During this trip, I managed to squeeze in a weekend at Seoul. It was a toss-up for me between Seoul and Tokyo, which are my two favorite cities in Asia. But the roundtrip tickets for Beijing-Tokyo were $1,500. It was like the airline industry really wanted me to go to Seoul.
The photo above was taken at Volume, which is probably Seoul's most popular nightclub right now. Other than the scantily clad, heavily intoxicated women, I thought the place was just okay. For one thing, I'm not a big fan of dance floors where everybody faces the DJ like he's techno Jesus. Secondly, it's so loud the bartenders can't hear you and automatically hand you well drinks. If you haven't figured it out from my facial expression, the vodka was horrific. You can find tastier liquids inside a dead raccoon on a hot day.
Checked out the opening party for this art gallery that's constructed entirely out of shipping containers. It's not quite ready yet - only three out of the dozen or so containers were up for the party. It's amazing how shipping containers have been a trendy thing to use for constructing businesses, homes, and Korean art galleries. It's just a matter of time before trendsetters build everything out of refrigerator boxes. Soon homeless people won't have anything to use as shelter.
This is what the containers look like on the inside. The shiny metal surfaces create a neat optical effect: my right testicle appears to be a Chinese guy.
We were taken to this restaurant that's famous for its geijang or pickled raw crabs. Unlike cooked crabs, where everybody eats the legs - the main thing you eat here are the guts and eggs.
I think this is the first time I've ever had kalbi at 7 AM. The crazy thing about Hongdae is that this restaurant was packed. Nobody fucking sleeps in this part of Seoul.
Don't think I've seen anybody sweat this much while eating dduk bok kee. He could end droughts in some countries.
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