Exchange in Kimchiland

From Korea with Love

Monthly Archives: November 2010

New Friend

There hasn’t been any progress with the exchange process yet (I should be getting some documents from Ajou by the 17th of December), but I thought I’d still write something here. Yesterday I went to Tampere to meet an exchange student from South Korea there. The tutor of this South Korean girl has been reading my Finnish blog, and he sent me a comment that he’s tutoring a girl from Suwon at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, so he suggested that I should meet her – of course I wanted to meet someone from the same city I’ll be leaving for exchange!

At restaurant Hanabi.

At restaurant Hanabi.

I took my Singaporean tutorees Jill, Janice, Angel and my boyfriend Joni with me to Tampere. We also met our friend Tuomas there. We made a lunch reservation at the Japanese noodle restaurant Hanabi and met Seona and Markus, the South Korean girl and her tutor, there. Seona is studying at a different university in Suwon (there are 14 universities and 2 colleges in Suwon), but she told me that she lives at a walking distance from the campus and dormitories where I’ll be staying. How nice!

At Kehräsaari.

At Kehräsaari.

Seona has been staying in Finland since January 2010 but she’ll be leaving back to South Korea in three weeks.  She seemed like a very nice girl and her English was really good! I’m so happy I have a friend whom to call to when I arrive to Suwon and feel lost in a new city and culture. Can’t wait to meet her again in South Korea!

The beginning

Annyong haseyo! That’s hello in Korean. This is a diary of my exchange period in South Korea!

I’ll be flying to Seoul, the capital of South Korea on the 22nd of February. I already booked the flight tickets for 600 euros; quite a good deal for a round trip flight (Helsinki-Amsterdam-Seoul-Amsterdam-Helsinki).

I won’t be studying in Seoul city though. Ajou University is located in the city of Suwon, about 20km away from Seoul. Although Suwon is an independent city, it’s still a part of the metropolitan area of Seoul.


↑ Yep, that’s Suwon right there just south of Seoul.

Why Korea?

Before I enrolled to JAMK University of Applied Sciences I studied japanology (Japanese language and culture) as my major for three years. After learning so much about Japan and after living there several months for studies and work, I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the other parts of East Asia as well. Because the Korean popular culture (TV dramas and music especially) are a big thing in Japan right now, I started to gain interest towards the country and its culture while living in Japan.

I’m a food fanatic and I just loooove Asian cuisine. I also like my food spicy! Korea is well-known for its delicious BBQ and spices, so I’m really looking forward to enjoy the real Korean cuisine – every day!


So, this is the beginning! There will be some posts about the exchange process as it proceeds during December and January, but there’s still three more months left before I’ll be landing to Incheon airport in Seoul. Until then, you can read about my life in Finland through my Finnish blog.

Hope you’ll stop by here later to read about my Korean experiences. Don’t forget to comment!

Here’s a cool song about Seoul for you to enjoy; it’s performed by two famous Korean pop groups – Girls’ Generation and SuperJunior! Just click the link below.

SuperJunior & Girls’ Generation ~ Seoul