Across the world, cities host Zombie Walks where people dress up like zombies and . . . walk. If you don’t understand why this concept is appealing, imagine that you are driving your car down the street and you stop at a red light. As you wait, you do a double-take as you witness a horde of zombies cross the street. If you have a child, he or she may inquire if giving pedestrians the right-of-way also applies to the undead. If that’s not entertaining, imagine two zombies helping grandma remove her bag from the overhead while traveling on the subway to meet their zombie-friends from college. Grandma is so happy by the kindness of these zombies that she gives them a hug only to find herself partially covered in red syrup. As she exits the subway, other passengers gawk at her health as she appears to be quite mobile for a woman her age who is profusely bleeding from her neck.
It doesn’t take much of an imagination, but any days that involve interaction with zombies typically supersede the excitement of days without zombies. Apparently, thousands of people from across the world agree.
On September 28th, 2013, a group of foreigners and Koreans joined forces in Witjandari Park (윗잔다리 공원) near Hongdae Station to walk in a large circle around Hongdae. Seoul does not have a big Zombie Walk – I think less than a hundred people showed up. Upon further consideration, several zombies were late so there was a reported 150 participants. Hopefully, the event will continue to grow in the future.
Despite poor weather, the event proceeded where zombies walked the streets of Hongdae, ordered kabobs from street vendors, had make-up retouched in cosmetic stores, and scared a few unsuspecting pedestrians. The walk ended in Hongdae Park and the after-party was at the always crowd pleasing bar, Exit.
I missed the event last year so I was happy to show up and take a few photos for fun. I met some very nice people and had a ridiculously fun Saturday night. I’ll put some of the best pictures up here, but please go to Kimchibytes on facebook for the rest of the pictures. I’ll continue to upload the pictures throughout the week.
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