Having concluded the day’s serious business at an event, delegates often seize the opportunity to unwind by immersing themselves in some local culture and entertainment. To that end there’s nothing better than an activity that can both harmonise a group and hit all the right notes, especially so when its melody is a musical mood currently sweeping Asia and far beyond, K-pop.
“The restaurant is located in the shopping block of the new Lotte World Tower and Mall. It is a landmark 123-storey skyscraper in Seoul, and it’s the only venue in Korea where you can enjoy live performances of K-pop music and other culturally fused entertainment,” says Bernard Cho, CEO of Just Kpop Limited.
In operation for less than a year, the venue has proved to be not only a welcome addition to Seoul’s entertainment offer but also its meeting industry scene. The place can be fully booked and customised for corporate clients looking for something extra special for their events.
An exclusive use of the venue for private functions can be reserved for a group of as small as 100, and a sitting layout can flexibly accommodate up to 300. For a standing-only function the capacity can be extended to 450.
The A/V system supports all kinds of on-stage events and activities: presentations, lectures, training, singing and instrumental performances, team competitions and much else besides.
“Meal options for business functions and events are also very flexible, from general Western-style choices to a mix of Asian and Western offers, from cocktail reception arrangement to various course meals to buffet settings,” says Sophie Jeung, Marketing Manager.
Although the venue is not halal or kosher certified, it has accommodated groups with such requirements by a partial catering arrangement and also by adjusting the kitchen utilisation through the organiser’s inspection beforehand.
Overlooking a scenic lake in one of Seoul’s top spots, the venue comes alive in the evenings when the lights and music switch on. It can also offer additional space, both lakeside and within the mall, to cater for any other activity requirements.
“We have a huge outdoor space, and we can get some help from Lotte to use a grassed area to set a stage there for performances. Furthermore, subject to schedule availability we can negotiate with Lotte to rent the atrium space on the ground floor, make some walls, decorate them and set up a cocktail bar or whatever else is requested,” says Bernard Cho.
Providing not only upcoming K-pop artists, but also magicians, traditional Korean music, Gangnam-style imitators, comedians and Korean drum music, as well as organising flash mobs for corporate clients, the new venue on Seoul’s scene has already made quite a splash. It is now planning its second venue in the city as well as opening new sites in other locations in Southeast Asia.