Jamaica Fitness (Seoul National University Branch)
Even when you are seeing the world it is important to keep active and exercise! Through my travels I have seen many different gyms, both good and bad. The gym that I belong to in Seoul is probably the best gym I have used while abroad. Prior to moving to Korea I searched up online about gyms within Seoul. As I assumed there wasn't much information online about gyms within Seoul or even Korea.
So after much looking, I figured I would try to show the gym that was the best value for the price within the Seoul National University area. I hope that it helps someone out there!
If you happen to be living or working within Gwanak-Gu in Seoul this is definitely the best gym to join. It is quite close to Seoul National University, so there is quite a young crowd of members who exercise here.
With a population of 25 million people, Seoul is a crowded place with long lines to do most things. The massive population creates a great amount of competition for employment and educational opportunities. These social pressures drive people to work brutally long hours, and study consecutively for days on end. As you can imagine, these societal strains gives people an unfathomable amount of stress.
As soon as one arrives within Seoul, it is evident how alcohol is utilized as a method to release stress along with negative social feelings. Alcohol is also very prevalent within business meetings, along with all social functions. Advertisements for local spirits and brews can be found almost anywhere one turns their head; the local 19% ABV spirit, Soju (소주) can be found anywhere and everywhere. It is available on every street corner for the unbeatable price of about $1.20 a bottle. With so many people needing cut loose and relax, paired with the accessibility and economical price of alcohol, the unforgettable Seoul nightlife is born.
Going to the famous Noryangjin Fish Market was something I have wanted to do ever since I first arrived in Seoul. So about five months after arriving, I had decided it was time to give this place a visit. The fish market is the biggest in Seoul, and to say it is huge is truly an understatement. There were fish vendors selling all types of fish, and pretty much anything else living underwater. The best part about Noryangjin was that there was a restaurant right above the market, were they would cook the fresh fish you just purchased. The restaurant charged a small fee for cooking the food, however it wasn't that expensive.
While I was there I happened to see a decent amount of foreigners. I asked a local vendor why there were so many foreigners, and she informed me in broken English, that the market is its own tourist attractions and people from all over the world visit the market. So I was one of the thousand of tourist visiting for the sight, smell and taste!
Since the Lunar new year had quickly came before us, my coworkers and I decided to travel on our four day holiday. With work finishing on Valentines day, February 14th we all had agreed on leaving early the next morning on February 15th. We left around 6:00 AM on a bus heading to the southern city, Jeonju with little to no plan.
Going into this weekend without any plans, I didn’t expect to have such a busy and productive one at all! However my Saturday was filled with doing things the whole time! I had stated by taking a quick trip to Seoul’s Chinatown then spending the evening shopping and eating live octopus and raw beef in the famous Gwangjang market (second post coming later). I was amazed how big Seoul is and that there is still so many places I haven’t had the chance to visit.
While walking around the bustling streets on a Friday or Saturday night it is impossible not to walk past one of the street food vendors. They setup shop on nearly every intersection and litter the sidewalks of busy drinking areas within the city. The food from these venders are so good and cheap, that I had decided it is worthy for its own blog post.
After spending the afternoon in Chinatown, I had ran back home to get ready for the super cold night ahead of me. However it was not long until I hopped on the subway and took the 40 minute subway ride to the lively market. Located just off exit 9 at Jongno 5-ga station on line one, it is in a very convenient location at the heart of the city.
Suddenly invited to go and spend the day with my girlfriends brother; Youngjune was at first a bit intimidating to say the least. However throughout the day the mood became increasingly more relaxed (thanks to my good friend Soju). Young June, Seoyoon and I had all met at Seoul National University of Education subway station (교대) and started our day adventure together.