A Day at Olympic Park, Seoul

On Saturday Oct-11, 2008, we decided to attend the Music concert by famous personalities like Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman. The entry fee was 20,000 KRW. There were 3 sessions – morning, afternoon and evening. We decided to go for the morning and evening session and attend Mira’s wedding in the afternoon.

At 7:30 morning, I got call from my parents. It was 4 am morning time in India. I was surprised that they woke up early to wish me on my Birthday. After the call, I left my place at 7:55 am. Jasmine gave me and Sabrina ride in her car. We had breakfast at Dunkin Doughnuts. Later, Jungjoon and Audley joined us. Sabrina got the printout of the e-Tickets. Later, we took the bus to Jamsil, reached there at 9:40 am. From there, we took a taxi to Olympic Park, Gymnasium stadium. It was the same venue, where Pastor Benny Hinn had conducted the service in 2006.

Morning session was by Matt Redman followed by a sermon by a Pastor. It was a good testimony about the Grace of God and His Mercy. At 12 noon,  it was lunch break. We left for the wedding ceremony and headed for Seoul Station. It took approximately 45 mins to reach the wedding place. The Church building was beautiful and a traditional one. The bride and the groom were looking majestic in their wedding dress. Elora, Hokeun, Hwang, Junho and Brandon also joined us. Later, we went for lunch. I had a delicious Korean food and we were the last people to leave the buffet room. Brandon too decided to join the concert. So we all went in his car, back to the Olympic park. We reached there at around 5 pm. The queue had started building up. Since we had time, we had a brief walk around the park surrounding the stadium. It was a beautiful park and we took few snaps. David and Daniel also joined us. It was a good time. The doors were supposed to open at 7:30 pm. A long queue was building up. I was skeptical, if we could get inside the stadium but my fear was unfounded. The stadium was packed. It was an awesome sight to see thousands of people inside. Later the music started. People were getting wild. The music was blasting. But I didn’t enjoy as much as I did in the morning.

After the music, there was a brief message by an American pastor. It was about the purpose of life. It was short and sweet. After the message, Chris Tomlin appeared. Crowd were escatic. As he started singing, people joined him in singing. It was awesome. The whole stadium was jumping and shouting and rejoicing. I had never seen such an excitement where the whole crowd is jumping and waving hands to the tune of the music.The ground was shaking with the excitement of the people. It was an awesome sight. I was gaping at the people’s exuberance. The concert was to continue till 11 pm but at 10 pm, we decided to leave the place. So we left the stadium and took the bus to Jamsil and from there we took another bus to Yong-tong and finally to my residence. It was a great time as it was my birthday also. Enjoyed the day very much.

Next day morning, it was Sunday. Woke up at 9 am. And left for worship service at 1 pm. Had a great time at worship service. Sung some of my favorite worship songs. After service, Audley, Yvonne and her friend, and I decided to have dinner together. I had Ommu rice. It was tasty. Then Yvonne and I, did some shopping at Homeplus and took the bus back home. It was a fantastic weekend.

About Abeesh Thomas

A Writer, Entrepreneur and Worshiper
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