It was an unforgettable summer programme as I still can’t believe that I had spent three weeks in such a beautiful university that was located in Busan. I’m so glad that I could join this Korean summer exchange programme in HELP University. I am also very thankful to Kyungsung University for organising such a great camp for international students. This was my very first time taking a flight to a foreign country and I gained a lot of first time experiences in Korea.
I recalled my first time experience eating silkworm pupa. I hesitated for a long time and was curious about what a silkworm pupa would taste like until I finally took the first bite. The skin was crunchy and it was so juicy inside. I remember how horrified some of my friends were when they saw me eating it. (HAHAHA. Cultural shock!) If you want to try it when you travel to Korea, you can usually find it in some street stalls, or served as a side dish in some Korean restaurants.
Taking a 45-minute cruise tour to explore the Haeundae beach was also a wonderful experience. Although I felt a bit dizzy when I got into the cruise, it was totally worth it when I had the chance to see this amazing sea view. Crystal clear sea water accompanied by flying sea mews up high in the sky, it was an unforgettable eye stunning view in my mind. When the cruise moved, you could even stand up and feed the sea mews. Personally, I would recommend that you sit still in the cruise if you are feeling nausea.
Ceramic pot making was another interesting story. Surprisingly, the texture of the clay was just like Playdoh. Basically, we used our bare hands to shape the clay to the shape that we wanted. Once we finished shaping the pot, we used certain tools to stamp some flower logos on the pot with our names written on the bottom of the pot. Ceramic pots shrink 20% smaller after the burning process and our teacher advised us to shape the ceramic pot bigger than our imagined size. It was not perfect, but it was my very first handmade Korean ceramic pot. I was so excited to bring it back to Malaysia and show it to my relatives.
I spent a meaningful three weeks in Busan, but I still feel as though time passed too quickly. In these three weeks, not only did I learnt about Korean culture, but I also visited many interesting places in Busan. Busan is a lovely place with many beautiful beaches and sceneries, as well as a place for great tasting fresh seafood. If I could choose to revisit any places in Korea, Busan will always be my first choice.
Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to HELP University and Kyungsung University for their generosity and for offering me this opportunity to experience Busan. I will definitely miss Busan and Kyungsung University, as well as all the people that I have met there.