXX agreed that Ravi’s newly fined body best fit their concept. MC Ding Dong couldn’t sit still. To fulfill our wishes, the MC went up to Ravi and lightly checked out his toned chest with his hands. The ever charismatic and stoic rapper broke down in the cutest smile as he hid his head in embarrassment.

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12. CLOSER CHANGE

The main inspiration in VIXX’s mind is to always showcase their best performances and a constant change of improvement. With the closure of their greek god concept, VIXX revealed that they have so much more concept challenges in mind, such as Tarzan and JjangShi. The boys ask for continued interest as they continue to challenge themselves with different concepts and varying performances.

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Made In Korea Thursday: EXO Kai’s Cafe in Seoul, “KAMONG”

Did you know EXO’s Kai has a cafe that’s as sexy and delicious charismatic as he is?

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Today, Kpopmap visited the one and only cafe owned and run by EXO Kai and his family. This trendy and modern cafe is nestled right outside the busy streets of Gangnam Station. Many K-Pop idols run a side business by themselves or with their family, and Kai has decided to assist his sister in running her cafe business.

Must Read : 10 Things: Restaurants in Seoul Owned By Male K-Pop Idols

Needless to say, we loved it! And we think you will too.

 

You all know who he is.

He’s drop dead sexy and charismatic to hell on stage. He’s the one and only EXO’s main-man, Kai.

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EXO-Ls already know that Kai helped his sister open up a cafe right in the center of Seoul. In walking distance between Gyodae Station and Gangnam Station, KAMONG is a trendy cafe with chic interior and delicious food and beverage to enjoy!

Address: 1678-4 Seocho 1(il)-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul

 

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Kai was spotted often hanging out at KAMONG on his days off, and so we HAD to go see for ourselves.

KAMONG has a neat, chic and simple interior design. In a mostly black and white theme, the cafe just perfectly resembled Kai’s personality – cold on the outside, warm and fuzzy on the inside.

 

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The interior is simple, neat and cut-clean, but the cafe beverages and pastries they sell at the store is a whole another story. From bagels and muffins to delicious waffles with multiple types of toppings, KAMONG has everything to fulfill your tummy needs.

 

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The best part about the cafe was that you can find small traces of Kai within the cafe. The most apparent evidence is his very own signature on the front counter, but we’ll leave you to find the rest!

 

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So we traveled all the way out to KAMONG, so of course we pigged out on his delicious servings. We bought ourselves a cute little muffin and a delicious chocolate-y frozen beverage. Although we had muffin, their waffles are highly recommended. (We ate it so fast we forgot to take the picture…)

 

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Getting closer to Kai couldn’t have been more delicious! Make sure to visit KAMONG on your next trip to Seoul~

 

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Discover Seoul: EXO ChanYeol’s Seoul Pasta Restaurant Viva Polo

This week, Kpopmap visited ChanYeol‘s pasta restaurant in Seoul for some delicious food served by his dearest mother.

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A few weeks back, we visited EXO Kai‘s cafe located in Gyodae Station. We made a trip out to Gangdong-gu to taste Kai’s fellow member, ChanYeol’s pasta restaurant. Viva Polo is run by ChanYeol’s sweet mom, who decorated the place with the love of his fans. With such loving interior design and delicious food, it definitely tops the charts of must-visit K-Pop locations in Seoul.

Must Read : Made In Korea Thursday: EXO Kai’s Cafe in Seoul, “KAMONG”

Are you ready to experience ChanYeol’s pasta shop full of love?

 

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ChanYeol opened up a pasta chain shop for his mom to run. ChanYeol’s Viva Polo is located right outside MyeongIl Station’s Exit 1. Make your way to the side of the building, and you’ll be greeted with a narrow hallway that’s covered from top to bottom with fan gifted letters, drawings and art.

Address: Seoul, Gangdong-gu, Myeongil 1(il)-dong, Yangjaedaero 1631

 

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After climbing the stairs of ChanYeol x EXO-L love, you’ll find yourself in front of a glass door that leads inside. The interior of the restaurant is much like it’s grand entrance. Furnished in neat, clean and simple designs, the serving floor is basically ChanYeol-Land.

 

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We sat right next to the balcony window, where we were greeted by ChanYeol’s mother herself! If angels exist… ChanYeol’s mom was so welcoming, warm and friendly. To accommodate her son’s fans, she speaks great English to personally help you order. If you’re open and inviting to her personal service, you can hear little stories about ChanYeol.

She actually told us that ChanYeol just texted her, because he was concerned their pet was sick. Cute!

 

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But we’re here for the important part – food!

We ordered a bottle of sparkling orange soda. After you order, ChanYeol’s mom hands you a bowl of bread that differs according to your order. We went with the new, recommended dish of Creamy Spinach Pasta.

The pasta was just the right amount of pasta-spinach-meat ratio, and the sparkling soda matched well with the heavy cream.

 

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Remember to check out the various signatures that line the wall. From EXO members to his closest friends, ChanYeol’s pasta shop is beloved by fans and celebs alike!

 

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