As K-pop gradually breaks out into the global scene, more and more people being converted to enthusiastic K-pop stans discover the challenge of getting their hands on legit K-pop merch. While it's not a mandatory gesture (you're still as much of a fan even without spending on merch!), plenty of K-pop fans try to get their hands on their idols’ merchandise. Aside from it being an act of support for the idols, some also find pleasure in having a physical reminder of their favorite group. K-pop albums also come with more than just the CD—with every purchase of an album, fans can also be treated to additional merchandise, like photobooks, photocards, stickers, bookmarks, and other keepsakes.
If you’ve been wanting to start your own K-pop album collection but don’t know where to start, here are a a few trusted shops for K-pop albums and merch to kick your fangirl journey off to a new level.
Where to buy legit K-pop albums in the Philippines:
Developed by HYBE Corporation’s Weverse Company (formerly known as beNX), Weverse Shop used to be the go-to shopping platform for all sorts of merchandise related to HYBE artists like BTS, TXT, ENHYPEN, SEVENTEEN, NU’EST, and GFRIEND, to name a few. Now, the platform also carries merch and albums of other K-pop artists who use the Weverse platform, such as BLACKPINK, CL, SUNMI, STAYC, and more. Weverse Shop delivers internationally from South Korea and purchases may be made using a debit or credit card.
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CNA Philippines has been a hub for all things K-beauty and K-culture. They carry recently released and old-but-gold K-pop albums and merchandise from a wide range of K-pop artists such as BTS, BLACKPINK, NCT, EXO, Red Velvet, GOT7, TWICE, IU, MONSTA X, ATEEZ, SEVENTEEN, TXT, ASTRO, and more. While they have physical stores in Quezon City, Cainta, and Bulacan, K-pop fans may also get their hands on K-pop merch through their official Lazada and Shopee stores. Aside from merch, they also carry various K-beauty brands as well as Korean snacks.
N.cat Philippines is a K-fashion and lifestyle brand that also caters to various K-pop fandoms. They also carry a diverse selection of K-pop albums from your favorite groups and soloists, like BTS, BLACKPINK, Red Velvet, ENHYPEN, TWICE, ITZY, TREASURE, Stray Kids, WayV, and plenty more. N.Cat has physical stores in various malls across the metro (Pasig City, Quezon City, Taguig, Cavite, and Laguna, to name a few), but you may also purchase through their official Lazada and Shopee stores.
Fanlife PH is an online destination for K-pop albums and merch. You’ll find your favorite albums from groups like THE BOYZ, SF9, WEi, EXO, MAMAMOO, SuperM and a lot more on the platform. They also carry lightsticks from various K-pop acts, as well as K-drama OSTs for the ultimate Hallyu fan. Interested fans may purchase online through their website.