[Travelogue] Korea Joa DAY 5 – Sinsadong Garosu-gil, SMTOWN and Gangnam K-Pop Festival

October 4th,  Sunday – After having tight schedule for four days, rushing here and there (since we have to be early on occasion like awards and concerts), we finally have a leisure morning. We went out a bit late than usual, and our destination that day was not far – just a walk around Sinsadong Garosu-gil. The theme for the day was Gangnam Style!^_^

Korea Joa Day 5

Garosu-gil in Sinsadong, Gangnam is known among both citizens and foreign tourists alike because this district contains many designer stores, hair shops, churches, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The street is also known as ‘artiste’ street’, an ideal place to go on a date, hang out with friends, take pictures, film-making, photo shoots, have a cup of tea, or simply look around. Garosu-gil is particularly popular in autumn when the leaves begin to fall.

Like the name, the street is garosu-gil (‘tree-lined streets’) !
LINE Store
We dropped by LINE Store to visit our LINE friends
Garosugil (1)
One of the many cute cafe around the area
Garosugil (2)
Lucky us! We bumped into Ji Changwook while walking around Garosugilㅋㅋㅋ Visitors will be able to take a picture with Ji Chang Wook trick art at Garosugil

What is life without eating?ㅋㅋㅋ After walking around and enjoying the scenery, we finally went hunting for one of the famous cafe in the area called Le Brunchic.

I forgot the name, but this is super delicious!
Squid risotto
Squid Risotto
Iced tea
Iced Tea coz I need my dose of tea

After we went for some shopping and touring the area, our next stop was SMTOWN COEX Artium. If you are a fan of TVXQ, Super Junior, SNSD, f(X), SHINee, EXO and Red Velvet, you might be familiar with this place. If you are wondering what it is, SMTOWN Coex Artium is an entertainment complex centered around SM Entertainment artistes. Dubbed as ‘theme park in the city’, the complex boasts six floors full of album and merchandises, photo opportunities, cafe, theaters and more. More info and photos of SMTOWN here!

Welcome to SMTOWN!
LIVErary Cafe

Done at SMTown, we had an early dinner at P.F. Chang’s at COEX before heading to Gangnam K-pop concert in the same area.

Thai food
Looks familiar? Yes, I had this for dinner

Received our Press Pass for Gangnam K-Pop Festival and we were ready to rock the Gangnam Street! It was an outdoor concert in the middle of the road in front of the COEX building. Gangnam K-Pop Festival featured top stars from SM Entertainment such as Zhou-Mi, Henry, Super Junior D&E, Red Velvet and EXO. Check out more photos during the concert here!

Henry Gangnam Kpop Festival
It was good to see Henry again after we last saw him in Malaysia few years back
Red Velvet Gangnam Kpop Festival (1)
Red Velvet performed few songs including their latest single, Dumb Dumb

The concert started at 7PM and ended around 9PM. Time to head back to the hotel and get some rest. Stay tuned to our next travelogue 🙂

Our Korea Joa travelogue series :

1) Day 1 : Flying to Kimchi Land and Welcome Dinner
2) Day 2 : Journey to Busan and BIFF
3) Day 3 : Fresh Market, BIFF Film, Haedong Yonggungsa and Gwangan Bridge
4) Day 4 : Back to Seoul and iKON Debut Concert

Our Korea Joa series :

1) The 20th Busan International Film Festival Opening Ceremony
2) Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
3) Highlights at iKON Debut Concert Showtime
4) EXO, Super Junior and Red Velvet at Gangnam K-pop Festival
5) SMTOWN at COEX Artium

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