Yongsan Garrison will host 6 days of Oktoberfest events
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Americans in Seoul have a second chance to experience a South Korean-flavored version of Oktoberfest, the world-famous, beer-soaked German festival.
Beginning Friday, Yongsan Garrison’s Dragon Hill Lodge will host its six-night version of the festival, spread over two weekends. The party kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with music, food and games.
The event will be held under a large tent covering the Dragon Hill Lodge parking garage. The festival is split over two weekends, beginning at 6 p.m. on Fridays, 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Among other treats for sale will be traditional German foods and imported German beer, along with the hotel’s microbrew beer, said Gina Park, Dragon Hill sales and marketing director. Admission is free, with prize drawings held each day. The grand prize is a United Airlines round-trip ticket to the United States.
Earlier this month, some 3,000 people — including many military personnel and American civilians — attended a similar, two-day event at the Hilton Hotel in Seoul.
The original Oktoberfest, billed as the largest beer festival in the world, runs this year from Sept. 18 through Oct. 3 in Munich, Germany.
The festival began 171 years ago when Crown Prince Ludwig was married in Munich. The town was invited to the celebration, and the festival has been repeated yearly since.
The festival now draws some 6 million attendees yearly, Munich officials estimate.