Thursday, July 12, 2012

SM, JYP, Cube and YG Buildings in Seoul

While in Seoul, I was able to check out the locations of SM, JYP, Cube, and YG Entertainment headquarters. I didn't actually go inside (I don't think that's possible unless there's an audition going on) but just visited briefly, like a tourist + fangirl, and took pictures outside, keke.

I'd found directions online, but for some reason can't find them right now. It's just as well as the directions were a little faulty. However you can look up their addresses and map out your route should you ever decide to visit. I do remember that SM was a short subway ride away from JYP, which is literally about a small block away from Cube (like a 1-2 minute walk), and then YG is totally out of the way (in Mapo while the rest are in Gangnam), about another 30-40 minute ride on the subway.

SM Entertainment

서울시 강남구 압구정2동 521
521 Apgujung 2-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul





Work home to SHINee, Super Junior, etc. The sign lights up at night with blue lights.


YP Entertainment

123-50 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul


I love that they have all their artists' posters up.



Cube Entertainment

125-6, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul


Work home to BEAST and 4minute. I love their music, so catchy and with good beats. The building is small and simple but with a modern yet quaint feel. I believe the bottom floor is being  built as a cafe or something.

YG Entertainment

397-5 YG Building, Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul


All you can see at YG is the building itself. Pretty disappointing and about a waste of an hour or so of my time. Hmph. I guess inside the lobby were TVs showing the artists or something but there is a security guard so you can't even walk up to the door.

I managed to take this picture of YG doors by standing on my tippy toes in the parking lot, where those cars are in the picture above. I guess if you're a really hardcore fan, you can just move into the building next to YG, keke.


That's it for my tour! What do you think? Would you go and visit these locations? I think it may be a little more interesting to go during the week, in case you might actually catch a glimpse of your favorite stars!

29 comments:

  1. Ooh very cool! Too bad Shinee didn't come out of the SM building while you were posing ;p I think I'd be more interested in visiting the locations of some of my fave Korean dramas and I totally want to stalk Lee Seung Gi when I visit SK lol.


    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  2. a lot more simplistic than I thought they would be (apart from SM).... maybe I watch too much anime, It looks pretty cool though :D too bad you couldn't go in... that'd be awesome *A*

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  3. wow, the YG building is kind of disappointing.

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  4. Shop N' ChompJuly 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I'm not familiar with these companies but I think it's really cool that you were able to visit them! Love your cute outfit :D

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  5. ooh speaking of stalking kpop stars..my cousin went to korea and saw Siwon at the opening of the door XD..when you went there are there other fans waiting outside too?

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  6. OMG so exciting!!! I wouldn't mind standing outside all day waiting for celebrities to come by hahaha

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  7. Haha you're so cute. I love your poses in the pics :D

    It would have been so cool if a celeb happened to come in/out while you were there!

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  8. hehe you look so cute, Diana!
    all i am seeing is you, not the buildings behind you. lolz

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  9. Wouldn't that be a fangirl's dream come true?! It did make me wonder when they're actually at their headquarters. I know as trainees they must have been there a lot, but now they're successful so maybe they only go when they're working on new albums. Okay I'm over thinking this, aren't I? keke

    Oh, of course I visited some locations from Kdramas, hehe. However a lot of the locations I wanted to see, I wasn't able to find out where they were exactly. Maybe next time! I so hope you do see Lee Seung Gi when you visit, then you'll have to tell me all about it!

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  10. Hehe I love K-pop too, and I always feel both awe and envious whenever I read blogs of girls who just happen to get lucky and run into film shootings or music video shoots or somehow get sudden, free VIP hook ups at a concert! Ahhh wish I could have been that lucky on my trip, keke.

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  11. It's funny I'm not sure what I'd expected. Maybe like huge, ultra modern and more business-y looking? I think it feel somewhere in-between very business-like and fan service, keke. I'm curious what it would look like inside, but I think it would be better if they just made the outside super nice for fans to see. =)

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  12. I know, right? Well I think I was mostly disappointed because it was out of the way and I couldn't even walk up to the doors. You'd think they'd put out at least a huge wall poster or something of BIGBANG etc. but I guess they're going for the more serious, discourage-fans-from-visiting look. =\

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  13. Oh really? Do you listen to K-pop or not at all? If you do, I could tell you which groups are from which entertainment companies but if not, no biggie. Aw thanks! I was happy I could finally go out without a sweater, lol.

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  14. WHAT?! Omg, your cousin is so lucky! Did she take a pic? I think he's so handsome, hehe. I went on a Sunday so no one else was really around, except for a few people at JYP waiting to audition (but I think the audition was canceled or something).

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  15. Lol, seriously right? Especially near JYP and Cube since there were small restaurants and stores nearby (YG was more in a residential area and SM was kind of far from other big buildings). It makes me think of the fans in You're Beautiful. I was surprised I didn't see a scene like that but maybe that happens during the week and not on Sundays. =P

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  16. Lol thanks! For some reason, my friend likes to always make those goofy faces haha and she kept commenting "Are you just going to smile?" =P So I had to change it up a bit, hehe. Ahhh I always hear or read stories of people who run into celebs or free concerts etc., wish I could be that lucky one day!!

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  17. LOL! Aww thanks! Yeah I noticed I posted all pics with me in it, so vain of me, right? But I figured people can always find pics of the buildings themselves elsewhere, kekeke. XP

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  18. Shop N' ChompJuly 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I don't listen to any K-Pop. D'oh!

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  19. Wow, It's very thrill,
    did you see any celebrities there???

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  20. No, unfortunately I didn't see any while I was there. TT Hopefully I will next time!

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  21. Hi, how are you?


    I am planning to visit Korea in January. Do you know how do me and my cousin get there to find YG (I know it's in Mapo-gu), also SM, JYP, Cube, etc. Because none of my other Kpop fan-friends won't tell me because I was going to ask her/him where can I see Cube so they refuse to reply lol... Anyways, this is very interesting! I mean, I can't wait! I really wanna see this place and I'm hoping to meet 4Minute, 2NE1, Big Bang, etc. But I guess we're not allowed to go in there especially they won't be around at each of their buildings. So I guess it'll be hard.


    So if I wanna see SM, would it be the same area as JYP and Cube? I heard JYP and Cube are in the same streets, am I right? I'm so eager to find this places when I go there next year. Hope if you can help me lol... it'll be our first time (me and my cousin)...

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  22. actually kpop star compared the big 3 and YG has the most luxurious interior. i guess it's a "don't judge a book by its cover" kinda thing :)

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  23. if you can go inside, YG building is the best with modern technology and cool design , you can check out on youtube.. it's just super awesome

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  24. you know, inside the YG building, there's a big screen that show video of YG's artists, and there's so many big pics too, just check the video and then you will know the truth

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  25. ya that's right, everybody knew especially media that YG building is the best from 3 big companies

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  26. Sm buiding also have no poster, you know you so lucky can take pics in front of Yg building lol

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