How to get to SM Town Artium/Where is the SM Town Artium


The SMTown Artium (I think it’s still pronounced ‘atrium’ but they were being clever) is a store created especially for SM Town artists, featuring many of their signature styles as well as souvenirs for you to buy. It also has a pop-up cafe, a studio for make up and photos, and a hologram theatre and event hall (some of these will not be open until mid-January)

METRO STOP: Samseong Station (삼성역) Exit 6 – COEX Mall (direct passageway)
DIRECTIONS: Just continue on straight out Exit 6 (there will be stairs and then a passageway of pillars) and it will open up to roofless open space with a bit of a pathway to the side for visitors of the mall. If you continue to go straight, there will be a sign telling you where the artium is and some escalators going up. Take those escalators and then turn right at the top and the glass doors should be right there (there should be lots of pillars with SM Artist names on them)

(I forgot to take them when going the first time I was too excited)

RECOMMENDATIONS: The pop-up cafe has a lot of different signatures of your favourite artists. When I went, I sat at Tao’s table. I really liked the Super Junior ice cream. I have yet to try their cakes or cupcakes, but don’t get the chocolate éclair. That didn’t taste very good at all.

WHAT (NOT) TO DO THERE: Try to listen to staff, especially if there are lines. Don’t cut as it’s unfair for those who stood behind you. Also it’s just rude. Don’t cut any line. Ever.


[review] 2013.02.14 TVXQ/KRY/ZE:A/Poseidon Valentine’s Day Concert

K-POP Poseidon Concert 2013.02.14 8PM

CAST: TVXQ, Super Junior KRY, ZE:A, Choi Shiwon, Lee Siyoung
WHERE: Ilsan KINTEX Exhibition Hall 5
TICKETS: interpark

This concert, comparatively to others I’ve been to here in Korea, was way too short for how much we paid for it. The cheapest seats were W100,000 ($92) and the most expensive was W250,000 ($230). The concert was about 2 hours long and each group only sang about 4 songs with short ments from each. I think I would have felt less annoyed if the groups had interacted with each other, even if it was just for a bit at the end. I was looking forward to some ChangKyu interaction, but was severely denied.

Not that the boys themselves weren’t perfect. They were more than perfect, I’m just disappointed I wasn’t able to enjoy their perfection for longer.

I loved Super Junior KRY’s  suits and their voices are perfect and yes, I’m very bias when it comes to my boys. Their stage was very sparkly and suited them well. I was unfortunately trying to get back to my seat during Kyuhyun’s solo so I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked to.

Shiwon’s little segment was next with Lee Siyoung. They spent what felt like hours talking about their drama. I, myself, have no cares about Kdramas whatsoever, so I was bored to tears listening to them go on about it.

I don’t know much about ZE:A except what I’ve seen of them in passing. The only two people I know is Dongjun and Hyungsik if only because I’ve trolled Dongjun before and Hyungsik did that musical with Ryeowook. After watching their performance for the concert, I really wish I had the energy to become a fan. I enjoyed their charisma and their songs are quite catchy.

Last but not least was TVXQ. As per usual, they threw their everything into their performances and never disappoint me with their energy. My favourite is Changmin and he had a lot of smiles during their ment.

What helped a lot for this concert was the fact that they had a Japanese translator. Many of the fans were Japanese and it made it easier for some of us to understand what was going on.

Overall, I felt like they could have done less Shiwon and more group interaction. Or at least charged less.

Super Junior KRY – Sorry Sorry Answer, From U
Kyuhyun Solo – The Way to Break Up
ZE:A –  Phoenix, Run To You, Shining Star, & Aftermath
TVXQ – Catch Me, Humanoids, Keep Your Head Down, Rising Sun