Trip to Pusan

Hello again from Deajeon!

Once again many things have happened since I last wrote. Today I would like to tell you about my weekend trip to Pusan. Pusan is the second largest city of South Korea and is located in the South-East directly by the seaside. With a group of 14 students (mainly Malaysian friends of mine) I went to visit this beautiful city last weekend.

This downtown Pusan:

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We travelled to Pusan by train, the so-called KTX, the aquivalent of the German ICE (Inter City Express), which was very fast and convinient.

When we left the train station one of my Korean friends said straight away: “Something feels different in here…people don’t stare at you as much!” True story! In Daejeon people look at me quite a lot because of my foreign look and blonde hair. It is a bit uncomfortable at times, but usually they are just curious. And if they are brave enough they ask if they can take a picture with me πŸ™‚

Anyways, in Pusan the atmosphere was different. To me it felt like a holiday place because it was very hot there and you could see the sea! Also it was not THAT uncommon to see foreigners.

For this weekend trip we had a very tight schedule: so many things to do and places to see! The first thing on the timetable was visiting a Budhist temple. What can I say…it was beautiful! To be honest I don’t know much about Budhism, but learned a few things, which was very interesting! I am just going to let the pictures speak:

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This is the buddha of happiness. He is so fat because he keeps all the anger and grief in his stomach in order that it is not in the world anymore and people can be happy.

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The following photo shows me “bathing the Buddha”, it is a common Buddhist ritual.

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After visiting the temple we went to a huge convenient store. We were told it is the biggest convenient store in the world, I am not quite sure this is true though. I wanted to buy a traveller’s guide book for South Korea and they didn’t have any! Come on!?!

In the evening we went along the beach promenade which was really nice. There were lots of people out, bands playing live and a nice breeze after a hot day. There are many seafood markets where you can eat fresh seafood. For me as a German they were a bit scary, because there were many animals I had never seen before and didn’t necessarily want to eat. Every booth had heaps of aquariums filled to the top with all sorts of sea creatures and you could pick what you want to eat. Some people were even eating them raw! Not for me…

The hostel we stayed at was called Hi Korea Hostel and truly great. I am going to advertise it at this point because I can only recommend it for anyone wanting to stay in a nice and clean guest house in Pusan for little money. It is not very big but there is everything you need, it is very new (3 months) and clean. There is free WiFi, shampoo in the shower, free towels. The owners were so nice, helped us with travelling options and sold us discounted entrance tickets etc. It was also located only 2 mins from the beach. –> http://www.hikoreahostel.com

The following day (Sunday) started with some beach time! The Haeundae Beach is very famous and therefore also VERY busy at this time of the year. However, it was fantastic to be in the sea when it was so hot out.

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After the beach we went to the famous Busan Aquiarium where we could watch many interesting fish and other sea anymals. My roommate took the following great picture (I don’t want to take the credit for it;-)

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Just before leaving Pusan on Sunday we visited a nice park which surrounds the Pusan Tower, the highest building there. We had to walk up which felt like zillions sets of stairs but the view was worth it. Image

After that the weekend was already over again! But Pusan is definitely worth another visit!

Currently I am still participating in the Summer School at Pai Chai University learning Korean and participating in Cultural Activities. This porgram will end this Thurday though. On Friday I will fly to Jeju Island, a supposingly beautiful Korean Island! I am very much looking forward to it! One week after that, on the 3rd of September my semester at the Pai Chai University will start! Yay!

Reporting again soon ! πŸ™‚

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Update Summer School

I can’t believe it! The Summer School (3 week Korean language classes + cultural activities) is already half way over! I have seen and done so many things, I don’t even know where to start.

Ok, i will start with the living situation: Currently I live in one of the dormitories of the university. I share the room with two other girls from Malaysia and Taiwan. One shower and two toilets are shared with six girls, which is sometimes a little bit difficult, but we can handle πŸ™‚ The three girls we share the bathroom with are from Japan and Macao. It is interesting to hear so many different languages in my room and I have learned simple words in most of them. Whenever there is an announcement made for the Summer School students it is said in four different languages: Korean, Chinese, Japanese and English. So announcements take a very long time! And 75 % of them I don’t understand.

This is my malaysian roommate and me :

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The Korean language class is a lot of fun but also very difficult! Now that i have learned the alphabet we are starting to learn vocabulary. The Korean language teacher explains everything in Korean though, which is were the problem comes up!
Β However, I learned how to introduce myself today.

μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μƒˆμš”. (Anyong Aseo): Hello /Goodbye/How are you
μ €λŠ”ν΄λΌλΌμ—¬γ…£μš”. (Chenem Clara (“Kelala”) yeayo): I am Clara (they pronounce it “Kelala”)
μ €λŠ”λ…μΌμ‚¬λžŒμ΄μ—μš”. (Chenem togil saram iyeahyo): I am from Germany. ( direct translation: I am German person.)
λ§Œλ‚˜μ„œλ°˜κ°‘μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. (Manasa Papsepnida): Nice to meet you.

Last week one of the activities was a Korean pottery class. We went to a village that is famous for pottery and were allowed to make something ourselves. I properly saw the Korea countryside for the first time which is beautiful. Here you can see:

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Seeing the expert make the pottery with so much skill was very impressive! And making it ourselves was a lot of fun, even though the outcome wasn’t AS impressive πŸ˜‰

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Last Friday we went to a waterpark about an hour away from Daejeon. It was quite touristy and very very busy. Still we had a lot of fun and were sooo tired in the evening πŸ˜‰

Yesterday we went wild water rafting. It was my first time to do it and I had a fantastic time! Even though it was more about the throwing other people in the water than about the rafting itself it was so much fun! The river in a valley surrounded by green hills, a beautiful scenery!

I have had many Korean food experiences by now. Traditionally you sit on the floor when eating. In 80 % of the restaurants today you do. There is one traditional dish that I am very fond of: Korean BBQ. There is a grill on the table and you grill peaces of pork yourself. The you wrap it into big salad leaf together with some vegetables and sauce and eat it πŸ™‚ It is a very social and exciting meal because you cook it yourself.

Here some photos:

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Take care! ❀

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