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Hongdae Nightlife

February 8, 2013

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Ok, so we tried something different in this WANK. Instead of going to a location and just goofing around, we wanted to show you some of our favorite things about Hongdae, and give you a bit of a sense of what nightlife is like here. Now, we can’t show you fully everything that Hongdae has to offer. That would require a three hour documentary, and Morgan Freeman’s narration skillz. We just wanted to show a few of the things that we like about the area.

And we finally show you a nighttime video! When do we ever do those? It’s mostly daytime stuff, which – in reality – we barely get to enjoy, because we don’t ever have any free daytime. We’re only free at night, late night, which is one of the benefits of working in Hongdae. Once we’re done at whatever absurd hour we work until (Monday it was until 4AM), there’s still cool stuff happening. So this video is part WANK, but also part real life Simon and Martina.

One note, though: since this is winter, and hence very cold, one of our favorite things about Hongdae – namely, the Free Park – is rather dead, when it’s totally bustling usually. There have been plenty of summer nights we spent there that have been standing room only. Anyhow: we don’t want to write too much about it here, because we want to make a video about the atmosphere when summer comes around, but we want to just let you know that it’s a lot better in the summer, really.

Otherwise, we just totally love the indie vibe of Hongdae. It’s not overrun by Franchises…yet, though they’re really starting to creep in and – sadly – kick out individually run shops, which sucks, and we’re really hoping it doesn’t happen while we have our studio here in Hongdae. Not that I can imagine us not having our studio here, because we put so much money into it (AHHHH!!!!). I’m just hoping that we can defend Hongdae from the onslaught of franchizisation. That’s not a word, is it?

Also, this is definitely the longest WANK we did in a looooong time. There was just so much that we filmed, and – by the end of the night – we had to force ourselves to stop filming, because we wanted to go out and show you so much more! I can definitely see us doing more of these videos and showing you more of the cool vibe of Hongdae in the future, if you guise find this video interesting.

Anyhow, in that mass of deleted footage, we have some things that we saved for the bloopers. Check em out below, including us talking to some nice Nasties we saw that night :D

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  1. yaaay, finally! a wank about nightlife!! :)

    I wish you guys would’ve gone to a “clubitty club” like you said, but it was interesting to at least see the area. i can’t believe there’s just so many people outside like that! although i guess if it’s anything like japan they probably wouldn’t let you in with a camera… meh.

    I want a cape like Martina has… Martina where did you buy it???

    3 years ago
  2. Oh man I just had a youthful flash back. When I was younger we would cross the bridge and go into Juarez (Mexico) and go drinking. There was this bar we went to every week and while it did have a proper name everyone always called it “The Open” because there were a whole bunch of “Open” signs in the windows of the bar. You’re Exit Bar reminded me of that. Plus all the graffiti everywhere as well. Memories!

    3 years ago
  3. This is the first time I’ve seen graffiti in South Korea. Maybe all the other videos you’ve posted just hid it well. What is the graffiti culture like in SK?
    This whole video just reminded me of The Village in Manhattan and i love it. I love hanging out in the Village. Your Free Park is our Washington Square Park or Union Sq or even Tompkins Square Park. Lots of artists, culture, and college students (NYU and Cooper Union). Please post more night life videos. Also can you guys take a trip to Busan and film some videos there too? :-)

    3 years ago
  4. I remember sooo much about the Hongdae area because of your first WANK (Hanging out in Hongdae) and your first Coffee Prince WANK when your battery died at Wausan-ro. It was AWESOME to see those places again!

    3 years ago
  5. Ha! Sexy cookie, I’m willing to bet money that name was inspired by My Name is Kim Sam-Soon. You know the scene, where she’s trying to explain Proust’s meditations on the madeline to Henry, but he doesn’t understand her and so finally in frustration she says in English, “Sexy cookie.” Twas’ hilarious.
    Martina, you need that sweatshirt. Everyone needs a Ghostbusters Wu-Tang Clan shirt. It just must be.

    3 years ago
  6. am i the only one here who thinks that wutang ghostbusters sweat shirt looks horrendous?

    3 years ago
  7. i just realized that you guys haven’t stuck to your WANK guidelines. no posing with a picture of a kpop artist, no engrish, and no unique challenge followed by a punishment for the loser. i gotta admit, i miss that

    3 years ago
  8. There wasn’t any talking to nice nasties in the bloopers?

    3 years ago
  9. I’m so glad you guise showed Free Park which you mentioned in previous TLDR. I was really interested what the scene was like since it reminds me of my favorite hangout in San Francisco, Dolores Park. I’m shocked how bumping it is at night in the freezing cold….we are total wimps out here in the SF Bay area. Can’t wait to visit Free Park when I finally get a job, hopefully this summer!

    3 years ago
  10. Ah you guise :) watching your video’s always makes me happy so thank you! And … Martina go buy that shirt!

    3 years ago
  11. This wank is awesome! I love all of your wanks, but I really love where you just wander around talking, showing different stuff.

    I know there are different to mention street names, but perhaps you could show where the locations are on a map?

    If I go to Korea (either 14 days or a year… It doesn’t matter), and I am interested to go watch a certain indie band… How will I find out where and when they perform?

    3 years ago
  12. Waow, I’m so in love with all the parts of Hongdae you showed us in the video, wanna go and see it all for myself as well some day <3 And it seems like you guys actually meet a lot of nasties while filming…?

    3 years ago
  13. Oh my gooooood~ I’ve been watching this video crying like a retard. HONGDAE MY LOVE. I miss the streets of hongdae so damn much! ;____;

    And Martina, you should definitely go and buy that sweater!! :D I would if I could. Buy one for me, too, and send it to germany xD <3

    3 years ago
  14. awesome wank guise!!! felt like i was there together walking down the streets of Hong Dae <3 Love it! Do more plzzz <3

    3 years ago
  15. “And who thinks I should go back and buy the Ghostbusters Wutang shirt?” *raises hand*

    3 years ago
  16. Yes Martina should get the sweater!! :)))))

    3 years ago
  17. Why Martina! Why! I don’t even know that Girls Generation song yet every time you sing “I got a boy chicken” I go around singing it all day! One day I’m sure I’ll be randomly in my cubicle getting something from my Barney (it’s a giant purple cabinet/closet) and I’ll start not only singing “I got a boy chicken” but be doing you’re little dance as well. Oh you’re sucha bad influence on me Martina ;)

    Love the Hongdae WANK! I wanna go there! May in a few years after I pay off my car :(

    3 years ago
  18. You should buy that shirt Martina!!~! ^^

    3 years ago
  19. wo~w!!!! *_* pretty sparkly (SHINee) lights…. everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    one day i MUST have a garden like that!!!!
    ahaha that drunk woman!!!

    oh!! oh!! oh!!!! guys!! guys!!! guys!!! GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! did you know SHINee are making a comeback VEEEERRRYYY soon???
    hehe…….try and get an interview with them!!!!! that would be amazing and cool and awesome and i can then die from happiness!!!
    i hope there wouldn’t be any schedule conflicts if you guys do plan it!!!

    3 years ago
  20. GET THE SWEATER!
    Also, ketchup + mayo = “fry sauce” in the US. Guess fry sauce = “squid sauce” in korea :P

    3 years ago
  21. omg! that ketchup/mayo dish is a heart!! so cute!!
    LOL Martina and her shopping mid wank! :P
    Great job guys! I really enjoyed this one!!!

    3 years ago
  22. That was awesome! Please do a part 2 and 3 and 4!

    3 years ago
  23. Ah yes brings back memories of crazy crowded Line 2, Hongik Station on a Saturday night.

    3 years ago
  24. I want that WuTang ghost busters shirt. I want everyone to have one. It is just so silly and cool.

    3 years ago
  25. Don’t worry about the videos being long! I think everyone will agree with me when I say that we love the longer videos. I will also say that I got lost trying to keep track of everything. Left? Right? I guess it would be easier when you are actually there.

    3 years ago
  26. mey

    Everytime i see your logo “Eyk” i’m reminded of kyle’s little brother ike… and the way Canadians are portrayed in Southpark. now do i just have a wild imagination or is this intentional?

    3 years ago
  27. Martina, get the sweater.

    3 years ago
  28. I love the chance to see Korea through your eyes :) ( SIMON YOU LOVE HER SO YOU WILL LET HER BUY THE SHIRT )
    Thanks guys

    3 years ago
  29. wow! So many nastiness at night. lol

    3 years ago
  30. we always called those puffed things at the bar crack cocaine…because they are just so ADDICTIVE….

    3 years ago
  31. I loved this WANK but…um…..er…… I didn’t see any talking to nice Nasties in the bloopers (a quick hi in the WANK, that was all). Did I miss it?

    3 years ago
  32. Buy the sweater ghost busters won’t be denied!I saw the play ground and couldn’t help thinking jang guen suk sat there omg!!!!
    ok fan girl moment over.

    3 years ago
  33. I really like the longer WANKs :D

    3 years ago
  34. Loved this wank!I hope you show us more night life in Korea from now on! <3

    3 years ago
  35. GO BUY THAT SWEATER! :D
    There is no time a girls feels she has to much clothes :i .. Sorry Simon.

    3 years ago
  36. Martina, you should absolutely buy that sweatshirt!

    3 years ago
  37. YES TO THE GHOSTBUSTERS SWEATER ;D

    3 years ago
  38. Jen

    Thank you thank you!! I am coming back to Seoul in Sept, and want to stay in Hongdae this time, so i will be watching your video repeatedly!

    3 years ago
  39. Love this weeks WANK ^ ^ Franchises will soon invade EVERYTHING. Sad really, individual shops are the best since you can feel the love and dedication put into setting up the shop :)

    3 years ago
  40. lol at martina trying to lick simon’s ear at 1:00

    3 years ago