Ok, first thing’s first: I HATE writing Cheonggyecheon 청계천 in English. Good googly goo! I never remember how to pronounce it. Catch me off guard and I’ll call it the Chunkychung…chunkybum…chuckycheese…Then I remember there’s a double g after the n. Ah! Not complaining that Korea did a bad job of naming it, just saying that the romanization is such a mind-warp. Let’s go for CC River for short.

So historically the CC River has a bit of a dramatic back story. In a nutshell, it was a real river, that turned into a kind of refugee area for people after the Korean War, with makeshift homes and everything. But – and here is where the drama comes in – the Korean government thought the area was an eyesore for the city, so they kicked out all the people, filled in the river with cement and turned the area into a highway. Fast forward to 2003, the major of Seoul decides to bring the river back, so they demolish the highways and start this massive project, including the task of getting water from the Han River into the now totally dead and dry CC River. By 2005 the project was complete! HURRAH! The CC River! Wow. Remind me to never talk about history again. History lessons do not suit us.

It’s difficult to really explain how cool this river actually feels to visit, because you need to feel the city bustling around you as you slowly descend into this little tranquil area. You’ll be staring at the river, and then you look up and there is a huge skyscraper glowing from the sunset reflecting off it’s glassy blue panels. The often have art installation pieces that change up every six months so even if you’re used to the area, you can always drop by and see what’s new in the art world. This time there was a kind of laser light show beaming onto the walls with computerized versions of plants growing from the ground and bouncing brightly off the brick walls. It was a really cool edition.

Make sure you drop by this river if you’re visting Seoul or if you live in Korea, it’s something special, and if you do, I suggest you take the subway route we suggested in our video, because the CC River actually flows through the city so there are many exits you can take to see it, but it could be a really plain part of the river without any of the special art exhibits or specially carved rockbed. Oh and one last thing, head there while the sun it up but just starting to set so you can see it at both times of day!

As for the video itself, we felt a bit silly, because everyone there was all romantic and lovey dovey, while we’re building mega straws and drinking water as fast as we can. LAME. And, on that note of lameness, on to our bloopers!


  1. OMG OMG that was where a “lie to me” scene was filmed!!!! *FANGIRL TRANSFORMATION* It was when Hyun Ki Joon was walking with his ex fiancee, Oh Yoon Joo, and the female lead’s bext friend/enemy, Yoo So Ran sees them kissing from the top of the bridge!!!! (and later tells the lead, Gong Ah Jung, about it) IT WAS TRAGIC >_<

  2. At 1:08 all i kept thinking was “OH MY GOSH THAT VANS NOT GONNA STOP D:” haha

  3. MAX TIME!!

  4. For the wank challange I thought you guys where going to drink the water from the lake and I’m like “Ewwww. Don’t drink that lake water.” Then I saw the water bottle. Nevermind. ^-^
    I vote Simon for best English and Martina for best idol. Obama is a no. Meh

  5. Will you guys be doing anymore Wanking?

  6. OMG I love those glasses, Hello Kitty 4 LIFE! Where did you find them?

  7. woah. the water bottle looks cool. i thought it was your mics… or some shampoo bottle XD

  8. I was watching thinking “I know that place from a film not a drama, n its really important in it…”… and I do. But couldnt remember which one!! After going through LOADS of films I found it, its in Jeon Woo Chi as well :) 

  9. I think Martina’s engrish and TVXQ is better. Thats a cute advertisment. “Charming and hairart lesson.” Hahaha!  

  10. wow guys, its spring and you guys are still in layers. may be there next month. will remember to pack up the layers of clothes (not fat). thanks for the tips guys

  11. lol my dad’s office is there XD

  12. I have no idea why I find it so hilarious when Simon throws his last straw that he was having difficulty with. Gosh you guys a riot! Love watching!

  13. Simon and Martina, I wasn’t sure where to ask/request this, but I just learned about a SHEEP CAFE in Seoul….and I thought it would be awesome if you went there…


  14. OHHH.. I’ve seen this place in a drama. :) I think it was Lie to me with Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan. :)) It looks like a really nice place. I wished I could have seen this place when I went to Korea. 

  15. 청계천 is NOT a river.  “천” means creek or stream smaller than river. River is “강” as in “한강”. Anyway, 
    청계천  is made in early Chosun dynasty to help control rain drain and flood. The best known man-made stream in Korea. It was covered up during president Park’s period, recreated by MyungBak Lee, mayor of Seoul at the time, now the president of Korea.

  16. UHH, Simon’s Engrish and Martina’s TVXQ (I can’t help it T.T I’m a die hard Cassiopeia)
    Btw, AWESOME dancing Simon XD

  17. Simon’s Engrish and Martina’s TVXQ. 

  18. Lols, Obama all the way XD Nice save, Simon

  19. Slow and steady wins the race~

  20. I recognized your location. In that neighborhood, there is an old restaurant called Hanok Jib that specializes in crazy soup that will try to burn your face off.  I went there with a friend on the coldest winter day and was surprised that the place is not heated (except for a few space heaters).  Doesn’t matter though, since the soup will try to burn your face off with its spiciness.  

  21. you’re right, i noticed the white van suspiciously backing closer to closer to you guys and i was like O.o OMG YOU GUYSSSS MOVEEEEE XD
    i vote for simon’s engrish (sorry martina) but definitely martina’s idol.

  22. Simon, Martina really buried you with her Korean Icon this week! hahaha! I’m voting for Martina for choosing TVXQ!! XD

  23. I watch you video but you no wank nothing. I sue you.

  24. I vote for simons “idol” and Martina’s engrish. :D Lol Simon picking Barack Obama as a KOREAN idol. He is such a joker.

  25. Simon’s idol AND english was better

  26. This is so fun to watch.
    Martina for idol and engrish

  27. Simon for Engrish.
    Martina for idol.


  28. tvxq!!!! and simon engrish! ftw!

  29. i was freaking out on the inside.. as i watched that white van back up … its so close D:

  30. Martina~ Where did you get your glasses? They are so cute!

  31. The car that almost crashed into Simon looked EXACTLY like my mom’s car. And we live in California. But we did buy that car from a Korean company, so….

  32. I didn’t vote for Obama in 2008, i won’t in 2012, and so I’m sorry Simon, I’m going with MAtina on this one……

  33. I am so totally using you guys as a reference! Places to go venture and for places to eat! You guys rock!

  34. Wouldn’t the person who sucked more at the straw thing win? Sucking? Also, Simon wins the Engrish challenge. Oh, and the river, especially that part, was used in the Seoul Song with members of SJ and SNSD.

  35. tbh obama doesn’t really need to campaign against any of the republican candidates this election. he could not show up to any of the debates and still win. +1 for him

  36. Barack Obama! and Simon’s Engrish sorry Martina! How many people come up to you during recordings on average?

  37. bigbangfosho

    Oh wow!! I love this WANK so freaking much. I laughed until my stomach hurt, and tears were streaming down my face, no joke. Ahh…Simon, since “obama” is such a funny choice of a Korean icon, I voted for him~~ this totally made my day

  38. thisisjustforfunval

    This is off the WANKING topic, but page two of the kpopcharts seems to have some issues. It only shows a few vids, skips about six vids and has no links to the next pages. Just an FYI :)

  39. i vote for Simon’s engrish and Martina’s idol ^^
    i don’t think the car tried to kill you… i guess it just wants to be on camera too (just like the guy at 11:02) :p

  40. best engrish is simon. but come on, martina totally owned you with the idol!
    TVXQ <3

  41. Martina’s engrish and TVXQ

  42. I must say that now Cheonggyecheon is at the top of my “To visit” list. It looks so pretty!  and unique! and WOAAAAHH FANTASTIC BABY
    I vote for TVXQ, there’s no other way.. sorry Simon, but your engrish is a winner. :P

  43. Martina’s Engrish and idol (Homin *_____* *fangirling activated*)

  44. Guess what , THERE IS A CAR BEHIND YOU GUYZ FUCK THERE IS A CAR BEHIND YOU GUYZ !! after a second thought, you guyz are gonna be fine anyway, otherwise you can’t post a video :P  

  45. Of CURSE KOREAN ICON GOES TO TVXQ! v ^___^ v what have been chosen by Martina & for the Engrish goes to Simon & P.S((don’t comment on my bad English ^^ Oh! sorry Engrish ^^;)) 

  46. Holy smokes, what kind of lav mic are you guys using?  It sounds so much better than the other mic you guys were using.

  47. i was at that river in november! it was my first night in seoul and they were having a lantern festival. so gorgeous. since it was a lantern fest, we obviously went at night, so i didn’t even see the unicorn horn! :C there were so many people [had to crop out photobombers, lol], i couldn’t even snap a pic of the crossing if i wanted to. i did get to pause on them for the entrance bridge sign though. it was so neat; it changed all kinds of colors.

    simon’s engrish & barrack ftw!!

  48. Love the ‘Lord of the Ring’ references!  Loved the dancing part!

  49. TVXQ, heck yeah! *grins* yeah, at least Simon knows he lost. <3 Changmin. <3 Yunho. As for the Engrish? Simon won this round.

  50. My love relationship with you is so passive agressive! haha. I hate you and then I adore you and then I dislike you again…. Hahaha It’s SO perfect. :) <3 I loved this video, btw :)

  51. “SM Mart, that’s for us” to much info!! lol way to much j/k i don’t care what you do in you spare time lol

  52. Martina’s idol
    Siman’s engrish

  53. just realize that behind the last shot there’s Yuchun’s Blacksmith poster!!! Simon could have gone with that! But….ermm….no….TVXQ vs. TVXQ???? then who am I gonna vote for??? ><~

  54. I was watching this video, and I went, “Oh hey, that looks like a place I’ve been to before in Gwangju.”  Then I remembered that I’m dumb and I went to Cheonggyecheon to the lantern festival back in November of last year.  I recognized everything!  It was really awesome and I really like that river.  I want to see it now without the billions of people looking at the lanterns.

    Oh, and ps- I’m really happy that no matter how many followers and subscribers you guys get, you are still the same people as in your early videos.  Don’t ever change.  That’s what makes you guys so great.

  55. I vote Simon for engrish and Martina for idol
    I’m American but I think Martina is technically right, Obama (as much as I like him) is not a Korean idol. 

  56. That van was TOTALLY out for blood!!! Lolz XD

  57. martina’s TVXQ winsssss <3 & Simon's engrish :DD

  58. It’s so pretty around there~ TT  Vote for Martina’s Idol~ TVXQ JJANG!!!~ Simon’s Engrish ^^

  59. thatssumgoodcurry

    Vote for Obama, 2012! XD
    I loved this episode, I think this is one of the places that I really want to visit when I go to Korea, it looks so magical! (I mean come on, it has a unicorn horn growing out of the ground)
    And did you guys get a new camera? New lens or something? I dunno, it just looks like your video quality improved. Or it could just be me… and if that’s the case just ignore me. That’s what my friends seem to do.

  60. I’m not a TVXQ fan but I would rather vote for them then NObama….
    I vote for simon on the Engrish! I love things that make no sense! ^^

  61. Engrish: Simon
    Idol: Simon

    Backstory sharesy time? A small group from my school visited Korea some time back, and one of my classmates happened to be black. We stopped by some candy vendors and they asked him where he was from; he said America. They immediately responded with “OOOH!! OBAMA!!!!” When he told them that Obama was African while he was Jamaican, they said “OHH! JA-BAMA!!!” And dear Simon reminded me of this happy memory, so there ya go Simon! woo-hoo :D

  62. Even tho I’m American I’m still gonna vote 4 Martina 4 the idol challenge and Simon 4 the engrish challenge. By the way Cheonggyecheon looks so pretty…I so wanna go there!

  63. Martina… i obsessed with BIG BANG now b/c of u… :D nnn Martina’s idol i pick and Simon’s engrish…. :D

  64. Simon’s engrish and OBAMA! (i’m american!) 

  65. What a gorgeous place!  Loved it!

  66. irritablevowel

    Oh man, the suspense filled moment wondering whether or not the car was going to hit Simon was pretty excellent.
    Simon’s engrish, Martina’s idol.

  67. OH yeah I remember that place from Lie to Me too!  Probably older dramas I can’t remember.  Ok, my vote is Martina’s icon(s) because I’m such a TVXQ fan, and President Obama is not a korean icon as the rules state~ and Simon’s engrish!

    Can you guys go to the Full House house?? Or maybe a location from recent dramas like the korean palaces from Rooftop Prince?

  68. As an american i should vote for the pres…but as a Cassie i vote for my lovely TVXQ boys. And i vote for Simons engrish :)

  69. I vote Simon’s engrish and Obama! (Obama reminds me of the song Mas Que Nada when they go “oba oba oba” my dad always adds “ma” at the end to make Obama XD)

  70. I’d say Obama, because as much as I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY love DBSK… DBSK did not help with my sister’s college loans. The engrish has to go to Simon too. Good luck to you both. o_o

    EDIT: Wait wait wait!! Martina said ‘bro’. ‘bro adcasting’ is pretty funny, I gotta say… no no no simon though. LOL

  71. The moment you start doing an evil laugh, a little girl in red comes into the picture. That’s the place they filmed that scene in Lie to Me. It’s pretty.

  72. I vote for Simon’s English and Obama. I couldn’t really see TVXQ’s faces because of the reflection on the glass. So Obama wins! this time :) 

  73. Have you been to lake park in ilsan ? It’s beautiful place and my hometown! I miss there…. I want you guys to go film there>.,< I MISS ILSAN ILSAN ILSAN ILSAN ILSAN ILSAN!!

  74. i Loveeeeeee your dancing!!!!

  75. I have to vote for Obama xD

  76. Awkward foreigner fact: I have fallen into the Cheonggyecheon stream. 

    SOOO, it was July, and all the adorable Korean babies were frolicking in the water. So I have my feet in the stream like everyone else, and then I go to stand up, slip, fall directly in the water, splashing, soaking wet in all my clothes, possibly bleeding from the elbow (but my cell phone was safely chucked at my beloved best friend). All the Koreans are starring at the awkward foreigner, and I had to walk 7 blocks soaking wet to Forever 21 to buy new clothes… BUT it’s still my favorite place in Seoul ^_^

  77. punkyprincess92

    UNICORN HORN!!! exactly my thoughts!!!!
    i love your nerdy Lord of the rings (and other stuff) references!!!
    wait a minute!! i though the Wonder Girls skip was out and the SHINee Sherlock skip thing was now in!!! *gasp*
    well…okay then….i guess you did do the Sherlock dance later…..hehehe
    hahahah when the car was behind you guys i was like WATCH OUT FOR YOUR LIVES GUYS!!!! SAVE YOUR CAMERA!!!!
    I vote TVXQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Simon’s engrish!!!!

  78. The fountain multishots were really pretty~
    Note to self: watch entire video before commenting =_=;

  79. Sorry Martina, but I’m not American and here comes my only chance to vote for Obama, so I won’t miss it! ^^

  80. I can see Tony Blair (Yes I’m from the UK =P)
    And I vote for Simon on both the missions!!!

  81. TVXQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY BABIES!!! HELLZ FREAKING YEAH!!!!! XD
    *cough* I mean~ My vote goes to Martina for TVXQ! <3
    But I'm going with Simon for the Engrish.
    Idol: Martina
    Engrish: Simon

  82. been waiting for a new WANK episode since the last one! finallyyyy :D thank you for another awesome episode! i’m voting for TVXQ and Simon’s Engrish! regards from a fan from Brunei! ;) 

  83. TVXQ and Simon’s Engrish

  84. A scene from the drama Lie to Me was shot there.


  86. I LOVE the Cheonggyecheon stream! While the rest of our group went to see King Sejeong’s statue, I stayed behind to walk the stream. It was awesome! Just me and all sorts of Korean people. Dads and kids, moms and kids, couples. It’s so pretty and I love the historical stops.

  87. major of korea? you mean mayor :|

  88. The river in my town is……ummm….. brown. So you guys are lucky to have something as awesome and pretty as that!

  89. hahah I love this~ I totally vote for Simon’s Engrish & TVXQ (Sorry, I’m an american & I’m pretty sure Obama is in Block B’s LOL song…. :) :P :D ) 

    and thank you for doing the roly poly dance~ I love that <3

  90. OH BTW, I vote for TVXQ :D and Simon’s Engrish

  91. I love this place! I was there when I visited Seoul, it’s really a beautiful and peaceful place ^^ during the time I was there, there were a couple of pretty Korean girls dressed with beutiful hanboks and signing traditional songs by the river :) very lovely.

    I cannot wait to go back to Korea!

  92. simon u shud have found TOP or GD then it wud have been an awesome showdown!!!

  93. The backing-up van really concerned me. xD;;;

    We loved visiting the river. At the time, there was a market set up by the unicorn horn where they were selling kimchi, honey, spices, wood carvings, and such. We also did the obligatory stone crossing photos. LoL
    We’ll definitely have to stop by again for a night-time visit next year.

  94. I was there last November, and they had the Seoul Lantern Festival going on!! There were literally hundreds and thousands of light filled lantern people, lantern animals, lantern everything along the river! You guys should catch it this year, it was all kinds of awesome!!! BTW greets from Ottawa, Canada!

  95. To be honest, even if Obama isn’t a Korean icon, I did find some socks with his face on it in Dongdaemun when I was in Seoul last summer. Like the idol socks that have SHINee and TOP and stuff on them? It was pretty hilarious.

  96. I vote for TVXQ and simon’s engrish :D

  97. I love how all the Korean men that walk past Simon are like a head shorter…and like the same height as Martina. XD Trolololols. #foreigners

  98. I was wondering why you guys weren’t holding your mic but I see you got new ones. The audio was a little quiet to me, is it possible to turn up the volume a tad? Great video as usual. =)

  99. Kanee11

    Simon, i find it funny how you finally win a challenge and yet you still end up doing the punishment LOL. I vote for Martina with TVXQ ( I am american) and Simon for the engrish.

  100. Simon’s dance was epic XD

  101. Question guise, is this the same place where GD and Park Min Young taped their lovey-dovey scene in Haru-Haru eons ago?? :)

  102. LOL @ 11:01!!!

  103. Silly EYK, the rest of that unicorn is sleeping inside that mound! 

  104. Guadalupe Sanchez Arrarte

    aaaawwwww Simon soo sweet ” I LOVE YOU CRAZY LADY” LOL

  105. Love you guys. Guise. Guys. This misearable week is somehow much brighter, thanks to you.

  106. Thank you for the video! I remember walking down 청계천 (umm, well it’s long in English..) the river last summer with my little brother///// It’s cool to see the river flowing right between the tall bulidings :D

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