Hi everyone, my name is Loh Suet Wen and I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Information Technology programme at HELP University. I have just participated in the GKS for ASEAN Countries’ Science and Engineering Student 2015 program in Dankook University, South Korea.
The duration of the program was 6 weeks, beginning 6TH July to 14th July 2015, covering areas of computer science and mobile system engineering and conducted in English. I was lucky and appreciative to be one of the four students from Malaysia who received this full scholarship from the National Institute for International Education (NIIED) and the Korean government. The scholarship was inclusive of accommodation, a round-trip flight, fees for lectures and field trips, allowance and activities.
The photo above was taken when we arrived at Incheon Airport, South Korea. They are participants from University of Malaya (UM). The second photo was taken during our orientation on the second day upon our arrival at Dankook University.
On my first day at Dankook University, I met people from the same program as me. They were from Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailand. Also, I have met international friends from the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, and Canada in Dankook University. It was an enjoyable and interesting experience to learn about the different cultures from foreign students.
I really enjoyed my stay in Dankook University even though I had to attend classes from Monday to Saturday. We had lectures from 9am to 4pm and laboratory practice from 4pm to 7pm every day. Even though it was a long study day for us, we still enjoyed it because the classes were interesting. Besides the two classes that were compulsory, there was also a Korean language class from 9am to 3pm every Saturday. After classes, we always explored the town for new food while sharing our meals. Even though I come from Malaysia, which is a food paradise but I love the food here. Among my favourite food are chimaek, samgyetang and bulgogi.
The photo above was our first short trip to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon and the second photo was taken when we made our own pottery in Dankook University.
The photo above was taken on our second trip to the National Science Museum. Before we headed to the National Science Museum, we went to the Dankook university Cheonan campus for lunch.
Playing basketball at night was one of my favourite things to do in Dankook University.
For our field trip, we visited a couple of technology-related companies such as Digital Pavilion, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Samsung and some other database companies. The field trips have been an eye opener for us because it showed us the latest technology that was implemented in Korea. Besides field trips, there were other activities held by Dankook University such as Seoul trip, temple stay, mud festival, DMZ tour and so on. We spent one night in the Woljeongsa temple, Pyeongchang-gun.
Among the activities done in the temple stay were meditation, 108 prostrations, natural walk and lotus making. It was quite fun because it was my first time at a temple. On every Sunday which is our free day, my friends and I would explore places in Korea. We went to Nami Island, norelbang (karaoke), jimjilbang (sauna house) and etc. I can still remember the beautiful sceneries until now. Jimjilbang was totally a new experience to me as the culture was so different compared to Malaysia. Also, I have been to three famous amusement parks in Korea which are Lotte World, Everland and Caribbean Bay. Those crazy rides in the amusement parks are really fun and I would definitely go again if I travel to Korea.
The photo above was taken during our field trips to technology-related companies such as Digital Pavillion, Google of Korea (Naver) and Samsung
On our day to Seoul trip, we visited Seoul Tower and I met Erin unexpectedly there.
The photo above was taken during our stay in Woljeongsa temple. It was a good experience.
So I met up with Juho at Gyeongbokgung palace. He was one of the Korean students who came to HELP University last year for the English program. I was his buddy during his stay in Malaysia. Also, we took part in the DMZ tour held by Dankook University. I was also given a chance to step in North Korea and met the soldiers of North Korea.
Whenever I had free time after my classes, I played basketball at Dankook University and I have met alumni of the university there. The photo above was taken on basketball day, held by Christian club of Dankook University.
So, the first photo was taken when I visited three famous amusement parks in Korea. Then, followed by photos that were taken at Nami Island, Petite France, jimjilbang and etc.
Honestly, I never thought I’d have the chance to study abroad in my life. I am truly grateful to the Korean government and NIIED for introducing such an amazing program and people that put in a lot of hard work and effort in making this program successful especially Ms Jiyoung Choi. Also, I need to thank Ms Dorothy Chen for helping me get the scholarship. Lastly, I highly recommend this program to those who would like to explore new things and learn the culture of other countries. A new wonderful experience awaits you!
The photos above were taken on our closing ceremony day. We had the chance to take photo with representatives from Ministry of Education of Korea, President of NIIED, President and Vice President for the International Affairs of Dankook University.
The photo was taken before we left Dankook University to Incheon Airport. Thanks to these people who took care of us in the 6 weeks. 감사합니다 🙂