Scavenging For S(e)oul: Recap
At the end of last month The Soul of Seoul Tours hosted our first event under the title of Scavenging For S(e)oul. Teams raced from Gwanghwamun through Jongno along the Cheonggyecheon into Bukchon and Gwangjang Market, down to Dongdaemun and eventually turned up at 3 Alley in Itaewon.
The teams were provided with 40 clues that took them to specific locations as well as asked them to look for matchy matchy couples, dyed dogs and ajjussis in hiking gear. From culture and tradition to history and fads, everything was covered.
As this was our very first event, initially we were just hoping to get 60 people, or just 15 teams. I say “just”, but even 15 teams is a handful. In the end, we were bombarded with messages from excited attendants and so we ended up with 82 people on 20 teams. The outpouring made us even more excited and we went all out.
The teams came dressed up and in the team spirit, ready to go go go!
We amped up our search for fellow expat owned and small businesses to help with the prizes and we were excited to be able to provide the winners… and some of the non-winners with prizes from: Create Wellness, The Bakers Table, Sprout, High Street Market, Zweiter Stock, Phillies Pub, Casablanca and Atlas.
At precisely 1:00pm, we handed each team the clues and our logo that had to appear in each photo to ensure that no photos were taken in advance of the event. They were off to get team jump shots, cram into phone booths and find waterfalls, murals and more.
The stopped by street art covered walls in the Bukchon area and looked at the historical placards in Tapgol Park depicting the fight for independence in Korea.
The met fellow expats wandering the streets and met up with Hanbok clad friends.
Some fellow expat bloggers, Ryan and Stephanie Hedger of Hedgers Abroad and Scott and Megan of bobo and chichi teamed up and came to the event as well. I was especially excited to meet both of these couples as I’ve read their blogs for some time. In a funny turn of events, these guys were so enthusiastic about the event and even more so about dressing up in some dinosaur footsies that they forgot to flip the clues page over. They completed just under half of the clues and came in dead last but stylishly so. They showed up at the end in good spirits and applauded all of the winners as only last place but okay-about-it people can. It was great to meet these fellow bloggers living it up in Korea.
We had a great time and we hope that all of the teams did as well.