The Walking Dead Of Seoul on Oct. 17

by Liam Ring
Groove Korea (groovekorea.com)

You don’t need to leave your zombie cravings to episodes of the new Walking Dead season (which premieres on October 11 by the way…) this Fall as for one night only, the zombies are coming to Seoul. If you fancy meeting some like-mindless people or shambling around Hongdae looking the worst for wear, then Changcheon Park in Sinchon – next to the Hyundai department store U-plex building – is exactly where you need to be this October 17 for the fourth annual Zombie Walk Seoul.

Zombie walks have gradually become a mainstay of Halloween festivities across the world since the turn of the millennium. Some events draw as many as 15,000 participants to them and have even attempted to break the previous numbers of zombie-esque gatherings as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. While organizer Minwoo Kim has rather more sober ambitions for this year’s festival, it definitely screams out a ‘more the merrier’ vibe as the Seoul event continues to thrive.

Taking inspiration from the Toronto zombie-walk events of 2011, Kim returned from his year’s working holiday determined to bring a similar experience to Seoul. “What I loved about the event,” he remembers, “is how the walk was truly for anyone. You didn’t need to be physically attractive, musically talented or be good at dancing to get involved.” The 2012 event was easy to organize, involving little more than roping some friends and some suitably attired zombie fans – around 70 to be exact – into a walk around Hongdae.

However, someone clearly liked what they saw with the event doubling in size for 2013 and attendances have continued to rise ever since with almost two thousand signed up for this year. This year’s walk will take about an hour and a half to complete the 2.7 kilometer circuit which will end up at Hongdae Park before festivities continue at an after-party at a yet-to-be-disclosed location in the area.

For those who may be cosmetically-challenged (handsome or beautiful at this event), organizers have drafted in the assistance of some on-hand make-up artists who will be available at the starting point for a small fee. Reservations can be made through the Facebook page for make-up artists, who will be working from 3.30pm with appointments available for around one hundred people to spruce up their zombie – or other ghoulish – make-up.

Although the official meeting time is 4pm, there will be some time for photos and to meet fellow zombies before the walk starts a little after 5pm. The after party’s venue will also be announced on Facebook nearer the date for the event (and Kim promises that it will be both ghoulish and apocalyptic) with drinks, raffles, and prizes for best male, female and family zombie group.

Dress-code is of course “zombie”, although if you’ve always fancied yourself as a Rick Grimes, Michonne (best to leave the real Samurai sword at home though) or even the General that is great too. Indeed all costumes are welcome (in the past people have come as policemen and soldiers) and anyone who wants to just come along and see all the fun is also welcome. So put your best (or worst) glad-rags on and prepare to greet the Halloween season a little early. It promises to be an evening / night of zombie excitement and excess of all things ghoulish…

More info:

What: The Zombie Walk 2015

Where: Starts in Changcheon Park, Sinchon

When: October 17 (at 4pm)

Cost: Free (extra cost for costumes and make-up)

Emai: minwookim@live.com

Facebook: https:// facebook.com/zombiewalkseoul

Groove Korea website

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