On November 5th, 2022, 2 YG members and 3 exchange students met at Changgyeonggung at 5pm. In Changgyeonggung, we roamed around and took pictures. We could see traditional Korean buildings. Also, we could learn about Daehan Empire history. Since Changgyeonggung had both traditional and modern styles of buildings, it made the palace attractive. It features a more liberal design in an east-west...
On a sunny and hot June 5th, four YG members and two exchange students from Germany and France gathered in front of the main gate of Yonsei University. While we wait for all to meet, we introduced ourselves to each other and had some small talks. On the subway, YG members and exchange students had time to get to know each other. After getting off the subway, we missed a bus we were supposed to take. So we took two taxis(one taxi for three people) to arrive at National Gugak Center. Two senior members handled the situations so well.
Fortunately, we got there on time and enjoyed a wonderful Korean traditional music show. The show was consisted of 전폐희문, 처용무, 태평가, 고고천변 대목, 아리랑, and 강강술래. Especially, 아리랑(Arirang) and 강강술래(Ganggangsullae) were so exciting that the audience applauded to the beat. As the show provided not only a Korean explanation of the show but the English version, it was a good opportunity to enjoy Korean tradition for all of us.
After the show, we headed to a restaurant to have dinner at around 4:30. As the restaurant we planned to go to was close because of the break time, we went to 쌈밥정식(ssambapjeongsik), rice wrapped in greens restaurant nearby.
We divided into two groups and the meal was great for all. Eating delicious meal, we talked about movies, music, bucket lists, and hobbies. As everyone was active, the conversation didn’t stop. After having dinner, we headed to 설빙(Sulbing), a dessert café as we had spare money. We talked about life as an exchange student, French movies and pieces of literature, and so on. Also, one of our exchange students said that since an opportunity to hang out with Korean students is rare, this kind of program is precious for him. At around 6, the leader of our team said the program was over and we said goodbye to each other. The three people including me decided to stay and had more talks. We had a great time sharing our thoughts since both sides(Korean/exchange students) wanted to know each other’s opinions. We went to take a subway at 8 to get back home. Personally, it was a great time to get an opportunity to know others’ cultures and share opinions on many different topics.