How to get into a k-pop fansign in Korea

When are fansigns? 
To be truthful, whenever the hell they want to have them. Most of the time you’ll find that fansigns will happen during a promotional period (meaning the time in which a group takes to promote their song on music shows, etc) . Sometimes they’ll have one randomly at a store that they are currently promoting. It’s not too random, but you have to be on the look out constantly for these opportunities!

How to find out when/where they are:
You will definitely have to do your own research there! Be aware of a groups’ promotional period or activities. They will usually show when they’re having a fansign on their calenders or on their websites/daum cafes. Join their websites/daum cafes/official twitters! If you want to even have a chance at any of these, you have to keep yourself updated at ALL times!

However, there are two main websites you can check for announcements on when there are fansigns. Those two websites are Hottracks and Synnara. Yes, they are all in Korean and I suggest you start learning it or use Google Translate to navigate.

How to apply:
Most fansigns expect the exact same things. Buy the MOST RECENT CD, or the CD they ask for in the notice from the store before a certain time, fill out a little paper with some information and then go to the appointed time and place if you get in. If they are promoting for a store, they will ask you to spend a certain amount of money for a ticket.

You MAY buy more than one CD to have higher chances (1CD = 1entry). Some people will buy up to 200/300 CDs for a fansign. Kind of insane right? But it happens. I like to just buy one and bet on luck. Again, most of these fansigns are by LOTTERY so it’s not guaranteed if you buy a CD that you will get in. And you will ONLY GET IN ONCE. Aka, you get one CD signed and that’s all. You don’t get to go into the line twice.

If you want to apply, I suggest reading the notice posted on the webpage, it will give you exact instructions as to how to apply.

제목 없음

If you have luck, your notice will look something like this. Most of the time, it doesn’t. My Korean isn’t good enough to understand them most of the time either so I use a translating program or ask a co-teacher or a friend who understands more Korean to translate it for me. I suggest you find a friend that can do this for you or keep an eye out on your twitter feed because someone will usually fill you in on the details if you’re too shy to ask for help.

It looks intimidating, but it’s not. Most notices will have the same sort of information and you just have to know what key words to look for.

장소: Location
일시: Date/Time in which the fansign will take place.
참여방법: How to participate –

  • There will usually be a date here, telling how long you have to buy the album. (3/13 부터 3/16까지 means you have from the 13th to the 16th to buy the album. I suggest going before the last day because sometimes they’ll put away the lottery box even before the said time)
  • look for the word , which will have numbers in front of it (150명 in this notice). This tells you how many people will be able to get in. In this notice, only 150 people will be able to get into this fansign.
  • 추첨: Lottery. There are OCCASIONAL first come, first serve (선착순), but they are few and far between and usually for groups that no one knows.
  • look for the word 점 and the word next to it will tell you which store you’ll have to go to buy your CD from.

당첨자 확인: When you’ll find out and where to find the list.
진행방법:  What to do IF you win. This part varies from case to case, another reason you’ll want to learn Korean or have a friend help IF you get in.

How to find out if you won
If you’ve been reading along, you’ll see that the notice will tell you where to look. Most of the time it will be exactly where you found the notice. Hottracks and Synnara tend to post their list of winners on their notice board, so just follow the links above to find out. Sometimes they will direct you in the notice to a cafe of some sort that will require you to sign up for something or other. Another thing I can’t help you with, you’ll just have to use Google Translate like I do ^^;

What to do if you get in:
Congratulations! Your life is complete! Go to the location as stated in the notice about an hour before it begins (just to be safe) and ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR ID AND YOUR CD. If you don’t, I can’t guarantee they’ll let you in. You also can’t check in for your friends, so make sure they come with you, or they go and check in for themselves. It is almost always first come first serve. You’ll get in if you are in the list of winners, but they will place everyone in order in which they came. So if you want to be one of the first in the line, make sure you come early!

DOs and DON’Ts:

  • Be respectful at ALL TIMES. Don’t shout in their face. You may ask for handshakes, but don’t expect to get one. Don’t just grab them or touch them. It’s rather inappropriate, right?
  • Don’t insult members you might dislike.
  • When they tell you to move on, move on. There are other people in the line, not only you.
  • You’ll only have but a few seconds, make it count!
  • You may bring them presents and letters! This is a good time to give it to them.
  • Pictures are usually not allowed in a closed fansign. But if you see ppl taking picture blatantly, feel free to take pictures yourself! Otherwise, follow the guidelines of the staff.

And that is that! I really can’t help you more than that. You’ll have to take the initiative to find out times and place.

Any and ALL questions on where/when a fansign is WILL NOT be answered! I’m not that nice ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

[Beauty Product Review] How to use Smoothing Mist & Oh My God Dry Shampoo (Etude House)

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PRODUCT: Smoothing Mist – Facial Mist
WHERE TO FIND: Etude House.
PRICE: 8,000
REVIEW: I usually don’t like things that I have to spray in my face, but especially in winter it’s good to keep moisturized and this particular product really does it for me. It’s not really particularly thick–like lotions tend to be–or is very fragrant–something that I usually despise in most mist products. Perfectly fits in my purse and lasts for a while.

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PRODUCT: Oh My God Dry Shampoo
WHERE TO FIND: Etude House.
PRICE: 8,000
REVIEW: This was probably the best thing I’ve ever bought. Not only does it save me when I don’t have time to wash my hair, but it’s perfect for sleepovers and I don’t ever have to look greasy even when I FEEL greasy. It has a nice floral scent that isn’t overpowering. In fact it smells much like my conditioner. It keeps my hair looking quite oil free for most of the day. I wouldn’t use this as a REPLACEMENT for a shower (because ew) but it’s for those instances when you’re in a rush and need a quick fix.

If you’ve already bought these products and don’t exactly know how to use them, you can find how to use these products in the video below~!

How to get to Kona Beans/Where is Kona Beans?

The entrance to Kona Beans

Kona Beans is a cafe in Apgujeong run by the mothers of Cho Kyuhyun, Lee Sungmin, and Park Jungsu. It’s a really cozy place where fans and non-fans can have a cup of coffee and just hang out. I, myself, go there many times just to find a quiet place to study away from my home. The mothers are extremely nice and cater to the fans like they would their own children. So you can see it’s a really great place to come to when you’re feeling homesick and just need the right touch of a mother’s love!


ADDRESS: 13 Apgujeong-ro 42-gil (640-9 Sinsa-dong) Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
METRO STOP: Apgujeong Station (명동역) Line 3/Exit 2
DIRECTIONS:

You must come out of the exit then TURN AROUND and go the other way. Do not cross any street here.

Turning around from the exit, you will head this way, following the sidewalk as it veers left.

You follow that street left and keep on going straight. Here’s some pictures of the street going straight.

It will be quite a while until you’re there. One of the biggest signs you know you’re going the right way is when you hit the Hyundai Oilbank gas station.

Hyundai Oilbank gas station.

If you keep on going, you’ll finally hit a Blacksmith restaurant, which is a nice pizza chain store that is promoted by JYJ’s Yoochun. At this street, you want to turn right.

The street you’ll be turning on to.

Once you turn left, you will see an angel-in-us on your right and the store just after it is Kona Beans. You’ve arrived!

RECOMMENDATIONS: I, myself, adore their Strawberry smoothies. I almost ALWAYS have them. Their Kona fruit (passion orange) smoothie is just as good if they end up sold out of the strawberry ones (which is possible if you go right after me). Unfortunately I’m allergic to coffee bean so I can’t help you with any coffee selections. I don’t know why, but according to coffee experts (and the fact that I’m from Hawaii and have the obligation to promote my own “country”) Kona coffee is supposed to be one of the best.

WHAT (NOT) TO DO THERE: The inside of the place is nicely decorated to be somewhat Hawaii-esqe but fails somewhat as it’s littered with pictures from the boys (it’s really hard to be genuinely Hawaiian. Take it from a Hawaiian XD). The mothers are gracious and almost always happy to help with any questions you have. But remember that this is a working environment and if they are busy behind the counter or in the back by the bathroom doing paper work, please don’t disturb them! They will take pictures with you and will take gifts if you have them. But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure your gifts are limited to letters or small trinkets. I know a lot of us want to give the boys things, but again, it’s a working environment. They aren’t your personal post women. Don’t load them with your gifts and expect them to be delivered. Of course, if you have gifts for the mothers themselves, please feel free to load them with love! They are so caring and grateful for everything ^^

How to get into SBS Inkigayo/Where is SBS Inkigayo


SBS Inkigayo is the most competitive of the four music shows. It is located in Gayang, which is quite easy to get to, but the studio isn’t incredibly big. There’s a small section of standing and then a theater of about 400 people that may fit if they ignore fire safety (which they ALWAYS do). As at all music shows, it’s best if you arrive early (first train early) if you want to get in for your group.


SBS INKIGAYO ADDRESS: 서울시 강서구 등촌동 58-1 SBS등촌동공개홀
WHEN: Every Sunday
METRO STOP: Gayang Station (가양역) Line 9. Exit 10
DIRECTIONS: It’s pretty simple to find this one. Go out of Exit 10 and turn left. Go until you see girls crowded around outside a partially glass complex.

WHAT YOU NEED: First and foremost, you will need the most recent CD of the idol you are hoping to go and watch. Some fandoms will require other things, such as online purchase receipts or ringtones. You will have to go to the group’s daumcafe or website for the specifics, but the basic is a CD.

WHAT YOU DO FIRST: FIND YOUR FANDOM. It’s pretty easy. Take out your CD and start asking around. Shy? Read the signs or look for people that have the same CD as you do. The signs are usually taped to the ground right below the steps leading up to the building. At Inkigayo, it’s actually much easier to find your group as people will be milling around with their CDs out and signs.

WHAT YOU DO NEXT: Once you have your name on the list they will then tell you a time to be back by. And then you wait. When the staff arrives they will check that you have all the items you need and then put a number on your wrist. You will line up and get into the studio according to that number.

THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT: There isn’t much to do around there, but there is a cafeteria on the bottom floor of the homeplus across the street. There is also a PC bang (internet cafe) a little ways away. Just look for the sign saying ‘PC방’ and some ominous stairs going down into a deep underground little cave. There’s also a nice karaoke place down there. Other than that, there are a few cafes that will have many people, but good for loitering in if you’re lucky to find a seat.

DOS AND DO NOTS:
+ Whatever you do, DO NOT JUMP LINES. It is extremely rude to the fanclub you were/are in. As Westerners, we understand that one can like more than one group at a time. For Koreans, however, it’s all about loyalty to that one particular band. And even then, it’s not about that. I know we all want to see our favorite bands perform, but out of common courtesy, please refrain from doing so. It gives FOREIGNERS a bad name and it makes the staff even less inclined to assist or even try to let foreigners do things at shows. Also, most groups have check in times that collide so it’s best for you to just choose one group and stick with them for the ENTIRE DAY. Just don’t be a dick okay?

+ You may or may not be in live recordings for other artists. Most of them are people that you may not be familiar with or dislike. Despite this, please try to cheer for everyone you see.

+ The production companies no long allow overnight queues so try to come at first light instead (around 5AM).

+DO NOT TAKE PICTURES. I mean it. If you take pictures, you’re going to get your ENTIRE FANDOM kicked out of the studio for that day and probably for a few OTHER performances as well! If you want your idol to have their fans in the recording to support them, DO NOT TAKE PICTURES.

GROUP SPECIFICS: (updated 2013.07.09)
SUPER JUNIOR/DBSK/SHINEE/2PM/BIGBANG/B2ST/ETC – If you don’t have an official fancard (which anyone reading this will definitely not have) then you bring your CD  and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites) and you ARRIVE AT FIRST LIGHT. Especially for special events. They are also now asking for an official fanlight from an event. If you do not have these things, the lower your tier will be. Be sure to check their website for more information.

EXO – The fanclub card is easy enough to get, but they also have an app that will show your card that you can show the people in line and you HAVE to bring their CD and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites) along with an official fanlight and a few other things. Be sure to check the exo website for more information

U-KISS – Current CD + Online Cafe registration (found under 현장참여신청) If you DO NOT register on the fancafe you will be put at the back of the line regardless if you have the fanclub card.

Where is MBC Music Core/How to enter MBC Music Core


MBC Music Core is now located in the same place as M!Countdown, just across the street. The Ilsan venue was much bigger so getting into the live show is a bit challenging now, though you should still try if you really want to see it. At all music shows, it’s best if you arrive early (first train early) if you want to get in for your group.

MBC MUSIC CORE ADDRESS: (TO BE UPDATED…when I have the time…)
WHEN: Every Saturday but keep a look out on their schedule because they will sometimes change locations.
METRO STOP: Digital Media City Station (디지탈미디아시티역) Line 6/Airport Railroad. Exit 9
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out of Exit 9 and just walk for about three-four blocks until you see a building that looks like it’s made of squares. That’s the MBC building. The entrance is on the opposite side of the street you’re on (so go around the building to the courtyard)

WHAT YOU NEED: First and foremost, you will need the most recent CD of the idol you are hoping to go and watch. Some fandoms will require other things, such as online purchase receipts or ringtones. Some have you check in on their daum cafe. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.

WHAT YOU DO FIRST: FIND YOUR FANDOM. It’s pretty easy. Take out your CD and start asking around. Shy? Read the signs or look for people that have the same CD as you do. The MBC staff themselves will put out signs with the name of the groups performing in the courtyard. On rainy days or days when it is too cold/hot to function they will put the signs inside and you will line up in there. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.

WHAT YOU DO NEXT: Once you have your name on the list they will then tell you a time to be back by. And then you wait. When the staff arrives they will check that you have all the items you need and then put a number on your wrist. You will line up and get into the studio according to that number.

THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT: There’s some nice places to eat and hang around just down the road. Ilsan is known for their flowers so take the time to go explore the park across the street or down a block. There’s excellent shopping and food all around.

DOS AND DO NOTS:
+ Whatever you do, DO NOT JUMP LINES. It is extremely rude to the fanclub you were/are in. As Westerners, we understand that one can like more than one group at a time. For Koreans, however, it’s all about loyalty to that one particular band. And even then, it’s not about that. I know we all want to see our favorite bands perform, but out of common courtesy, please refrain from doing so. It gives FOREIGNERS a bad name and it makes the staff even less inclined to assist or even try to let foreigners do things at shows. Also, most groups have check in times that collide so it’s best for you to just choose one group and stick with them for the ENTIRE DAY. Don’t be a dick, okay?

+ You may or may not be in live recordings for other artists. Most of them are people that you may not be familiar with or dislike. Despite this, please try to cheer for everyone you see.

+ The production companies no long allow overnight queues so try to come at first light instead (around 5AM).

+DO NOT TAKE PICTURES. I mean it. If you take pictures, you’re going to get your ENTIRE FANDOM kicked out of the studio for that day and probably for a few OTHER performances as well! If you want your idol to have their fans in the recording to support them, DO NOT TAKE PICTURES.

GROUP SPECIFICS: (updated 2013.07.09)
SUPER JUNIOR/DBSK/SHINEE/2PM/BIGBANG/B2ST/ETC – If you don’t have an official fancard (which anyone reading this will definitely not have) then you bring your CD  and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites) and you ARRIVE AT FIRST LIGHT. Especially for special events.

EXO – The fanclub card is easy enough to get, but they also have an app that will show your card that you can show the people in line and you HAVE to bring their CD and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites)

FTISLAND – Carded membership for FTIsland is open all the time. So if you’re in Korea, just go get one. Once you get one, you will need to buy the single online (they will require you to print this confirmation out) as well as the CD and a pentastick (the FTIsland support flag which will be sold there for 4,000won). If you don’t want to get a carded membership, then just bring the latest CD and a pentastick (or just buy it there :D)

TEEN TOP – Angels probably have official fancards now and they are HUGE FANDOMS so you will probably have to arrive EARLY in order to get a good place in line. Bring your CD and check on their site for further information.

U-KISS – Current CD + Online Cafe registration (found under 현장참여신청) If you DO NOT register on the fancafe you will be put at the back of the line regardless if you have the fanclub card.

How do I line up for Music shows? (Daytime edition)

Hey guys! So this is to clarify what is the usual way to line up for your favorite group. This one applies to ALL of the music shows (Inki, MuCore, Mnet, etc)

WHEN TO GET THERE: Early. First train/bus early. For almost every group, you’ll be competing with hundreds of fans to get the best view of your idol. If you’re dedicated enough, you can get there before the first train by taxi. If you’re even more dedicated, you can spend the night. But this particular post is for those that opt out of the overnight. I’ll be doing an overnight edition soon.

WHAT YOU NEED: The most recent CD of your idol. If they, for any reason, has not released a CD, you will have to buy the CD online. I will make a separate post for that later on as well. Some fandoms will require other things, such as online purchase receipts or ringtones. Ringtones MUST come from a korean site. I unfortunately have an iphone that does not have the capabilities, but if I can find a phone that can I will try to make a post on that ^^

WHAT YOU DO FIRST: FIND YOUR FANDOM. It’s pretty easy. Take out your CD and start asking around. Shy? Read the signs or look for people that have the same CD as you do. Some groups will have paper signs posted up and people will be crowded around them. Ask someone in this line for the list and they will point you toward someone that will take your name and sometimes your number. Other groups will have similar lists or require you to take a picture and send it to them. On the paper signs there will be a number. You may have to call them. They will probably not speak english so just blabber at them until they hang up and they will usually come over to the sign to put you on the list (this has happened to me many times).

WHAT YOU DO NEXT: Once you have your name on the list they will then tell you a time to be back by. And then you wait. You MUST be back by the time the person says or you will probably be crossed off the list. They will line everyone up by the order in which they came and if it’s close to the time of the recording, they’ll make you stay in the line. If they’re kind, they’ll let you go and do things and then have you come back by another time. They may do this up to three or four times in one day. If no one tells you to go, you stay in that line even if it kills you. And by even if it kills you, I really mean that it may kill you. I’ve stood in lines for HOURS in the rain and snow.

DETAILS: Almost every group will write a number on your wrist. This will show what number you are in line. For groups that have fancards (meaning people who pay to be special) you will have a letter or something followed by a dash and then a number (Ex. E5-30 = 30th in the fifth line of ELF [meaning you’re uncarded and must be in the fifth line of ELF and not the 1st]) 

Watch the paper you saw your name being put on like a hawk! When they start calling names, make sure you’re right next to that person. When you hear your name, make sure they see you and hear you say ‘NE!!!’ Say it as loud as you can so that you don’t get crossed off the list. I’ve gotten crossed off the list because I couldn’t hear them say my name. Sometimes they will split the list between non-carded members and carded members. Make sure you confirm with the person calling names that it’s the list you should be on. Just ask “card no?” and make a cross with your arms. It’ll usually get the question across 😀

Where is Mnet M!Countdown/How to enter Mnet M!Countdown


Mnet M!Countdown may be the easiest of all the shows to get into. That is, of course, if you don’t work on Thursdays. Almost all of their performances are pre-recorded, so you will have to check your idol’s cafe for specific times. At all music shows, it’s best if you arrive early (first train early) if you want to get in for your group.


MNET M!COUNTDOWN ADDRESS: 마포구 상암동 1606번지 CJ E&M센터 2층
METRO STOP: Digital Media City Station (디지탈미디아시티역) Line 6/Airport Railroad. Exit 2
DIRECTIONS: There is a bus stop across the street from exit 2. You will need to take the 7711 bus from that stop to the studio. The stop you want is the Sangam Digital Media City Public Information Hall (상암DMC), which is the third stop from the station. The announcement for this stop is made in English so listen for it if you can.

WHAT YOU NEED: First and foremost, you will need the most recent CD of the idol you are hoping to go and watch. Some fandoms will require other things, such as online purchase receipts or ringtones. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.

WHAT YOU DO FIRST: FIND YOUR FANDOM. It’s pretty easy. Take out your CD and start asking around. Shy? Read the signs or look for people that have the same CD as you do. Some groups will have paper signs posted up and people will be crowded around them. Ask someone in this line for the list and they will point you toward someone that will take your name and sometimes your number. Other groups will have similar lists or require you to take a picture and send it to them. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.

WHAT YOU DO NEXT: Once you have your name on the list they will then tell you a time to be back by. And then you wait. When the staff arrives they will check that you have all the items you need and then put a number on your wrist. You will line up and get into the studio according to that number.

THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT: Exploring the area across the street from the bus stop will get you a starbucks and a bunch of other places to eat. You can also find a food court in the building behind the DMC building.

DOS AND DO NOTS:
+ Whatever you do, DO NOT JUMP LINES. It is extremely rude to the fanclub you were/are in. As Westerners, we understand that one can like more than one group at a time. For Koreans, however, it’s all about loyalty to that one particular band. And even then, it’s not about that. I know we all want to see our favorite bands perform, but out of common courtesy, please refrain from doing so. It gives FOREIGNERS a bad name and it makes the staff even less inclined to assist or even try to let foreigners do things at shows. Also, most groups have check in times that collide so it’s best for you to just choose one group and stick with them for the ENTIRE DAY.

+ You may or may not be in live recordings for other artists. Most of them are people that you may not be familiar with or dislike. Despite this, please try to cheer for everyone you see.

+ The production companies no long allow overnight queues so try to come at first light instead (around 5AM).

+DO NOT TAKE PICTURES. I mean it. If you take pictures, you’re going to get your ENTIRE FANDOM kicked out of the studio for that day and probably for a few OTHER performances as well! If you want your idol to have their fans in the recording to support them, DO NOT TAKE PICTURES.

GROUP SPECIFICS: (updated 2013.07.09)
+ SUPER JUNIOR/DBSK/SHINEE/2PM/BIGBANG/B2ST/ETC – If you don’t have an official fancard (which anyone reading this will definitely not have) then you bring your CD  and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites) and you ARRIVE AT FIRST LIGHT. Especially for special events.

+ EXO – They have yet to get an official fancard or fanclub name so you will HAVE to bring their CD and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites)

+ FTISLAND – Carded membership for FTIsland is open all the time. So if you’re in Korea, just go get one. Once you get one, you will need to buy the single online (they will require you to print this confirmation out) as well as the CD and a pentastick (the FTIsland support flag which will be sold there for 4,000won). If you don’t want to get a carded membership, then just bring the latest CD and a pentastick (or just buy it there :D)

+ TEEN TOP – Angels probably have official fancards now and they are HUGE FANDOMS so you will probably have to arrive EARLY in order to get a good place in line. Bring your CD and check on their site for further information.

U-KISS – Current CD + Online Cafe registration (found under 현장참여신청) If you DO NOT register on the fancafe you will be put at the back of the line regardless if you have the fanclub card.