A few months ago, we introduced you to the Kakao Friends Store that’s full of goodies and products all embed with your favorite Kakao Friends characters. What if I told you there’s a place in Seoul that’s basically the same store, but with your favorite LINE Friends characters? Amazing!
Let me introduce you to the main even of the LINE Friends Store, called LINE Cafe!
After a long week of work, I needed to plan my stress relieving Friday night. As I perused the internet for fun places to be, I found my paradise sanctuary.
It’s a place full of bright and adorable characters that greet you left and right. It’s full of adorable items that you never knew you needed before. It’s full of all the adorable photo zones to take your next Instagram picture!
The LINE Friends Store in Seoul is located in Itaewon, and is also the headquarter for LINE Korea. The building is fully decorated from top to bottom with LINE Friends, and inside… there’s even more!
From phone cases to toothbrushes, LINE Friends Store has all the adorable necessities that you’ve ever wanted and ever needed!
But the best part about it?
The LINE Cafe.
The LINE Cafe is located in the upper floor of the store, and features the same adorable interior design as the rest of the store. It’s a great place to take photos for the SNS enthusiasts, as well as anyone wanting to chill with their favorite LINE Friend!
Cheese & Cake
But no matter how many photos I take, food is what’s ultimately going to get me into the store! LINE Cafe is a full cafe that offers a variety of drinks like sparkling juice, coffee, hot cocoa, and more – but the best part is its Brown Beer! The bottled beer is especially designed to resemble the big brown bear, and also features the character on its labels and cap!
Cheese & Cake
Gimmie food! nomnomnom!!
The cafe has adorable, delicious drinks, but it also serves mouth watering snacks to enjoy on your date with a LINE Friend. Sausages, french fries, bagels, pastries and more – it’s all you ever needed to spend a fun night in town with your LINE buddy~
Cheese & Cake & Special Fish
I know you’re dying inside, because Seoul may be a little too far away to visit. Don’t worry! LINE has created its stores and cafes all around the globe. Aside from Korea, they’ve also opened up impressive stores in Japan and China!
So what are you waiting for?
Share a cup of coffee or a bottle of Brown Beer with your favorite LINE Friend!
Welcome to the first edition of Made In Korea Thursday where we introduce you to the hottest trends and icons in Korea, from Korea and by Korea! Our first honorary introduction of the year is none other than the Kakao Friends character, Ryan! Don’t know who he is? Let me introduce you to this lovable character by the Korean powerhouse, Kakao Talk Corporation.
Even if you’ve never heard of him before, I’m sure you’ve seen him before. Why? He’s basically the pillow pet to every one of our K-Pop idols! (basically…)
Xia Junsu’s Instagram
BoA, BTS’s Rap Monster, JYJ’s XiaJunsu and INFINITE’s Hoya are just to name a few.
So let’s find out who this cutie is!
Ryan is one of the famous characters from the Kakao Friends. They’re a group of mischievous animals who has become a necessity in the Korean culture.
The Ryan Story
I bet you a hundred bucks that you thought he was a cuddly bear. Nope! He’s actually a male lion born without a mane. He’s a big, broad, and burly lion who has the heart of a lamb. Although he’s the rookie of the Kakao Friends group, he was quickly adopted into the clan as their loyal leader. He was given the chance to ascend the Island throne to become their King, but the cuddly Lion Ryan decided royalty wasn’t for him. Even so! The other Kakao Friends claim that they would be lost without his wisdom and guidance.
Look at him! Looking all majestic and royal-like-but-not-really.
Ryan was first introduced to us as a series of emoticons through the popular chatting app, Kakao Talk. His main appeal? He’s got the same poker face expression no matter what kind of pose he’s doing.
Ryan then moved on to become a staple in the various line of daily use products and accessories. You can now literally cover yourself from head to toe with Ryan.
Where can you find these adorable attractions? None other than the famous and over populated Kakao Friends stores located all around Seoul! The stores are packed from top to bottom, side to side with all your Kakao product needs. Phones cases? Coffee mugs? Random stickers to decorate your friends with? They have it all!
But even still, our fearless warm-hearted leader is the most popular of them all.
Sometimes you can spot some of your favorite K-Pop stars shopping inside for their little Ryan knickknacks! For example, the SNUPER boys went shopping for some fun Ryan USB portable fans.
Not only can you love Ryan with all of your exterior being… you can fill yourself internally with your love for Ryan! That came out weird, but Ryan has his own cafe. (Sometimes I think he’s an even bigger star than our K-Pop idols.)
Not only can you sip a cup of tea with Ryan, you get to feast your eyes (and your taste buds) on some of the most endearing and delicious pastry goods that you’ve ever seen (and tasted)!
Don’t they just look beary roaringly good?
But most important of all, Ryan makes the perfect gift for your favorite idol. He’s just too lovable and cute for anyone to reject such an expression of love!
Thank you Ryan, for bringing us closer to our idols!
SNS channels are a god-sent gift for all K-Pop idol fans around the world. Even though we’re hundreds and thousands of miles away from our idols, we get a daily glimpse into their private lives bringing us closer to them. SM Entertainment understands the fans’ desire to keep their oppas and unnies close, so they’ve created their very own SNS channel to give you fast and frequent exclusive updates to their artists!
I’ve found my SM Haven. It’s an app that has everything that I’ve ever needed to fill up on my daily addiction to my favorite SM Entertainment stars… It’s called Vyrl.
Vyrl is a mobile SNS application created by SM Entertainment that keeps you connected to K-Pop idols and their fans 24/7. You can create, explore, learn, and collect all the photos you’ve ever needed of your SM biases. From photo archives to magazine features, the app allows you to interact directly to idols and fans from all over the world. It conveniently has over 50 language translations to break down the language barriers and connect us into one fandom.
Think of it like your go-to database for everything you’ll ever need to fangirl/boy your favorite SM stars. You can search their hashtags for an endless list of amazing photos and gifs made by the stars and their fans. You can follow their official accounts or their devoted fans for your daily dose of eye candy. Like what you see? Save that photo straight to your phone/tablet!
You can just follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc… so why Vyrl?
SM artists upload never before seen exclusive contents straight to Vyrl and Vyrl only! Get the fastest updates to their exclusive content, pre-order sales, daily news and more just by following their official accounts!
Their beautiful faces are everything I needed and more~
Blue Star Works
Vyrl’s not just about the SM Artists. It’s the fundamental, but Vyrl also includes your extracurricular interests, such as magazine spreads, lifestyle tips, pets, food and more! Follow these official interest magazine accounts to get the latest updates on other interests from other idols to fluffy bunnies napping with fluffy ducklings~
Blue Star Works
Just wait for me, my idols!
Download and begin your own adventure with the SM idols through Google Play and iOS!
See you next week for our Made In Korea coverage – where we bring Korean trends straight to you~
Arcades used to be a thing of the past, but a booming arcade opened up that’s drawing in crowds of all ages and paths! Funny Land isn’t just popular among kids, students, friends, lovers and families, it’s also highly popular among K-Pop idols. If you’re planning on visiting Seoul anytime soon, we highly recommend this throwback to the past (with a sprinkle of now) – Funny Land!
I’ve got the latest news on the latest hot trend among all Korean fun lovers out there. The first signs of this fad began through K-Pop idols’ Instagram flooding with photos of tiny, cute little character dolls. Then we began seeing our idols battling it out on various colorful, loud machines.
It’s fun, bright, loud & things get srs biz real quick.
So where do our favorite idols, friends, families and loved ones go to fulfill their arcade addictions? Funny Land! Funny Land is an arcade that opened up just a few years ago. Within such a short time, the place was packed with customers of all ages that they expanded and expanded.
Funny Land isn’t named Funny Land for no reason. It’s literally packed with various arcade games, sports and challenges in every space that they can manage. Need I list them all? They’ve got doll claw machines with the latest hot characters, BB shooting ranges, darts, batting cages, coin karaoke stalls, basketball games, racing games, fighting games, colorful games… the list is endless!
Just let me know if you’re ever in Seoul. We’ll get our rage on at the Funny Land arcade!
Check it out. Kpopmap’s first hand experience at Funny land! 😛