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A Walking Tour of Hongdae’s Clubs

March 13, 2014

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As some of you may have seen last Sunday for our Indie Playlist, we did a video with some local Korean Indie artist to promote an upcoming festival called Hongdaefest. Starting this Friday March 14 through to Sunday March 16th, the artists that appeared in our last video will be playing live in Hongdae! This upcoming Sunday and also next Sunday, we’re going to feature even more artists in our Indie Playlist and all those artists (and more) will be playing at local clubs for Hongdaefest. The goal of these Indie Playlists is to get people out there to see these bands live, and this type of organized festival event in Hongdae does not happen all the time.

SOOOOOO we decided to do this epically long WANK in relation to the HongdaeFest video because we realized that we’re talking about all of the cool shows that are happening in this area, but a lot of you might not know how to get to these places. What are the directions to Soundholicity? How do you get to Rolling Hall? They’re not really huge and clearly visible, so you have to know the right side streets that’ll take you to them. If you don’t know those sidestrets, that’s what this video’s for! I’d also like to mention that we weren’t hired or paid to do this, we just really really really want the Korean Indie scene to bloom and to be acknowledged. SENPAI NOTICE ME! So since it isn’t doing a good job of marketing itself, we decided it’s time for us to stop complaining about it, and to do just do it ourselves!

We’ll show you some cool spots where you can listen to live music, and also show you where they are in relation to some other videos that we did. At the same time, we’ve got some pretty shots of Hongdae and we munch on some local street food, so this video serves lots of purposes. Martina worked really hard on making detailed maps to help you to find these locations PLUS she created a google map that can help you walk on the street using the GPS on your phone! She included lots of famous landmarks that might help you out.

So here comes a whole lot of info. Maps and maps galore! Let us know if these maps are helpful and what we can do to improve them.

First up is the Google maps link:

Or you can click on these fancy pants maps that we drew by hand and it only took us, like, four hours to draw. No biggie. SRSLY CLICK THEM AND LOOOVVVEE THEMMM. They get bigger. I swear! That’s what he said. OOHHH!

So we included a translated flyer of the Hongdaefest band listing, but because it’s a picture we’re also going to list them all here to help those of you on mobile devices.

Hongdaefest Poster Small

Other than that, umm, sorry this video’s so long! It’s hella long. You know, we could have actually made the video even longer. We cut out one of the bars, and just didn’t even go to the last place we planned on going to. We realized that we had filmed for something over two hours and that editing this video was going to be hellllll. Maybe for another video we can show you some more of the spots that we like to frequent.

On a less serious note, here are some of the bloopers from this week. We cut it short, because we had something like 13 minutes worth. Did we mention that we filmed for a very long time?

Lastly, let us know if you like this video. It has a really different vibe than what we’re used to, but we had fun with it. It’s rough and unpolished, and we’re just out there and having fun. I hope you were digging it. Let us know. And click on the button here if you want to see more special adventure videos!

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  1. Give a girl a google map and she’ll spend an hour trying to find the Eatyourkimchi Nasty Studio on google earth.

    Not speaking from experience or anything…

    2 years ago
  2. This is like revisiting all the old EYK WANKs :’) First the 2013 revisit, and now this. My god the EYK nostalgia ; n ;

    2 years ago
  3. Gaiz, just sayin’ I freaking love your WANKs, like they are my favourite segment. I kinda miss the game dice you had in your old videos because I loved watching you two do coupley things but I guess these types of WANKs show more of Korea so it’s a win for me :D

    2 years ago
    • I miss it too, I also miss the other games they would play. Finding Engrish, or a poster of an idol. Some of their games were really cool in that they would tweet their asking people to vote on something or name something to help them in their challenges.

      2 years ago
  4. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE TYPES OF WANKS!!!! It makes me feel closer to Korea…. even though I’m still 3276328796328732 light years away T^T and one day when I go to SK I will live in those indie clubs!!! Seriously k-indie music is amajing !

    2 years ago
  5. Saranghae! With that out of the way, by the end of May I have to choose which new language I’ll be learning for elective credit next year, and I can’t make up my mind. You guys have inspired me to take all of my favorite things, (English, English literature, tutoring kids, and Korean culture), and meld them all together into something that could result in an amazing teaching career in Korea. :) If this dream of mine comes true, (which it will), would it be better for me to learn Japanese next year, or Chinese? There is no class for me to learn Korean at my college, but I’ve been doing a good job learning it on my own and with an amazing friend who is fluent in Korean. I understand that Korean is Korea’s main language, (OBVIOUSLY), but between Chinese and Japanese, which language is spoken more often or written in more frequently throughout Korea?
    Gamsahamnida!

    2 years ago
    • Well, neither really. Korean as a language is very different from Japanese or Chinese, and they just don’t get used. If anything, I think that Koreans generally are more familiar with English actually. However, many Korean words are based on Chinese characters, so if you know Chinese characters, it can make it easier to understand meaning of lots of words. The caveat though is Korean pronunciation of Chinese characters are really different from Chinese, and these Chinese character based words are almost always written in Hangul (Korean alphabet) these days, so even if you do know Chinese characters, you have to know Korean pronunciation of them and be able to read Hangul to understand the meaning of those words (i.e. you might as well just start with Korean words if learning Korean is your goal, since you have to learn the pronunciation and associate meaning anyway). Plus as far as grammar goes, Korean as a language is very different from Chinese (it’s actually more similar to Japanese in that regard), so learning Chinese language itself probably wouldn’t be helpful.

      2 years ago
  6. Good on you! I’ve also taken up running. I suck at it, but I make my own targets and try to do better each time. It feels really good!

    2 years ago
  7. I must say, I know you guise were worried about the length of this W.A.N.K, which I can understand as some people really only want a quick W.A.N.K. I however, much prefer a nice long W.A.N.K. I find it is the only way for me to be truly satisfied. :P

    2 years ago
  8. Yeah that’s an interesting point. I don’t know myself but if I were to wager a guess I’d say it’s more like “Free event park” like how Martina was talking about the silent disco, they maybe have a bunch of different things happening IN the park that are free. Not sure though. :)

    2 years ago
  9. This video reminds me a lot of the music video “We Are Handsome” by Garlixx where they go around Hondae, getting stamped at all the clubs. Your video was much more informative (how to actually get there, where to get snacks on the way – clever!) but theirs was more fun and obviously, more musical, so I cannot decide which I like better….does it have to be a competition? Definitely not, but I think that, given the length of the video, it needed more of a connecting thread than just strolling around and snacking to keep me watching. Something to make me excited about seeing Korean indie music……like, maybe some Korean indie music? You’ve put some music to your WANK/FAPFAP segment before, I was a little disappointed that you missed this great opportunity to do so. Maybe you didn’t want to be seen as favouring any band? Also, the editing on the maps and stuff was really useful and cool but it also meant that you missed some of your usual editing hijinx (other than the “brethren” – LOL!) which made the video a little too…..PBS, maybe? I still liked it, I just feel I could have liked it a lot more.

    Shucks, maybe I just wish I could go see some great indie bands……….;_;

    2 years ago
  10. Hey Simon and Martina,
    Totally unrelated question, but I’ve been wondering this for awhile now. Are you guise familiar with Asian ball joint dolls (aka BJDs)? Or are any of your friends? There are a number of Korean artists/companies who make and sell dolls and I’m curious if you’ve come across any of them (or people who collect them) during your time there. Anyone else interested in a dolly WANK? Thanks! :)

    2 years ago
  11. This was really fun to watch! Had a nice, casual feel to it. Sorry though, that it was so cold for you. :( I’d love to see more WANKS like this, where you just walk around and show us stuff and make references to past videos. Seeing that bus go by reminds me of Jeremy’s “magic” bus from You’re Beautiful. I love that the buses have pink seats! lol! Also, I love that you can buy AND eat your food at the convenience store. How cool is that?!

    2 years ago
  12. I really liked the style of this…reminds me of another WANK i think it was nightlife?

    2 years ago
  13. wow i miss free park just chilling there with some coffee and just listening to all the bands play.. cant wait to be back.. August needs to hurry up!! also if you guys miss foodz from the west I have a government card to get on the military bases and I can invite guest on post and if you guys would like you can buy from the grocery store if you like :)

    2 years ago
  14. Trust me, it is!! <3 Hongdae I miss it!

    2 years ago
  15. Guys… I know that maybe this is going to sound weird but I really wanna know:
    The clubs in Korea are like this?>>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNHxoqo0luA

    And where I can find this kind of clubs in Korea. lol *so nasty ¬‿¬ *
    Okay no. ._.

    2 years ago
  16. OMG sun body break. I don’t know if it’s a Canadian thing or not, but they’re really cheesy. I swear they were all filmed in the 80s. S & M did you know that they still show these body break ads on TV? I’m not kidding I remember seeing one on TV for winter outdoor skating in the winter.

    Also, I found cheese ramyun at the Korean grocery store today! I’m really excited to try it!

    2 years ago
  17. Oh that milk carton. So many memories xP Looks like I’ll need to allocate a WHOLE day to Hongdae when I go over.

    2 years ago
  18. HAPPY WHITE DAY

    2 years ago
  19. Aaaah. A metal/rock video would really be appreciated :D Can’t wait to go to Club FF though!

    2 years ago
  20. xD that add with the manhwa on it at 17:08 I can’t stop laughing

    2 years ago
  21. The best part about this blogpost is the map. Thank you for including it because I know Hongdae is a terrible mess of streets, shops, cafes and restaurants and is impossible to navigate around. It’d be awesome if you could make a map and highlight all of the wanks/fapfap’s you’ve done in the past, just to show us where everything else is too :) Just a suggestion!

    2 years ago
  22. This is something I’ve been wanting to ask for a while now! Why do stores close down so often in Korea? Or at least it seems that way because every time you guys give us directions, you’re very careful about which ones you chose, or you say “I hope this store will be here for a while.” Is it really common for a store to be open for only short while and then suddenly shut down? Do you guys have any idea why that is?

    -Sania I. NYC

    2 years ago
    • yes. it’s really really common for small business, and even franchises, to open and close and move in korea. also, the address system is not “logical” nor easy to figure out like it is in the US and canada. combined, finding my way around korea is a consistent source of frustration.

      2 years ago
  23. At some point during the 7 minute mark (7:28) I mistook one of the signs and though you guys had edited in little markers that you see when you are playing a new game and its like “come here, look here, we tell you about some skill or you can collect coins.”

    2 years ago
  24. You saw Washed Out and now you’re seeing Baths? Jealous!

    2 years ago
  25. Hi EYK, I am moving to S Korea in the summer and I am really curious about the underground Korean scene as well as the music experience from a social point of view within S Korea. What’s the best way to discover an indie gem? Are some of these places the best bet to go to for Seoul? Do many of these places prohibit taking video of the performances? Who are the people going to the shows? Are there many foreigners? And finally, have you noticed whether or not American/European groups include S Korea in their tours? Thanks!

    2 years ago
  26. We see these “fests” pop up a lot in Hongdae via poster on the walls near our studio but this is the first time we’ve seen so many of our favourite bands come together.

    2 years ago
  27. Well, I was Hangry and also Mangry but now I’m just laughing xD

    2 years ago
  28. This was such an awesome video and I really hope I can visit these places when I go to Korea! Hopefully they’ll still be there by the time I graduate uni and can apply to move to teach. There was a lot of movement in this video and it made me feel travel sick! So I had to have a nap and a chocolate muffin to help. :3

    2 years ago
  29. off topic…. uuu…banana uyu…. missed it… heheheh….i brought it back from korea but the immigration found 1 in my bag n took it away from me…so sad….. :(… if i know its gonna happen, i will put it i my niece bag….

    2 years ago
  30. What are some of the Hongdaefest shows are you guys personally going to check out? Also, really enjoyed the video this week. I didn’t even realize it was 20 minutes long until I was done watching it. The funny little pauses for food and the “work out” kind of broke it up in a nice way so that it wasn’t just you guys walking from place to place. And that map is awesome.

    2 years ago
  31. It’s late night here and watching you guise eat delicious street food makes me extra hungry…especially since I didn’t have dinner. TT^TT

    2 years ago
  32. The ramyun stop has me hungry for chicken & beer ramyun. So good!

    2 years ago
  33. seriously, penguin needs to have his own show

    2 years ago
  34. I’ve just eaten and yet still you guys get some street food and I’m hungry again. I wish we had decent (or any) street food in my town. I miss it.

    2 years ago
  35. Ian

    Martina mentioned the various other “scenes” of music including electronic music, I know you’ve shared some electronic-pop-type-shtuff, but do you guys have any favourite electronic artists in Korea? :O

    2 years ago
  36. Milk carton blogging! Oh my god this took me back when you were talking about all the different videos you did. I kept saying, “Oh my gosh I remember that video!” The doll video was before I was a huge EXO fan and I only knew Baekhyun because of that video. It needed to be 20 minutes long. How much stuff did you end up eating while doing this video? Also could it be possible if you guys show more stuff like this, it’s super cool. Also how awesome were those lockers, I’d stick as many people’s stuff in there too

    2 years ago
  37. Milk Blogging! Totally remember that..Oooyuu So Nasty!

    2 years ago
  38. finding the Nasty Studio was how I eventually found Club FF!! :D

    2 years ago
  39. Thank you! the last time I went I tried looking for GGS2 (discreetly, the traveling party I was with aren’t the rock n roll types and they got confused why I was leading them seemingly randomly around hongdae lol) and all I found was Spot. The place is small but feels so huge and confusing lol

    Nice one! Keep WANKing!

    2 years ago
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    We were just here a few days ago, visiting Korea for the first time! We brought Tim Hortons coffee, will try to drop it off before we leave.

    2 years ago