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Seoul Pre-Departure: Being Productive during the Dropout Simulation

Immerse yourself in what you want to do

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I Left My Soul in Seoul

I've had the best experiences ever these past 4 months. Until we meet again Seoul.

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6 Things to do in Korea

Yeejkim Yang is a student at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and an ISA Featured Blogger. Yeejkim is currently studying abroad with ISA in Seoul, South Korea.

Three months into my stay and I’ve been enjoying every second of it. Sadly I have less than one month left in this beautiful country. During these three months of exploring, here’s a list of 6 things that I enjoyed doing.

dobongsan

At the top of Dobongsan

1. Hiking

The mountains in Korea are so plentiful. Seoul alone has over 10 mountains you can hike. If I weren’t so lazy, I can hike a different one every week. The views from the peak of the mountains are so breathtaking, especially the ones in Seoul. You can see a lot of the city and its skyscrapers on the peaks. But make sure to stay hydrated and bring lots and lots of water before hiking! These hikes aren’t a walk in the park.

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Korean Cuisine is My New Love

Sharing the dish amongst the people on your table is very, very common. Most of the time, there is only one big dish in the middle and everyone is digging in. Banchan, Korean side dishes, are also shared with everyone on the table.

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Getting to Know Seoul as an American Student Abroad

Old palaces constructed in the late 1300’s with miles of modern-day skyscrapers and faint views of Seoul’s mountains is a sight that will never ever get old.

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Annyeonghaseyo Seoul! My First Impressions

Everything has been wonderful so far. The best thing so far is the food. Korean food is amazing. Mostly every Korean meal comes with a lot of side dishes, and of course kimchi is one of the sides.

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Cafés, Concerts and Culture: Things I’ll Miss About Korea

Camille Gauthier is a student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an ISA Featured Blogger. Camille is studying abroad with ISA in Seoul, South Korea.

Hanok House

Korean traditional house that we stayed in.

Cat Cafes

Yep, you read that right.  There are cat cafés in Seoul!  So what’s a “cat café” you might ask.  It’s just what it says.  It’s a café where cats roam around freely while you get to drink tea or coffee.  Definitely a destination for people who might miss their cats at home in the U.S.!

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Trying Korean Food

Bao Yang is a student at Mount Mary College and a Classmates Connecting Cultures Blogger corresponding with the Social Work Club at Mount Mary. Bao is currently studying abroad with ISA in Seoul, Korea.


Food says everything about a country. Food can give insight to the local weather. Warm tropical places will have tropical food in their dishes. South Korea is not a tropical place but has a hard winter and a hot and humid summer. In other words, perfect weather for making Korean kimchi. Food encompass the local taste. Most South Koreans really like either really spicy or really sweet things.

As a study abroad student, food is what I spend most of my money on. If trying local Korean food isn’t your thing, then don’t expect to be saving money while you’re here, because western meals are expensive even at American fast food restaurants. Who wants to take a 14 hour flight to South Korea just to eat American food?? Read more

College Years in South Korea

Bao Yang is a student at Mount Mary College and a Classmates Connecting Cultures Blogger corresponding with the Social Work Club at Mount Mary. Bao is currently studying abroad with ISA in Seoul, Korea.

Epic High -- a hiphop band in South Korea -- came to Konkuk to perform at the end of the year festival.

Epic High — a hiphop band in South Korea — came to Konkuk to perform at the end of the year festival.

We just wanted to say hello to our friends who were working at the tent, but once we got inside the group of middle-age men pulled us down to sit with them. On the long table were bottles of empty Soju and beer with bowls of multicolored fried corn chips placed in the middle of the table.

Then a middle aged man wearing a pink dress shirt walked in and sat down at the table.

He shook all of our hands then asked us our names. We replied. Then he asked if we were students of Konkuk University. We answered, yes we were. We further explained that we were members of the English Conversation Club (E.C.C.), that was hosting the restaurant tent that he was eating in. He smiled, surprised. His friend, who sat next to him explained that they were the presidents of the E.C.C. in the 80′s. Read more

South Korea: Learning the Local Language

Bao Yang is a student at Mount Mary College and a Classmates Connecting Cultures Blogger corresponding with the Social Work Club at Mount Mary. Bao is currently studying abroad with ISA in Seoul, Korea.

Can you see the mixture of English and Korean? A clash of the old and new society.

Can you see the mixture of English and Korean? A clash of the old and new society.

What’s the need for there to be so many different languages in the world? Wouldn’t it be easier if the world spoke only one language? But of course, that would require the people of the world to have the same culture. After all, language distinguish one group from another. Otherwise, we would all be grouped into Asians, Caucasians, Africans and so on. By the way, these race groups (Asians, Caucasians etc.) don’t exist; only ethnicity and culture exist.

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