In Korea they don’t call the souvenirs that you buy at concerts “merchandise”, they call them “goods”. After the crazy fiasco I had buying my goods at the YG Family concert, and just for plain convenience I decided to go and buy my 2PM concert goods today even though I’m not going to the concert until tomorrow night.
Luckily the concert is just at Jamsil indoor stadium which is only a ten minute bus ride from my house. I was very proud of myself for getting there without any directions!
I got off at the bus stop and was greeted with this lovely sight~
This is where the YG Family concert was. Many of the buildings in this area of Seoul were built for the Olympics.
Of course anytime I see something to do with the Olympics while I’m out and about I make sure to take a picture of it because I know a certain Olympic historian who will really appreciate it.
Olympic star street was lined with these large plaques featuring Korean Olympians.
The bus stop is at the baseball stadium (there was a playoff game today!) and you have to walk through the parking lot to get to the indoor stadium. I was immediately so happy to see this sign pointing me in the right direction!
Another Olympic marker!
I got REALLY excited when I saw this sign! I was starting to feel the 2PM concert energy enter my body!
These banners were on every light post. That is Jun.K and he is my favorite member of 2PM! He is a talented composer, lyricist, and vocalist! I really love him A LOT.
These are the banners on the stadium.\
It’s hard to tell, but do you see the line of people on the right side of the picture? That was the line for goods. They started selling at 11am. I arrived and got in line at 11:30. Keep this fact in mind.
I got in line and was handed a merchandise order form. This is actually very handy because this ensures that no one at the front of the line is fumbling around deciding on their order at the last minute.
This is the view at 11:30.
And this is what it looked like at the very back of the line.
I want to point out something. There were MULTIPLE girls in line who brought suitcases with them. Why would you need a suitcase at a concert? Well, they bring empty suitcases because they buy SO MANY goods that a suitcase is the easiest way to lug them around. I saw one girl with THREE suitcases!
Those cute boys walked by in matching outfits and I couldn’t resist. At this point in time I was still light hearted.
They also had this booth set up. They want people going to the concert to donate money to a charity.
Despite all of these people, there was only one other white foreigner, and one black foreigner. The rest of the fans were either Korean or Japanese, with a few Chinese people. There was a group of about six older (and by older I mean 40+ years old) Japanese ladies in front of me. People of all ages love 2PM!
Around noon OKcat arrived to bring joy to us all! As soon as he appear I heard a young girl shriek “OKCAT!!!!!!!!!!! OKCAT!!!!!!!!!” One of the Japanese ladies went to OKcat and got his autograph. As she was proudly showing it off about five other girls in line went running off to get his autograph also.
12:30 hit. I had been in line for an hour and only moved about thirty feet. I was standing next to a section of grass and trees and I noticed a small kitten. I decided to try and catch it and bring it home with me, but he ran away before I could grab a hold of him.
1pm and I was really starting to loose steam. We were still barely moving!
I had no one to talk to, I hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast, and of course I had a need to use the restroom.
At 1:30 OKcat took pity on us and started to greet each person individually in line! Let me tell you, OKcat is such a gem! He really lifted our spirits! He took individual pictures with each and every person in line, and he did a completely new pose each time!
At one point he got thirsty and asked for water, so a fan supplied some and he drank it through his mask and continued on with his duties of keeping us happy.
Isn’t OKcat just the cutest?!
He gave me some fighting spirit, but it left me quickly.
2PM (hehehehehe) rolled around and I still wasn’t even close to the front of the line.
This was my view at 2:30—
Three hours in line and not close at all!
They were starting to add sold out signs to merchandise.
Here is another view of the stadium and the banners.
When it was 2:50 I’m not going to lie, I felt a little loopy.
I was questioning my life choices. Was I really waiting in line for over three hours to get a boy band’s t-shirt and lightstick?
Finally a little after 3pm I got into the goods preview tent. One of the members Junho personally designed that apron.
You could buy life size scroll style wall hangings of your favorite members, and I can confirm MANY people were buying these!
Necklace type signs with the members faces, a photobook, and a bag were just some of the many items for sale.
I successfully purchased everything I set out to buy and went to pick up my tickets, but because I was going to the concert the following day they told me I had to pick them up the next day.
As I was leaving the area to go back to the bus stop I noticed this lovely Taecyeon fan site set up. It was run by older Korean ladies who I’m assuming are big fans of Taecyeon (and let’s be real, who isn’t).
I finally made it home around 4:30 and unpacked my goods.
I got two official lightsticks, one for me and one for Sohui.
They come in this classy JYP (JYP is the entertainment agency that 2PM belongs to) bag.
It has three settings, constant, blinking slow, and blinking fast. I always go for the constant setting.
My friend Julia wanted me to pick up a couple of things for her, and one of them was the OKcat lunch box.
That bag is to hold the lunch box.
The lunch box is made of two separate plastic locking containers.
Here is the top of the lunch box! After unboxing it I really wanted one! Maybe I will buy one later~
At each k-pop concert I go to I have to get the slogan. I started doing it with Big Bang and I think it’s going to be really cool to have a slogan from each concert.
Here is one fantastic side of the slogan.
Here is the other side.
Another of Julia’s items!
OKcat chopsticks to go with her OKcat lunchbox!
And of course no concert is complete without buying the official tour shirt!
I kind of wish it had their faces on it, but it’s a pretty decent concert shirt.
Now I didn’t buy these but on two separate occasions I had Japanese girls come up to me and give me Japanese copies of 2PM’s latest single. While many people think fangirls are very crazy, most of them are super sweet! Even though we couldn’t communicate with each other just both being fans of the same group is enough to make friends ^_^
I’m so glad I did all of this today so I don’t have to waste time or energy doing it tomorrow! I’m just going to focus completely on enjoying the concert! I can’t wait to see 2PM live!!!