Seomyeon Style: Saturday Night in Busan

If you live in South Korea, and if you and your love are wandering about Busan at loss for something to do this Saturday night, I recommend that you grab your better half and head to city centre for a date night in Seomyeon. The commercial hub of Busan, Seomyeon is home to the hip and energetic people that make this seaside city so great. With trendy shops and clubs lining the streets and stylish youth crowding the sidewalks, Seomyeon makes for a fun evening out, with plenty to see and do.

Seomyeon At Night | Busan, South Korea

I took some video of the Seomyeon (pronounced SumYon) area of Busan this evening. The videos were taken at 9:30 on a Monday night. I’ve been down there when it’s so busy you can hardly move. Seomyeon is an interesting area. There’s a plastic surgery tourism section, more shopping than you could ever do, a vibrant club scene, and dining of all sorts. So you can get a boob job, buy a designer outfit, grab a bite, and hit the clubs, all within a ten block area.



Love and Loathing in Korea

For some reason I haven’t been in the mood to write very much lately, which is probably down to the fact that my first ever Summer Camp is looming and therefore I have kicked into a frantic planning mode not helped by my school’s propensity for the last minute dumping of work onto the foreigner’s already overflowing lap.

Surprisingly, this is not a post in which I whinge about my school or about the upcoming non-stop english fest that is Carrie’s hastily cobbled together ‘Fun Fun English Camp’, but rather a homage to the old ‘Things I Do and Do Not Like About Korea’ chestnut. So without further ado, let us delve into the inner workings of my opinion gland** and see what’s cooking. For the sake of time, I have chosen to pay attention to the top and bottom four and disregard the rest…which is pretty much how the British education system works, now I come to think about it. Go England!

Mascot Break | Busan, South Korea

Break time in Seomyeon


Barbecue Camp – Seomyeon



Finding a fried chicken restaurant in Busan, or anywhere in Korea, is not  exactly the world’s most difficult task. Fried chicken joints are about as abundant in Korea as McDonald’s or Starbucks are in North America – and Korea too, admittedly (oh, globalization).

But a restaurant that serves beer can chicken? Now that’s something worth talking about.

Barbecue Camp, located in Seomyeon, is one such restaurant serving up some of Busan’s most unique chicken. With its summer camp decor of wooden slats, Kodak photos, and chalkboards featuring pictures of farm animals and barbecued meats, Barbecue Camp has a laid-back atmosphere to complement its delicious food.

Salsa Cocktail Party @ Seomyeon/Steak after party @ Haeundae

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 19:30

Busan International Salsa Club Cocktails night
2 Cocktails Night / Steak&Soju after party@ Haeundae


Friday, December 9, 2011 - 21:00


Busan welcomes its brand new 'Superclub & Lounge' CLUB FIX in style this December!! The new club boasts 2 floors of pure luxury (including 100 tables/lounges) massive dancefloor, VIP Bar and a FunktionOne soundsystem! Come down and join the celebrations amongst Miss Korea finalists, Maxim Models and an array of celeb types as Seomyeon goes sexy!!

Hot off their massive hit single 'Sex Appeal' Bueno Clinic hit Korean shores for the first time! The Polish duo have had a hectic schedule over the last few months, globetrotting their way through the summer. Catch them at our Grand Opening Party Friday 9 December and keep an eye on our facebook page for free passes, VIP memberships (worth over 500 000 won), and other great giveaways on our facebook page ( over the next month!

Where Have I Been? (Part 1)

First off–hello everyone!

I’m back on the blog after an unintended month-long hiatus.  I wish I could say I’ve been away somewhere exotic or tropical or both, but the truth is I’ve been working–teaching my kindies, doing freelance marketing, and wrapping up the end of my three-month stint teaching university on the side, which took up more hours of my life than I care to count. The uni experience has given me a lot to process–about Korea and how things operate here, about writing and how to teach it, about what drives me.  So, I’ve decided to write a few separate posts to describe this recent chapter–the first is here for you below, with a to-be-continued…

Also–you’re probably noticing the Coco Busan site looks different–I’ve switched over to a new theme. In the mood for change these days…gotta keep things fresh!  Hope you like:)

On Saturday May 7, 2011 a small group of expats (about 30...

On Saturday May 7, 2011 a small group of expats (about 30 people) gathered at Seomyeon Station in Busan and participated in a Flash Mob. 

Monglit wine bar, Seomyeon

The Monglit sign, from outside. Fourth floor.

Monglit, on the 4th floor

I don’t know about you, but sometimes in Korea, I forget to look up. Case-in-point: MONGLIT (pronounced Mong-Lee) on the fourth floor, next to the Daehan CGV in Seomyeon, near Judie’s Taehwa. I blame the cold winter weather that we’ve had till recently. In the colder months, we would emerge from the metro, heads down, to plow ahead to go to our pre-decided spots. Now that the weather has gotten nice, I can afford to expose my neck and face. Now it’s like Christmas morning; so many treasures (bars) above the second floor!

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