Ghosts at the 2009 Seoul Information Fair

Written by admin on May 8, 2009 – 1:35 pm -

The Ghosts Airsoft Team will have a booth this coming Sunday 10th of May.

We will have airsoft weapons on display, video’s of past games and information on how to get started on the sport. Take subway line number 1 or 2 to City Hall station and go to exit number 4.

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Airsoft Revisited

Written by admin on March 23, 2009 – 3:23 pm -

Its been over a year now that I’ve been regularly playing airsoft in Korea. And we’re slowly growing in numbers. We started off with 6 players and we’re now up to 14 regular players from different countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Philippines and United States). It’s no surprise that the Filipinos outnumber all other nationalities in our team since airsoft is a very popular sport in the Philippines.

Here are a few pics from our recent game.

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We now have five regular Filipino players, if you live in Seoul and are interested in giving this sport a try don’t hesitate to send me a message, we have loaner guns and eye protection available for you, all you have to do is attend. If you haven’t tried it before there’s nothing to worry about, we take safety very seriously and we’re an easy going group, nothing too hardcore.

To get an idea of what goes on in a typical game take a look at the video.

For more info visit our homepage at http://www.airsoftkorea.org and feel free to join the discussion.


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Survival Games

Written by admin on August 19, 2008 – 2:46 pm -

Survival Games as its known in South Korea A.K.A Airsoft Games is a sport / hobby that’s been around for almost 20 years. I’ve been playing on and off since the early 90′s in the Philippines. Airsoft is very similar to paintball except that the guns fire 6mm plastic BB’s and hits are based on the honesty system where you call out when you get hit and leave the game. You may be wondering, Does it hurt? well it depends on the power(muzzle velocity) of the guns but teams in Korea generally have a 300 fps (feet per second) limit which feels like a pinch when you get hit from a distance of about 10 meters. Face and eye protection is mandatory for obvious reasons. Uniforms are fairly cheap as most people buy used items from the surplus stores at Namdaemun and Dongdaemun, a full set consisting of camo’s (shirt and pants) can be had for about 8,000 won – 15,000 won. Like everything else in Korea the guns can be quite expensive especially if you compare them to HK, USA or even Philippine prices. Chinese and Hongkong made guns costs around 230,000 won – 500,000 won, while the Japanese branded ones are upwards from 450,000 won.

It was when I first arrived in South Korea where I had a really difficult time finding a team to play since the teams here are somewhat formed differently, mostly people working in the same office would set up a team and more often than not did not readily accept acquaintances to just drop in and join their team. 

This year a group of foreigners comprised of folks from Canada, U.S., Australia and the Philippines set up what can probably be considered the first foreign airsoft team in the ROK. The team is called Airsoft Korea – Ghosts and the biggest difference from the local teams is that guests are encouraged to attend and eventually join the team, in fact even if you don’t have the gear just yet and would like to try out the sport, loaner guns are available. The only rule is that if you break it, you pay for it. 

The team had its first ever inter-team match versus the Incheon based Team Zero. The games were a success and people had loads of fun and we all met new friends. 

Airsoft Korea – Ghosts currently has four Filipino team members. So if you you want to try out a new off the beaten path kinda sport, meet new friends and have a really good workout. Visit the site listed below and participate in the forums and drop in anytime during the regular Sunday games.

http://www.airsoftkorea.org

 


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Electronics shopping in Seoul

Written by admin on July 11, 2008 – 2:46 pm -

I often receive queries if there is an equivalent of Radio Shack in Seoul or South Korea for that matter. Radio Shack is an electronics and parts store that is available throughout the continental U.S. and a few other countries. In fact there was an official Radio Shack store in Makati located at the car park near SM. 

Even with the prevalence of internet shopping, I often want to see and touch the goods that I purchase so above is a google earth photo of Yongsan and I’ve labeled the buildings with a short description of what’s where over there.

A – IPark Mall

      1F – Camera’s / Navigation / Gadgets
      2F – Home Appliances
      3F – Home Appliances
      4F – Computers  Console games (Xbox, PS2, PS3, Nintendo)
      5F – Computers / Musical Instruments / Pro Audio and DJ Equipment
      6F – Home Appliances / Computers

B – ET Land 

      B   – Electronic Parts / Tools / Test and Measuring Equipment
      1F – Home Appliances (LCD TV’s, Washing Machines / Recliners / Vacuum Cleaners / Heaters)
      2F – Camera’s / Mobile Phones / Gadgets / Hifi Audio and Home Theater )
      3F – Computers
      4F – Computers
      5F – Food Court / Console Games (XBox, PS2, PS3, Nintendo) / Hobby Shops 

C – Mobile phones / Tools

D – Computers / Peripherals / Cables

E – Tools / Lighting Fixtures / CCTV 

F – Lighting Fixtures

Lastly Yongsan RC, where they sell remote control vehicles such as cars / planes and helicopters. The staff are really nice and friendly.

So how do you get there? Find your way to Yongsan subway station and you should be right smack in the middle of the iPark Mall.

Other places that sell gadgets, electronics and hobby shops :

Technomart Gangbyeon (Gangbyeon) Subway Line 2
Technomart Sindorim (Sindorim) Subway Line 2
Kukje Electronics Center (Seocho) 

I will update this post as more information is gathered.

 

 


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Airsoft

Written by admin on July 11, 2008 – 1:39 pm -

It’s been a while since I last posted something, this has been mainly due to work related reasons. I had a little break in my work schedule yesterday so I decided to hop on the subway and make a beeline for Technomart Sindorim to purchase an airsoft rifle. I had recently joined a group of airsoft enthusiasts based in Anyang, most of them are American and Canadian, but there are a number of Filipinos too which is great. 

Airsoft or ‘Survival games’ as it’s called here on the peninsula, is a game where you shoot a gun that fires plastic BB rounds. The game is based on the honor system and calls on a players honesty to admit when they have been hit and remove themselves from the playing field. The sport is also quite popular in the Philippines.

I’ll be having my first game with the team this weekend, weather permitting.

Below is a photo rifle that I purchased. Its a Western Arms M4 rifle similar to what is issued to the U.S. Special Forces.

For all intents and purposes it feels like a real gun and works like a real gun with the exception that it fires plastic bb’s. 

The team is called Ghosts Airsoft and is probably the only foreign team in the ROK. Anyone is welcome to  attend the games held every Sunday. If you don’t have a gun don’t fret as there are loaner guns available most of the time. Interested? check out the club homepage here.

 


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