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.
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.
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!
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.
They wanted a fortune for these liter mugs…
The oompah band!
And they had an arm wrestling contest.
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!