Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Korea. It seems to be more popular than soccer. Kids learn to play baseball very early. Only for highs chools, there are already five (!) huge national tournaments a year to show their skills and get attention.
The ten professional baseball teams play in KBO League. Two of them come from Seoul and their Home field is the Jamsil stadium – LG and Doosan Bears (두산) Team.
During the weekend I went to see a game between Doosan and Samsung – Bears vs. Lions, with some friends. Actually I don’t really know much about baseball, it was still a great experience.
Beside the giant stadium, that can hold more than 25.500 people, good teams and player, I think the Korean fans were really amazing. All wore team uniform and hats, ate chicken and beer in between (치맥 – chi-mek), and cheer their teams (almost) non-stop. They sang the team theme, songs for each batter, danced, shouted…
Even when the team they cheered could not win, they still show their support until the end.
Definitely worth a try!
How to get to Jamsil stadium?
The closest subway station is the “Sports Complex” station – 종합운동장역. You can take the line 2 or line 9 to get here. Ticket booths can be reached through exit #5, while the fastest way to the main entrance is exit #6.
Korean BBQ is one of the most famous and beloved Korean food – I would say. I’ve never met anyone who loves meat and doesn’t love Korean BBQ. In Korea, you can easily find BBQ Restaurants in every corner. They have special table grills with a hole for burning charcoal and an integrated smoke outlet.
한강 – Hangang is the main river of Seoul that flows through the city and divides it in two main parts Gangbuk (northern part of the river) and Gangnam (southern part).
On the river banks there are in total 12 parks that were built since 1982 and are maintained regularly until today. Thanks to that, the citizens as well as visitors can enjoy a beautiful green environment for more than 41km along the river in many different ways. It can simply be going for a walk, taking some nice pictures, or doing exercises, jogging, riding bicycle, playing basket ball, go fishing… or even camping and partying with family and friends.
Seoul is surrounded by many mountains, so that you can see them from almost everywhere in the city. In beautiful weather, you don’t have to go far away to have great mountain experiences: you can go for a hike e.g. on the Seoul city wall or go rock climbing in Insubong. A lot of multi-pitch routes from 5.6 to 5.12a, as well as boulder tours are there for you to try out.