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Multicultural experiment succeeds in Songtan

 
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dairyairy



Joined: 17 May 2012
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:14 am    Post subject: Multicultural experiment succeeds in Songtan Reply with quote

For the past few months there has been a line of food carts with international foods along Songtan's Main Gate
outside Osan Air Base on Saturday Nights from 6-10 pm. It's called "Night Market" and the vendors and local merchants have been pleased with how well it has done. The food carts will be available on Saturday nights from 6-10 pm inside a nearby building ( Jung-Ang Open Market ) until Spring when the outdoor events will begin again. The building is a few blocks from that main drag. Just turn right after the block with McDonalds and Baskin Robbins.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2012/11/320_125815.html

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The night market opens near the main thoroughfare of the Jung-Ang (Central) Open Market located inside the Shinjang Shopping District across the street from Osan Air Base’s main gate.

The main street of the shopping district is lined with various types of stores ranging from coin and souvenir shops to clothing and cosmetics. The street is also lined with foreign restaurants serving different dishes. The street resembles a more condensed version of Itaewon in Seoul.

Taking a right turn at any point off the main shopping street, you may find yourself in the Jung-Ang Open Market. The market is a traditional one selling all types of items ranging from clothes and shoes to vegetables, seafood, fruits and even cooked food.

The main street and the little alleyways off it are where the “night market,” in the form of a festival, is held every weekend. Not only do merchants sell their own home-made food, they also give performances.

There is a merchant troupe that performs traditional Korean percussion music as well as those who sing and dance. Amateur bands formed of students and citizens also participate as performers. Merchants perform comedy and magic shows as well.

Visitors at the market can participate in various activities such as making leather goods, receiving a caricature, making pottery and sculpting clay.

The market also holds events like the “lucky market” where visitors can buy goods at surprisingly cheap prices.

Some narrow alleyways inside the district display cute yet artistic wall paintings on the buildings where visitors can take photos.


When and where

The “Hello! Night Market” festival is being held for the first time this year. The ordinary market opens everyday and stores can be accessed at any time. But the night market, where visitors can experience trying various foreign foods, opens only on Saturday evenings.

The foreign delights will still be available inside the Jung-Ang Open Market building even though the festival is over, but to see the events and various performances you will have to wait until next year when the festival is held again.

To get to the night market, take a train and get off at Songtan Station and walk for about 10 minutes or take a town bus that stops at K-55. The market is short walk away from the bus stop. A taxi ride will also cost the standard fare.



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Son Deureo!



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure you're quoting from this article, dated today: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2012/11/320_125815.html

This looks awesome, can't wait to check that out.

[quote=Korea Times]Visitors buy foreign food sold at the pink carts out on the streets of Jung-Ang Open Market during the “Hello! Night Market” festival held from Sept. 22 through Nov. 23.[/quote]

Oops, it's been over for a week. Thanks for the timely coverage of current events, Korea Times!
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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Son Deureo! wrote:
I'm pretty sure you're quoting from this article, dated today: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2012/11/320_125815.html

This looks awesome, can't wait to check that out.

[quote=Korea Times]Visitors buy foreign food sold at the pink carts out on the streets of Jung-Ang Open Market during the “Hello! Night Market” festival held from Sept. 22 through Nov. 23.


Oops, it's been over for a week. Thanks for the timely coverage of current events, Korea Times![/quote]

The Korea Times doesn't cover "positive" news very well. But, remember, the food carts will be available on Saturdays during winter but they will be inside the building mentioned in the OP.
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Suwon Fish



Joined: 11 Nov 2008
Location: Hongdae

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little off topic but does anyone know if Smoke'n'darts (the cigar and darts store) is still open in Songtan?

A great store but I haven't been there for 5 years so it may be shut...

Cheers
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lemak



Joined: 02 Jan 2011

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hello! Night Market


Best name ever!

dairyairy wrote:
The Korea Times doesn't cover "positive" news very well.


Replace "positive" with "any" and you're pretty much on the ball.

Well - they do have the market cornered on alien invasion stories, what PSY ate for breakfast and anti-apple/pro-samsung crap.
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