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TSL Travels: Chasing KPOP Idols and Alpacas in Seoul!

September 17, 2019

(Screaming fans) Oh my God, guys. It’s a celebrity, guys. I’m not even kidding. Ready? – Hi, Leah.
– Hello. – What’s going on?
– Are you bored now? – Uh, no.
– We… – … are going to Korea.
– Korea? – Shopping? Ok. Tell me more.
– We are going to chase Kpop idols! So I get to see Monsta X? Oh my God. – We are leaving in 24 hours’ time.
– No. No, no, no, no, no. – Not possible. I’m a girl, and I need 72 hours to pack.
– No, 24 hours. You’re getting ready. – How am I gonna pack?!
– See you at the airport. Ok, we are at Changi Airport Terminal 3 now, and we have a flight to catch to Seoul. They only gave us 24 hours to prep, so I had no time to shop at all! Yesterday, I went to iShopChangi to buy some toiletries… and a fan, because it’s Seoul (so) hot right now. Speaking of last-minute things, I guess I forgot to put a lot in my luggage, because I was rushing out of the house, so let’s get a (luggage) lock because we have a plane to catch in a couple of hours. Let’s go. Thank you! It’s now 2:30 AM. We need rest, because we have a long day tomorrow, so… Goodnight! Well, hello there! Welcome to our humble apartment.
We are in the kitchen… Hello. The girls are going to sleep upstairs in the private area,
and SJ is going to sleep downstairs, near the toilet. Hurry up.
We need go – it’s going to take an hour to get there. 1 hour! Ok, let’s go. We are just waiting and anticipating that a car is going to drive out. It’s going to open, and someone important is going to come out.
We are just waiting and anticipating that a car is going to drive out. It’s going to open, and someone important is going to come out. Oh. Oh. Oh! Oh my God, they are rolling up the windows. Let’s just wave, in case someone is inside. I’ve brought you here to Soul Cup Cafe, which is next to the JYP Entertainment Building. There’s a lot of known sightings of idols here. Some people have seen Twice and Stray Kids members here.
They come here to buy coffee and go for their schedule.
There’s a lot of known sightings of idols here. Some people have seen Twice and Stray Kids members here.
They come here to buy coffee and go for their schedule. – This place is known for organic food.
– Yes, from the milk, the flour, tea, coffee – everything is organic. For the sake of my happiness, I’d think that someone important is in that black van. The reason why I was reacting in an embarrassed way was because
the chances of (an idol) being inside is very low. In this building, all the cars are tinted vehicles. I guess we aren’t seeing anyone here,
but let’s head out because I wanna see Starship Entertainment! Starships were meant to fly~ We are currently at Starship Entertainment behind us. We are here because this is the company Monsta X is from. I also have a funny story that I’d like to share.
But first, let me lead you to the location… Which is that fateful bus stop across the road. Long story short, I met Joo Heon of Monsta X here. As you can see, there are banners on the side of the bus stop. These banners had photos of Won Ho on it. I took a picture and I sat here editing my photo, and in that 10 minutes… Joo Heon rolled up. – Oh my God! And Monsta X is your favorite group, right?
– Yes, it’s my favorite group. – No oppas.
– But we can go across to see if we can catch anyone going into the building. Just as we were walking past, there were a bunch of guys walking past wearing masks and looking quite made up. – So I was like…
– Wearing earrings also. I was trying to look at them but I couldn’t recognize any of their faces. I’m just going to pretend to talk so that we can get some footage without looking stalkerish. So you know this place… (fades) Hi guys. Just finished writing my letter to Chan Kyun from Monsta X. I found out that Monsta X is coming back from a flight from L.A. soon. It coincides with our stay here! We are going to have a long day tomorrow. Goodnight! I’ll see you. Ah! Morning guys! We are heading out early today because we are going for a music show. And because this trip was so last minute, we didn’t manage to get tickets. We will go there and hopefully see if we can get in. In the meantime, guess where we are going for lunch. Army Stew! We are currently at the restaurant where Joo Heon of Monsta X came to with Jackson from GOT7, on a variety show called Celebrity Bromance. Turns out, this place is very popular with celebrities, because there are so many signatures around here. Compared to the army stews I’ve tried in Singapore, this is a level up. Here they have luncheon meat, bacon, sausage, ham, and a ham-looking luncheon meat, which is really good. – “Ham-looking luncheon meat”?!
– Yeah, did you see? He brought the whole Monsta X here to eat,
so I guess I’ve eaten at the same place as Monsta X ^_^ Goals. That one is the one we saw at Starship. If I’m not wrong.
I’ve confirmed with my friends. – Which one?
– That one. The second one from the bottom. I guess we saw an actual celebrity because he is on the billboard in Hongdae. That’s great! One sighting confirmed. – We are waiting for the next bus to go to…
– Um… The Show. We are going to SBS Prism Tower, which is where they have The Show. It’s a music show. A lot of people seem to be waiting, so some people might show up. Let’s see if we can ask anyone and figure it out. We found out that we can’t get tickets, based on the guy’s information.
We’ll just have to wait outside to see if we can see anyone. – Leah…
– Yeah? Can we go now? It’s been three hours, my fan has died… – Shall we go?
– Of course. Let’s go! Guess where we are! Oh, no. Um, no… Is it this?
Ah! Jean Frigo is a must-come when you are in Korea.
Y’know what’s the best thing? Even the locals don’t know that it’s a cafe. A lot of people walk by and wonder, “Why is it just fridges and fruits?” But it’s actually a 3-storey high cafe inside. Let’s just let our hair down and eat our food, and have a good night’s rest. – Bye! Goodnight.
– Gonna enjoy our food without you. I asked you guys on my IG stories which Kpop song I should do a dance to. And I got this speaker at the last minute to do just that. But first… Oh… I’m thinking if we should get someone to go along with me. Chiara. Are you ready to do a dance cover with me?
A Kpop dance cover. I have 4 left arms. Is that ok? Twice – Fancy. Yas, are you ready? I’d be more ready if there’s anyone in the Kpop group. Sharlene, please… SJ… I hate Kpop. And I’m not doing this. I don’t like Kpop. I only like alpacas. Can I don’t do? If you do with me, I have a surprise for you tomorrow. – What surprise?
– I swear I’m not lying. Ok, we are gonna do the final take now. 5, 6, 7, 8. Fancy~ Fancy~ Yas! Thank you. Fancy~ We can be Twice members now. Chiara… We are going to the airport. Sharlene, let’s go. Fancy~ Ooh. Do you all have something to tell me? We are not gonna see oppas today.
I know how much you love alpacas… – Alpacas? No way.
– We are going to Alpaca Land! it’s Alpaca Time! It is kneeling down! Look here!
Omo, it’s so soft. Oh my God. I’m a bit scared, actually. I’m scared. I’m not ready. It’s coming at me, going, “Give me the food!” Oh my God, so cute! I want to give the – The baby one! Pro Tip: The train ride has the cutest alpacas and you can get really close up with them. Yay! HaHa and Jongkook actually own a restaurant, and we are here! They are the cast of Running Man, which is a popular Korean variety show. Chiara was very enthusiastic.
She even wanted to ask the staff how often we will see them here.
They are the cast of Running Man, which is a popular Korean variety show. Chiara was very enthusiastic.
She even wanted to ask the staff how often we will see them here. I was like… Can I ask you a question? How often does HaHa and Jongkook come here? The mystery is unsolved. Because he can’t speak English. So never mind.
Come here and see for yourself. Oh my God. That guy is HaHa’s good friend. The one in white. We got half a point because we saw HaHa’s good friend. I’m not sure what his name is but he appeared on TV before. That’s great. We came back to the apartment to freshen up because we were a bit smelly. We hti the streets of Hongdae again, because we got to see people from all walks of life, students especially, dancing their hearts out as though they were Kpop idols.
because we got to see people from all walks of life, students especially, dancing their hearts out as though they were Kpop idols. You can find indie bands also. That whole concept is like busking culture in Korea. It’s a pretty prominent thing now and it happens nearly everyday.
And speaking of that… Guess what they made me do. – You want me to dance?
– Yup. Yes. One, two, three. Hit it! Don’t be nervous. Just breathe. Superstar here! Go Leah, go Leah. K, I’m done. This is too embarrassing. Good job, Leah. If you think tonight is crazy, wait till you see tomorrow.
It’s so crazy, I can’t even. What’s the time now? We are going to chase our Kpop oppas. We are at Incheon airport and we are going to head to the arrival area. And guess what I brought? It says Chang Kyun. He is my bae. I also have this letter for him. Hopefully I can pass this to him.
Let’s head to the place to wait for them. Oh my God, I’m gonna see Chang Kyun. This is Chiara reporting. We are currently 4 minutes late. But there is already a huge ass long queue waiting to enter KBS Music Bank. We have lost the competition because we don’t even have stools, and we even see our competitors carrying ladders. I think this is a new sport on the rise, called ‘Chasing Korean Idols’. Brought to you by KBS Live. Oh my God. What just happened? By the way, my letter is still here. This was a very scary experience. – Oh my God.
– Are you ok, Sharlene? Erm… Please be careful if you ever see them at the airport.
Do not push. I almost got trampled on a thousand times, although I was just standing there. Leah is calling me. Hello?
Oh my God, we’ve got backup. We are not alone anymore. Are we seriously… – I need to give you 4 thumbs up.
– No, because if we went to the back, we won’t be able to go in. People were doing it also.
You know what? Screw dignity. This is a prime spot.
There’s a mountain of humans… Let’s try different sides… (Counting) Ok. Not Seventeen. Not NCT. Got 10 members. – By the way, Hae Chan is not here…
– Yeah, I was wondering why you weren’t shouting for him. – Here is not here! I don’t know why.
– Leah, you’re a mood. Leah, Leah! Well, that has been a celebrity-filled morning. Yeah, from 3 in the morning.
We saw some people and we didn’t see some people. But it’s ok! We have a flight to catch.
Are you ready? – No, because I didn’t see Hae Chan.
– Oh no. See you back at the airport. Bye! Chiara, how was your first ever Kpop fangirl experience? Wow, I gotta say that it’s eye-opening.
This tour I’ve had – it’s exclusive and you’ll never have it anywhere else. Thank you Leah for being the tour guide.
I never knew that Kpop was more than just watching your idols onstage. But I’d say that my favorite part of the trip will have to be the… Alpaca World! I’d say that seeing Monsta X is the highlight of my trip, because they are my babies :’)
Alpaca World! I’d say that seeing Monsta X is the highlight of my trip, because they are my babies :’) I guess I’m happy to share this with you and the audience. If you guys ever visit Seoul in future, please check out
the places we visited or try the activities we did. And the most important thing – stay safe and be respectful of the idols. That’s the message we want to get across in this video. Peaceful bows. Because we knew that we were going to be chasing stars the entire morning, we decided to buy some stuff for our colleagues online, at Changi 12 hours before our flight, and we purchased some things to bring back for them. Some presents to give out at the office on Monday. Thank you iShopChangi for making this video possible. If you’re a Kpop fan, let us know in the comments down below which group you support. And if you are going to Seoul, let us know what activity you are going to try. If you liked this video, don’t forget to like, share and subscribe.
And watch more videos there. Bye!


  • Reply TheSmartLocal September 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    If you could only meet ONE kpop idol IRL, who would it be?!

  • Reply Anna SilverSea September 12, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I met Red Velvet members in SM and Donghae in his cafe during my trip to Korea!

  • Reply Nadine Tan September 12, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    i stan BTS and a bit of exo and also why does chair's face in 18:26 remind me of namjoon AHAHAH

  • Reply dyata September 12, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    04.33 is ham wonjin

  • Reply pym September 12, 2019 at 6:07 pm


  • Reply jolie x yay September 12, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Can i just say, i didn't know leah was a monbebe!! Lmao i stan seventeen so monteen for lifee!!😊

  • Reply nakanokana September 12, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    leah: "HAECHAN LOVE ME"

    me: BIG MOOD

  • Reply Caramel LatTAE September 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    My closest encounter was with Bae Jinyoung (Wanna One) and i was on the same flight as him on the way back to Singapore

  • Reply Choi Seungcheol September 12, 2019 at 10:08 pm


  • Reply Jerry Mae Star September 12, 2019 at 10:27 pm


  • Reply Emili Fam September 12, 2019 at 11:24 pm


  • Reply 지현Jihyun September 12, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Monsta X ahhhh
    Nct dreamm

  • Reply Adelaide Hueybing Lim September 13, 2019 at 12:23 am

    What’s the song from 10:05??? Hehe

  • Reply kyu September 13, 2019 at 1:10 am

    "HAECHAN LOVE ME" a mood

  • Reply Kai Ling September 13, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Holy shit u gusy saw HAM WONJIN JEBDKF

  • Reply 동현중에1st September 13, 2019 at 1:14 am

    "by the way, haechan is not here." omg the heartache 😭 i was waiting for his appearance too 😆

  • Reply nattay lea September 13, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Ya'll luckyyy

  • Reply le stabby September 13, 2019 at 1:40 am

    YURI CHAN!! mande me laugh

  • Reply andy wee September 13, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Your TSL is sharlene

    My name is sharlyn

    Why do we have almost the same name?

  • Reply DC4 September 13, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Are all Kpop fans this obsessed?

  • Reply Dahlia Tan September 13, 2019 at 2:03 am


  • Reply MonSteph X September 13, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Leah and I share the same monsta x bias ❣️

  • Reply Lydia September 13, 2019 at 2:05 am

    omg nct dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Delwyn Lee September 13, 2019 at 2:17 am

    I like bts

  • Reply Rach C September 13, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Hello Monbebe! 😂 Monsta X are my dudes too. Hehe

  • Reply spoiled armyatiny September 13, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Ree y’all saw NCT Dream and Itzy uwu…I just want to see Ateez and BTS one time.

  • Reply Tingyi Ho September 13, 2019 at 3:08 am

    isit just me or is the bg music for a part txt's crown?

  • Reply k !! September 13, 2019 at 3:09 am

    chiara is seriously so funny & cute

  • Reply I want to suck Katsuki’s toes September 13, 2019 at 3:37 am

    This is deadass Sasaeng behavior…

  • Reply el_ chilgu September 13, 2019 at 3:56 am

    YAS I actually wanna get a chance to chase idols haizz. BTW I stan nct (ALL) got7 stray kidz bts wanna one seventeen the boyz X1 ab6ix exo and many more 😂😂😂

  • Reply Jeslyn Tan September 13, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Rainier did a great job editing this! 10:30 to 10:38 was 🤣🤣
    Also, good choice of bg music hehe (he seems to really like 'get cool' by stray kids lol)
    … but I'm lowkey salty that he didn't specify day6 and stray kids as part of JYP's groups at 2:27 😒 but it's ok I'll just settle for the 'etc' then

  • Reply bts army September 13, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Park jimin from bts

  • Reply Trisha Lim Poh Way September 13, 2019 at 4:35 am


  • Reply Andin VK September 13, 2019 at 4:37 am

    04:30 HAM WONJIN!!!! 😍😍😍

  • Reply ᄌᄋᄋ September 13, 2019 at 5:21 am

    15:58 chiara: "ok not seventeen" chiara knows seventeen omg i love her even more now <3

  • Reply Annessa BAY September 13, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Rap Monster ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply the kiera show September 13, 2019 at 5:52 am

    For me is black pink

  • Reply Denise Tay September 13, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I'm an Army(BTS fandom name) and a MOA(TXT fandom name) but I would definitely be excited to see other kpop groups!!!!!!!

  • Reply xxhannah_editzz September 13, 2019 at 6:40 am

    izone everglow g idle bts blackpink twice fromis_9 ioi stray kids and lot more

  • Reply pudu September 13, 2019 at 6:43 am

    you’re so lucky you got to see nct dream!!

  • Reply Kayx September 13, 2019 at 6:48 am

    I stan a band called ONEWE ! They are super underrated but so gooood.

  • Reply Jia yi September 13, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I've never chased kpop idols before but have had mad luck bumping into them randomly!! On the very very very last day of a trip to Korea many years ago, I was damn sad cos I never saw any idols. But then at the airport I had a wtf moment cos I was p sure I saw some Miss A members. But i was super shocked and stood there stupidly and they passed by. Then by some weird twist of fate, i had some issues boarding and ended up one of the last to board my plane and guess what… miss A were boarding the same plane at the same time!!! They were flying to SG for a private event and I managed to say hi and they were rly sweet. 2nd time was this year. I was in melbourne and a family friend brought us to some random restaurant. Suddenly I see a lot of guys with bright hair and black masks getting up from their table… super indicative of kpop idols and it was stray kids when they were in Melbourne for their concert. I managed to say hi to IN and bangchan. They denied a photo as they didnt have makeup on, and I respected it. Chan even made the effort to wave bye again as they left the restaurant, and I saw felix who looked SUPER happy to be back in australia 🙂

  • Reply blushhkoala September 13, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Hollup, they used get cool instrumental, shit

  • Reply Rafiana Qistina September 13, 2019 at 8:53 am


  • Reply 1.4 (2019) RENEE GOH KIA HWEE September 13, 2019 at 8:55 am

    anyone saw the hydroflask sksksksksk anaoop

  • Reply The Wordless Traveler September 13, 2019 at 8:56 am

    This brought back memories to when I also chased after Kpop groups back in 2009 to 2013 when they visited Singapore

  • Reply Seri Fareeha September 13, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Omg!!! cant believe you guys met ITZY and NCT Dream!!!! they are some of my favourite kpop groups!!! this is my favourite TSL vid so far

  • Reply Marcus10 Ng September 13, 2019 at 10:20 am


  • Reply Park Seonghwa September 13, 2019 at 10:20 am


  • Reply alecsアレック September 13, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I WISH I MET NCT AND WONJIN I hope they will make BY9

  • Reply Yi Ro September 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    She got so close up with monsta x 😭😭

  • Reply Grace Tan September 13, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    kiaRa is the MOOD. She just doesn’t care but also trying her best to keep up with the kpop idols and counting number of memebers 😂😂

  • Reply Chloe The Nobody September 13, 2019 at 12:41 pm


  • Reply TheDyligentLad 90 September 13, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    That awkward moment when Haechan is born in 2000 and he was kind of referred to as Oppa lol

  • Reply Natalie Chia September 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    SF9 and VIXX!!!

  • Reply Mei Teng Lee September 13, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    i am not jealous.. i am not.. ok yes i am

  • Reply Ra Chel September 13, 2019 at 4:09 pm


  • Reply iffvh _ September 13, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    omg I love both changkyun and monsta x too!!

  • Reply Ra Chel September 13, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    fav part of the video would definitely be at 10:04 :”)) txt!!!!!

  • Reply ayuniyzd September 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Nct and monsta x?? Omg both are my fav grps 😭😭😭😭

  • Reply The Unboxing Experience September 13, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    4:43 wahhh those burgers look damn good la

  • Reply Chunghong Low September 14, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Twice in the background oh GOD!!!!

  • Reply Phanna kpop September 14, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Ham wonjin❤❤

  • Reply sylvy September 14, 2019 at 6:49 am

    reality always hits you, once they left

  • Reply Baeizzitiz September 14, 2019 at 8:55 am

    MONSTA X ❤️

  • Reply peachy.nxcole September 14, 2019 at 9:52 am


  • Reply s w e a t e r p a w s September 14, 2019 at 10:36 am

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    ok not seventeen not nct cause got 10 members

  • Reply Tiara Tiong September 14, 2019 at 10:50 am

    SM stans! Tip: Cheongdam SUM Cafe has higher chance of seeing! I saw WayV and NCT there! SM Apgujeong Rodeo Training / Information Centre rarely has anyone UNLESS they are recording songs or training, and I met Red Velvet's Irene there as well~ COEX Artium has low chance unless they're filming but as of now, nothing.

  • Reply park jiminie September 14, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Im a monbebe and changkyun biased too😭❤❤

  • Reply hannah chua September 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    bro i love the bgm its GET COOL BY STRAY KIDS

  • Reply ColouredPixels September 14, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Leah's overwhelming and overshadowing Chiara. Obviously Chiara isn't much into kpop like Leah is. Could have picked another host to travel with Leah to Seoul for this kpop hunt thing.

  • Reply ColouredPixels September 14, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    also, the third girl that went on this trip is a qt.

  • Reply TSURIKI September 14, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Reminds me of the time I went to fetch got7 in seoul earlier this year. That was the highlight of my trip!

  • Reply Chia Nicholas September 15, 2019 at 1:10 am

    i*zone and X1!!!

  • Reply kuasimikua la September 15, 2019 at 3:30 am

    pokémon sightings

  • Reply I’m a Thrash September 15, 2019 at 5:32 am


  • Reply Adabelle Pek September 15, 2019 at 8:33 am


  • Reply isaiah t September 15, 2019 at 10:09 am

    i say mama mama MOOOOOO

  • Reply chae-minhyo September 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm


  • Reply jaehyun's September 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    hyuckie was actually on a 127 schedule 🙁

  • Reply JustMe September 15, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    TWICE 😍😍😍😍

  • Reply By Gtd September 15, 2019 at 2:14 pm


  • Reply Marcus Lo September 15, 2019 at 7:17 pm


  • Reply Anwen Teo September 15, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    omg it's ham wonjin

  • Reply fik September 16, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Dammit where is haechan

  • Reply 1C2 2016 KUAN JIN WEN September 16, 2019 at 4:49 am


  • Reply 1C2 2016 KUAN JIN WEN September 16, 2019 at 5:09 am


  • Reply Marabelle September 16, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Hi!! where's Chiara's white embroidered dress from? I LOVE IT!

  • Reply Chilli Padi September 16, 2019 at 7:22 am

    OMG is chiara a seventeen stan ?

  • Reply Gabriel September 16, 2019 at 7:52 am

    When yall mean go in at the KBS music show, yall mean go into the entrance area to greet the kpop idols right? Not get into the music show itself

  • Reply Jae eun smile Kim September 16, 2019 at 8:32 am

    wait be your 9999 omgggg

  • Reply Yuxin Yeoh September 16, 2019 at 9:36 am

    @ 10:03 TXT CROWN! AND AT 11:15 ITS INTRO:PERSONA!!😤😔✊👌

  • Reply Jung yu September 16, 2019 at 9:49 am

    More episodes like this pls

  • Reply Lucario Silver September 16, 2019 at 10:39 am

    yea stray kids bgm!!!

  • Reply 구설화 September 16, 2019 at 10:59 am


  • Reply hyunjin hwang September 16, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    best tsl video ever invented and omg i relate so much not being able to see ur bias SKSKSK

  • Reply Adraloves grapes September 16, 2019 at 1:16 pm


  • Reply Adraloves grapes September 16, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Me trying to hold myself back when your pronounced Renjun's name wrong

  • Reply Joey Yeo September 16, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    WANNA ONE, AB6IX my babies

  • Reply Local The mind wow duck September 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    this seems a bit sasaeng-like…

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