Kang Nam, The Beverley Hills of Seoul

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Oh my goodness! I'm wrting this after a weekend in which I think maybe I slep like 4 hours! So we started this adventure on Saturday and end up back on Sunday night, enjoy.....

 So Saturday night we decide on a whim to go to Songtan for some Thai food. It's awesome and the service is amazing! The name of hte palce is Chang Puck, apparently the owner is fron thailand so bada-bing authentic! Man I wish I could rember all the names of the dishes we had because man, they were great. Being a lover of spicy food, I fell in love.

 After dinner we decide to go to Seoul, I 'm in the mood for some live jazz so we head to Kang Nam, where we hear there is no shortage of live music clubs.

Yep, that's Isaac
We arrive at around 10 pm and start the night. One of my friends is studying at Kyoung Hee and we invited him along. So there goes our ragtag foursome off into the night. First stop... Once in a Blue Moon.

 This place is POSH, the band is going hard as we walk in the door, we end up center stage and the vibe is amazing. We order some drinks and kick the night off. It's a jazz club so I start off with a Scotch, I love to sip it and listen to music at home, why not in the club right? So we talk and joke for a couple of hours and decide to go to the loft for a cigar, I brought my own and am dissappointed I did after looking at their cigar menu. They had a decent selection of Cubans and Dominicans but the price was a little out of my league so I decide to pass, what can I say in a place where a beer is 12,000 won you can imagine what a cigar costs.

This is indeed a picture, and from the lift

 We stay untill about 1 and decide to go get some coffee, we run into a little cozy mom and pop joint and sit for a while. After the recharge we're off! First stop Nore Bang! Now if you're a kareokee love ryou'll love a Nore Bang! It's a room you rent with a kareokee machine in it, it's fun because you can get like 10 people into the room, drink and sing untill like 5 am, which it turns out, is exactly what we decide to do.

 At around 5:30 we head to McDonalds for breakfast, after that we realize our pockets are light and we don't have a place to stay. No problem in Seoul! 24 hour saunas are everywhere and almost all of  them have a sleeping room. We find one and crash for a couple hours. At about 9 I get a call. It's my wife long distance from the states.

The pals! Isaac and Sage, having fun waiting for a train
"where are you?" she asks, " I called your room and there was no answer." Feeling more than a little disoriented I lift my head and look around..... "It appears that I'm in a dark room with 50 other half dressed korean men" I reply. What can I say, I can not tell a lie. "Okay, umm you'll have to explain that later, ummm call me when you get a minute." And that's how the call ends, I look ove rand see my friend Isaac, he's out like a lamp. I try to get to sleep for a couple hours but no dice, I'm wired.

 At about 11 I get a call from my friend Sage, "you guys gonna sleep all day or what?!?!" well that was enough to get us up. We decide to meet her at another coffee shop. After a healthy lunch(?) at KFC we decide to split up. Isaac and I go to Seoul Grand Park and Sage decides to go to Dongdae Moon.

The lift
No problem.

 First off, Seoul Grand Park is so big it has it's own subway stop, there is a zoo, a theatre, and a full amuzement park not to mention miles and miles of hiking trails on this ginormous plot of land. It's amazing! We decide to go to the zoo and are less than happy with what we see. The animal habitats are sub-standard and the place is dirty, not exactly a place for the kid. What  the zoo does have however is tons of trees and in Fall they make for great photos, so we salvage the moment and bust out the cameras. At about 6 pm the park closes and we decide to boogie.

 We jump on the train and are back in pyoungtaek by 9. This one was one for the ol' blog, no sleep, non-stop party and travel. This little weekender was what all weekend trips should be, fun, memerable and spent with friends. Untill next time.....

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Yep, Thats me
Yep, That's me
Yep, thats Isaac
Yep, that's Isaac
This is indeed a picture, and from…
This is indeed a picture, and fro…
The pals! Isaac and Sage, having f…
The pals! Isaac and Sage, having …
The lift
The lift
A pond at the zoo
A pond at the zoo
The subway
The subway
The park
The park
it says Seoul Grand Park shockin…
it says "Seoul Grand Park" shocki…
Me, actually I was happy, just tir…
Me, actually I was happy, just ti…
A theatre I think, we didnt make …
A theatre I think, we didn't make…
Colors
Colors
The Sky above
The Sky above
The sad cages
The sad cages
The entrance to the zoo
The entrance to the zoo
the way to the subway
the way to the subway
the entrance to the whole park
the entrance to the whole park
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photo by: chiyeh