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If you want to express yourself over text, then you’re definitely going to want to know about the KakaoTalk Friends (also called the Kakao Friends).
These little guys have worked their way into the heart of modern Korea. We’ll tell you all about the Friends, how you can use them with messaging, and where you can see them in person!
The Friends are an intriguing bunch that can help you bring laughter and life to your messages with their very different and complex personalities. Whether you are happy about getting a promotion at work, looking forward to a movie date, or excited about your most recent Korean lesson, there’s a KakaoTalk Friend perfect for spicing up your texts.
KakaoTalk Friends Stickers & Emoticons
Texting has become a staple for quick and easy communication, but sometimes words fall short when trying to get your message across. It can be hard to convey tone, and when your friends can’t see your face they can’t always figure out what you’re trying to say.
Have no fear!
With the KakaoTalk Friends everything becomes much easier to understand. There’s a Friend for almost every situation, and deciding who you’re going to choose to go along with your text is a fun way to connect with your loved ones.
You can get these sticker packs (sometimes also called emoticons) inside of the KakaoTalk application. Most of them are for purchase (usually between $2-3 USD), although occasionally there will be promotions for free sticker sets.
KakaoTalk Friends Character Bios
Ready to find out more about these crazy characters? Read on to find out more about the Friends – you might be surprised at some of their backstories!
We’ve included the character’s names in Hangeul, the Korean alphabet for you. If you can’t read Hangul yet it is possible to learn in just ninety minutes, so what are you waiting for?
1) Groovy Jay-G (제이지)
With Groovy Jay-G (제이지), there’s definitely more than meets the eye. Sure, on the surface he’s a suave secret agent with an insanely cool afro and a freshly pressed suit. However, behind his daytime exterior, by night he is a groovy pop star dropping beats and performing his heart out! He idolizes the always cool Jay-Z and loves to have a good time.
Do you have a passion you’re pursuing after you’re done with your 9 to 5? Are you the cool and collected one in your group of friends? If so, Jay-G is the KakaoTalk Friend to help you bring your texts to life!
2) Tube (튜브)
Tube (튜브) is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the KakaoTalk Friends. On the surface, he is a meek, friendly duck who doesn’t like standing up to others to get his point across. He has tiny feet that make him a little self-conscious, so he wears a pair of flippers to change up his appearance.
Tube stays a mild feathered friend until something scary happens – then, out of nowhere, his alter ego takes over! Tube’s alter ego is a Hulk-like green duck that doesn’t back down and readily expresses anger.
If you tend to be a dynamic person who can quickly go from calm to angry when a situation gets intense, Tube is perfect for you! Use him in your texts to get your friends on the same page.
3) Frodo (프로도)
Frodo (프로도) is one of the more complex Kakao Friends. Sure, on the surface he’s a spoiled dog from the big city who can get a little bossy. He loves the finer things in life – if it glitters, Frodo will love it!
However, just below the surface, he’s not quite as confident as he may seem. He wasn’t always the wealthy urbanite and tends to be a bit embarrassed about his less-than-glamorous background.
If you’re feeling something a little too complex for words alone, Frodo is the KakaoTalk Friend who can help you get your feelings across with a well-placed emoticon.
4) Neo (네오)
Neo (네오) is a sleek and suave urban cat with a haircut that deserves to be on the cover of a fashion magazine – and she knows it! Neo is a beauty who doesn’t need to be told twice about how lovely she is. However, as you can imagine, this means that she can get pretty bossy with the other Friends. She knows she deserves the best, which is why she’s with Frodo, the love of her life.
Frodo and Neo are frequently seen together, watching movies and holding hands like lovebirds tend to do. They both have very strong personalities, so bickering constantly is not unusual for them.
Despite the fighting, they still know deep down that they’re better together, and they can’t stay mad at each other for long. Are you having a great hair day? Are you trying to put a little argument behind you with your friends? If so, think about using Neo and Frodo to help you share what is really going on with you!
5) Apeach (어피치)
Sometimes, texts are serious and intense. Sometimes, not so much. Apeach (어피치) is a sexy peach brought to life who is perfect for your texts that are fun and flirty. Apeach was brought to life by the ambitious scientist Con, and spends its life dancing around and acting out mischievous pranks on the KakaoTalk Friends.
Apeach left the garden where it was born in pursuit of excitement and laughter and loves an excuse to be silly. Are you the bubbly, flirty one in your friend circle trying to text your crush to go out this weekend? Are you always down for a good dance party? If so, you and Apeach will get along just fine!
6 & 7) Muzi & Con (무지 & 콘)
Last but not least of the KakaoTalk friends, Muzi (무지) is a spunky yellow radish brought to life by his scientist sidekick and creator, Con (콘).
Muzi loves wearing bunny suits to boost his confidence, and he is frequently found seeking out new adventures and escapades. There’s nothing that these two can’t do!
If you’re feeling playful and want to spice up your texts, let Muzi & Con help you bring some adventure into your life.
8) Ryan (라이언)
Ryan (라이언) is the newest addition to the Kakao family, and he doesn’t disappoint! This lovable lion has quite a personality. Easy angered–but also very caring–he’ll be the go-to guy for a range of emotions.
Attitude is the name of Ryan’s game, and he’s got plenty of it! He knows how to display a range of emotions. Pride, compassion, sadness, and nervousness are some of his favorites.
Make sure you add a Ryan sticker pack to your Kakao lineup for some fierce and friendly emotions.
KakaoTalk Friends Online Store
Want to get some official KakaoTalk Friends merchandise for yourself, or maybe as a gift for a friend? Then check out the KakaoTalk Friends Online Store and search for your favorite Kakao Friends gear and souvenirs!
Give a ring or email their customer service center if you have questions about their products. Their contact info is at the bottom of their homepage.
In addition to Kakao memorabilia, there are also profiles of the characters and information about the KakaoTalk Friends stores in Korea. Currently, it’s all in Korean, so it’s a great way to brush up on your Korean abilities!
KakaoTalk Friends Shop
If you’ve dreamt of meeting a life-size version of the Kakao Friends, then you’re in luck! There are several stores all around Korea that you can visit.
The three main flagship stores are in Seoul (Gangnam, Hongadae and Busan. The main difference between the flagship stores and the normal stores is how big they are. The flagship stores tend to have more characters that you can pose with.
Currently there are about 30 stores nationwide. Here is a list of the Kakao Friends Stores in Korea, along with the customer center numbers. Make sure to give a call or check the website before you go, since the store info changes regularly.
If you have to pick one, we recommend the Gangnam flagship location. There are a lot of characters to photograph and merchandise to choose from. It’s a bit crowded, so best to go during the day if you have a flexible schedule.
Most of the stores are open daily from about 10am – 10pm.
|Seoul||Shinchon Hyundai Department Store||02-3145-1722|
|Gyeongi||Hyundai Department Store Pangyo||031-5170-2451|
|Daegu||Hyundai Department Store Daegu||053-245-3039|
|Busan||Lotte Department Store Busan||051-810-4757|
|Gwangju||Shinsegae Department Store Gwangju||062-360-1733|
|Gyungnam||Lotte Premium Outlet Gimhae||055-900-2418|
|Ulsan||Lotte Department Store Ulsan||052960-5325|
Do you find yourself using one of the KakaoTalk Friends more often than the others? Let us know in the comments below!