Our Experience Watching the LG Twins
Whatever country I visit and experience in the world, I always seek out sporting attractions, events, and opportunities, and so I inevitably went to see a baseball game in Korea.
Living in Seoul, Korea, as an English teacher, teaching in Gangnam (now famous because of the song ‘Gangnam Style’), it soon became apparent from talking to my students that baseball is hugely popular in Korea!
Given the passion that Koreans have for baseball, it’s a great and affordable day out, whilst also experiencing a bit of Korean sporting culture.
Getting to the LG Twins Stadium
The LG Twins Stadium is located in the Jamsil district of Seoul.
Given how efficient the Seoul metro/underground system is, I recommend catching the Line 2 subway stop to either exit 6 or 8 of Sports Complex Station, as they are both just a short walk away from the stadium.
You can also take buses 170, 4001, 4112, 4318, or 4444 to get to the stadium if you prefer a bus.
Taxis are also available and provide a convenient alternative for traveling to the LG Twins Stadium but the subway is easy enough.
Overall, it is easy and convenient for anyone to enjoy a game at the LG Twins Stadium.
Getting Tickets for a Game
Tickets for LG Twins games can be purchased online through the team’s official website (although the site has no English version).
If you are going to a normal league game (i.e., not a playoff game) then you can usually quite easily buy tickets at the Jamsil Baseball Stadium box office on the day, as we did.
What to Expect
We found that it was a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere and much like we experienced when attending a few baseball games in the U.S.
The fans were particularly passionate and vocal and an LG Twins win certainly made the day even more enjoyable.
Beer, hot dogs, a competitive game, and a nice day in the sunshine.
Teams You Can Watch in Seoul, Korea
In the capital, Seoul, in addition to the LG Twins, who we went to watch, you can also see the:
- Doosan Bears – They also play at the Jamsil Stadium (where the LG Twins play, i.e. they share the ground)
- Kiwoom Heroes – who play at the Gocheok Sky Dome, in the south of the city in the Gocheok-Dong area of Seoul
Is Baseball Popular in South Korea and Why?
South Korea is a country that loves baseball!
The game has become increasingly popular over the years, and in recent times, it has been one of the most watched sports in the country.
Baseball was first introduced to South Korea by American missionaries in 1905 but didn’t really begin to take off until after World War II when Koreans began playing competitively and soon caught up with Japan in terms of playing ability.
Today, baseball is the most popular sport in South Korea and its professional league, the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization), has become one of the most successful professional leagues in all of Asia.
The KBO league consists of 10 teams that play their regular season from March to October each year and culminates with a championship series between the top two teams in the league.
Overall, it is safe to say that baseball is extremely popular in South Korea.
The success of its professional teams and international players has made the game more accessible to people all over the country, making it one of the most beloved sports in the nation.
As the popularity of baseball in South Korea continues to grow, so too does its influence and reach throughout the country.
How Many MLB Players Are Korean?
Major League Baseball (MLB) has made history in recent years with the introduction of Korean players.
As of the 2023 season, there have been 26 players from South Korea to play in MLB. This is a huge jump from just five players in the 2008 season.
The most notable player among this group is Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Ji-Man Choi.
Ji-Man is the first South Korean-born player to be part of an MLB team and was signed by the Seattle Mariners in 2013.
Choi has achieved success with his team, participating in two World Series championships and winning the National League Championship Series MVP title in 2020.
Other players from South Korea include Ji-Hwan Bae, Chan Ho Park, Hyun Jin Ryu, Jung Hoo Lee, Ha Seong Kim, Dae Ho Lee, and Min Woo Lee Rusney Castillo, to name a few.
MLB has taken steps to increase its presence in South Korea by hosting events such as MLB season-opening games in Seoul in 2024.
7 Other Sporting Attractions and Events to See Whilst in Seoul
1. The International Taekwondo Festival
Experience the beauty of Korean martial arts firsthand at this annual taekwondo tournament, which brings together people from all over the world.
If you love sport then seeing Taekwondo in its country of origin is a great opportunity.
2. The K League Soccer Derby
K League is one of Asia’s top soccer leagues, and its biggest match-up is between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and FC Seoul.
Catch a game and be a part of the passionate atmosphere in one of Asia’s biggest derbies.
3. The Korean Basketball League
Korea has an active basketball culture, with teams like Seoul Samsung Thunders competing in the KBL every year.
In Korea, the Korean Basketball League (KBL) is the top basketball league.
It was founded in 1997 and consists of ten teams, with each team playing a total of 54 games per season.
Basketball in Korea is extremely popular these days, gaining in popularity much the same as baseball has.
In addition to the LG Twics, you can also choose to catch a game of baseball while in Seoul, with the Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions, two more of the top teams in Korea.
5. Seoul International Marathon
This annual event is a major draw for runners from around the world and offers a course that takes them through some of Seoul’s most beautiful landmarks.
6. Skiing & Snowboarding
Many ski resorts are located within easy reach of the capital city, allowing you to snowboard or ski.
The biggest skiing resort in South Korea is Yongpyong Ski Resort, which is located at the foot of Palwang Mountain, about 200 km East of Seoul.
7. The Korean Open Golf Tournament
Watch some of Asia’s best golfers compete for glory at this annual golf tournament held at Sky72 Golf Club.
Learn more on the Korean Open site.
Soul, Korea Travel Resources
Traveling around the world to watch & experience sports, I tend to always use the same resources for booking trips. These are the ones I use most frequently and that I find to have great customer support and competitive prices.
- Flights – are also now offered by booking.com and as I love the brand this is my first port of call now for flights.
- Booking.com – The best site I have found for hotel and accommodation bookings.
- Safety Wing Travel Insurance – I love Saftey Wing as they cover everything I need to be covered and they have a simple-to-use site, and again, I have found their customer service very good, when I needed to ask questions.
- Get Your Guide – is an excellent site as a one-stop shop for booking attractions, local tours, activities, and excursions. Great customer service and an easy-to-use site.
- Hostelworld – Book backpacker hostel rooms around the world with Hostel World.
- Sports Event Tickets – Tickets for all sporting events