Alternative Seoul Itinerary: LINE Friends Store vs Kakao Friends Store
Two of the most popular mobile messaging apps – LINE and Kakao Talk, are taking Korea, or even Asia, by storm!
Even if you are not fans of the LINE or Kakao Talk, be sure to visit the LINE Friends Store and Kakao Friends Store in Seoul.
Various adorable merchandises, as well as food items, featuring the comical-looking characters of these messaging apps will certainly amuse you!
The stores also present many great photo opportunities! There are many fun photo zones, where you can take photos with your beloved characters for memorable keepsakes.
Line Friends Store & Cafe
Line Friends are featured in the LINE mobile messager app as sticker characters. LINE Friends characters include Brown, Cony, Sally, James, Moon, Boss, Jessica, Edward, Leonard, Choco, Pangyo and Rangers.
Kakao Talk is the most popular messenger app in South Korea! Its number of registered users in South Korea even surpassed that of Facebook and Twitter.
I could perceive the Kakao Friends’ popularity when I visited its flagship store in Hongdae. I observed that most of the customers in the store were Koreans, and their faces lit up with impish glee when they saw their favourite KAKAO FRIENDS characters – Ryan, Muzi, Apeach, Frodo, Neo, Tube, Jay-G, and Con.
Next to the store is the Kakao Friends Concept Museum. Visit the museum to learn more about these cute characters!
Address: 162 Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Alight at Hongik University Station (Subway Line 2)