A lot of people use the cold winters as an excuse to take a break from working out. Well, now that spring is on the way, it’ll be a good time to start your routine workouts, and running could be one of the best ways to get you energized (runner's high, anyone?). Starting on February 13th, anyone who wants a good run in the outdoors can join a group of motivated runners every Monday. The group will meet at around 7:45pm at a designated area (usually around Seoul Forest). The run will last around an hour a half. All you have to do is inform the group through their Facebook/Instagram page (the admins will contact you for the time and location). It won't cost a dime, and you'll get to meet new people while getting your body back into shape!
Having begun last year, the Bamdokkaebi Night Market is back in full force. From spring to fall, this night market supplies handmade accessories and decorative items, along with food trucks and performances all for the sake of letting Seoulites have some fun as the cool evening sets in. This year's market will begin on March 24th in 4 different locations around Seoul. Every Fridays and Saturdays, the ones at Yeouido Hangang Park Floating Stage and Banpo Bridge Hangang Park Moonlight Square will open at 6pm, while DDP will be hosting the vendors from 7pm. Cheonggyecheon’s night markets are set to be held every Saturday and Sunday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Each destination will have their own theme. At Yeouido Floating Stage’s ‘World Night Market’, you will be able to enjoy food and dance performances from different parts of the world. DDP will host the ‘Youth Runway and Dance Night’, a place for you to experience fashion shows and DJ performances while shopping from young artisans. Cheonggyecheon’s ‘Time Sleep Market’ and Banpo Bridge Moonlight Square’s ‘Romantic Moonlight Market’, which will showcase interesting art performances. Note that the Cheonggyecheon night market is seasonal, meaning it will only open on the following dates: May 19-21, August 18-20, September 15-17 and lastly October 13-15. All other night markets will continue to open until October 29th. For more information, visit http://www.bamdokkaebi.org/language/intro_eng.php.
Need a way to rant away your stress? At The Alley Bunker located in Haebangchan, an open mic-type rant night event is happening every Thursday. Whether it's about the coworker who talks down to you in banmal, the neighbor who wakes you up every night with loud music or the obviously depressing political climate of the country, your rant will be appreciated and absolutely paid attention to here. Sounds rather embarrassing, you say? Once you experience the catharsis with all the support and cheers coming from the patrons here, you'll feel otherwise (grabbing a few of the bar's special cocktails, such as Bunker on Vacation or Hotel Juliette made with homemade hibiscus ginger ale would help).