“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust.
As a K-pop fan and the daughter of a K-drama fan, I have always been interested in Korean culture. My summer exchange experience with Kyungsung University in Busan, Korea has been an eye-opening one because I got to know and experience the ‘real’ Korea and not like the one displayed in dramas. I got to learn about Korean, visit traditional places and also experience the life of a student in Korea.
Visiting Korea was like my personal trip of “first time” memories. For the first time, I learned how to make my own ceramic pottery, learned taekwondo, went on a cruise and tried wearing the Hanbook (traditional Korean clothing). All these experiences were so fun and gave me a deeper understanding about traditional Korean culture. I will now let the photos below tell their story of my first time in Korea.
We had a fun time discussing the design and making the pottery. After that, we visited the pottery museum and got to see the biggest ceramic pot listed in the Guinness World Record. We got back our handmade pottery as a souvenir during the closing ceremony.
We had a team of Korean taekwondo players, who performed regularly in international events and they taught us some basic moves in taekwondo. It was a sweaty but happy experience.
The scenery was really stunning and we bought some prawn crackers to feed the seagulls.
It was a really pretty and holy temple. I liked it a lot because it was bigger than most temples in Malaysia. It was situated next to the sea and the scenery was really awesome.
The Gaya dynasty was amazing with its magical and beautiful story. It unveiled a part of Korea which I didn’t know about.
This is Bibimbap served in the cafeteria. It only cost 3300 won, which is around RM 12.75 and it tastes really good.
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai.
Korea is truly an amazing place to explore and my visit here has become a part of me. Travel is a good way to reflect on yourself and I have learned a lot from this experience. Already missing the spicy food!