Saturday, May 21, 2005

Korea

I've been a bit slow to blog about my trip, sorry! Now I'm in Korea, I'll have to tell you about China in a couple of days, but first Korea. I've been to an Irish bar called "O'Kim's", in the basement of the Westin hotel. The Guinness cost 16,000 Won (about US$16, or EU€12.50), like everything in Korea, bloody expensive! I ordered to local brew at a mere €7 a pop. I was probably the only Irish person, the only Westerner, in the whole place. Bars are popular in Seoul on a Friday night, a crowd of all ages and genders, in groups of two to twenty. The Koreans are very sociable.

While I ordered my "hang sandwich", I asked, as a joke, if I got a discount for being Irish. He asked if I was really Irish, and said no discount, just a free beer! (And I had already ordered the cheapest one!)

I tried to tip the barman on the way out (the price of a beer in Ireland, not Korea), but he wouldn't take it.

Seoul is a big and busy city. I'll post some more pictures in a few days:


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3 Comments:

Blogger Andrea Leite Marques said...

Love the pics! And missing you already! XXXX...

7:22 p.m., May 20, 2005  
Anonymous Kev said...

Oh dear. Seven bucks a beer. Check out the dives and pronto. The basement of the Westin! Get it together man.

9:26 p.m., May 20, 2005  
Blogger Mark Lenahan said...

Kev, I checked it out and prices for a draft local beer seem to range from 2,800 Won up. (Thats about €2.20 according to OANDA.) To see some more on Korean prices check my netx blog message.

6:09 a.m., May 21, 2005  

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