AKARAKA 2010

Thursday May 13th marked the end of the May festivities at Yonsei.  The big ending event was AKARAKA (which I gave some facts about in my last blog).  I went with the Mentors Club group which meant that I was a VIP.  We were supposed to meet with the club at 11am, however I didn’t show up until after 3pm because I didn’t want to miss my morning classes (I had a midterm due).  A friend called me to tell me where I needed to go and when she said VIP I pictured comfy seats in a less crazy section of the amphitheater.  WRONG.  VIP meant we were the ones standing right in front of the stage!  Yea, we had to stand for 7 hours, my feet are still hurting, but it was SO worth it!


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The process of getting an Akaraka ticket…intense stuff!

Today was the ticket sale for Akaraka tickets for exchange students at Yonsei.  For those of you who don’t know what Akaraka is let me tell you about it quickly.  Akaraka started in 1986.  It’s an event that marks the end of an annual May festival at Yonsei called Daedongje.  It’s basically a giant pep rally that is divided into three parts.  1) Performances by Yonsei clubs.  2) Performances by famous Korean celebrities (like SNSD, Kara, Super Junior, etc.). 3) Yonsei cheering and dancing.  This year Akaraka will be on Thursday, May 13th.

I’ve been looking forward to going to Akaraka even before I knew that I was coming to Korea this year.  I watched youtube videos of past Akarakas and it looked like soo much fun! So when I heard that there were only 160 tickets for the hundreds of international students I decided to skip my second hour of Korean class to line up 1.5 hours early for the tickets which didn’t start selling until 6:30.  Me and my friends were about 20th in line when we got there.  However by 7:15 (when we finally got our tickets) my ticket number said 134!  People were showing up last-minute and cutting right into the front.  Ugh!  How rude.  I’m not even going to go into it….  I’m over it.

Anyways, so we got our tickets and t-shirts too.


“Share this t-shirt with happy price.”  …..hahaha.  I’m thinking they mean something along the lines of “Wear this t-shirt with great pride.”


See the blue cap^  wearing the white t-shirt?


2 minutes later look where he is.  Ya!!!

Yea…we were getting really frustrated because we had waited in line for so long.   We were even split up from one of our friends who was at the front of the time, but we didn’t cut because we didn’t want to be rude.


Line behind us.  >.<  no idea if everyone ended up getting tickets or if they just left.


Ticket!


Mentors club t-shirt that I should wear to Akaraka.


Kinda wish it said Yonsei in Korean, not Chinese.  Oh well.

Not sure who is performing at Akaraka this year.  Apparently only the club, who is also called Akaraka, who organizes the event knows.  But I’ve heard that all the biggest and most popular singers and groups at the moment would be the ones performing.  I’m hoping for C.N. Blue and Girls’ Generation the most!!

Today was part of that May festival I mentioned earlier.  The area near where our tickets were getting sold was a “Global Festival”.  There were a ton of countries and eat one had a tent.  People from those countries operated the tents wearing clothing from their country and sold the food of their country too.  We were standing by Pa.kistan and they were selling samosa (that’s what it looked like) that smelled SOO good!  It was really hard not to go buy some.

Our mentors club was selling cocktails in these plastic pouches.


This one is just ice tea.


There were TONS of tents and activities.  There was a booth where you could smack someone laying on a bench with a long pole.  Ouch!  Tons of water balloon type booths.  I felt bad for those people…it was soooo cold and windy today!  Lots of alcohol and food booths and tents.  People were running around in costumes too.  I’m mad I didn’t have time to take any nice pictures because I had to meet my language exchange partner.  This event is going on tomorrow too, I don’t have any plans so I’m going to try to wander around and take some pictures.

Want to know more about Akaraka?  Visit their website.  The website includes lyrics and instructional videos to all of the Yonsei cheers.  Very helpful!  http://www.akaraka.org/   The site is only in Korean, sorry.  😦