So you stan a group and are pretty active on social media. You keep up with the conversation on Twitter, you regularly check out your bias’s VLIVEs, and whenever a new album or nearby concert is announced, you prepare your wallet. But how else can you celebrate your fandom with other local fans?


One solution many K-Pop fans in Korea have come up with is ‘K-Pop flea markets’ – offline events where fans can get together to buy and sell high-quality idol merch that they have made and make new K-Pop friends.


K-Pop flea markets can be held in venues as small as coffee shops (usually for single groups) and as large as exhibition halls (for multi-fandom events like in the video above), with fans selling anything from handmade crafts and fan art to gently used merch from idol groups’ previous promotions.


The best part is that prices usually start around only 2,000 KRW (approximately $1.65 USD), which makes it easy to bring something cute home!

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In April, we attended a K-Pop flea market for rookie duo B.O.Y, whose fans were holding an event at Hongdae’s Ggultem Cafe to celebrate the members’ 100-day anniversary. The entire cafe was decked out in giant prints of photos fans took at various B.O.Y events and were available for sale at the end of the event.


Not only that, but Ggultem Cafe arranged a themed cafe menu for fans, complete with B.O.Y logo desserts and special drinks like honey yuja ade.

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All drinks were served in both specially designed B.O.Y paper cups or souvenir take-home bottles. (They even came with free photo cards and posters!)

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Once fans picked up their drinks and desserts, they were able to enjoy them in the cafe while chatting with other B.O.Y fans and watching fancams of the duo’s previous performances on two big screens.

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The market area of the cafe was filled with a diverse range of handmade B.O.Y merch, from stickers, dolls, and fabric slogans to jewelry, pop sockets, and even fake credit cards featuring the members’ names and faces.

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All in all, we spent roughly 39,000 KRW (or $32 USD) on all of the B.O.Y merch you see below – which is a definite steal compared to the cost of official merch put out by music agencies. We’d have to say it was a trip well worth it!

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If you’re a fan of an idol group and heading to Seoul, one of the best ways to find out about whether the local fandom is planning a flea market is to check out posts on Twitter or in your group’s official Daum fan cafe.


You can also follow @kpopgoodsmarket on Twitter to find out when the next big multi-fandom flea market will be happening!


Still want to know more about what K-Pop flea markets are like? Check out this English-subbed video of a Korean ARMY on a flea market hunt for sold-out BTS merch.



by the theQoos