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Things the Same: The Movie Theatre Edition

There is a surprisingly large amount of movies from the US that come to our area, but sometimes it feels like disappointingly few. (First world problem)

We were so excited to see the new Bond movie and after a few weeks of it out, we went into Suwon to see it. But guess what was playing… not Bond, no, no. It was Twilight! Noooooooo! Common! Twilight!? Bond was taken out early for that?


Anyways, we were not going to let that happen again, so we were set on seeing The Hobbit as soon as it came out. Plus, we were pretty excited  to see it (okay, very, very excited).

Hobbit size!

Fun facts about movie theatres in Korea:

1. They serve beer. They do look at you strange when you buy one in the afternoon though. What? If you can buy beer, you have to buy it at least once! No? Just me?

Can you see? That’s 2 beer and 2 hot dogs for your movie going pleasure. $9 well spent

2. No lines! Okay, well, there are a lot of people but everyone takes a number and kind of mills around until their number comes up. It’s nicer than being confined to a line, though.

You can wait about 5 min to buy tickets from a person. Or you can use the machine (with an English option) for your convienence

You can wait about 5 min to buy tickets from a person. Or you can use the machine that has an English option

3. When you buy your ticket you will notice that there is a seat number! All tickets are reserve seating which I think is pretty awesome. But, it has its down side, too. If you want to go to a popular movie spur of the moment, there may not be any good seats left. I think the reserve seating is related to the next fun fact:

4. You are not allowed to go into the theatre until 10 minutes before show time. Rather, you wait outside in the lobby area where they have seating and a big screen with trailers/ads. When it’s time to go in, it will show up on the sign (yellow and green in the picture) in Korean and English. Reserve seating helps prevent a mad rush for good seats.

Waiting at the theatre

5. They have ‘Sweet Heart’ seats which are essentially love seats with cup holders. They cost about $34 in total, but you get a wickedly comfortable movie spot that has great views and no arm rests digging into you when you try to hold hands.

6. There are Korean subtitles! Not surprising of course. All the big Hollywood movies are subtitled but have original audio. I have heard that you may come across dubbed Korean movies but we haven’t stumbled onto any except for childrens movies which we can only find dubbed (we wanted to see Wreck-it Ralph!) but that seems pretty reasonable.

7. Tickets are cheaper than in Canada! A typical movie will cost around $8 and only slightly higher for 3D or Imax. If you want to go Sweet Heart seats though, those tickets bump up to $17.

I hope you enjoyed learning about movies in Korea!

Anyang Halla Hockey!

Just in time for the end of the lock out, Sandy and I went to a hockey game in Anyang! Team Halla (halla!) vs. a Japanese teams whose name I can’t remember. Whoops.It was great fun!!

Korea is part of the Asian Hockey League with teams from Japan and China. But, hockey is not very big here. Case and point: look at the size of this professional hockey league areana:

Halla Hockey Anyang Korea

You could actually count, by hand, the number of people there. You could introduce yourself to all of them if you wanted to, too!

It was great fun, though! Get your long johns (no indoor heating), pay $8 for a ticket, bring in a beer from the convience store and watch three periods of hockey. The crowd was pretty good especially in our section because there were many foreigners who were quite excited to see hockey! But not as excited as the official cheer section you see at all pro sport games:

On the upper left you can see the cheer section of hardcore fans

People in these sections dress up in colours/jerseys and cheer to their fullest. Its fun to see them do all the chants perfectly. It would be amazing to see this at an NHL game!


As an added bonus to this post I want to do a quick hit on something we saw after the game: a beer glass made of ice.

The beer glass made of ice!

The beer glass made of ice!

Spectacular. Okay, maybe it doesn’t look spectacular… it just looks like a frosty mug doesn’t it? Well, I can assure you that the white frosty part it is ice! Within the ice mold fits a plastic sleeve to protect your beer from becoming watered down.King of Pirates Bar Ice Beer Glass secret

Then the ice fits into a platic base with a handle. Wallah! So icy cold and delicious.

But what do you do with it when it is empty? You throw it at a wall of course! No Joke! Hit the target and win a prize!

King of Pirates Bar Ice Beer Glass wall target

If you are looking to check out King of Pirates, it is in Sanbon, across from the subway station of the same name in Gunpo just south of Seoul. Check out this website for a bit more info.