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It could be lonely if you come to Seoul alone, and can’t speak the Korean language. But don’t worry. Just turn on the radio and tune it up to 101.3. This is a channel for foreigners who have just encountered Korea and who need to know information about Korea. I usually listen to 101.3 as it is fun and it helps me study listening part of English. Actually it helped me a lot. DJs are fun and you would find youself laughing in no time. Starting from early morning to late midnight. DJs are always on the staion and ready to hear your massages. If you have lot’sof things to tell people through the radio, you are very welcomed. The DJ, will send massages of yours to people who share similar backgrounds that you have.
If you want to request music that you want to hear or send massages, you can use both cell phone and internet massage board. If you have neither, then you can just telephone their numbers. Anyway I hope foreigners who visited Korea first do well living by listening to this radio. TBS has lot’s of programs, from daily news to celebrity interviews, full of programs are waiting you. when just sitting on the table or in the car, turn on the radio and tune it up to 101.3 . They always will be ready to give you the best music and the best adivice. I like M- town and Music planet the best. They always have special guests and programs.
This post is about “Korean students’ too busy schedule”. Not like students in other countries, many of Korean student go to institutes after school where employed instructors not school teachers teach things related to school subjects. As the institutes finish the lectures late at night . Students have to go home late around 9pm.
Those are students going home late. It could be a strange scenery to foreigners outside Korea, as student wear school uniforms and roam around the street at night. But it’s a normal life to students in Seoul and I am one of them too. School finishes at around 5 o ‘clock and I straightly go to institute. Sometimes I have to skip dinner , and feeling always starving during the lecture hour.
This is a bus station near the subway Daechi station which is line #3. Daechi station is the place where lots of famous institutes are located. And sure is that lots of students come here from other region to learn best lectures in Seoul. I’m one of those students as I live near Yangjae Station which is 4 stations from Daechi station. Regions near Daechi are also famous for inexpensive residential places. maybe the most expensive as the educational system there is the best
Oh, but I think Daechi is not that harsh place. Lots of famous and great restaurants and coffee shops are here and I love to go there whenever the break time allows. This place is yaang. I found this place is very romantic and antique. I love cafe latte the most as I can have many syrups as possible.
Oh this is the street I go through almost every day. I sometimes to to Krispy Kream to finish up my left over home work.. If you find me studying here, I promise I will buy you a donut.
I’m not sure whether education outside of school provides, is a good thing or bad thing. But it’s true that magnificent money has been put into institutes, and sometimes it becomes a burden to parents. Institute is not the thing guarantees good grades. It’s the students who do the exams and check the OMR sheets.
Wow. I have posted articles about Seoul for about 4 months. I guess the time goes pretty fast. It’s too bad that I have to end official posting this upcoming February. As that is the policy of VANK, I have to respect their orders and must follow them. But I promise that I’ ll keep posting good articles about Seoul and Korea, and the topics will be selected by my own. Okay this month’s topic is “lives of Boys and Girls of Seoul.” I benchmarked a TV show called “research on male and Female” which tells about difference between man and woman . The show was a great hit and is still being popular. so I made a spoof version which is “A research on boys and girls of Korea” If you want to watch the show, please ask me^
Before researching on Boy’s and Girl’s Winter life, I want to tell my daily life as it’s easier to explain . It’s not that different from other ordinary school boy but I believe I’m somewhat different. Okay let’s go on to check out my daily winter life.
When I wake up in the early morning , I prepare breakfast myself for myself. My parents work out early so there’s no one that can prepare early breakfast for me. It’s pretty sad for people who love bacon and waffles for morning but for me that’s too much. Instead I often skip the breakfast or eat just cereal and milk in front of my laptop. Then I check my email and my blogs eating cereals. I have 3 main blogs which are word press I’m writing on , Cyworld and twitter. . After checking those sites I usually write articles about Seoul.
I like playing Piano. I love to play old classical music and other popular musics too. My hope is to play romantic musics in front of my future girl friend and tell her please don’t leave me. Ha that would be heard funny but I know a lot of girls like romantic things. I will try my best to feel her impressed. I hope the day could come fast. Including Piano, I like to play clarinet and other traditional Koran instruments. Many Korean students at my age learned Piano right after they could just talk and run. I was one of them. Many Korean teenagers went through early education . Most popular early education was English and it has still been popular too. “Early education” seems to Korean people a problem since lots of money have to be put into it. But many students got good grades in English because of the education and I am one of them too. I read an article in which President Obama mention Korea’s education which is a good model. But I hope kids there need to play more not study in his room.
When the morning is over I have to pack my backpack to go to educational institute. The picture looks like school but it’s not . It’s a place managed by a person not government or private one. I go there to learn school subjects. It’s like preparing for school things. To get good grades in school, I must learn things before the school term starts. This place seems soulless but I make friends here too. We learn together and play after the lecture finishes. I kinda enjoy this atmosphere as you may not understand.
This is the place where I read comic books. you can read many comics as possible as long as the time given according to how much you paid. From Korean comics to Japanese comics, you name it it’s here. When I am holding the comic book. I can’t recognize the time ticking , and sometimes I was grounded because I paid too much money and time. I like death note series the most and there’s some pictures I took in the Seoul Coming world . IF you want to see the picture, refer to my past posts.
This is PC room. In the PC room you can do whatever the computer does. Since the computer here is highly equipped, so there’s no delays when you do things like online games or other stuffs. It’s very important to feel free when you are in PC room. I come here to play computer games or chatting with friends. After the midterm exam finishes, Boys if he were Korean will come no where but here. It’s a great pleasure when you play computer games with friends sitting left.
As you may know Korean students wear school uniforms. The uniform may not look fabulous as you see front, but Some school’s uniform is fabulous as much as one models wear. Oh, The model is Wonder Girls which I introduced before. The reason we wear uniform is to look smart and tidy. And to differentiate students and adults. Anyway there’s asset and disabilities in wearing school uniforms. I prefer not wearing uniforms to wearing uniforms as it’s not comfortable as you may think. Let’s go and find out what Korean students do before the winter vacation breaks out.
Winter is a cold weather. It’s very easy thing to see snow in Seoul and last year’s Christmas was White Christmas. Making snowman is very common things among Korean Kids. And you can easily see people play around throwing snow balls. Anyway before the Vacation breaks out We had to go through Last term exam which is very hard and we have to study very hard.
This is my school Jamsil HIgh.
Finishing the exam I and my friend usually go to Singing room. As you know people choose the song which he or she wants to sing . This is very good place as you can show your minds to people singing the song that related to his or her mind. Like proposing or mind that shows desire or respect. Boy like teenagers will be honor to bring his girl friend to this place as he can show her his way singing which he thinks awesome. I don’t care as I don’t have any girlfriend . For me I go there to get rid of bad feelings I have . Oh I told you before that Boys prefer going to PC room to singing room.
Okay let’s go on to what Girls do. Like other boys in Korea,GIrls wear uniforms too. They take it very important to wear fabulous school uniforms. They like doing cute stuffs like taking pictures with her friends or self shot. Actually there’s place that deals with taking pictures professionally, where boys rarely go.
This is it. You go into the machine and taking pictures with friends posing variety of gestures. After taking picture they watch their pictures taken and reform the picture using colorful pens that touch the screen. I once went there with friends who were girls not girl friends. I was very shy. I didn’t know what to pose just standing like tall buildings. Anyway if I were a girl I could go here a lot , I guess. After reforming the pictures the machine will print out the pictures which you can stick to any subjects like Cellular phone. Korean people call Cell phone a hand phone. You may confuse the word when you are in Korea. There’s some other words that you can confuse with.
Lot’s of cell phone. Aren’t they? One out of 2 will have cell phone at least I sware. I have one too. These cell phones are old models. Cell phone is one of the most popular item in Korea.As Samsung LG and other company which are based in Korea make lot’s of cell phones world-wide and one of the most popular is Korea. I had first cell phone when I was in 4th grade in elementary school then I changed my cell phone every two-year. Now I have very forefront cell phone which is operated by touching the screen.
Yeah, it’s my cell phone. Cell phone is very important part in 21st century Korean students’ life. Without cell phone , I can’t study because of the anxiety caused by emptiness of Cellphone, which means I can’t contact friends and families. And my cell phone does Wi-Fi so I can log on to internet free. Grounded means not having cell phone to me, I can’t think of like not having cell phone. Most of Korean students will agree with my thoughts.
Coex mall Food Court
It’s very usual thing to girls in every country. Like other countries. Girls like shopping. Even though one have not enough money, one will go out shopping. As she can do window shopping. Just seeing trendy clothes, girls will feel joyful (which my two sisters think. I asked) In Coex there are shops like Girls like. But Coex is not outlet mall so the price would be expensive. But DDM will save you from spending lots of money.
DDM is the abbreviation of DongDaeMoon. In which Lot’s of shops are and their price is the cheapest among malls in Seoul. I guess if you are to buy stuffs you should go to DDM, otherwise you may spend money more than you got. But here you can make the price lower by telling your thin pocket. But before going to DDM it’s needed to check out the information.
Let’s deal with what we watch during the Winter Vacation.
Movies are one of them. Did you see movie Avatar? Yes I did. It was awesome so I have watched it twice. Winter makes students go movies a lot since it’s warm inside and it’s tidy. If you are not good at Korean, there’s sub in English so you can check before going to movies.
Last winter, almost every girls watched this TV show. “Men better than flower.” As you can see those actors are too well looking. So I hate them. I was joking . I hope I become better looking than them and more money than them. This is a love story between Poor girl and Rich and Handsome guys. Guys compete each other to get a girl. This TV show is based on the theme of Cinderella. And I’m sure that Cinderella stories always catch people’s attention.
This TV show is called IRIS. IRIS is a TV show which is about tension between North Korea and South Korea. The story was not finished and the IRIS II will show up soon. I couldn’t recognize time going when I was watching this show. If you want to know more information about the series check out the past posts that I had uploaded.
Let’s go on to what we do for entertainment. I know American people love doing Video games. But Most of Korean student are not got into video games. Korean students like playing games using computer with high graphic hardware in it.
This is star craft. You can not mention computer games without star craft in Korea. Star craft is an old game. But in Korea Star craft is still the most popular game and I bet Korean students have once played it before. Boys like me will estimate people according to the how well one plays star craft. I’m not that good at playing star craft but I love playing it anytime.
Boys in my age will feel happy enough eating just one cup of noodle. Including other Asian countries you can find cup noodles anywhere. Convenient store will be the best place for eating cup noodles as convenient store provides free hot waters. And PC room is good place too. Hands clicking with mouse eating noodles, there’s no better than this.
This is convenient store you can find anywhere around Seoul. Also you can buy things here using T-Money. It’s a kind of like credit card except that there’s no dept. Without charging the card you can’t buy stuffs.Korean Girls like their bangs be on their forehead. Including my sister and my friends , they always are busy handling their bangs. It’s only limited to my taste, but It doesn’t matter whether their bangs exist or not. But I must respect them as it’s called a trend. Some boys have bangs too. Most of Korean students like to wear big glasses no matter he or she. You would realize it if you were living in Korea.
This is the picture girls cutting their bangs.
Soccer is the best sports to boys in Korea. I bet that most of the boys in other countries are crazy in watching and playing soccer. Among many soccer leagues, EPL is the most popular one . A Korean soccer player whose name is Park Ji sung also plays in EPL. His team is called Manchester United. I bet everyone knows Man U as it is one of the best soccer team in the whole world.
From Now on, what I’m going to talk about is very important part of Seoul, and is for the people living in Seoul. Seoul is one of the best Asian city that many events placed and is lively city as people enjoy sports even though it’s Winter. So I’m going to post this article which is about Winter sports, winter events in Seoul. And I’m pretty sure that you will know much more about Seoul, and have good holiday season is Seoul.
Oh, I forgot to tell you. As you guys all know, Seoul made events which is “Seoul design Olympiad 2009″. This event was to promote the saying above ” World Design Capital Seoul 2010″ Actually, the World chose Seoul as design capital and Seoul had to do many things to promote the design of Seoul. Seoul, now is on the middle of preparation, and they started the thing doing fabulous winter events. This place is City hall plaza, and Ice rink was moved to Gwanghwamun square.
This place is called” Gwanghamoun Square” This place was built in 2009 and is the place where citizen love to rest . The square is on the middle of “Sejong road” which penetrates the central Seoul , downtown, and is one of the broadest road in the Seoul. Now the square is one of the busiest place in Seoul, and one of the favorites of Tourists. KBS drama “IRIS” was taken scene in this place. The scene was bombing scene and which was very successful.
OH, If you like to watch ESPN, then you might know this event. The event is called “SnowJam” Snowjam is world known event in which professional ski and snowboarders compete, and here they show their extreme movements. Seeing them from on the Gwangwhamoon square, the event feel pretty awesome and amazing. I didn’t watch the event by myself but. I saw the arena by myself. The arena is placed on the middle of Gwangwhamoon square, and imagined how players would feel when they soar up on the sky seeing cars speeding under!
The big one left placed left is the arena and middle white square ones are ice rinks. On the ice rink you can borrow free skates, and ride on the rinks. I hope to see people do” tripple accent” on the stage.
There are many places where you can ride skates. This place is Seoul Hyatt hotel’s ice rink. Though you must pay some to ride skates, but the gratefulness of the night view it has, I guess the paying is worth enough. The buffet cousin placed on the top of the hotel is very fabulous, and excellent and you can view the Han river flowing and bridges crossing the river. This place is also famous for the scene of TV series which is “Men better than Flowers”.
Now it’s time to talk about “NIGHT VIEWS” of Seoul. This place is Seoul Plaza. Around christmas, couples come here a lot to see the beautiful nights which couples think romantic, and others come here to take pictures and have fun with their friends and families. Not only the Seoul plaza but, many places are showing their night lights, and I’m pretty sure that you may have good memories here.
This is” Chunggae stream”. Not only Seoul plaza but other places are decorated with lights of colors, this one looks very great to me and I could felt ” the year is ending!” At the plaza, many events are taken, such as singing contest, and also other popular singers come there and many people gather around.
An Artist called ” NamJunPaik” who made the first Video arts is the best artist in that area, made this messed tvs. This may look weird but, from the artist’s viewpoint it’s very creative and exotic, so many people think of this work as great job. Unfortunately, the artist died of Alzheimer recently, I guess Seoul placed this art there for the condolence, and it’s related to “Light festival in Seoul”.
This place is chungae stream. Chungae stream once had been covered by roads, but the city government got rid of the roads for making city life much healthier, I mean now people could enjoy their rest near the stream and see the water flowing, just walking beside the stream, I guess you may fresh your soul in Seoul. The lights whose subject is “music” hanged above the stream and people liked it as, blue lights are correspondent to blue water flowing under.
As you see this is a ski place, not in the Seoul but you may find many ski places near Seoul, Unfortunately Seoul is not always cold enough to build this kind of places, but hopefully, Just 1~2hours of driving from Seoul, You could reach here. This place calls “Vivaldi Park” To stay here and to enjoy ski and boards, you must buy tickets for lifting machine and condominiums, or you can stay by paying much less money to residental houses. Don’t worry about the exchange and language problems, Since most of the places are supervised by big companies, adept staffs are working inside.
All of ski places rend you skies so you don’t have to worry about having no skies or boards. If you don’t know how to ski or ride board, then you can learn there. Many professional riders work there and will teach you very kindly. Oh, Korea is in preparation for Winter Olympics in PyungChang. I hope Korea will be the place where 2018 Winter Olympic opens.
After having good ski rides, Korean people love to go to Hot tubs to warm their cold bodies and get rest. But this place is not just hot tub place, it’s narural hot tub and this thing calls “On-Chun” Hot water coming out because of the hot magmas flowing under the deep land. This place is “Onyang On-Chun” and you can reach here riding Subway line #1. It may take a while but it’s a privilage that you can go there riding subway which goes through Seoul.
Korean Winter is very cold. But people love playing soccers even though the weather is freezing cold outside. So we made mini soccer place inside, and you can find this place many in Seoul. I love playing soccer while worrying about the weather. But I found out that this inside soccer place located near my house and I go there whenever I want to play soccer!. The place may look small but I love smaller place, since I can train my dribbling and passing skills.
I go here when I want to play pingpongs, but now I go here to play with friends! This place is called ” Angel Pingpong club” You don’t have to be the member to play . If you get tired as you did lots of pingpong, then you can enjoy playing computers placed on the counter.
This place is Sports Complex. You can reach here riding Subeay line #2 which is greenline. the place had event called Seoul Design Olympiad 2009, and the event was very successful. The stadium was built in 1988 for Seoul summer Olympic in 1988. Now the place is opened for normal citizen and you could see people do sports inside. Near the complex, Olympic park you can jogg and feel the nature.
City hall- Subway line #2 fees-no
Chungae stream – Subway line#2 fees-no
Sports Complex- Subway line #2 fees- depending on the place you go
Gwangwhamoon Square- Subway line #5 fees-no
Seoul Hyatt Hotel ice rink- subway line #6 Hanganjin station fee-18.000 for each people
Vivaldi Park- Hongchun -Goon (ski place) fees-bring 200,000Won for one person is enough
Ping pong and Mini soccer place – Around Every Seoul fees- 1,000~10,000won depending on the local atomosphere
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This is the place where Father Geroge Bush and his son George Bush had lived. Also Queen of England had stayed.
Coex is the biggest mall in Seoul. Coex consists of 3 big facilities. A hotel that has 5stars, Conference rooms with international size, a mall with the subway station near by. And the aquarium.
You see, Coex is a big complex of buildings. A building looks like stairs is called international trade center. I’m not sure there are things that foreigners will enjoy but, the building structure looks quite unique. In Christmas, Coex is one of the busiest place in Seoul, since lots of people come here to enjoy the romance of Christmas and to buy presents.
Right through the SamSeong Station, you’ll find out an even land with many stores outside. The entrance of Coex mall is located at the corner, and you will find it out easily. Since everyone is walking heading there.
This is another entrance of the mall. You will go through this entrance if you ride a bus to Coex. It’s a right thing to ask people where the entrance is since the complex is huge and complexed.. Just say, I want to go to Coex Mall, then people will help you kindly. In side the mall, lot’s of stores are located without saying two times. Nike, Adidas, Levie’s and , so on. You name it , it’s there. And what’s more, employees here are educated well, and they are welcomed to help you kindly. Since hotel is located right after the mall, employees had been through many times with foreigner customers. So just wash out all the worries, and enjoy shopping.
The Coex mall is composed of two big stories. the upper part you can go to the aquarium , and down part is the mall. After the school exam finishes, students in Gang-Nam area are happy to go to the Coex Mall, and enjoy their liberation from the academic pressure. It’s a normal thing for students in Seoul, and they realize it as a kind of custom.
The Coex mall is a very complex area. If it’s the first time visit, I’m sure you will lose your way one day. So don’t hesitate to ask people where the exit and subway station is. Otherwise, I’m not sure that you’ll find out the place to go out. But that means, it’s big and many things to enjoy are placed in Coex. From singing room and Pc room to MegaBox Cinema, From small eat flour to family restaurants, and From small outlet store to premium wear brands, You won’t recognize the time already points the midnight.
This is MegaBox cinema in the mall. The theater is very comfortable to sit and watch and the screen wide enough to fall into the movie. The caramel popcorn here is great!
This is Bandi and Luni’s In the store, lots of books are selling. Various kinds of magazines and books from country like U.S and Japan are also available. If you have a book from your country in your mind, it’s not a silly thing to find that here.
Right next to the book store, a big media shop is located. POP, K-POP, J-POP and other genres are dealt here. This store is special for selling brand new albums.
This is TGI Friday. It’s world-wide family restaurant. The menu is as same as U.S one. I’m sure that you will enjoy the same taste as your mother country’s one! If you are sick and tired of TGI restaurant, don’t worry, other family restaurants, are located here and other small restaurants are too.
P.S Personally, I go to Coex mall every month, since I love to hang around place with many people around. You may be comfortable with your mother country’s mall, so don’t like Korean style mall. But the Coex is different. Since it’s purpose is to sell things to people like foreigners, you may sure feel comfortable while shopping. And I saw many foreigners hanging around at this place by my self.
This is Coex mall map. You don’t have to print this out since the map also is located every corner in coex. Just to know that coex is quite complicated.
And this is an useful map for Bus rides.