From as early as noon, VIPs (as BIGBANG’s fans are lovingly known) were seen lining the streets of TREC Kuala Lumpur. In fact, some seemed to have rushed over from school as they were spotted wearing their uniforms – a rare sight for Kuala Lumpur’s entertainment hub.
Heck, they were even completely unfazed by the evening rain.
A red carpet was rolled out, lit-up high tables were prepared, and large white tents stood over them. It could only mean one thing: YG Republique’s first ever Malaysian outlet is about to hold its grand opening. And with it is a guest list of some of South Korea’s most popular celebrities.
BIGBANG’s maknae (youngest member) Seungri (승리) was scheduled to make a special appearance at the YG Republique Malaysia opening, but he wasn’t going to be alone. Joining him were Korean celebrities, songwriter/actor/TV personality Jung Joon Young and F.T. Island’s Choi Jong Hoon, as well as Seungri’s Natural High Record (NHR) DJs Danu, TPA, Glory, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous K Plus models Yeon Hui and Soh Hee.
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The 3-hour invite-only event at YG Republique Kuala Lumpur’s K Pub, Malaysia’s bonafide and first fully-themed K-Pop bar, and alfresco was attended by some 350 guests, graced by Korean ambassador to Malaysia Dr. You and Korea’s YG Foods CEO Miss Noh Hee Young.
Upon their arrival, which received a warm and somewhat noisy (but in a good way) reception from the fans, the artistes were quickly ushered into 3Geori Butcher’s aka Samgeori Butcher’s (삼거리 푸줏간), where they had a private dining session. Not one to give up so easily, fans continued waiting outside YG Republique Kuala Lumpur for a chance to catch a glimpse of their favourite Korean stars. Because determination.
After dinner, as part of the YG Republique opening ritual, Seungri an friends signed YG Republique’s signature pig-shaped balloons and marked the walls with their handwritten signatures. We hear that a local wall mural artist also presented Seungri an original artwork, a portrait of the Korean pop star. A sweet touch, we have to say!
But the excitement didn’t stop there. After the launch, Seungri performed his first ever DJ set at the YG Republique Malaysia after-party in Zouk KL! To be continued in part 2 of our YG Republique Kuala Lumpur launch coverage ;)
For more pictures from the YG Republique Kuala Lumpur launch, check out the gallery below:
Special thanks to YG Republique Kuala Lumpurfor having us! YG Republique is located at Hive block at TREC Kuala Lumpur.