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Club NB in KangNam, Seoul, Korea!

Probably the two favorite places to go clubbing in Seoul, Korea is KangNam and HongDae. On my last trip, I visited the Club NB in KangNam, Seoul, Korea, where I used to live. Club NB is usually full of young native Korean crowds (who can’t dance) but sometimes you will find several foreigners who can. This is one of my favorite places to go clubbing (as it’s close to KangNam station) and highly recommended for anyone to bring their girlfriends. Of course, I will be plain honest that most Korean girls at Club NB are very conservative and your player skills will not work (on most girls) so I suggest you to bring your own girls. I’ve lived in KangNam for about a year and been to this club like every weeked so I know what I am talking about. Other than that, Club NB has great drinks and music. Not the biggest club in Korea but certainly one worthwhile visiting. Hey, you never know, you might meet a chic here. But if you want to meet some Korean girls who are down to get under, you might just want to check out some local HipHop concerts, where girls are … Continue reading

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Rainbow Cafe over HanGang River!

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If you enjoy nice views and a nice cup of coffee, you might want to definitely head over to the Rainbow Cafe, which has a fantastic view of the HanGang River. The Rainbow Cafe isn’t too big and there’s no parking so you might want to think ahead and go on a less busy day using a taxi or bus. However, there is a bus stop right by the Rainbow Cafe. For me, I was walking the HanGang river and noticed an elevator to the Rainbow Cafe. Yes, you can get there by visiting the HanGang river too. The Rainbow Cafe is open from 11AM to 11PM so plan accordingly! The Rainbow Cafe offers about 30-40 seats, certainly a nice place to quietly write blog posts like this one. Next time I go to Korea, I will spend a bit of time at Rainbow Cafe while doing some blogging. Why not? I love working on stuff while enjoying nice views, who doesn’t? There’s 360 degree views of the HanGang river and city of Seoul. Of course, coffee is good too, I ordered some freshly made ice latte, it was really delicious. Not too over-priced either. I thought this was the … Continue reading

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Tour of Korean High School!

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The other week, I happened to be walking by a Korean high school by Apgujungdong and decided to take couple photos to share with you. This is a typical Korean high school, made with bricks with 3-4 levels, sand soccer/basketball field, fountains, and some room for teacher parking. No, don’t expect your high school kids to drive to school like in America, that’s never going to happen, it’s so “wrong” in Korean culture. Of course, in most parts of the U.S., you can’t even “survive” without a car so let’s say it’s different. Soccer is the most popular sport in South Korea, that’s why the soccer field invade the center of the sand field while basketball courts are put to the side. In Korea, there’s no really option to build 1-level buildings, especially in Seoul where land in scarce. Some parts of Seoul are as expensive as luxury mansions in New York. This is what typical fountains look like in a Korean school. This is the guide for teachers to park, you can only park here on certain days when your license number ends in the numbers shown on the chart. It says, “Dreams come true.” Apgujungdong is actually one … Continue reading

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Emergency Button for Residents!

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While walking through some aparments in Apgujungdong(압구정동), Seoul, Korea, I happened to notice this “button” that I really wanted to press. Upon closer investigation, it turns out the button is actually an emergency button residents can press in case of an emergency. I am not sure what would happen but I’d imagine a big alarm would go off and maybe alert the residents. It also says, “Do not press to have fun.” Maybe this is a good idea and could help in case of adbuctions and whatnot.

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Sunset in Seoul, Korea over Han River!

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Honestly, watching sunset in the city of Seoul is very hard because there are so many building everywhere and so little view.  Unless you are on top of a building, mountain, or the Han River (which goes across the middle of Seoul), you are not going to see too much sunset. I have the pleasure of walking the Hannam bridge, which goes right over the Han River, and took some photos. What I really enjoy is the city atmosphere mixed with the river and the sunset.  Korea definitely has its own kind of sunset, something I will miss greatly when I am back in the States.

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Android Robots in Korea!

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How popular are Android smartphones in South Korea these days?  Very popular. In fact, it’s so popular, they have these Android robots that dance in front of cellphone shops. Most of Korean smartphones including Samsung, LG, Anycall, and others are now universally using Android OS.  In my personal opinion, from traveling South Korea recently, Android’s popularity soars above anything else.  iPhone 4 is still very popular too but there’s about 10 Android smartphone users to 1 iPhone user on average. But they should have these Android robots in the States for sheezy. Here’s two kids “harassing” the Android robot.

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YongSan Electronic District in Seoul, Korea!

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YongSan (용산) District in Seoul, Korea is the oldest and the biggest electronic district in Korea.   Now there’s a bunch of districts in Seoul with focus on gadgets but YongSan District is still the biggest gadget land in Korea. Here, you can find anything from a PS3, smartphone, electronic parts and anything that’s electronic. If there was something like a Silicon Valley in Korea (where consumers can buy gadgets on the cheap), it would be called YongSan (or is it is). I used to come to YongSan often when I used to live in Korea as a youngster to pick up PC components.  Here, there’s no real set price on anything, you need to “haggle” your way. Sometimes, you can pick up electronics for fractions of the price.  One time, I picked up an audio PC card at 75% off its retail price. Of course, tourists must be even more careful as the retailers here will over-charge you if they know you are a tourist.  But don’t worry, you just need to shop around, there’s like a hundred stores selling the same thing, just find the store with the lowest prices. At YongSan, you will find a ton of … Continue reading

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Drunk People in Korea!

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Seeing drunk people on the streets of Korea is a very common scene.   But unlike here in the States, it’s not such a bad thing to be too drunk and take some time off on the streets. Why? At least after this guy sobers up, he can take a taxi home.  Taxi is pretty much everywhere in Korea, literally “everywhere” so you never have to drive home drunk. And since Korea has strict policy on other drugs such as marijuana and whatnot, there are more drunkards than anywhere else in the world. Next time I go, I will try to take more photos of drunkards on the streets.  I swear, you can see these drunkards at least once a night.

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Cheonggyecheon in Seoul, Korea [Part 3]

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Here we see the Korean traditional Janggu (장구), basically Korean drums. Here’s Korean flute or trumpet of some kind. Here’s another instrument, I believe this is the Kkwaenggwari (꽹과리). This is the traditional Korean dancer with a loop on his head.  Basically he will make it spin, spin, and spin more for some awesome effects. Here we have another Korean national sport, sorta like Japanese Sumo, called Ssireum (씨릉).  Ssireum is still very popular in Korea and widely televised nationally in South Korea. More Korean traditional dancing drummers. Some kind of traditional Korean acrobatics. The Tortoise and the Hare story is widely known in South Korea. Here’s traditional Korean kite, made from rice-paper and bamboo sticks. See Part 1 See Part 2

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Cheonggyecheon in Seoul, Korea [Part 2]

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Here, we see some Chinese dragon floats, cool. This is all Chinese floats, looks like local Korean elementary school is taking a fieldtrip to Cheonggyecheon. As we walk further, we see… Jesus! and Budda, hanging out together.  Actually this is quite true in South Korea where there’s majority Christians and Buddhists. And yes, we see statue of liberty and Leaning Tower of Pisa. These lamps light up at night for a good show, too bad I wasn’t able to make it. (next time!) Here we see a bunch of Korean floats. These are traditional Korean statues, I think a bride monster on the left and groom monster on the right. This is a float of the Korean wedding dresses. Go back to Part I

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