Picnic at the Han

In South Korea, a popular past time includes relaxing at one of the many parks near the Han River. All the parks are so well kept and have all the facilities you need to enjoy an outing. From my experiences shared with the Korean students I befriended, purchasing mats and having chicken delivered is the…

Classes in South Korea

Starting my semester, I felt a lot of pressure from the stereotype of receiving an “Asian education.” I was warned that I may struggle with my professors; that they may not all speak English. It is common knowledge that school in South Korea is very competitive. From what I have been told, it is extremely…

Seoul N Tower

Previously referred to as “Namsam Tower,” the now, Seoul N Tower is a popular destination for dates, watching the sunset, or observing the vast city skyline. Seoul Tower was opened to the public in 1980, and has since become the symbol of Seoul and one of its most popular tourist attractions. Rising 777 feet (237 metres)…

The Hanbok

A fun way to pass the time in South Korea, is to try on their traditional dress. There are Hanbok rentals near Anguk Station. These outfits are fitted for both men and women. They are lavishly decorated and typically made with fine, silk material. Men can dress with hats or crowns while women tend to…

The DMZ~Viewing North Korea

My host university organized a field trip to the DMZ: The Demilitarized Zone. It is here that anyone can go to look over North Korea. Loud propaganda music can be heard playing over speakers from both sides of this barrier. South Korea blares fun K-pop while North Korea plays solemn anthems of their country 24/7….

Festival Season

Chances are you’ve heard of K-pop or at least seen people dancing to the energetic beat of ‘Gangnam Style.’ Every April, the universities in Seoul provide free concerts to students and to the public. All the info regarding performances and dates is posted on bulletin boards around campus. Anyone can travel to any university’s festival,…

Buddha’s Birthday

Celebrating Buddha’s birthday is huge! The streets of Seoul are decorated with colored lanterns a week early in remembrance of the holiday.  Regardless of your religious views, I highly recommend visiting any one of the historic temples on this day. Try the traditional bean powder snacks, give an offering and observe Buddhist practices. On May…

South East Asia: Adventures

It’s week two in Seoul, South Korea. Having visited this beautiful country last summer, everything is just as exciting and fast-paced as I remember. It took no time at all to get adjusted and settled in. As I am just in the beginning of classes though, I’d like to tell about my previous travels. I…