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    Quote Originally Posted by david14700 View Post
    Anytime you're in London, you're more than welcome to come with me if you'd like a game. And don't bother about bringing a racket, I have plenty you can borrow.
    Ahem, I play only with AT900s...
    and I don't give them back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    Ahem, I play only with AT900s...
    and I don't give them back
    Looks like you need a singles game with David!

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    Quote Originally Posted by event View Post
    The YMCA club on that list is also in Jang-an dong. It is at the Goomin Chaeyook Centre (directions in Korean again) right near Anpyung Elem. School. There are 4 courts there and they play in the evenings from 7 to 10.

    Again, I have to reiterate that I have no firsthand experience with these clubs. The only person I've heard from who's played in Seoul is Oldhand and the club he played at is a fair piece (about 15 subway stops incl one transfer) from Dongdaemoon.
    This is where I played (the courts look rather deserted as I took this picture around the time they were closing for the night.) The Korean script might help you locate this place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by event View Post
    The YMCA club on that list is also in Jang-an dong. It is at the Goomin Chaeyook Centre (directions in Korean again) right near Anpyung Elem. School. There are 4 courts there and they play in the evenings from 7 to 10.
    Is it the same place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    Is it the same place?
    No. According to the sign, that is Ahyun Elementary School, which is 5km away from Shinyeon Middle School, the site of the Shinyeon club, to which I attempted to give you directions. According to the only club listings presently available, Ahyun Elementary School is the site of the Sky Club. In hindsight, it would have been only 3 subway stops away from you, but I don't remember suggesting it. I honestly don't know how you could have ended up there unless a) your taxi driver/concierge was a badminton player and drove/directed you to a place he knew; or b) someone called the chair/treasurer who had since changed clubs. Or maybe the club just moved. Who knows?

    Either way, the two clubs I suggested to david14700 are on the east side of town, closer to where he is staying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by event View Post
    No. According to the sign, that is Ahyun Elementary School, which is 5km away from Shinyeon Middle School, the site of the Shinyeon club, to which I attempted to give you directions. According to the only club listings presently available, Ahyun Elementary School is the site of the Sky Club. In hindsight, it would have been only 3 subway stops away from you, but I don't remember suggesting it. I honestly don't know how you could have ended up there unless a) your taxi driver/concierge was a badminton player and drove/directed you to a place he knew; or b) someone called the chair/treasurer who had since changed clubs. Or maybe the club just moved. Who knows?

    Either way, the two clubs I suggested to david14700 are on the east side of town, closer to where he is staying.
    Well, I had a girl at the hotel's front office work all those leads that you provided me.
    Unfortunately, they were all either temporarily closed, permanently closed or too far away.

    Seeing how despondent I was, the girl called some of her (I presume) friends... she told me about this place (the school) and even arranged for a sheet of written instructions (of course, in taxi-driver-readable Korean). That's how I managed to find a place to play

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    Hi guys

    Just got back from Seoul, I went to the Sky Club recommended by Event.

    They play in this huge stadium (with grandstands) with 10 courts with green Yonex mats like the pros and specialised lighting and they can play all day! The only limiting thing is that the club runs out of shuttles after 2-3 hours and then if you still want to play you need to use your own.

    I had a really great time and played nearly every day for 3 weeks, the timing of my shots is so beautiful now, but I'm afraid once I'm back to my usual once a week game, it will disappear again

    And I really should have had some coaching. They have a full time coach there every day and individual lessons cost 50 a month. That's the hourly rate in London! Oh well, maybe I'll go for a longer holiday next time.

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for all the advice.

    Cheers

    David

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    hi everyone, I'll be going to korea (seoul) from jan 23-29 to visit my friends! will watch the korean open as well... didn't know that it's the exact time that i'll be there.. lucky me. anyway, anyone here who i can play with?? i really hope i can play in korea. oh btw, i'm a student here in taiwan, and badminton stuff here are really cheap.. especially the rackets (tw coded) and strings as well. Please let me know if you want some stuff, so i could bring it with me when i go to korea.

    will be waiting for your replies!

    Adrian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    This is where I played (the courts look rather deserted as I took this picture around the time they were closing for the night.) The Korean script might help you locate this place.
    Quote Originally Posted by event View Post
    According to the sign, that is Ahyun Elementary School...
    event, I'm visiting Seoul again... it's next week
    Would you know where (like the name of the junction or street) this school is?

    I only remember it as something-dong (and the good time I had)
    This place is somewhat close to the Hotel Seokyo at Seokyo-dong

    Quote Originally Posted by event View Post
    According to the only club listings presently available, Ahyun Elementary School is the site of the Sky Club.
    Quote Originally Posted by david14700 View Post
    Just got back from Seoul, I went to the Sky Club recommended by Event.

    They play in this huge stadium (with grandstands) with 10 courts with green Yonex mats like the pros and specialised lighting and they can play all day!
    I'm massively confused
    The school hall (as can be seen in my pictures) I played in had wooden flooring. The lighting was just the usual stuff. Did I miss something or is the Sky Club elsewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    event, I'm visiting Seoul again... it's next week
    Would you know where (like the name of the junction or street) this school is?

    I only remember it as something-dong (and the good time I had)
    This place is somewhat close to the Hotel Seokyo at Seokyo-dong




    I'm massively confused
    The school hall (as can be seen in my pictures) I played in had wooden flooring. The lighting was just the usual stuff. Did I miss something or is the Sky Club elsewhere?
    Yes, there are Sky Clubs all over. If the place you played at was the Sky Club, that is consistent with the club listings I saw and with the name on the stage curtains in your photo. The place you are looking for is called Ahyun Elementary School (Ahyun Cho-deung Hakkyo). Telling a taxi driver that name should do it. or print out and show him/her the photo of that curtain with the school name. Or just take the subway 3 stops to Ahyun Station and walk. Sorry, I'm not at home and can't give more detailed directions but with the name of the school, you should be home free.

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    Thanks a ton
    Hope to drop in at that place next week.

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    wow the stadium place that david went to sounds very tempting. my brother and i may be back in korea to visit our relatives july/ aug and would be nice to be able to go there. well we can go anywhere as long as there's subway and bus in seoul since we can read and speak korean like a korean x)
    more info on that place would be greatly apprecidated. price too good to be true.... well

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    Quote Originally Posted by event View Post
    Yes, there are Sky Clubs all over. If the place you played at was the Sky Club, that is consistent with the club listings I saw and with the name on the stage curtains in your photo. The place you are looking for is called Ahyun Elementary School (Ahyun Cho-deung Hakkyo). Telling a taxi driver that name should do it. or print out and show him/her the photo of that curtain with the school name. Or just take the subway 3 stops to Ahyun Station and walk. Sorry, I'm not at home and can't give more detailed directions but with the name of the school, you should be home free.
    event, thanks once again for the directions
    It was easier this time.
    I joined the group at the Ahyun school on Tue, Wed and Thur evening.

    Right now, it's freezing cold in Seoul... and even inside the hall, people were wearing light jackets.

    It's amazing that one doesn't sweat a bit even during a tough game.
    This is the first time I didn't have to change my T-shirt or wristband even after 3 hours of play

    The only problem is thawing your fingers before you play.
    You can literally hear them snap as you do finger-flexes

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    I will pick up you by car arround Gangse-Gu or YangChen-Gu..
    YeoungDeungPo-Gu Office station(subway 2 line, 5 line) or OMogkyo station(5 line) or DangSan station(2 line)..it takes to go there just 5-10 minute by car.
    and will go to Magok gym this saturday afternoon..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanzent View Post
    I will pick up you by car arround Gangse-Gu or YangChen-Gu..
    YeoungDeungPo-Gu Office station(subway 2 line, 5 line) or OMogkyo station(5 line) or DangSan station(2 line)..it takes to go there just 5-10 minute by car.
    and will go to Magok gym this saturday afternoon..
    Is this to me?

    Actually, I'm already back in Singapore

    Thanks for the offer though.
    I will take you up on it the next time I'm in Seoul

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanzent View Post
    I...will go to Magok gym this saturday afternoon..
    Hi Tanzent. I've suggested the Magok gym on several occasions including this suggestion to Oldhand last year...
    Quote Originally Posted by event
    The other one is this place. It is a dedicated badminton gym with 12 courts. I think you get in with a 3000 or 4000 won fee and it's open from 6 to 11 each day. It's a little far but it's big and you don't have to feel uncomfortable about showing up at a club.
    ...but I've never actually played there. I just watched the nationals (최강) there a few years ago. Is my information on times and cost accurate? Are there many good players who play there? Does it tend to get crowded? I'm curious because it is the only dedicated badminton gym I know of in Seoul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    Is this to me?

    Actually, I'm already back in Singapore

    Thanks for the offer though.
    I will take you up on it the next time I'm in Seoul

    thanks your reply and sorry for my late one.
    If I have a chance to go singapore, contact you...

    I have a game at Magok gym at this sunday...amarture tournament....
    take care~~

    p.s. I can speak chinese rather than English~~

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