It was always quite surreal how empty and lifeless the streets of Seoul’s Party Districts felt the morning after. Only a few short hours ago, while it was still considered night, still dark out, the streets would be busy with young people enjoying a Saturday night out, for university students, one of the few nights out to be young and free. On this particular morning, my friends and I found ourselves in a DVD Bang, waking up to the Titanic sinking. How we got there was quite the tale.
The night started out innocent enough, my friends and I met up with a group of girls to celebrate a bachelorette party. We got things started with a lovely dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant in Hongdae. After that was anything but innocent as we partied the night away with bar and club hopping. I was separated from three of my close friends at one point around 3am, myself and two of those girls ended up reuniting around 4am but desperately needed a place to crash until first bus home. This is how we ended up at the DVD Bang, it wasn’t as nice as the others ones we had been too. Unlike the others, it didn’t have a proper bed/couch, it was just mats on the floor. But nonetheless, we picked an extremely long movie to get us to 8am and passed out*.
I ended up taking these pictures as we walked back to the subway station. The streets are quiet and no longer busy at this time. You’re able to actually see what’s around you instead of a blur of people. Most of the time I found places like this very overwhelming, and so I really enjoyed being able to walk through without the bustle of busy busy people.
*If you thought I’d give you a more in depth retelling of my tale, you’ve been mistaken, such things are to be kept to oneself ; )