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Watching the Korean World Cup games-outside!!!
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saram_



Joined: 13 May 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:01 pm    Post subject: Watching the Korean World Cup games-outside!!! Reply with quote

Ok...Heard Jamsil Stadium was amazing and an unforgettable experience during the last World Cup to watch the Korean Games!! It was packed out and many side events etc in the build up... The stadium was full and there were giant screens everywhere to watch the game easily.
Them Koreans know how to throw a party when their team plays in the World Cup...


Anybody know really good places to watch the Korea/Greece game along with the Korean masses on Saturday??!!!

Do we need to purchase tickets etc to watch these games and where can we get them??


I heard City Hall is good. What can we expect there?

Don't just want to watch the game at home or in a typical western bar style..

Korea olleh.. Would be awesome if they make it past the group stages!!
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thegreg52



Joined: 31 Jan 2010
Location: Seoul, Korea

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take it you live in Seoul?

In Daegu I think they play it on a huge TV in Duryu Park.

Busan has a 1000-inch TV going at Haeundae.
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lostinincheon



Joined: 04 Mar 2007

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard that the only place they are showing it in Seoul this year is around COEX, but there's lots of conflicting information around.

Anybody got more info?
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Michael_75



Joined: 13 Oct 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about in Suwon? At the World Cup Stadium perhaps?
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nukeday



Joined: 13 May 2010

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i also heard the main event was around coex. gangnam. no thanks.
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saram_



Joined: 13 May 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking for places within Seoul...

It does appear that the Koreans are not soo into this World Cup as the last time.
Seems like the World Cup Fever from 2002 has abated too much..

Korea hasn't been going too well and I guess thats the main reason...

Hopefully things will pick up in the next few days.
A win against Greece would change things dramatically I think..

Hope we get some more specific info etc before Saturday about great places to watch the game...
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SMOE NSET



Joined: 25 Feb 2010
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know they are showing the Korea-Greece game at Jamsil Stadium after the Doosan baseball game. I don't know about whether or not you need tickets for the event as I am going to the baseball game before hand and think you can just stay.

Like I said in another thread, they are showing both South and North Korean games at the IPark Mall at Yongsan Station. Don't know if it is outside or not though.
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Murakano



Joined: 10 Sep 2009

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Watching the Korean World Cup games-outside!!! Reply with quote

saram_ wrote:



I heard City Hall is good. What can we expect there?



nothing...there will be no big screen there for this World Cup this time....
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RyanInKorea



Joined: 17 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many of my Korean friends don't seem too into this year. I think that's because they are unhopeful that they will make it out of the group round. I agree with a poster adove. A win, or even a tie, with Greece will get things going, but Saturday night should be exciting nonetheless.

I have been told that 'the main cheerleading force' is going to the place just outside COEX, which I don't really want to go to. This was supposedly on TV last night. They are avoiding Gwanghamun because of the heavy commercialization that will be found there or some such nonsense. I believe there will be TV on at Gwanghamun, I know I am probably not spelling that right, and I plan on being there, to at least see the crowd.

I come from a place, maybe the only place in the world, that doesn't care in the slightest about World Cup. I finally have a chance to be in a country that participates and they are waning interest!?

Aaarrgh,
Ryan
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soulofseoul



Joined: 23 Mar 2010
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RyanInKorea wrote:
Many of my Korean friends don't seem too into this year. I think that's because they are unhopeful that they will make it out of the group round. I agree with a poster adove. A win, or even a tie, with Greece will get things going, but Saturday night should be exciting nonetheless.

I have been told that 'the main cheerleading force' is going to the place just outside COEX, which I don't really want to go to. This was supposedly on TV last night. They are avoiding Gwanghamun because of the heavy commercialization that will be found there or some such nonsense. I believe there will be TV on at Gwanghamun, I know I am probably not spelling that right, and I plan on being there, to at least see the crowd.

I come from a place, maybe the only place in the world, that doesn't care in the slightest about World Cup.
I finally have a chance to be in a country that participates and they are waning interest!?

Aaarrgh,
Ryan


where would that be? just curious
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mayorgc



Joined: 19 Oct 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm gonna guess Canada.

But In Canada, the WC is quite popular depending on which portion of the country you're in.
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DeMayonnaise



Joined: 02 Nov 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

soulofseoul wrote:
RyanInKorea wrote:
Many of my Korean friends don't seem too into this year. I think that's because they are unhopeful that they will make it out of the group round. I agree with a poster adove. A win, or even a tie, with Greece will get things going, but Saturday night should be exciting nonetheless.

I have been told that 'the main cheerleading force' is going to the place just outside COEX, which I don't really want to go to. This was supposedly on TV last night. They are avoiding Gwanghamun because of the heavy commercialization that will be found there or some such nonsense. I believe there will be TV on at Gwanghamun, I know I am probably not spelling that right, and I plan on being there, to at least see the crowd.

I come from a place, maybe the only place in the world, that doesn't care in the slightest about World Cup.
I finally have a chance to be in a country that participates and they are waning interest!?

Aaarrgh,
Ryan


where would that be? just curious


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I'm gonna guess Canada


Or the USA. When was the last time you saw big groups of people outside watching TV? I mean ANYTHING on TV, not just the world cup.

I want to watch the USA game, and when I say watch it, I mean follow the action and see each play, not stand outside with a ton of people craning my neck to view some screen. If I go anywhere to watch the Korea game, I probably won't get to a place to watch the USA game in time.

Now, I'll definitely want to watch the Korea - Argentina game outside and wear my Messi jersey Cool
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4 months left



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Street cheering comes with not enough cash

By Yi Whan-woo
Korea Times intern

The discord between the street cheering of the Red Devils, the supporters' organization for the national football team, and private companies for this year's World Cup clearly reflects that bona-fide cheering of sport has degenerated into a work of mobilization that requires financial backing.

The Red Devils announced Monday they will root for the South Korean team at COEX square in southern Seoul during each of its group stage matches on June 12, June 17, and June 23.

This time, it did not opt for Seoul Plaza, where the mass cheering originated at the 2002 World Cup, claiming it did not want to be "exploited" by commercialism as the use of the square has already been booked by big-cash companies.

Firms such as Hyundai Motor Company and SK Telecom retort that their running of cheering activities at Seoul Plaza is related to cost, as only conglomerates can afford the overall expense, aside from marketing their own brands.

Han Seung-hee, the Red Devil's subleader of its Seoul division, said the body has always been a genuine group of football supporters, and will stay that way at this World Cup as well.

"We will do our job at COEX square, and additional support will come only from Gangnam District Office," Han, 27, told The Korea Times. "(The Red Devils) reached an agreement with the office on the condition that no corporate brands will be exposed at all."

"We will provide all the costs for the security of citizens by mobilizing guards from the district office as well as ones from COEX," said Park Hee-soo, the Culture and Sports Division manager at the district office.

"While portable bathrooms are not available, spectators will be able to use the facilities at COEX and the Korea Electric Power Corporation headquarters nearby."

The civil servant, however, questioned the claim from the Red Devils on the reason for choosing COEX square as the venue.

"I never knew they were going to run the event in our district until this morning," Park told The Korea Times, Tuesday.

Park said the largest group of football supporters in South Korea could have contacted Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) instead to which the district office allowed rights to run the cheering event.

"As SBS will solely air all the World Cup matches, we asked the broadcaster whether the company would be interested in televising the cheering at this popular site.

"The corporation returned with a positive answer, and we let them have the area at no expense," He explained.

In relation to the criticism of commercialism that is feared to prevail in Seoul Plaza, SK Telecom refuted such an argument as "nonsense."

According to an anonymous source from SK Telecom, the two corporations have been selected by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to operate cheering events at the venue.

"Seoul City was open to anyone who was willing to run the cheering at Seoul Plaza," he said. "As the local government announced the rules in April regarding supervision of cheering, the only two candidates who reached the final stages were SK Telecom and Hyundai Motor Company."

Despite the fact that SK Telecom was highly interested in holding a cheering event at Seoul Plaza since last September, the company had to compete with the nation's largest carmaker, which has the advantage of being an official FIFA sponsor.

"The two conglomerates were chosen because they could afford the costs of cheering for the convenience of citizens. Considering the amount, small- and medium-sized firms would have had difficulty in providing sufficient services," he explained.

Hyundai Motor Company and SK Telecom are supposed to bear the overall expenses for security, bathrooms, media facilities as well as the rental fee for using the square, which is estimated to reach more than hundreds of millions of won.

SK Telecom said it would refrain from advertising their brands directly during events at Seoul Plaza.

"Participating citizens are free to enjoy the event as they like. You can even wear a blue shirt if you want," the anonymous official said.
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Jane



Joined: 01 Feb 2003

PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't quote me on this info, but for Seoul residents here are the places that will be broadcasting the World Cup game on Saturday (free of charge):

World Cup Stadium, festivities start at 4pm
Children's Grand Park 어린이대공원, 6:30pm
Yeoido Hangang Park 여의도한강공원, 2pm
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Mirabilis85



Joined: 09 Oct 2008
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait..so according to that article, there IS still an event at City Hall. Just the official "cheer squad" has moved to COEX. Thats my reading of it at least.

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Hyundai Motor Company and SK Telecom are supposed to bear the overall expenses for security, bathrooms, media facilities as well as the rental fee for using the square, which is estimated to reach more than hundreds of millions of won.

SK Telecom said it would refrain from advertising their brands directly during events at Seoul Plaza.

"Participating citizens are free to enjoy the event as they like. You can even wear a blue shirt if you want," the anonymous official said
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