I'm sure there's a deeper meaning behind this day we call St. Patrick's day, but from my experiences back at home in America, it's a day when people wear green to avoid getting pinched, drink a lot of alcohol, and even dye the rivers green. I thought this was one celebration that I would miss out on as an English teacher in Korea, but boy was I wrong.
Seoul annually hosts events to celebrate this ol' St. Patrick. Right outside of Sindorim station, a crowd of foreigners were gathered in an amphitheater enjoying their booze and listening to live Irish music. The bands weren't only Irish. The first band performing was actually Korean!
|the Korean Irish band|
They don't dye the rivers here, but the sea of green shirts worn by hundreds of foreigners came close.
|Irish Festival outside of Sindorim stn|
The concert ended around 6pm, but that didn't mean the party was over. Many made their way to destined party areas in Seoul like Hongdae and Itaewon.
|At Rocky Mountain Tavern with friends|
I met up with a couple of my college friends and explored around Itaewon. We even bought bright green t-shirts that say "St. Patrick's day" in three different languages for only 5000won!
If you are Irish or are into celebrating this day, you won't be missing out while you're in Korea. Even if Koreans don't celebrate certain holidays, you'll be sure to find a group of foreigners who do.
Aeri Park has had a multicultural history taking her from Seoul to Buenos Aires to Atlanta and back again. She graduated Emory University in 2008 and wanted to experience the culture of the place she was born. Aeri arrived in Suwon in 2010 and is now enjoying her second year teaching for Chungdahm in Pyeongchon. So far she has most enjoyed the food, fashion, and never ending list of places to explore. Follow Aeri to see where she goes!