A week after my first picnic experience at Han River Josh and I decided to take a friend who was visiting from China. (You can read about our first time picnicking here). This time around we weren’t as hungry and opted for some street food instead of ordering friend chicken or pizza (although I plan on ordering some picnic pizza sometime in my future). Instead we bought some food off of the vendor right outside the subway station exit. We chose: kimbop, dukk bokki and a sausage along with some beverages we purchased from the subway convenience store.
The food was pretty good but not the best…I have high standards for my cheap Korean meals! I should do a post on my favorite dukk bokki (spoiler alert it involves delivery and cheese!). Kimbop is pretty widely available here in Korea, most convenience stores will either stock the roll kimbop or the triangle kimbop, it is always so reasonably priced to me it beats out snacking on a bag of chips. My preference is to visit a small kimbop store (they are everywhere) where you can get more specialty kimbops like shrimp, tuna, kimchi…pretty much anything you can cut up small and put in a kimbop.
This time around we were no longer picnicking noobs so we opted to buy one of the silver mats (as can be seen above) and it worked out quite well! There still was the problem of the mat trying to escape when a strong gust of wind came our way but this was easily solved with some strategical shoe and purse placement. I would say that one mat was sufficient for three people sitting up and eating (four or five would fit, but it would be a tight squeeze) but we wanted to lay down and absorb the sun so we ended up purchasing another mat (each mat was ₩4,000/$4).
And what post on picnicking would be complete without some random shots of strangers picnicking. I don’t know why but it is just so much fun for me to sit and people watch while picnicking…I find that there are different types of groups that come to picnic…there is the family group, large group of singles (5 or more in a group of either all guys or all ladies), small group of singles (less than 3 of the same sex), couple group…just to name some. So with out further delay, here are some of the people who were enjoying their Saturday afternoon soaking up the Seoul sun…