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Christmas In Korea! I-Mockery Pays A Visit To Seoul, South Korea!
by: -RoG-
(12/7/11)

In terms of travel, this has easily been one of the busiest years of my life. I drove from Los Angeles through Bryce Canyon and on over to Denver; I went on tour with Keith Apicary and we drove around the entire country from coast to coast; I went to Palm Springs and the Cabazon Dinosaurs; I exhibited at the San Diego Comic-Con; and I went on a variety of day trips in Southern California throughout the year. You'd think by now I'd be sick of traveling, but there's honestly nothing I like more than being out of the house and exploring new places. Like many of you, I spend most of my days behind a computer screen, so I relish the opportunity to get out into the real world for while in search of all things eclectic.

Re and I had been talking about going on a trip out of the country for quite a while, as we hadn't left the States in over half a decade, and we promised ourselves that we'd go somewhere this year. We finally settled on visiting South Korea, because we had never been there before and it seemed like an amazing city. I can't say it hurt that I studied tae kwon do for years and was an avid Starcraft player either. We also both really enjoy the holidays, and I have to say, nobody does Christmas quite like South Korea. I mean really... these people pull out all the stops when it comes to celebrating the holiday. At times, I wasn't sure if I was in Seoul or if I had accidentally took a plane to the North Pole to visit Santa's Workshop itself.

We traveled all over Seoul during our week there and I thought you'd enjoy taking a look at many of the photos from our trip in this big pictorial. You'll see everything from bad engrish and bizarre foods to impressive architecture and amazing Christmas light displays... and more. So without further delay, I present you with our Christmas in Korea pictorial:


We stayed at the Ibis Hotel in Myeong Dong, Seoul and they decorated the archway
near the elevators to get everybody in the mood for the holiday season right away. It worked.


Hell of a view from our hotel room too.


I flipped on the TV in hopes on finding some quirky Korean programming, but instead, I found the Australian equivalent
of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. I couldn't get the damn song she was singing out of my head for a solid four hours.


Our toilet came with a remote control which, among other things, either activated a bidet or a water fountain.
I couldn't be 100% sure which it was.


Upon our arrival that first night, there was a big protest going on right outside.


Power to the people.


Riot police were standing by with shields, but they didn't do anything.


Protests look like such happy, festive events when accompanied by a big Christmas light backdrop, don't they?


HAY GUYZ! HAVE A BONKERS CHRISTMAS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHSDFASDF;LKJA!@!!!


Shoppers were out getting their holiday shopping done into the wee hours of the night.


Hey mom, look what I'm getting you for Christmas this year! What!? You already have one!?
Oh well... at least I got a gift receipt.


That's one Sexy Cookie.


You won't have any trouble finding toys in Seoul.
On a related note, I saw more "Angry Birds" crap than I care to mention.


Why scrub your feet when you can visit Dr. Fish and let hundreds of tiny fish eat away at them while you drink tea?
South Korea is awesome.


The sequel to Kraze Burger is so much better than the original.
I can't wait for them to finish the third one, so I can get the box set on Blu-Ray.


In America, we have pizza restaurants. In South Korea, they have pizza malls.


I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes, so the idea of a sweet potato latte is synonymous with barf.


So many people in this amazing area.


Teenie Weenie.


If you're looking for sweat pants that you can unzip to reveal Super Mario's tongue, Seoul has you covered.


Waffle Lab makes some extremely delicious waffle treats. I wish I had a laboratory to make waffles in.


Had to stop in at a nearby Krispy Kreme donut shop. The chocolate crunch donut was excellent,
the glazed was no different than anywhere else, and the green tea donut was surprisingly good.


The next day we headed to Jongno-gu to check out Changdeokgung Palace and found this smoking bear nearby.
Smokey is gonna be so pissed when he sees one of his own kind playing with fire.


A tank full o' cephalopods just sitting there on the sidewalk. Works for me.


This rooftop had a crown of antennae.


It appears we have found a rabbit from the future.


Exploring another random street.


Why can't my front door be this ornate?


Not sure what exactly, but there was something about the vegetation growing on the one side of this house that I loved.


Who needs to go see the Seoul Museum of Chicken Art when you have Re to do the chicken dance at the drop of a hat.


More of those wonderful rooftops.


They just don't make 'em like they used to.


Still exploring.


This may be the best public bench ever created.


Okay yeah... it's definitely the best public bench ever created.


Anybody hungry for a fresh stingray snack from a street vendor?

There's more madness from South Korea to see!
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Reader Comments

Cat Scratch Fever!
Dec 8th, 2011, 11:30 AM
Soooooooooo many memories flooding back to me thanks guys!

On the vending machines

[i]I know its insane just what all kinds of stuff they have in them. I've seen several that had packs and full cartons of cigarettes. I'm a smoker so I know first hand that over there in any little shop they have on the street you can get a pack of the best brand for just a dollar american currency. Totally Unreal[I


On Street Resteraunts

Hell of a way they can make potatoes eh RoG? I never got to eat anything like that but one of their most popular choices is Rat On a Stick though I can tell you that its just a clever name. Still for a beef on a stick which I know you're familliar with they are pretty tasty.

On the strange and bizzare toys and assorted novelties

It still amazes me what all they have over there. Its funny to see some of our most beloved and well despised celebraties on the box of some of the most insane shit they sell over there. Totaly amazing.

On Protesters

Yeah I witnessed first hand some of those protests and I chose to stay as far away as I could. Most of them are not the nicest bunch to say hi to especially if you're not from their country. The scary thing is if you get caught in a tussle with one of them even if you didnt start it you get thrown in jail and they dont have to even feed you.

On Street Merchants

Talk about going the extra mile for a sales pitch. If your eyes even wander close to one of the things they're selling they will go all out demonstrating what said object can do. They really pull no punches in trying to get you to buy their stuff. I guess everyone has to make a living somehow. Fortunately a lot of stuff there is cheap. The dollar really goes a long way.

On Seoul in General

Like I told you before its like being in another world over there and they definately do Christmas big. It's fortunate that you and Re decided to go this time of year because in the summertime it's nothing but a 3 month long monsoon season. Talk about rain 24/7. Anyway I loved the toys and wax figures that you all took. On a personal note I hope you enjoyed all the chicken and ramen that Seoul had plenty of to provide you two. Oh and I hope you steered clear of the kimchee.

Anyways thanks again for sharing these photos with us and bringing back memories for me personally.
Bawbaruh
Dec 8th, 2011, 11:32 AM
"I never did learn what the "Mystery Action" was all about, and I'll be wondering about it for the rest of my life."
That's it. The Mystery Action is inflicting said wonder on unsuspecting rubes.

Also I would totally go to that cat cafe and FUCKFAKE.

Also also I lost my shit at the photo booth creations, especially the one with Wonder Turd.
frappez le cochon rouge
Dec 8th, 2011, 11:44 AM
Crunky is delicious. An Asian market nearby has some. I always make sure to pick up a couple when I go for my noodles.
Billy Champman's Friend
Dec 8th, 2011, 12:56 PM
Hi ROG & RE, These pictures are amazing! Thank you for sharing them on your website. This is my favorite time of year, and to see how South Korea celebrates Christmas is exciting to see. This is incredible! Did you happen to see any Silent Night Deadly Night 1 or 2, toys or movie memorabilia in the horror museum? (NAUGHTY!)
I hate this hacker crap!
Dec 8th, 2011, 03:46 PM
This is one of the coolest things I've seen, no idea Korea was like this.
Freelance Artist
Dec 8th, 2011, 04:46 PM
This is just making me want to go to Japan :P

How hard was it to get around & whatnot when you couldn't read the signs or speak the language (I assume you couldn't, feel free to bitchslap some sense into me if I'm wrong XD)
Member
Dec 8th, 2011, 06:15 PM
Awesome pictorial guys! You make it sound so awesome now I want to get to Seoul around the holidays too. I nearly lost it when I saw the pics you and Re took in the booths. Can't wait to see the rest of your photos. HAVE A BONKERS CHRISTMAS!
Member
Dec 8th, 2011, 11:05 PM
Looks so fun!! I just spent 2 weeks in Japan and this seems quite similar to our trip, except we kept stumbling upon shady sex related things as well as the bright craziness you've captured.
Still cold
Dec 9th, 2011, 12:19 AM
Wow, that place is amazing. Thanks for all the pictures.
Member
Dec 9th, 2011, 06:03 AM
Fantastic pics, thanks for sharing!

I take exception to the comments about the superior christmas lights though. Nobody does it like we do here in the good old "U" "S" of "A" Yeah those are some impressive lights... put together buy large companies and such.

There was a guy (who sadly passed away a few years ago) that used to put more lights on his house! And this wasn't somebody with a lot of money or somebody in a big city either. This was just some guy from Cabin Creek, West Vriginia. Much like fireworks, Hill-billies and Rednecks have the market cornered with light displays. You've been in the city too long my friend.
Ringmonster
Dec 9th, 2011, 07:18 AM
Great memories. Spent a lot of time in Korea and I miss those crazy days.
Also, Milkus is the greatest drink known to man.
Superior Electric Sheep
Dec 9th, 2011, 09:53 AM
I have always wanted to go to S. Korea. My cousin was living there with his wife (as she was in the military). He said he loved the food but he said Seoul stunk. What is your opinion on the stinkiness of soul? BTW, skin food makes lovely facial scrubs. :D
Cat Scratch Fever!
Dec 9th, 2011, 10:42 AM
He said he loved the food but he said Seoul stunk. What is your opinion on the stinkiness of soul?

I think what your cousin was referring to was the kimchee that they cook over there. For those who don't know kimchee is kind of a spicy vegitable that they use with a lot of dishes when it's raw it has a hint of spice to the smell, however when it is cooked it smells terrible. My first night in Seoul when I stepped out of my hotel onto the streets I got a good wiff of what smelt like someone literally taking a shit accross the street. Turns out my friend told me it was the kimchee being cooked at the resteraunt nearby. I never wanted to try kimchee and I dont know mabey I'm being a bit harsh on the smell but it sure was harsh on my sense of smell. No way I was prepared for that.
Forgetable Cyborg
Dec 9th, 2011, 01:14 PM
I wonder how many of those awesome light displays are up year-round. Some of them are clearly holiday-themed, but others would work any old time.
Asian countries' obsession with cutesy poo is one of those things that I simultaneously do and do not want to know the story behind.
SKATASTIC
Dec 9th, 2011, 01:38 PM
There weren't enough pictures of Dr. Boogie. Did he hold the camera the entire time?

For reals tons of great pictures though. Love the architecture.
Pickled Patriarch
Dec 9th, 2011, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by MeowMixMaster View Post
Soooooooooo many memories flooding back to me thanks guys!

Like I told you before its like being in another world over there and they definately do Christmas big. It's fortunate that you and Re decided to go this time of year because in the summertime it's nothing but a 3 month long monsoon season. Talk about rain 24/7. Anyway I loved the toys and wax figures that you all took. On a personal note I hope you enjoyed all the chicken and ramen that Seoul had plenty of to provide you two. Oh and I hope you steered clear of the kimchee.

Anyways thanks again for sharing these photos with us and bringing back memories for me personally.
Glad you enjoyed the photos! And yeah, we totally went at the right time and lucked out with the weather. It didn't rain on us once and it wasn't nearly as cold as I had expected it would be for most of the trip. And yeah, the chicken was delicious, but I didn't go near the kimchee heheh.

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Originally Posted by PreApocalyptica View Post
Also also I lost my shit at the photo booth creations, especially the one with Wonder Turd.
Thanks. We tried to work in that poop graphic whenever one of the photo booths had it as an option. They seriously love poop in South Korea and find it hilarious. There are even street vendors selling pastries and other treats that are shaped like heaping piles of poo. Crazy.

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Originally Posted by Fathom Zero View Post
Crunky is delicious. An Asian market nearby has some. I always make sure to pick up a couple when I go for my noodles.
Absolutely. I brought back a full box with me so some friends and family can try it out.

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Originally Posted by The_Punk_Hippie View Post
How hard was it to get around & whatnot when you couldn't read the signs or speak the language (I assume you couldn't, feel free to bitchslap some sense into me if I'm wrong XD)
Not at all actually - almost every sign you read has a subtitle written in English. It was extremely easy to get around on the subway system (which is easily the best one I've ever been on btw), and many of the people we encountered spoke some rudimentary English. Granted, there were some encounters where the language barrier made communication difficult, but for the most part, we really didn't have any trouble getting around or talking with people.

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Originally Posted by HowardC View Post
Fantastic pics, thanks for sharing!

I take exception to the comments about the superior christmas lights though. Nobody does it like we do here in the good old "U" "S" of "A" Yeah those are some impressive lights... put together buy large companies and such.
No problemo, glad you enjoyed 'em. And yes, most of those light displays were done by big companies of course... but South Korea is known for going nuts (or "bonkers") over Christmas, so I'm sure they have some amazing displays outside of Seoul too. Some individual homes in the US are incredible, and we visited a house in the 'burbs a few years back that nearly blinded us it was so bright, but the companies went way overboard in Seoul and I loved every bit of it. Just wait 'til you see the video I took at Lotte World too. That article should be up later in the month.

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Originally Posted by J. Tithonus Pednaud View Post
Great memories. Spent a lot of time in Korea and I miss those crazy days.
Also, Milkus is the greatest drink known to man.
Seriously! I'm tempted to pour it on my cereal, it's so damn good. A friend of mine already picked up two big bottles for me from a local Korean grocery store. I'm addicted.

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Originally Posted by replicant View Post
I have always wanted to go to S. Korea. My cousin was living there with his wife (as she was in the military). He said he loved the food but he said Seoul stunk. What is your opinion on the stinkiness of soul? BTW, skin food makes lovely facial scrubs. :D
Can't say the food was stinky where we went, but there were some sewers on the city streets every now 'n then that smelled awful. I mean really awful... like a C.H.U.D. baby died in the bog of everlasting stench down there or something. But those were only once in a while... the rest of the trip had no stench.
Buttmunch
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:35 AM
Great pictorial, so much cool stuff and it looks like y'all are living the dream and enjoying life. very happy for you both and Thanks for sharing.
Recovering Lycanthrope
Dec 28th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Awesome pictorial! I spent some time in Hong Kong when I was younger, and your shots of Seoul really remind me of those days. Did you find out what happens inside FUCKFAKE? Some sort of sex simulator?!? Enquiring minds want to know...

But I think I have an answer to the Chucky question - that looks like a mount for a security camera (becoming more and more popular these days, and I think I saw a few others in your shots of Seoul), so I'd guess that Chucky Halloween mask is there for one of two reasons: Either they want to hide the camera (or make it look cooler) OR they wanted to cover up the camera - "The man isn't monitoring our bar! Go bonkers!"

Now, I'm clicking over to check out Lotte World!
10001110101
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:13 PM
That TV show is called Play School. You only have to be channel surfing and hear a few seconds of those songs and your caught trying to get the tunes out of your head. Especially when you grew up with it anyway. Also a lot of celebrities sign up for it including Jay Laga'aia who played Captain Typho in Attack of the Clones.
Riot Control
Feb 8th, 2012, 01:50 AM
Damn, -RoG-, you always manage to get the best trips around. Being a taekwondo practitioner myself, I'm looking forward to the day I can visit it's birthplace too. Nice pics!
Member
Feb 29th, 2012, 05:01 PM
I want that hoodie! Re's art is awesome!
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