Seoul Pillow Fight Day

I received a facebook announcement earlier in the week that the International Pillow Fight Day would be taking place in Seoul on Saturday, April 3rd.

My girl and I already had plans to rally around the city, taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine. We ended the day at Deoksugung after earlier visits to Cheongwadae and Gyeongbokgung. After a leisurely stroll of the palace grounds, it worked out perfect to stumble out of the main entrance and right in to Seoul Plaza City Hall to observe the pillow swinging chaos.

You could see confusion setting in however as pillow packing foreigners started to arrive close to 6:00 pm to find Seoul Plaza occupied by a large stage and an ocean of chairs, I’m assuming set up for an Easter service. Why are all these chairs here? Where should we wait? Is this thing still on?

Some people waited across the street, seeking moral support from others who were also standing around with pillows. Some simply did a drive by of the scene and ducked back in to the subway entrance, appearing uncomfortable about walking around the city with a pillow. But plenty of people could care less about what anyone else thought. They displayed their pillow with pride, pacing the plaza with their pillow case wrapped around their wrist as if to say, “one step closer and I’ll knock your head off”.

Just before 6:00 pm I spotted Martina from eatyourkimchi.com informing everyone that the event would be taking place on the other side of the plaza from where we were observing. There we joined the majority of the participants and as the magic hour neared, the crowd started to buzz. Our favorites were the dude wearing a motorcycle helmet and the guy wearing green leotard body suit.

After a countdown of 5…4…3…2…1, the pillows started to fly. Some were still in their protective plastic packaging, newly purchased just for this event. Others were housed in dingy pillow cases, grabbed off beds on the way out the door. And some were in the shape of animals.

The pillow fight was scheduled to last an hour, but exhausted from a long day on our feet, we moved on after about 5 minutes. A few pillows had busted open and the foam was strewn on the ground. We were hoping to see some feathers, but no such luck. A crowd was still gathered as our bus drove past the scene about 15 minutes later, but it looked like far fewer pillows were actually being used.

It’s nice to see groups of mostly foreigners gathered for something other than partying. I’m going to keep my eye out for future fun events like International Pillow Fight Day. Perhaps even my hometown favorite SantaCon will make it’s way to Seoul, although that involves nothing but drinking.

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~ by ripcitytoseoul on April 4, 2010.

5 Responses to “Seoul Pillow Fight Day”

  1. Thanks for the great story and pics! You both should’ve stuck around as it was a fun time…Just to let you know, this past year theyeogiyo.com organized SantaCon in Hongdae and will probably do the same this year 🙂

    • Thanks, good to know. I love seeing Santa debauchery as much as I like to see pillow fights.

  2. […] As part of a jam packed day where we also saw Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung and the big pillow fight event at Seoul Plaza City hall, we started it all with a visit to Cheongwadae, also known as the Blue […]

  3. I’d love it if we had a water balloon fight!!! Maybe we can start one up for June/July. How sweet would that be?!

  4. […] already taking in Cheongwadae and Gyeongbokgung, our last stop of the day prior to observing the pillow fight event at Seoul Plaza City Hall was […]

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