K-Pop has now become a global culture that goes beyond Korea.
A few years ago, when I stumbled past the SM entertainment company,
I saw various tourists from different countries
having a great time taking pictures and buying souvenirs nearby.
The street is about 2km long, between Apgujeongrodeoguri Station (Exit 2)
and Dosan-daero, and is designated as a Hallyu Culture Street in 2014.
As soon as you go out of Exit 2 of Apgujeongrodeoguri Station,
a line of star art toys will welcome you.
The day I visited was a rainy day,
so the number of tourists taking pictures here was few,
but this street is supposed to be a hot place
where many idol fans take selfies in front of their favorite star art toys.
K-Pop Star Street is also home to world-class luxury brands.
As a result, colonnades and sidewalk blocks are spacious and well-maintained.
I think that for foreigners, the K-Pop Star Street might show the Korea of today,
rather than Korean traditions.
K-Pop Star Street is where you can meet
K-Pop stars at the colonnades,
and see the handprints of Hallyu stars at every restaurant entrance.
Depending on your attitude, this street might give different feelings,
but I think it is surely a must-visit place for foreign tourists
who have visited Korea to feel a bit closer to their favorite stars.
Article / pictures by 2019 Seoul Storytelling Team