Saturday, January 21, 2012

U-Spunk: Koreatown

spelunking |spiˈlə ng ki ng |
noun. the exploration of caves, esp. as a hobby.

urban |ˈərbən|
adjective. in, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town : the urban population.

Urban Spelunking aka U-Spunk
noun. UCLA's foremost student-run organization concerned with exploring the urban jungle.


Last night was the second official U-Spunk adventure. Being urban planners, my fellow colleagues and I are interested in exploring the built environment in which we are currently residing. This includes taking public transit and immersing ourselves in the history and culture of different neighborhoods (booze is a BIG part of most cultures, fyi). The chosen neighborhood of exploration last night was Koreatown.

Our fearless leader, officially titled, Mythological Leader, guided a group of 30+ and growing from the safe haven of Westwood Village onto the 720 bus and into K-Town at Wilshire and Western.  I was coming down with a cold and only made it to the first of 14 stops that evening, but this included an overview of the area demographics; a hike up to the top of a parking garage where we learned about soju and subsequently drank soju; a walk by a "Hostess Bar" and the officially titled, Hardcore Street Bitch, giving us sobering insight into the world of human sex trafficing; a stop at local bar, Frank and Hanks; authentic Korean food and more soju and rice wine at the very, very Korean (we were the only group of people that weren't Korean, save our Korean exchange student) establishments of Toe Bang and Dang Sung Sa.

On our way to get some Seoul food!
Learning about our urban environment
Unfortunately, I missed out on some fun stops. One being the Korean tradition of passing around a bottle of whiskey (note: not actually a Korean tradition). Can't wait till the next urban adventure!

1 comment:

  1. You might get some new types of traffic over to your blog with the whole U-Spunk thing.

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