Sunday, November 15, 2009

Noraebang: FEEL THE EDGE

It takes about 40 minutes to an hour to ride the subway from Ilsan to Seoul, depending on where you want to go. However, the subway does close down in the middle of the night and opens after five in the morning. Therefore, the most effective thing to do is just stay out until the trains start running again.

Mansion, a spacious club near Hapjeong Station, specializes in chandeliers and classy times featuring house music. But was that enough to stay out until 5 a.m.? Not nearly!

We needed to take drastic action to keep the party going until literally six in the morning, so we visited two different noraebangs, or karaoke rooms. I think they put something in the microphones that makes you sound better than you should, but I don't think it was so good that you need to see any video evidence of me singing Elton John.

And here is the pre-dawn sky of Ilsan at close to 7 a.m. Not pictured: The Intense Cold.


  1. How much is taxi fare?

  2. 40 bucks, give or take.

  3. A coworker told me today never to pay more than the equivalent of 25 bucks for a taxi from Hongdae to Ilsan. Itaewon to Ilsan would be about 40 bucks, apparently. YET TO BE FIELD-TESTED.

  4. Good point...I'd forgotten they're pretty far apart. Another tip: Don't get out of the cab when the Ilsan taxidriver tells you he can't take you further than Seoul city limits. That $40 was the total of TWO cab rides that finally got me to my Halloween destination. What a schmuck.