In a bid to procrastinate when you have a mountain of work to complete (I’m sure many of you have had the same experience), I took the excuse to come back to the blog!
First off, I am so sorry to everyone who has emailed or commented, because I took an impossibly long amount of time to reply you guys. There are some emails even from March which I have yet to reply (Please forgive me!! ㅠㅠ) I have to say that the exchange to Japan last fall semester did allow me to relax a little, but it also made it a little more difficult to get back on track to the academic rigor in UIC… I am now replying the emails and comments so please wait a little more!
On another note, it’s been almost 3 years since I’ve started my life in Korea and in UIC, and I just have about 1 more year left. There are so many things that I would like to share with all of you before I leave, but senior year will probably be crazier than it already is for me now ): I will still try my best to update more often though.
What I have no time to say in words, I shall leave in photos. Spring came really early to Korea this year, temperatures were so warm that the cherry blossoms bloomed exceptionally early this year! (Usually they bloom towards the end of April, this year they were in full bloom in early April!) I took a trip down to Busan and Gyeongju as well since my sister visited, as well as some interesting places in the vicinity of Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do (the two provinces really close to Seoul). I hope that these photos will give you a better idea of how life in Korea can be! 😀
Alice’s Cupcakes, a cafe in Edae with super delicious cupcakes!
A visit to the greatly expanded Yonsei International Campus (YIC) in Songdo in March 2014 (:
One of the cafes along Garosu-gil at Sinsa-dong, a place famous for its many beautifully decorated themed cafes
And of course, the much anticipated cherry blossoms along the Yeouido Hangang Park! This year the cherry blossoms bloomed really early though due to the warm weather ^^
The view of the Han River looks even prettier with the cherry blossoms 😀
Because I went early in its bloom, the petals are whitish. I’ve heard that before it falls it will turn more pinkish!
And our very own cherry blossoms in Yonsei University Sinchon campus!
Going to school early in the morning is no longer a chore when you have this beautiful sight to look forward to (True story :D)
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan which is right next to the sea! Highly recommended if you’re visiting Busan ^^
The famous Haeundae Beach in its off-peak season. In summer you can barely see the beach, since it would be so crowded with colorful umbrellas!
Gwanganlli Beach in Busan, a lot more peaceful and yet still beautiful in my opinion. And there’s the Gwangan Bridge too ^^
It was near the Buddha’s Birthday, and since Gyeongju was the capital of Silla dynasty which was very much Buddhist-influenced, it was certainly the right time for us to have made a visit!
The pavilion at Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park, shaped after a nine-story pagoda made in the Silla dynasty which was destroyed after. Recommended if you are interested in Silla history!
Took a hike up Gyeongju Namsan Mountain, described as an open-air museum with Buddha statues and relics like stupas littered around the entire mountain from the Silla dynasty. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes!
Sunset in Gyeongju. The mountains there were beautiful ^^
Anapji Pond in Gyeongju, in its original location in the palace of Silla. It was turned into a night-time attraction, and the reflection of the pavilions in the pond is certainly a unique sight.
International Horticulture Expo in Ilsan Lake Park, 50 minutes away from Seoul by bus. Ilsan Lake Park is a beautiful place to visit even without the Expo, so why not make a day trip down in spring? 😀
Petit France! Where your fascination with the Little Prince can be satisfied ^^
Petit France was recently popularized by the variety show “Running Man” and popular drama “You Who Came from the Stars” (별에서 온 그대), which probably explains the throngs of tourists at this small park.
Singapore’s Merlion in Nami Island? I was pleasantly surprised too!
And there is no way you can leave Nami Island without taking photos of some snowman, since it was first popularized by the drama “Winter Sonata”, arguably one of the first Hallyu dramas!
And to all of you who were accepted to your universities (whether it is my future hoobaes in Yonsei UIC or other schools), congratulations! 😀
I hope to be able to make more posts about Yonsei Sinchon Campus and some food places around Sinchon over the summer break! Till then, take care and just email me if you have questions! I will try my best to reply as soon as I can ^^