Event 22/27 in Seoul: Walk in Mapo-gu and Woodstock Indie Bar

In this post I show three Pivothead videos that are a good addition to my experiences made at the Seoul Rose Festival. I also lose some words about the problem of finding information about locations and events that are less popular among internationals.

Pivothead on a bicycle

A few days before I rode with my bicycle through a few streets with my Pivothead on. Here’s the result:

Overall, you can see that the cam only records noise once you surpass a certain threshold of speed. So while you can use it to capture audio when you walk, only video is applicable once you go fast than let’s say 5 km/h.

Walk in Mapo-gu district

At one of my last days before my final exams and paper-hand-ins I met the seller of my guitar again at a bar in Mapo-gu. A few minutes before I walked through the streets and caught some impressions. I think there are many interesting elements that can be seen, at least from the view point of a German that hasn’t been to an Asian country before.

Woodstock Indie Bar

We walked to the Woodstock Indie Bar nearby. As the name suggests, the audience is different to the usual ones. In fact, the background music consists mainly of western rock and metal and put me into a familiar setting. You can also wish for songs that they’re going to play. So if you’re into this kind of music, I recommend giving it a try.

If you search for the bar on Google, you don’t find any useful information. This reveals one major problem for Non-Koreans: much of the information can only be found via Naver, Korea’s dominating search engine inside Korea. If you want to use it in English, you have to register for it, and the busy layout reminds more of Yahoo! than Google. Marsden has written a longer post about why Google struggles to become competitive against Naver in Korea which is also a cultural thing. But as a foreigner, this is problematic, at least if you try to find information that is not already reported by other internationals on the internet.