After a beautiful walk in the park. We became a little bit hungry. So, we went to the far off station of Myeongil.
From Exit 1, you should just look up and you’ll see Viva Polo.
What is Viva Polo? Viva Polo is an Italian restaurant. To the KPop circle, it’s the restaurant owned by the mother of EXO member, Park Chanyeol. Also, it was more than just a restaurant.
It was a shrine. The walls are filled with letters from fans. Photos from different parts of his life are displayed. Action figures are in glass boxes.
But, we were there to try the food. I ordered a seafood marinara pasta. For the price of KRW 13000, it was worth it. They weren’t stingy with the serving. It was so good that I’d gladly ask for more. We also had the roasted garlic and shrimp pizza but the garlic was so overwhelming that it threw off the taste of the dish.
After this late lunch, we went to another shrine. You have to get off at Samseong station and walk your way to the COEX Artium aka SM Town.
SM Town is the shrine for all groups and artists under the brand of SM Entertainment. At the front, you’ll see the paper doll counterpart of our boys, EXO, welcoming you.
The first floor is just the entrance to the building. It has a big LED screen that shows music videos of their artists. On the second floor is the shop where you can buy albums and different merchandise that stretch from caps, to candies, to shirts, to jewelry, to posters, and headphones.
The third floor are supposed to be the home of the studios (make-up, music video, recording, dance hall) but they are being used to showcase the making of the EXOluXion 2 concert. They are also displaying the costumes worn by the boys in the said concert.
Chayeol’s clothes are fitted into a manequin. And, boy, is he a big man.
On the fourth floor is the SUM Cafe and SUM Market. SUM Cafe is a dessert cafe where you can order items named after your favorite SM Entertainment artist. On the other hand, the SUM Market is like a grocery store with the same concept.
On the fifth floor is the hologram theater. We didn’t bother watching one. It also houses the selection of floor-to-ceiling posters. If you don’t mind spending KRW 150000 on a poster, then why not buy?
It was then time to meet our friends in Myeongdong. I love how easy transportation in Korea is. If it were Manila, I wouldn’t have made that type of journey.
While waiting for our friends, we went straight to the SPAO store because I had to buy a jacket. Note that I forgot the jacket I bought specifically for this trip on my workstation. It was still a good buy, though; because, I can also use it in the office.
We decided to just sit on the steps of Uniqlo and eat some egg bread (ggyeranbang, 꼐란빵) while waiting. It was nice to watch the people going in and out of Myeongdong.
A few minutes after, our friends told us that they wouldn’t be able to meet us tonight. We decided to go home and order chicken for delivery. It’s sad that I didn’t have a picture of it but it was the best chicken ever! It was big and the two of us had a hard time finishing the whole meal.
Others in this series:
Seoul 2016: Day 0 and Day 1 (Part 1)
Seoul 2016: Day 2
Seoul 2016: Day 3
Seoul 2016: Day 4