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    Default Places to play near the US Army Yongsan Garrison

    I will be moving to South Korea in March 2012 for 3 years due to hubby being posted there and would like to find a good place to play. I am an intermediate-advance badminton player and have been playing competitively for 15 years. In most clubs, I would qualify at the A-grade ladies level. I found a club at Seoul Foreign School that appears to be around 30 minutes away from Yongsan but am not sure whether they are still playing or how good the players are. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    I guess the SFS is not a bad place to try. Very easy to get to from Yongsan. Just jump on the 110 bus and you're there. I just don't know anything about the level or whether it's still going. They used to post on various forums but I haven't seen anything recently. This link has an email address for the same contact person whose name I first saw about 10 years ago.

    They only play once a week, though, so if you want a guarantee of higher frequency, and also to be sure you'll have a high level of players, you can find a Korean club. Unfortunately, Yongsan-gu has the shortest list in the city. Still, Namjeong Elementary School, just west of Samgakji Stn, has a club (#5 on the list) that plays in the evenings. #1 and #3 are both around Hyochang Park, near Soongmyeong Women's University so those 3 are all on the other side of the tracks from you but still not far. #4 is outdoor. #2 is perhaps the closest. They play at the Bosung Girls' Middle School, at the back of Haebangchon, which is north of the base and northwest of Noksapyeong Stn. All seem to play in the evenings.

    Some of the bigger gyms are also accessible. The 12-court Magok badminton gym is 1km from Yangcheonhyanggyo Stn. but oops, that's 2 subway lines or more as it's on line #9. The big gym in Dongdaemoon-gu is very near Janghanpyeong Stn, which is not that close, but requires only two subway lines (#6 to #5). Both of these are referred to in this thread. Tanzent has played at the former and david14700 at the latter. I've never played anywhere in Seoul, but I've been to a tournament at the Magok Gym.
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    Hi event,

    Thank you very much for all the information. I just like the SFS because of ease of getting there and, hopefully, no language barrier. Plus, they had a website I could actually read without resorting needing to translate. I will try out the Koreans club in Yongsan-gu as you have suggested. Time to brush up on my Korean. I have visited Seoul before (just for a week) and taken the subway. Might try the bigger gyms once I get more confident getting around without getting lost

    Thanks again for your help.

    Baddiefan

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    Default Good Badminton Club around Yongsan, Seoul, Korea

    Hi everyone. I am living around Yongsan, Seoul at the moment and wondering if there is any good level badminton club to play at. Very interested in joining.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    The same neighbourhood was asked about in this thread. Perhaps a moderator could merge them.

    I think one of the clubs on the Yongsan-gu list has since disappeared and two more have materialized but the list is still very short. If you're near Samgakji Stn, you might want to take the #4 subway line to one of the other areas to the north, mentioned in other threads, such as this one. One of the new Yongsan-gu clubs plays in the morning and the other - currently #6 on the list - plays in the evenings, at Boseong Girls' Middle School in Haebangch'on. Again, no first-hand knowledge here. I'm not sure whether Baddiefan has tried any of them.

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    jasparyu, did you have any luck finding a place to play?

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    Quote Originally Posted by event View Post
    jasparyu, did you have any luck finding a place to play?

    Sadly, no... Lol, still not finding any places to play...

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    Hi everyone. I am living around Guro digital complex station, Seoul at the moment and wondering if there is any good level badminton club to play at. I am very interested in joining it.Thanks for sharing in advance!!!

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    Hi Winexyang1. Unfortunately, this forum is not too populated with members all over Seoul so the odds of getting feedback on a 'good' club near you are slim. I guess because there are so many places to play, most people just find a place nearby and deal with it and we've only heard about a half dozen actual clubs in Seoul, none of them particularly near you. The closest one I've been too is mentioned in the SNU thread. One subway stop away from you is the Nuri Badminton Gym, straight south of Shindorim Station Exit #2. Look for the blue roof marked 'A' in this map. It is open 6AM-10PM and has 7 courts. It sounds like it's a public facility so it likely has an admission charge. There are plenty more listed for Guro-gu in Korean at this link, but you're actually quite close to the border so many Dongjak-gu clubs might be just as close.

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    HI Baddiefan

    Are you still playing at SFS? I am planning to join in next week and it is my first time playing there.

    Thank you for your advices

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    Hi Neo,

    I actually have not been playing at SFS but have been playing at local club near Sinchon station. I have been thinking of trying SFS recently though. I will be overseas soon but will most likely try SFS when I am back in town late July. Please let me know how it goes if you do go there.

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    Hi Baddiefan

    I went down to SFS last month during the summerbreak and most of them are amateur players and have been playing around 2-3years. So not very competitive. They play with plastic shuttles on the 21point system. A friendly bunch of players. The session is managed by their French teacher, Vincent. If you need Vincent's contact, drop me another email and I will be glad to provide

    How about the Sinchon club? I will be in Seoul next week and will be interested to try them out. Will you be back then?

    Regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baddiefan View Post
    Hi Neo,

    I actually have not been playing at SFS but have been playing at local club near Sinchon station. I have been thinking of trying SFS recently though. I will be overseas soon but will most likely try SFS when I am back in town late July. Please let me know how it goes if you do go there.

    Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by aikyneo2905 View Post
    Hi Baddiefan

    I went down to SFS last month during the summerbreak and most of them are amateur players and have been playing around 2-3years. So not very competitive. They play with plastic shuttles on the 21point system. A friendly bunch of players. The session is managed by their French teacher, Vincent. If you need Vincent's contact, drop me another email and I will be glad to provide

    How about the Sinchon club? I will be in Seoul next week and will be interested to try them out. Will you be back then?

    Regards
    Neo
    Hi Neo,

    Thanks for letting me know. I am back already but aggravated a recent ankle injury so I am not planning to play this week. I might go next week if you are still around. I will send you a PM with my contact details.

    Regards
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    SFS are playing with plastic shuttles? I'm planning to go there next week for the first time.

    But i usually play with feather shuttle near our place in ilsan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b3rnard View Post
    SFS are playing with plastic shuttles? I'm planning to go there next week for the first time.

    But i usually play with feather shuttle near our place in ilsan.
    B3nard

    I suggest you contact the organizer before you head down. They are sometimes closed. You can contact Vincent at vincent.olivier@seoulforeign.com. Good Luck

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    yes thanks. i have already been added to their mailing list.

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