This past weekend, we got to see the Foo Fighters in Korea. We saw them 4 years ago in Pittsburgh and never in a million years did we think we’d be seeing them abroad, let alone in South Korea. We had a lot of fun and it was a unique experience that we will remember for a long time.
On Saturday morning, we headed to Seoul. We don’t get to go to Seoul often, but we always look forward to it, because we get to eat familiar foods from home. There’s also a lot to see and do. We satisfied our cravings with crunch wraps, delicious sandwiches at a great restaurant/bar that we visited before (real craft beer?!!), an American barbecue meal and McDonald’s breakfast. I guess you can say that we pigged out — but we only get the chance to do this every few months.
On Sunday, we headed to Ansan, which is about an hour and a half away from Seoul (with traffic). All weekend, the Ansan Valley Rock Festival was going on, but we decided to attend one day. We were surprised just how far out Ansan is and how countryside the festival location was. There were a lot of open fields and a ton of mud. We got to the festival around 2:00 but the Foo Fighters weren’t playing until 9:30.
I’ve been to music festivals before (though not abroad) and wow was there a lot of mud! It was funny watching people sludge through it, getting their feet stuck in it. We were surprised to even see a girl walking through a field of mud with crutches — nothing was stopping her from seeing the Foo Fighters!
The Foo Fighters were amazing! Like I mentioned earlier, we had seen them a few years ago, but the energy was even better at this show. In 20 years, this was the first time that they played in South Korea! Dave Grohl had broken his leg a couple of weeks ago, but he still rocked out just as much as normal (if not more), which was cool to see.
We noticed several differences between concerts and festivals in Korea and those back in the states. Some of these differences include the following:
- Food and drinks weren’t overpriced. They were pretty much the same prices they would be in a store or restaurant! We also noticed this when we went to a baseball game earlier in the year. I spent $3 on a hot dog, $1 on each bottle of water, and Nick enjoyed $3.50 beers. This makes the experience less stressful because you don’t have to worry about limiting your spending due to outrageous costs.
- Merchandise wasn’t overpriced. I paid about $30 USD for a shirt! Back home, I would have likely spent $50 or more for a t-shirt.
- Payment was convenient. At the festival T-money card payments were accepted to reduce the need to fumble around with cash. The T-money card system is the same card used to pay subway and taxi fare in South Korea. You could even re-load your card at the festival. This made payment super fast and less confusing.
- Transportation options were plentiful. We were nervous about getting to and from the festival because it was quite a distance from Seoul and the show was scheduled to finish late, but the transportation options were great. We ended up paying around $25 USD total each to get to and from the show (from/to Seoul). They had several shuttle bus options at various times and dates. This eliminated a lot of stress. We still had to catch a 5 am train back to the city closest to our home, but that’s another story 😉 — rural living!
We’re so glad that we had the chance to see the Foo Fighters in Korea! Since we’ll be staying in South Korea for another year, I wonder if we’ll get the opportunity to see another band next year. If I could see Pearl Jam here, I would be in heaven! If you ever get the chance to attend a festival or see a show in Korea, we highly recommend it!