Thursday, August 16, 2012

[Screencap] Kim Hyung Jun - YES Magazine Web Page

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[Article] Kim Hyun Joong - JAKSAL Chicken Restaurant [16.08.12]


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The article series of artists' restaurants - Introducing Kim Hyun Joong's Jaksal Chicken Restaurant.

There's one thing not many K-Pop fans do and many might not know is possible to do unless you're really part of a fandom: visit an artist's restaurant. Many have started businesses around Seoul; often they are partners or their relative owns the restaurant. The most popular is probably JYJ Junsu's parents' pizza place Misarang, but there are definitely more. As an exchange student in Seoul at the moment, I will visit some of these restaurants, check out prices and describe the easiest way to get there.

The first restaurant to introduce is Jaksal Chicken. It is owned by SS501's Kim Hyun Joong and is located very close to Seokchon station on the pink line number 8. He actually owns another one, bigger and on the other end of Seoul in Ilsan, but today we will just start with Jaksal.

To go there, take the pink line number 8 and get off at Seokchon station. Depending on where you are in Seoul, it could take more than half an hour to get there. Also I would suggest going during the early afternoon and try to take the train back early, since Seoul's subways tend to be very crowded during the evening hours.

When you arrive at the station, follow the signs and go to exit number 7. From there, go straight until you get to the first side street. It's big so you won't miss it. Go straight again for around 50 meters and you'll see it on the left side on a corner to another side street.

You might be surprised to face a pretty small restaurant, one of those you see on Korea's streets a lot. There's a small tent outside with plastic chairs and tables, and inside, maybe enough space for 20 customers.

The menu is not huge, mostly variations of chicken, like garlic chicken, spicy chicken, etc. with a salad. But there is more to it as well; Ddokbokki is also on the menu as well as Budaejjigae. Prices go up to around 17,000 won, but the menu is made up of dishes fit for two, so you might want to make sure to go with a friend which makes it a) more fun to be there, b) cheaper and c) you'll probably finish the whole dish.

If you're not sure about what to order and are not fluent in Korean, one of the waiters working at the place speaks very good English and is quite nice, so don't hesitate to talk to him.

My friend and I decided to go with the Budaejjigae, which is basically a stew, with sausage, noodles, vegetables, fishcake, dumplings and a lot more in it. You get the hot pot on your table and finish cooking it there. It was 16,000 won and was actually pretty satisfying.

I must also say, I would not have expected it to be as delicious as it was, since I assume they will get customers anyway, because Kim Hyun Joong's name is attached to it and his face is plastered all over the place, but I have definitely tasted way worse budaejjigae since coming to Korea two months ago.

If you are not a fan but are around this area, it's a cheap place to get very good food with a nice atmosphere. And if you are a fan, then definitely go there. Most of the fans probably go to the bigger one in Ilsan, so this is a quiet place to enjoy the food and look around at the pictures of Kim Hyun Joong hanging there without being intrusive.

Check out the pictures in the gallery to get an idea of what the place is like!

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[Trans] Kim Hyun Joong - Featured in a daily Newspaper in Thailand [16.08.12]

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4D Prince Kim Hyun Joong chose Thailand as the last destination for his Asia Tour Kim Hyun Joong Fanmeeting in Bangkok at Impact Exhibition Hall. Enthusiastic, Endorphin-driven “Thai Henecia” filled the hall and screamed with his opening act of hit singles like “Let me go” “Break Down” “Kiss Kiss” and “Happiness Is…”

Five lucky fans were chosen to take a polaroid snapshot with Kim Hyun Joong. Each was asked to choose a playing card from HJ; one picked the joker card but it turned out she was transformed into a lead female in Playful Kiss and got to snuggle with the 4D Prince in the song “Marry Me”

Before he said good bye, KHJ serenaded the fans with beautiful ballads “One More Time” and upbeat songs like “U” and “Lucky Guy”. He grabbed a bottle of water and water gun to spray and give Henecians some splash. He promised to return with a big concert in Thailand next year. What made the event more special was a hi 5 that was given to everyone. Such really put Henecians on cloud nine.

“Haneul” [interviewer] had a chance to interview KHJ at Aetas Lumpini. Please, Thai Henecians, don’t get jealous as “Haneul” got to see eye to eye with the handsome 4D prince because we got exclusive interview piece for you

- How’s it going with this trip to Thailand?
“I try to travel to meet Thai Henecians every year and this fanmeeting is the last stop to wrap up my Asia Tour so i will try to do my best. I’ll give all that i have on the stage. I just released a new album in Japan also so i will sing a song from this new album for everyone”

-Were there a lot of fans who welcomed you at the airport when you arrived?
“I was very happy. Despite the delay, fans still waited for me. Thank you everyone for always giving me a warm welcome”

- Why did you choose Thailand as the last stop and why hi5 for everyone?
” Every year i come to Thailand and I promise the fans that i will try to come at least once a year. I always want to come to Thailand so i chose this place to finish my Asia Tour. Hi-touch is an activity for fanmeeting event which i want to return the warmth and good feeling to everyone. It’s a way to thank Henecians”

- We understand that HEAT was sold at 183,ooo copies within the first week and went to no.1 on Oricon Chart. Did you expect such a good response?
“I was shocked when i heard the news cos i didn’t think fans would like my songs this much. Getting no.1 on the oricon chart reassures me and gave me a good morale support. I will keep on trying for Henecians who love me”

- Besides that, we also heard that you are working on a new drama City Conquest?
“CC is my comeback series after a 2-year hiatus. This is different from the roles i used to take. This is an action role. the production is quite a big scale and fans would get to see another side of me that is strong, charismatic but also sweet and loving towards my lead lady. Please support and follow this series”

- With many visits to Thailand, can you speak some thai words?
“Sawasdee krub” (Hello) “Kob Khun Krub” (Thank you) and “Rew rew” (Pali pali)

- You have a very good skin. What’s the tip to stay in shape?
“When i started shooting, my skin is not as good as before but i have to exercise every morning because CC is an action drama so i have to stay fit”

- How do you relax after work?
“I want to relax of course but i don’t have much time. Anyway, i still get to do what i love so i always think that when i work, it’s like i am relaxing also”

- What kind of artist do you want to be to everyone?
“Because Thai Henecians really love me, i want to be an artist that everyone can remember me as long as possible. I will try to be a good artist and a good role model for others. In the future, if chances allow, i also still want to be a singer and actor. Even when i grow old, i still want to be able to sing and act”

- It shows that you really love this job
“i think this is my destiny. it’s the work that i love and i can do it well”

- After this fanmeeting, will there be other projects for Henecians?
“Next year, i’m going to do World Tour. I will prepare myself the best i can. For fanmeetings, i gave it all and did my best but i will do better at world tour and i will come back to Thailand so see you soon”
KHJ gave you a promise to come back with his world tour now. Thai Henecians, save up right away!