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Made In Korea Thursday: The YG Bear Character Named KRUNK

A long, long time ago, in the high towers of the YG palace, there lived a big blue badass bear named KRUNK.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably known, seen or heard about YG’s swag-tastic mascot KRUNK. But do you know his whole story? Birthed by the YG design team in Seoul, South Korea, KRUNK is one of the most popular characters in our culture – both in K-Pop and out.

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For those of you who’re hearing of him for the first time to those who eat, sleep, and die with the YG Family – here’s the whole story behind YG’s favorite mascot, KRUNK.

 

Made In Korea: KRUNK, the YG Bear Mascot

 

This here be the one and only YG mascot, KRUNK!

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KRUNK’s story begins as just one average blue bear hanging out by himself. As a frequent visitor of YG Entertainment, he decided to help out on a music video set on his off days. On the hectic studio set, the director was running around when he spotted the big blue bear. With one look he knew. And thus, the KRUNK found his forever fame and fortune.

 

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The one and only music video was none other than YG’s soul sister, Lee Hi’s “IT’S OVER”. KRUNK made his debut through her music video, playing the opposite role of Lee Hi. As a big, cuddly boyfriend-bear with a swagger attitude, KRUNK soared to K-Pop starlight.

But really, Lee Hi and KRUNK in that MV… heart all around!!

 

 

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Ever since then, Papa YG declared KRUNK as the official mascot of YG Entertainment. He was found wearing various YG artists’ outfits (ie. BIGBANG), as well as becoming the mascot to many of YG’s business ventures and partnerships (ie. YG’s Seoul Salon bar).

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KRUNK’s fame was too large to contain. He opened up his very own blog, where you can find special art episodes of KRUNK’s daily life among other fun contents. Check out KRUNK’s stories on his blog!!

 

But KRUNK’s fame didn’t end online. YG opened up his very own pop up stores offline as well as his online store. You can find every little thing you didn’t think you needed with the faces of our adorable KRUNK! Pens, socks, passport holders, super shades, and so so much more. More and more KRUNK everywhere!

Get all things KRUNK through YG’s E-Shop! 

 

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But wait… KRUNK is more than just everyday products and goods?! Did you know KRUNK has his own cafe in Japan? Not only that, KRUNK travels around! He’s seen at various concert venues as well as promotional events all around the world. Cray-mazing!

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WE LIKE TO PARTY YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH WE LIKE 2 PARTY!!

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Get your KRUNK on social media! KRUNK’s got his own YouTube channel where he introduces his latest swag, his cooking skills, his YG music video reactions, and so much more. Add in his latest Instagram account, introducing his new phone app?! Watch out world -ain’t nobody stoppin’ KRUNK!

 

 

Way to go, KRUNK. You one extraordinary kind of a blue badass bear.

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Made In Korea Thursday: Kakao Friends Character Ryan

Get to the know the Kakao Friends favorite of K-Pop idols from all age groups!

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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.

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Made In Korea: Ryan, the Kakao Friends Character

 

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…)

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BoA, BTS’s Rap Monster, JYJ’s Xia Junsu 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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Don’t live in the great city of Seoul? You can easily find your perfect Ryan through Kakao Talk’s online store! Meet all your Ryan need by visiting this site (click me now!)

 

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.)

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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?

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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!

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Thank you Ryan, for bringing us closer to our idols!

You’re our savior, and I ain’t lyin‘ Ryan~

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Made In Korea Thursday: EXO ChanYeol & D.O.’s Couple Sound Wave Rings

EXO’s ChanYeol and D.O. showed off their beautiful bond through the most treasured way possible!

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Sound wave rings make the best customized gifts that can be easily treasured by anyone anywhere! They first hit Korea’s national trend when EXO’s ChanYeol and D.O. created a pair as friendship couple rings. Various idols soon followed and so did the whole nation. Sound wave rings are the latest Korean trend that was born, made and trended in Korea!

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Made In Korea: Sound Wave Rings

 

Lipstick, Chateau, Wine, Sound wave rings (Lalalala~)

Ya’ll ever heard of these fancy sound wave rings?

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All the EXO-Ls probably know them as the iconic friendship ring between EXO’s ChanYeol and D.O. Literally friend goals & couple goals!

They know it and they show it.

 

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ChanYeol: D.O! Show’em our eternal love!

D.O.: Chan-D forever!!

 

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Okay, lemme tell you what they exactly are.

They’re a simple ring with the engraving of a special sound wave. You record your special someone saying special something, and you take the sound wave pattern to engrave it into a matching ring!

A Korean store called Hong Bro Rings has a collection of sound wave rings for all of your favorite EXO members. All it takes is 27,000 Korean won (~$25.00 USD) and a bit of shipping patience!

 

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What’re you waiting for? Get your own EXO sound wave rings here!

 

Hush hush hush, baby – it’s not just for the EXO-Ls. Suzy also got a sound wave ring as a present from a fan, and she absolutely loves it!

 

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All ma single ladies~ All ma single ladies~ If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it!

They make the best couple rings with your significant other… so what’re you waiting for?!

 

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Since I’m single…

Lemme get my EXO couple ring right now.

 

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