When I first came to Korea, I thought I was gonna see Gong Yoo on the streets! Or, that all Korean guys would look like Gong Yoo and all Korean girls would look like Yoon Eun Hye. That was a bit unrealistic! Fortunately and unfortunately, I’ve only been able to see Gong Yoo on advertisements. Unfortunately because he’s my favorite Korean actor and I’d love to see and meet him someday. But that’s fortunate because I’d probably fan girl all over the place right in front of him and be embarrassed about it after the fact.
Despite South Korea being a somewhat smallerish country (at least from an American standpoint), you’d think youd be able to see all sorts of Kpop and Kdrama stars on the streets. But there’s a lot of people in Korea, particularly in Seoul. And while I have seen some Kpop and Korean drama stars, my encounters with them have been few and far between. I think the rule of thumb if you will is, unless you are actually friends with their family, chances are you’re not going to see them out unless they are out with their friends partying on the weekend. And a lot of Kpop stars don’t have too much free time to just go out whenever they want, what with their busy schedules and all.
My good friend Seung Hee did actually see G-Dragon in a club in Apgujung a few months back. As well, one of Richard’s former students turned good friend as told us that Jang Geun Suk does like to occasionally hang out in clubs in Itaewon. I’ve heard that some of them live around Haebangchon, which is a very popular neighborhood for foreigners to live in Seoul. Funny enough, we were even hanging out with a foreigner from the U.S. just this evening who lives there!
So is it really possible to see Korean celebrities or Kpop stars on the public streets in Korea? The answer is yes if you keep your eyes peeled for them. But it’s not going to be easy. It’s much more likely you’ll see a cardboard cut out of your favorite actor or celebrity before you see them in person! ☺
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