Songt'an Things to Do
Drink/Shop Till You Drop
There are two big things to do at Songtan.
1. Shopping - Songtan is truly a shopping paradise. You can easily max out your card if you aren't careful. You can buy all sorts of clothes, jackets, suits, blankets, Korean souvenirs, etc. You can even have them custom-made for a higher price, of course.
2. Drinking - there are tons of bars to choose from within the shopping arcade. Choose your dive or go on a bar crawl.
Songtan Shopping Arcade: Great Night Life
I chose Other for this tip's theme since it covers such a large swath.
There are tons of places to dance, hear music, eat out, go drinking/bar hopping.
Or if you like people-watching, just sit on one of the street benches.
You can go out partying any night, but the best time to party is on Fridays and Saturdays, of course.
NOTE: There is strict curfew enforced by Osan Air Base/K-55 at midnight during weekdays and 2AM Fridays and Saturdays so things will quiet down after those times.
Nambu to Songtan Bus Station
There are two ways to get to Songtan from Seoul using public transportation. For this entry, I'll cover the bus system.
At Nambu, say 'Songtan' to one of the ticket ladies and pay.
Make sure you board the bus that says Songtan/K-55 -or else you'll end up in Pyongtaek.
Pyongtaek and Songtan aren't the same place as some people think. Just ask the folks at Songtan when you get there.
Anyway, get off at Songtan Bus Station (right after the Pyongtaek bus stop)
Don't go into the stn -Instead walk out off the bus parking lot towards the street.
Go up the hill. Cross the crosswalk at the light.
Go straight down the hill, walk across the bridge -here you have two options:
1. Walk down the stairs to the left after the bridge and you will end up by the market area/taxi stop. You'll have to follow the street to your right to end up at the Songtan Shopping Area.
2. go straight and follow the curve, and you'll end up by the K-55/Osan Air Base Main Gate and the entrance to the Songtan Shopping Area
Songt'an Tourist Traps
If you decide to go to a bar/dance club, be careful if the ajuma/old lady asks you to buy one of the girls talking to you a drink.
The drink is called a juicy, and the girl is called a juicy girl.
A drink can easily set you back over W8000-10000.
Unique Suggestions: To get out of this, just tell the ajuma either:
You'll think about it
Feign deafness ;)
NO --this is the best response BUT be ready to get your talking partner yanked away from you.
Normally, if you buy a drink for yourself, your decline won't be taken so hard, and you can continue to talk a wee bit more until a paying client comes along.
Fun Alternatives: There are tons of other bars to go to if you get tired of the ajuma badgering you.