For the last two weekends, I’ve been going to free skate at the local ice rink. If you live in the Tap-Dong area, you should probably check it out. It costs only 7500won for the day and that includes skates and a helmet (both are mandatory). You also need to wear gloves, but you can pick those up for 1000won at the canteen and you get to keep them.
Skating in Korea’s a pretty strange experience because it’s not something you associate with Koreans. If it was taekwondo on ice, maybe, but regular ice skating? Not super Korean.
Last time I went, this group of kids took a liking to my friend and me and started chasing us around the rink. We went to the rink at around 2 and the kids had been there since 11. They were still there when we left two hours later. After over an hour of playing chase the foreigners, we got tired and called it a day. These little kids followed us off the ice and the started chatting us up. Granted, it was super basic, but it was nice to see Korean kids trying to use the English skills they have. As I was sitting down, this one little girl started hitting me in the back. At first I thought she was being aggressive, but turns out she was giving me a massage. It was cute.
I’ve never really skated in Canada, but I think I might pick it up here. It strangely beings me back home and it feels so Canadian. The kids there are cute, too.
UPDATE: I went to free skate yesterday (Saturday) and it was packed. I think if you’re going to go, Sunday’s your best bet. After 30 minutes of ice time, the rink looked like it had been snowed on for the past 10 minutes.