Jamsil Baseball Stadium

25 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 7(chil)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

A unique cultural event, Korean baseball games are fun even for the sports-averse. The Korea Baseball Organization consists of 10 teams that play from April through October, competing to win the Korean Series. Games go way beyond athletics, with cheerleaders encouraging the audience to participate in singing, cheering, and dance contests. Instead of overpriced hot dogs and beer, spectators bring their own snacks or buy affordable food such as fried chicken, shrimp chips, and ramen noodles, plus Western standards like burgers and pizza. Equally reasonable, tickets cost just $7 to $10.

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Even if you’re not a huge baseball fan, it’s worth going to a game in Korea, just to see what it means to be a sports fan there. What does it mean? Singing. For every batter, throughout the game. Dancing women in short shorts. A slightly manic MC/head cheerleader leading the whole scene. Thundersticks, those inflatable baguette-shaped things you bang together. Fried chicken and beer, or, if you dare, a plastic cup filled with something tentacled. We just showed up at a preseason game between the two Seoul teams, the Doosan Bears and the LG Twins, and were able to get tickets for about five bucks. You’ll have to tell them which team you want to sit with. (We went Bears, though the Twins are one of the league’s original teams.) Regular season games are likely slightly more. It’s fine to bring in food from the outside--lots of people were buying the fried chicken packs being sold around the stadium. The Sports Complex metro stop is right at the stadium.

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