My final semester of undergrad is nearly reaching to its end in few months. Ah-ha in about two months to be exact. I don't know what should I feel about this. Well, of course, I can't wait to return home for good but at the same time, I feel so sad to leave the States; Iowa City in particular. Iowa City will forever have a special place in my heart and I will never forget how much I've learned here. I am so thankful for having this once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn so much about other people from different cultures. I also admit that my perspective towards Americans also changed after living here for about three years and a half. Okay, now it sounds like I'm really leaving soon.
No no no. That is not my purpose for today's post. I will save my 'Goodbye Letter to Iowa' in different post cuz today I feel like writing about the second part of my trip to Korea (in continuation of my previous post : 'Korea, What?' . I will just point out few places that left me quite an impact (hahaha dasar pemalas).
Me and Ju-Hui with Shin Saimdang statue and 50,000 Won bill
With my new friends from Thailand and Vietnam
On the night, I had the chance to go to the Hyoseok Cultural Festival. Walked through a wide buckwheat fields and experienced the lantern festival that I've been seeing in Korean historical drama all this while. The lanterns - wow - they were so mesmerizing when you see them with your own eyes.
I also went to Sinhungsa Temple in Seoraksan and it was my first time visiting a temple. It is quite interesting to learn about other religions; to see what they believe in and what makes they believe so. Had a walk around the temple and watched how the monks do their ritual prayers and stuff. (Jangan risau cuz I just watched them saya tak ikut buat sama)
An ahjumma explaining about finding calmness
This is where Buddhists do the stacking stones
Tried out tea in the temple; something like the zen tea
So that's Gangwon-do. Now, let's go back to Seoul because yeah what is Korea without Seoul? One of my favorites is KBS Hall. Yup yup I went to KBS and I freaking saw the Music Bank but none of my favorite groups were performing on that day (so a lil bit sad) but whatever. Oh and taking pictures or videos are not allowed during Music Bank so yeahh....
In the heart of Seoul
Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin in Gwanghwamun
And and and I went to SMTown building haha but to be honest, I'm not actually a fan of SM artists but yeah why would I refuse to go when I had the chance to.
Find your bias. (Mine is not on the wall but in the heart *pft*)
SM artists' makeup room
Yup, they sure do!
Ah this one is KNK, they were not in Music Bank but they came to our program's closing ceremony
Uhmm nope. Not a fan of DOTS.
Andd.... another best part of visiting Korea is of-freaking-course *drums roll* Korean Foooood! Posted a picture of one big pot of Tteokbokki in the last post but here are some other foods that I like. Hu hu can only eat eggs and seafood but it's okay la 네 마음에 들어.
A 10-days trip to Korea is definitely not enough to explore the whole places you've always wanted to explore when you're tight in the schedule. So today, I made a promise to myself that I will go back to Korea soon.
And last but not least.....
I Seoul U, too.