Sunday, September 14, 2014

KGSP - Chuseok and Exploring

So this week was Chuseok, which is Korea's mid-autumn festival. It's kinda interesting because Chinese people celebrate it too, but since I've always ever been in Canada for it I've never gotten a holiday for it. It's kinda funny how the first time I get the day off for it is like, for the Korean edition.

Anyways, so Chuseok means that we had three days off from school. The good thing was that we had three days off from school. The bad thing was that everything was closed and therefore we were pretty bored. It was a mission to just find a restaurant that was open.

Our amazing Chuseok lunch.

Since everything was closed, me and my friends did some exploring around campus as well. Keimyung University is pretty nice because it has a really nice campus. It's pretty big and has a lot of cool things to check out, but the worst part is that there is a lot of up and downs. It makes for some tiring (and hot) journeys.

Pretty much on campus we have a pretty cool looking chapel overlooking a traditional Korean Hanok village. The contrast between the Eastern and Western architectures is pretty interesting, but we couldn't go inside because it was Chuseok and everything was closed.

The Hanok village with the chapel in the background.

We also found a 플스방 by campus, which is pretty much "PlayStation Bang", or like, an arcade where you can play console games. Nice little way to kill a few hours in the afternoon to play some games and kinda chill for a bit.

On Friday I went to visit KAIST, the school I will be doing my masters at. It's in Daejeon so I took the KTX to go there. The KAIST campus was also really nice and big. It might even be bigger than Keimyung's. However, it's completely flat, so there's no going up and down hill.

Of the two Korean universities I've been to so far, their campuses are definitely top tier.

I got a chance to check out my department and the lab I will be working in next year, and talk to my supervisor and other students in the program. It was a pretty nice trip because it gave me some ideas as to what I can expect when I start my masters.

The weekend was pretty much just more exploring. Yesterday me and some friends went on an expedition to the river to check out what's up with the funky building there. One of my friends said she heard it was a sewage treatment plant, but it turned out to be a multimedia theatre.

I would say there is a fairly big difference between a sewage treatment plant and a multimedia theatre.

That was a lot of walking though. I'm going to come back to Canada with the sickest walking legs ever. Anyways, so today I went to play some Magic because I could. Did ok, considering my incomplete aggro deck.

Afterwards I went to the Seomun Market, which is apparently the third largest street market in South Korea. That was a pretty cool trip. Reminds me of the markets they have in Hong Kong, but they had a lot more food mixed in so it was pretty unique.

Sketchy looking food and cheap clothes, the staple of Asian street markets.

So we're two and a half weeks in. This week I'll be doing a quick trip back to Canada, but after that I'll be full time Koreaning.

No comments:

Post a Comment