March 13, 2015
After work on Friday, Kevin and I decided to go to Chungdae, the university neighborhood of CheongJu. Since I’m still sick (now battling nasal congestion while my cough and limited voice remain), we had a more low-key evening. We had dinner at The Bugle, which is an Irish Western Bar. They have delicious burgers that made us feel like we were back in the States. They were good but not In ‘n’ Out good. 🙂
After dinner, we went to the movie theatre and saw Chappie. All the movie theatres in Korea have assigned seating and you can bring in your own food and drink. Many theatres are really unique compared to what we’re used to at home (CheongJu even has a 4D theatre…what!) but this one was smaller and similar to the norm. We got a little lost trying to find the actual screens (what a confusing movie theatre located on multiple floors of a multi-shop building!), but some kind people in the elevator guided us in Korean to where we needed to be. I swear, it is totally possible to get by without knowing Korean, as we are making it happen, but it sure would be a lot easier if we learned some key words. Will definitely be working on that..
I did order popcorn and she asked me if I wanted sweet or something else I did not understand. I said regular and the rest of the exchange was in Korean and head nods. I’ll have to try the sweet sometime…Koreans love sweet everything. Also, fyi- since the movie is an English movie, it played as such, just with Korean subtitles.
Here are some photos from the evening:
As we walked around Chungdae, we found the Ho Bar! I wonder what they sell there.
This is the third time we have eaten dinner and been the only people in the restaurant/bar. Is 7:30pm that early here??
First, the Lotteria (fast food burger joint), then the Lotte Young Plaza, and now the Lotte Cinema! Lotte is a multinational food and shopping corporation. They even have a Lotte World theme park in Seoul, Lotte hotels around Korea, and a Lotte store in the Washington, DC Metro area. We had to wait in the box office/concession stand area for a few minutes because they don’t let you into the theatre until 10 minutes prior to start time. Also, you can buy concessions before getting your ticket checked.