The action really heats up in spring time in Seoul, South Korea when the baseball season kicks off. And there is no better place to be for sports lovers than at Jamsil Stadium. The home of baseball, where the atmosphere is electric and the cheerleaders dazzle, and yes, there is a bit of baseball action too.

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Supporting the away team at Jamsil, not very smart.

  • Where is it

Jamsil Stadium is in the main sports complex in southern part of Seoul. It is situated right next to the Olympic stadium (hosted 1988 Olympics) and on the edge of the Han River.

  • How to get there

The subway is he best way to get to the stadium, take the green line number 2 and get off at the Sports Complex stop. It’ll take you right outside the gate. There is also adequate amount of parking available if travelling by car.

A lot of activity outside the stadium.

A lot of activity outside the stadium.

  • The stadium

The stadium was built in 1982 and also hosted the baseball at the 1988 Olympics. It’s co- tennents during the baseball season are the Doosan Bears and the LG Twins. I had the privilege to see both teams during my time in Seoul.

  • The Fans

This is not understatement but the fans make the occasion at Jamsil during a game of baseball. Itstarts with the crowd announcer, who energizes the fans with chants mostly in Korean but I did understand when they roared out, ‘give us a home run.’ The best part, at least for the men anyway, is when the cheerleaders run out stage, they put on a good show.

  • The Season

The Korean Baseball Season kicks off in April and runs through to late October. There are ten teams throughout South Korea and each team plays a whopping 144-games plus playoffs. That means Jamsil Stadium host close 300 games in a given season.

Baseball is better at night.

Baseball is better at night with Seoul lit up in the background.