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Sharing my thoughts and experiences about my exchange period in South-Korea

Monthly Archives: June 2016

From Busan to Jeonju

After spending two days in Busan/Changwon I took a bus to Jeonju. Trip to Jeonju was sponsored my Korean goverment, they gave us 500 000won to group of 5 people. Trip have to applied through Ajou Global center or something like that. In return we had to experience Korean culture and write a report. Trip from Changwon to Jeonju took around 3 hours. My roommate’s father took me to first Masan and from there I head to Jeonju, tickets were around 14 000won.

In the bus I sat next to old Korean lady, she was happy and wasn’t anxious about me, usually people get akward around me. Anyways she gave me candies and smiled often when I tried to take pictures from moving bus. Before I step on the bus, I ask the bus drive did this bus to go Jeonju and other people heard that I spoke only English so before arriving to Jeonju, middle aged man poke me and probably tried to say in Korean that “this is your stop”. So helpful people. There was these funny mountains on my way to Jeonju.

I arrived to the Jeonju bus terminal and had to take a taxi to the train station, they are quite far from each other. I had to go to the train station because we agreed that we are going to meet there.

Jeonju is known for Moju, “real” bibimbap and old historical buildings. First we head to the village that we were going to stay for one night. It was really crowded when we arrived. There was some kind of festival going on.

Anyways we were getting hungry so we went to the bibimbap restaurant and I ordered tartar a.k.a. raw beef bibimbap. It wasn’t that traditional, but really tasty.

After eating we wanted to explore the area a bit. There was a museum so we visited there. Nothing much to see to be honest. Some old Korean instruments, building techniques, how to set Korean dining table etc.

While we were in the museum, we heard loud music coming outside. There was fashion show so we went there and enjoy it. Really interesting stuff I got to admit. There was outfits from movies, traditional styles and from anime/manga cartoons.

After fashion show we went old village and rented hambok Korean traditional clothes. We walked around with the clothes and took pictures. My phone was full of pictures and videos from Busan/Changwon so I don’t have a lot of pictures from Jeonju.

For dinner we ate some noodle soup. Everything in Korea that contains broth or soup are crazy hot ! It takes forever to cool down to decent temperature that human mouth can bear with. Same problem with hot beverages.

When we were done eating, we head back to guest house for small break and then went to some Media festival. Projectors light up whole old gate with different videos and stuff. After that we tried to look for midnight snack, but no luck with that. So we just head back to guest house and slept.

That’s all for now.

Kind regards,

Tam

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After Gamcheon we went to see the Nurimaru APEC house. APEC stands for “Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation“. Anyways, this is the big place where big learders gather and make decisions etc. It is free and opening hours are 10-17/10am – 5pm.

On our way to APEC house we saw really nice cars, it’s a shame that I couldn’t take any pictures of them. From APEC house we went to Haeundae beach. That beach was one of the most beautiful ones in South-Korea. My roommate told me that he haven’t been there for 7 years, because it is always crowded in summer.

We wanted to try how cold is the water, but my roommate and his friend was hesitating so we skipped that. We walked around the beach and head to outside-theater. I think that the movie festivals are usually held there or something. When we were there, it was childrens day so there was crayon drawings everywhere, because there was some kind of drawing competition.

We started to get hungry so we went to fish market and bought some alcohol and raw fish for dinner and enjoyed the view of gwangan bridge. Definitely the most beautiful bridge I ever seen. On the side of the bridge is some kind of light show.

After eating well and bit tipsy we head back to my roommate’s town Changwon. Before going to sleep he wanted me to taste “real” chicken. Chicken as a term in korea means deep fried chicken and the “real” means whole chicken. So we went to hes favorite place to eat this chicken.

This is He’s favorite place in Changwon where he goes to chill out alone or with hes friends. There was  really cool brigde called Machang, because it connects two towns together, Masan and Changwon.

After eating we went back to his home and slept.

I’ve been really busy with Final exams, team projects and assignments so I haven’t post anything in long time, now that they are over I can try to get myself back into the writing mood.

Here’s a short video about this trip. (Random clips put together)

Anyways, that’s all for now.

Kind regards,

Tam

Long time no post again

To begin with, I want to apologize about my last post. It was quite harsh, I was little frustrated due quiz and team projects.

Okay, back to my adventures. I went to Busan and Changwon with my roommate, He invited me to his home. It was one of the best experience that one can have here. I stayed there for two nights. We arrive to Changwon around 6pm and my roommate’s father came to pick us from the train station with his new E-class Mercedes-benz.

Changwon is small industrial city for example, Doosan digger machines are built there. One part of Changwon is called “Changwon Vegas”, it was packed with these 5-7 floor all-in-one buildings. First floors were usually restaurants, and second and third is for drinking. Fourth was for norebang (karaoke) and rest of the floors were accommodation services. This is the place to be after long day of working in factory, firstly eat well, secondly get wasted, thirdly have fun singing with friends and then finally small rest before next day starts.

Time for Busan. When I stepped out of the car, I immediately smelled sea and the fishy smell of fish market. It was our first place to visit, probably the biggest fish market in Korea. Here you can get everything, dolphin meat, shark or even whale ! And other sea creatures.

After seen enough we head to the main street. We started to get hungry so we got some street food. Not totally sure if this picture is from main street, but anyways. Busan in known for movie festival. On the ground of the main street is platinum plates or something, that has actors names and hand prints.

Many poeple wanted to take picture here because of that blue sign that has a red arrow on top of it. I really couldn’t understand why. My roommate made me also take selfies there etc.

We found this tteokbokki joint near main street and decided to eat there. We god kimbabs, tteokbokki and dumplings(mandoo) and huge rice cake.

Dessert time ! We got this jelly thing, made from seaweed with strawberry jam/juice with bean powder.

These pictures sucks, but I got a video about this stuff, so maybe later I’ll upload it to youtube. There is a lot of video footage, but I don’t want to waste my time editing those videos when I’m here. I only got about 2 weeks left. So maybe when I get back to Finland I’ll post more stuff.

After destroying that dessert we head to Busan cultural village, Gamcheon (or painting village). There is really nicely explained in Korean language how this village has been created. Maybe in English also. Definitely worth to visit !

Here’s a short video about this trip. (Random clips put together)

This post is getting too boring and long so, to be continued…

EDIT: fixed few typos etc + Video added