Clemence Crampon, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experience at Sogang University.
Seoul is huge and never falls asleep, you will never get bored. You can enjoy a lot of activities (catbar, karaoke…), do shopping everywhere and have a lot of choice in term of nice bar and restaurants. The city is over-connected (not surprising in Samsung’s country!), trendy and dynamic.
The economy of Korea grew dramatically and the country moves from tradition to modernity. You become to realize this phenomenon when you take a walk in Seoul: big buildings stand next to old and traditional palaces. This picture was taken in Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main palace in Seoul and built during the 14th century. There are 5 royal palaces in Seoul which are very colorful and very exotic to us, western people!
When you take a walk in the palace compexes, you can enjoy amazing secret gardens which are green and full of spirituality. We become also aware of the history of Korea: many parts of the palaces have been rebuilt after being destroyed by the Japanese. They wanted to control Korea by erasing the Korean culture.
Korea is more and more known abroad for its K-Pop- the Korean Pop. The picture on the left is an aerial view of the concert of PSY (for free), the famous singer of Gangnam Style which gathered a lot of people! Seoul is a very dynamic city in terms of culture: a lot of concerts for free, festivals, and exhibitions are organized. Modern and traditional museums are all over the city and are worth to visit.
Seoul is only few kilometers far from North Korea. This close proximity provides the opportunity to directly visit the border: the DMZ (the DeMilitarized Zone). There, you can experience the uniqueness of the situation in the world and feel the tension between North and South Korea. We have keep in mind that millions of people are starving and living in area closed from the rest of the world just behind the border. On the picture, we can see South Korean soldiers facing the North Korean building and soldier.
Doing an exchange in Seoul is also an opportunity to discover South Korea which is a beautiful country with a lot of islands and national parks. There, you can hike and discover beautiful landscapes especially during fall or spring seasons. The country is small and its public transportation system is well organized, it is very easy to go outside Seoul for just 2 days. This Is the perfect occasion to discover more deeply real Korea, its culture and gastronomy.
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