Patrons flock to S Korea 'sheep cafe'

Elsa and Anna are minor celebrities in South Korea's capital city.

They work front-of-house at Seoul's sheep cafe, where they are just as much a part of the experience as a cup of coffee.

Feb 19 will welcome in the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram) in Asia, so Elsa and Anna are finding themselves in centre spotlight.

Entrepreneur Lee Kwang Ho opened the cafe four years ago, but says the place has never been busier.

"I don't know how the world found out about this place, but I've had visitors from all over coming to see my sheep, from Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, even some from countries I don't know very well," Mr Lee says.

According to South Korean tradition, the sheep is a symbol of humility and kindness.

These traits are on display here with even the "grabbiest" of patrons, perhaps waiting on parents relaxing nearby with a steaming cup to clear a wooly head.