SEOUL - After he and 70 others spent a September evening freaking out the locals in Hongdae dressed as ghoulish zombies, Kim Minwoo did not want to take the subway home.
But unfortunately finding a taxi while covered in fake blood and festering wounds was harder than he had bargained for.
"It was really hard to take a taxi. There was a really nice taxi driver who was really interested in what we were doing," he said. "I didn't want to take the subway, but I think I will have to this year."
He was the organizer of Zombie Walk Seoul, one of two zombie walks last year. This year the walk is returning to Hongdae on Sept. 28.
Kim was inspired to start Zombie Walk Seoul after attending the massive Toronto Zombie Walk in 2011, in which 4,000 people participated.
"I joined the Toronto Zombie Walk and it was really fun. I've never experienced that kind of unique and noncommercial event. I really had fun and I wanted to do something that not many Koreans know," he said.
Kim said he had been contacted by some companies for promotion, but had decided against it as the noncommercial aspect was one of the things he liked most about the Zombie Walk.
He also concedes he irked a rival group by mistakenly advertising it as the first zombie walk in Seoul. There was another one in 2008, and a regular Halloween walk has taken place for three years.
But he was happy that his walk was different enough to the other Seoul zombie walk. While that walk takes place after dark around Halloween, and involves taking the subway across Seoul, he says his is more conventional, with a walk around Hongdae, followed by an after-party in a bar.