Octoberfest- Korean Version

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The adventure starts in the Japanese district in Yongsan, for a late lunch.  I took the train up with a coworker and decided to try and eat beforehand.  Unfortunately the ramen place we wanted to go to was closed during the time we were there!  Down the way we found a pho restaurant and my coworker had never had it, so we ate there.  Broth impression?  Decent.  Bowl ingredients?  Sub par.

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The district was really cool though, I want to go back and check it out and eat at some of the sushi places.  Plus I hear the ramen is to die for, so I really, really want to try it!  I’ll have to make it back when they’re open.

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Octoberfest was on base at Yongsan, and was….interesting.

This is the place for you if you want a quasi-german theme while eating and drinking Korean food.  The beer was Hite, which is terrible, and the food couldn’t really be considered to be German… I will however give them an A for effort (the tent was awesome) an A for execution (it was well put together) a D for events (the band was questionable) and a C for food quality.  Other than that, I got a mug out of the deal!

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Octoberfest was spread over about 4 days, I think it would have been more fun if it was a single day or single weekend, more people would have been there.  There were a lot of people who made their way through though, there was always a line and I think people came and left throughout the night.

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They wanted a fortune for these liter mugs…

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The oompah band!

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And they had an arm wrestling contest.

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I wish staying in Seoul was cheaper, it’s easier to stay the night than try to catch the train home because the last train is 10:50, and you may not get a seat.  Then you’re out of luck.  We ran the risk and got standing room only, but if you cut it close you won’t get a spot.  I guess you can always just stay up until the 5am train, but… no.

Overall it was a fun time, I applaud their effort to make it Octoberfest-ish, although the event would have been 100 times better if they at least had german beer on tap!

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