A couple of dudes from Jyväskylä came here to travel. It was a good enough reason for me to drag my ass to Seoul. There have been a bunch of national holidays going on – one of them Buddha’s birthday on May 10th. To get ready for the main thing, the Buddhist community here holds Lotus Lantern Festival – thousands of lanterns, performances, rituals, food, exhibitions. We went to see the Buddhist Street Festival in front of Jogyesa Temple last Monday. Too bad my camera settings were horribly wrong… but at least I got something:
Spring is also a time for University Festivals, where universities promote themselves. Our festival will be next week, 18th to 20th. It’s basically school clubs and faculties selling food and drinks in street stalls, but the big name idols are the thing everybody thinks when you mention Uni Festivals. Ajou university has IU (아이유), Kim Janghoon(김장훈),San E(산이) and Girl’s Day(걸스데이) and it’s all open and free to everybody.
Lotta did some clever detective work (googled University festivals + 2NE1) and found out 2NE1 was indeed performing in one of these festivals – yesterday at Kyungwon University, along K.will, UV, G.NA and Se7en. Me, Lotta and the abovementioned dudes went there, of course – it was surprisingly easy now that we found out how amazing Naver is (I’m gonna make a post about Naver pretty soon, wait for it). We got there early, and had plenty of time to watch a local band Soundbox perform (to be honest, it was the best performance that night). They even had tap-dance! Isn’t that just awesome? We heard many original traditional Korean songs, like You Oughta Know and Proud Mary.
By the time we found out where the big performances would be, there was a huge line already. We joined (not being completely sure it was the right line) and got free stuff when we got in – milk, sweet bun, a light stick and Kyungwon University socks. Oh, Korea! Everything was well organized and people behave well, until 2NE1 started playing. But that was some for ours later – us spending the 4 hours sitting on the ground in front of the stage. The stage was pretty low, so they made most of the audience sit on the ground in neat lines. Four hours is just too long if you need to pee, and I did. We weren’t able to go back to our previous seats, but at least we were easy enough to recognize, so the nice bouncer let us back to the front area at least.
Oh, btw, they had the coolest fireworks ever! The performances were nice, but horribly late and at the end we weren’t able to see much. But at least we got a glimpse and some shaky proof:
We were lucky the show ended before the last train. We were kinda prepared on taking a cab home or at least to Gangnam, but to our amazement the buses were still running from Migeum and we even found the right one. I call this success!