(Pre-Blue Square: the lonely bus stop)
Then sometime in 2011, a huge complex arose on the same spot. That complex turned out to be a theater and performance venue. Since then, musicales such as Cats, Wicked, and Phantom of the Opera (with their pricey tickets!) made the spot busier.
(The bus stop and Blue Square)
On my way home from work, I sometimes take the subway, ending up at Hangangjin Station of Line No. 6. Before its construction, only a few passengers would alight from that station. Now, on performance days, there would be a lot of people also getting off from Hangangjin Station, making it busier and less lonely.
(The early bird catches...the best spot)
And this week, Infinite, a K-pop boy band, is holding a series of performances, which made the area the most crowded it has ever been! Before, concert-goers would just fill the lobby. But these days, or should I say, these early mornings (!), Infinite's fans would already be queuing up in front of Blue Square! What loyalty!
Last weekend, during a morning walk around Hannam-dong, I spotted the long line of girls (literally, early birds!) already sitting on the pavement probably to secure a good spot inside the concert venue. Covering themselves with umbrellas (and hopefully sunscreen, too!), they sat chatting and patiently waiting for the start of the concert that evening. They would be waiting there for about ten hours! I wondered how would they be able to grab lunch or early dinner. Or even have a toilet break? They must have some food and drinks with them.
(A souvenir vendor)
I hope the members of Infinite and the concert producers appreciate the sacrifice, patience and the loyalty of these fans who endure the sizzling summer temperatures outside Blue Square. But I'm thinking, if nobody faints outside the concert venue while waiting for the concert to start, would any fan faint inside Blue Square due to too much excitement?
So, if you were one of the fans who watched the Infinite concert, I hope you had fun.
And by the way, how much were the tickets?