Monday, October 5, 2015

KGSP - Seoul Again

Another trip to Seoul, another Monday blog post. This time around there wasn't any special occasion, but instead a friend of mine came to visit Korea as part of her graduation trip. As a result, being the good friend I am, I decided to go to Seoul to see her.

It was a pretty fun trip overall. Apparently the Seoul Fireworks Festival was this past weekend. We were initially planning on going late, but some of my other friends decided to go early to snag a spot, so we were ok.

Fireworks yay.

The spot was a bit off to the side, but it was fine. We still had a pretty good view and the show was alright. It definitely wasn't as good as the Busan one I went to last year, but it was a good time regardless.

The following day we went to do a bit of sightseeing. We started off the day by going to Imwangsan to do a bit of a hike. Apparently we went up a random side path and so we didn't make it to the top. However, we got close enough.

Weather was pretty nice.

The view of Seoul up there was pretty nice. Could see pretty far and could see some landmarks too so it was interesting. Afterwards we went to the Seodaemun Independence Park for a bit before heading over to Gwanghwamun Square.

To be honest, we really didn't do that much, but it was still good to just spend time together and to chill for a bit. Plus the sightseeing let me test out my new phone, cause I got an LG G4 last week to replace my almost 3 year old HTC One X.

I got the black leather back (Wikipedia).

Pretty good phone overall. Much better and faster than my old one, especially since the battery was going on that one. Pretty good purchase overall.

The next week will be another trip to Seoul. Honestly I don't really want to go that often because I actually have work to do now, but there's just stuff I want to do in Seoul too. But yea, next week is a long weekend as well, so another trip to Seoul it is.


  1. Greetings Gary, sorry if this is a second post I'm writing from my phone and it made me sign in again. Thanks for the consistent and quality documenting of your journey through the KGSP!! I had a quick question: do they allow traveling back home at all? Like over holidays or for family emergencies? I'm from Minnesota :) thanks man!

    1. Hey Matt,

      Glad to hear you are enjoying my blog! For the language year they technically forbid you to leave the country, but family emergencies are exempted from that. However if you leave the country, you will be deducted money from your monthly allowance. After you start your graduate studies you can leave up until a month I believe. I'm not too clear about what the rules are, but I know you can leave.

    2. Thanks so much for your response. This was one of the major make it or break it items for me. I've been debating whether to apply for two years now. Happy to see you're doing well and you passed your topik!