On November 20th, with early Christmas carols ringing on the streets in Korea, 3 YG members and 3 exchange students visited Namsan Tower located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Since it was a time when the coronavirus had increased again, we never took off our masks except when we took pictures. In fact, the official name of Namsan Tower is Namsan Seoul Tower, which Koreans usually call Namsan Tower....
As the weather is rapidly running toward winter, eight Yonsei Global club members and thirteen exchange students went on a tour to Insa-dong famous as a precious space in which Korean traditional materials are preserved and exchanged worthily.
We first headed to a museum called ‘Kimchikan’ located in the middle of Insa-dong not only to get to know about kimchi, representative traditional food of Korea, but also to experience making kimchi by ourselves. It was a very unique experience for both Korean students and international students since it was our very first time to directly make kimchi with our own hands. We all had a fun meaningful time mixing kimchi seasoning with Chinese cabbage, finally putting our hand-made kimchi in a take-out cup so that we can bring it home. Afterward, we looked around the museum, learning various types of different kimchi and also watching big kimchi storage.
After finishing the joyful tour at the Museum Kimchikan, we had free time to get around Insa-dong individually. Exchange students had an entertaining time eating street foods and visiting traditional stores all over Insa-dong. One impressive specialty of Insa-dong was a Korean traditional refreshment called ‘Dragon’s Beard Candy.’
As a final program of our tour, we all went to a Dak-galbi restaurant to eat spicy stir-fried chicken. Lots of exchange students were excited to first experience dak-galbi, which is one of the most popular Korean foods. We all enjoyed our meal, also having cloud makguksu, buckwheat noodles, wrapping up our worthwhile time altogether.