20 Space – The Mint Universe (New Cube Cafe)

Hiii! I just came back to Korea again after more than a month in Indonesia. And it’s so hot here. OMG!

So many things happened when I’m away. One of them is new cube cafe finally opened!!! Yeayy! I posted about cube cafe long time ago. And since Cube Ent moved its office, the cafe was closed. It’s now re-opened in Cube Ent new building but with a new name: 20 Space – The Mint Universe. I don’t know why it omits the Cube part on its name though.

20space seats

bigger space, yeayy!

Anddd I visited the cafe today~ The new cafe is much bigger than the old one. And on one side, it plays big size video using projector. Sometimes it plays Cube artists’ MV, but not when I came there. Just like the old one, It also has Cube artists’ merchandise display. But there’s only BEAST & BTOB stuff now.

Its main menu is coffee (4000-6500 KRW), but there are also different kind of tea (~5000 KRW), fruit ade, yoghurt smoothie, milkshake (5800 KRW), etc. It also serves Daquoise (1800 KRW) and Bottle Cake (4500 KRW) for you who have sweet tooth.

20space menu

20 Space Menu

Since I don’t really like coffee, I ordered yoghurt smoothie. For the price that relatively a lil bit more expensive than other cafes, it has proper size. It’s big! Well, I’m sure we know that almost everyone going here has that “hidden motive”. LOL. So that size is good enough if you want to stay longer.

yoghurt smoothie

bigger space, yeayy!

Talking about “hidden motive”, I saw Pentagon’s Shinwon! Haha. Read so many fanaccount that Pentagon members frequently visit the cafe but didn’t expect that any of them would come when I went there. Perfect timing!

pentagon shinwon

blur shinwon

Pentagon is cube’s upcoming 10-member boy group. They’re supposed to debut last July, but because of Cube’s internal problem their debut date is pushed back. Sigh… I watched their reality show, Pentagon Maker, and it’s really fun. They’re crazy and talented guys. I recommend you to watch some of their performances. Here are my favorites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 .

Shinwon was eliminated after a performance show which the recording I attended. We were asked to vote a team, but didn’t know that the result is used for elimination. Even though I believe this elimination thing is scripted, I felt really bad for Shinwon because I voted for another group. On the last episode of Pentagon Maker they were given mission to revive the eliminated member including Yanan and Edawn: their debut concert must be attended by minimum 2000 people. Which is ridiculous scenario because: First, if you call it debut concert then the album, music video, etc should be done which means the member is already decided. Second, that number is big for a rookie group. And now the debut concert is canceled. I don’t know how they’ll make the 3 members “smoothly” come back after getting eliminated. Sometimes I feel tired with kpop drama. Haha.

Anyway, I hope they’ll debut soon >< Jinho waited for 8 years to debut, he was SM trainee and once debuted under project SM The Ballad. Hongseok was YG trainee and was eliminated in survival show Mix & Match. This debut is something that they’re really long for.

Sorry for the long rant about Pentagon ^^v Please watch their show and support them. Anddd if you want to visit 20 Space, here’s the detail:

20 Space – The Mint Universe
Opens everyday, 10am-10pm.
Instagram: @20space_cube
Address: F2 Building. 83 Achasan-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 성동구 아차산로 83 F2빌딩)
How to get there: Take Seoul Subway Line 2 to Seongsu Station. Go to Exit 1 and walk straight for 300m.

Cube Studio & Cafe

안녕하세요! Hi! Halooo!

If you’re following me on instagram, you maybe already now that I’m currently in South Korea. Yup, I arrived last week. I’m here to attend graduate school. There are a lot of stories about it, but I’ll talk about it later. 😉

I’m a big fan of Korean boy band BEAST, especially member Lee Gikwang. If you can read hangeul, you can read on my profile picture before this current picture that I was holding a cheering towel with Lee Gikwang name written on it.

taken on Beautiful Show in Indonesia, 2012

BEAST is managed by Cube Entertainment. And if you’re following k-pop or BEAST or Cube, you should already know that Cube has Cube Studio and Cafe (큐브스튜디오) which opens for public. I really really want to go to that place. I live in Incheon and Cube Cafe is in Seoul. Incheon-Seoul is around 1 hour by car. But because I took public transportation (bus + subway) + walk, It took almost 2 hour to reach Cube Cafe from my place. lol. And what’s crazier is that was my first experience of taking bus and subway in Korea. I did it all by myself. //proud//

If you’re in Korea, forget google maps, you better look at this Naver Map. It gives detailed direction, expected time, and fee information. It’s written in Korean, but you could easily navigate it. If you need translation, open google translate. lol.

So, from my university back gate (인하대후문) i took bus 511 to Juan Station (주안역). Don’t forget to tap the transportation card when you enter and exit the bus. You can also pay by cash, but it’s a little bit more expensive than using card (~200 KRW more). I then took the subway to Onsu Station (온수역), and transferred to Line 7 (Green). If you need subway map, you can download it here or click this picture below to get larger image.

Subway Map

Subway Map

I took off at Cheongdam Station (청담역) which is 21 stations away from Onsu Station. I go to exit 13. For the direction / how to get to cube cafe, I read it from a blog here.

direction

direction

I just walked until I saw Hotel Riviera then turned left.

Hotel Riviera

Hotel Riviera

Then walked again, that time I saw Hotel Prima. If you watch BEAST Showtime, it was the place on the first episode where Junhyung was waiting and then picked up by Doojoon, Gikwang, and Dongwoon. Do you know that kind of feeling I got when passing this place? lol.

this place, hotel prima!

this place, hotel prima!

Walked again until I can find Baskin Robins across the street.

BR

BR

Crossed the street, walked through the alley until intersection and then turned right. Cube Studio & Cafe is not that far from the intersection. I can easily recognize the place because there are fans in front of the cafe.

Cube Cafe

Cube Cafe

But unfortunately, when I went there, Cube Cafe was closed for public because of 4Minute Sohyun’s birthday party. Only invited fans are allowed to attend. I didn’t know about this. I’ve should known earlier that Cube Cafe has a twitter account that gives update about opening/closing time, merchandise, event, etc. I missed that info.

But even though it’s closed, I saw BEAST Dongwoon went out from Cube Cafe. Too bad, he closed his face with hands. I can recognize him from his height and hair color. And I also saw BTOB Changseob. He was walking to the training center which is just some buildings away and then to Cube Cafe.

Dongwoon entering the van

It was around 4 PM and Cube Cafe will open again for public at 7 PM. Because it’s too long, i just walked around there. I bought donuts at Dunkin Donuts nearby. It’s in front of JYP Entertainment Building. Yes, Cube Cafe and JYP is really close. JYP is veryyy quiet. There are big posters of the artists shown. It gives me old cinema vibe. lol.

JYP Entertainment

JYP Entertainment

While eating, I saw some people waiting in front of a building. And then I realized that that building is Cube Entertainment Office. I passed the building while walking to Cube Cafe but I didn’t realize it.

Cube Entertainment

Later, I  also waited in front of the building. Suddenly APink Namjoo walked from the building, followed by a camera. I think she is recording for APink showtime. She’s so kind, She asked us fans to love APink and waved her hand.

I then walked to the main street, thinking of going back. But because I found public wi-fi (yah, it’s quite difficult to find public wifi), I stopped for awhile. Talked to my friend and tweeted. And you know who was coming? APink visual, Son Naeun. She walked from the alley, also followed by a camera. I recorded it with my digicam. We were really close. I hope I’m not getting recorded on her camera. lol. But if you see a small girl using scarf on APink Showtime, you know who she is. I followed Naeun crossing the street and watched her taking a taxi.

After that, I went back to Incheon. Kinda sad that Cube Cafe were closed that time, but I promise I’ll visit it again. And I hope I can see my bb Gikwang. T.T