6 awesome things to do this weekend (April 27-29)
Friday, April 27
Ballantine’s Golf Tournament
Maybe the boss will let you off work Friday afternoon to catch a glimpse of your girlfriend’s favorite golfer, Adam Scott, play in the Ballantine’s Championship at the Blackstone Club in Icheon. A wide range of great players are expected in one of the few international tournaments hosted in Korea.
Details: The tournament goes all weekend long, but Friday’s tickets are half price, starting at 50,000 won. The first tee time is 7 a.m. and the last tee time is 2 p.m. with play expected until 5 p.m.
Directions: This one is a little tough to get to without a car. My best recommendation is to rent a car as public transportation in that area may be scarce.
Tournament Info: http://www.ballantineschampionship.com/
Hongdae Club Day
If you haven’t been to Hongdae’s Club Day, it’s time you put on some dancing shoes and head to the monthly dance party that lets you go between clubs all night long for one price.
Details: One ticket costs 20,000 won and includes a drink. You can pick up your ticket at any of the participating clubs such as: M2, MI, TOOL, CARGO, JOKERRED, DD, NB, SAAB, Hooper, Q-VO, TUNE, and many more.
Directions: Subway Station Hongdae, exit 9, walk 50 meters and take the street between VIPS/Pizza Hut. Walk straight until the main entrance of Hongik University, the club area is in the direction of the East Broadcasting Center.
Saturday April 28
Jeonju International Film Festival
We’ve only been talking about this film festival for over a month now. Might as well take this weekend for a trip to Jeonju to check out what all the hype has been about.
Details: Outdoor screenings are free and indoor screenings cost up to 10,000 won (including 3-D). Don’t miss the midnight screening called the Midnight Obsession, which starts at 12 a.m. and runs until the wee hours of the morning.
Directions: Since this is a few hours south of Seoul, take an express bus (from the Express Bus Terminal) to Jeonju and from there take a short cab ride to Geksa Megabox where one of the main festival venues is located.
Gangdong Dance Festival
I wasn’t kidding when I said spring in Seoul is filled festivals, concerts, and performances that accent the amazing weather before the humidity sets in. So continuing on the festival theme, why not check out the Gangdong Dance Festival this Saturday. One of their main attractions this Saturday is Carmen.TV.
Details: Carmen.TV starts at 5:00 p.m. with tickets starting at 20,000 won.
Directions: Subway Station Godeok (Line 5), exit 4, walk straight until the E-Mart intersection, turn right and walk 100 meters until you see the Gangdong Arts Center on your left.
Sunday April 29, 2012
Banpo Bridge basketball
A little exercise never hurt anyone and you could use it to change up the scenery from all these festivals we’ve been talking about. Bring your A-game to play some pick-up basketball at the river park near Banpo bridge.
Details: It’s free and people are extremely friendly. It’s great exercise and a nice way to spend the afternoon getting down with the locals. They also have convenience stores in the park so you can always enjoy a fresh cold adult beverage while shooting hoops (although that’s not recommended).
Directions: This one is going to be a bit tricky so I pasted a Google map link that shows you the location. Not surprisingly, it’s right by Banpo bridge. Both sides of the bridge have a park area with basketball courts within 200 meters on either side.
Location: Both A and B are areas with courts and ballers. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=37.511905,126.999979&daddr=37.509930,+126.995773&hl=en&ll=37.512177,126.999035&spn=0.01508,0.038495&sll=37.512143,126.998992&sspn=0.01508,0.038495&ttype=now&noexp=0&noal=0&sort=def&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=15&t=m&z=15&start=0
Sunday fun-day Pool Tournament
Some grueling exercise in the afternoon only means that you can get a little crazy before returning to work on Monday. Join Monkey Beach for their Sunday evening pool tournament. You’ll get paired up with a random person for a chance to win a free bottle of liquor.
Details: Monkey Beach. The tournament starts at 9 p.m. and teams are usually two people paired randomly. Don’t forget about their Happy Time from 7:30 – 8 p.m. when everything is half price.
Directions: Subway Station Apgujeong, exit 2, and make a U-turn after walking up the stairs. Turn right at the intersection. Walk about 10 minutes until you see Paris Croissant on your right and follow the map below to Monkey Beach.