Browsing All posts tagged under »Korea«

Skiing trip and leaving Korea

December 27, 2009


Of all the places on earth to learn to ski it had to be in Korea! I had never been skiing, but I always wanted to and finally I had a chance to do it in Korea just before going back to Lithuania. It was a perfect thing to do after the tiring exam session […]

Education in Korea

November 30, 2009


Education in Korea is not just important, it is a number one priority for every individual. And there are several reasons for that. Firstly, the Korean society is still very influenced by Confucianism, which stresses the importance of education (it is almost shameful to be uneducated). Secondly, the competition in the Korean labour market is […]


November 20, 2009


Korean pop culture has been extremely successful in gaining popularity in Asia. So successful, that this phenomenon even has its own name. It’s called the Korean wave and according to Wikipedia, it “refers to the significantly increased popularity of South Korean culture around the world. It is also referred to as Hallyu (Hangul:한류), from the […]

Seoraksan (Seorak mountain)

September 26, 2009


Satellite photo of the Seoraksan national park The weekend following our fantastic trip to Jejudo we took an overnight hiking trip in the Seoraksan national park. Seoraksan (Seorak mountain) is the third highest mountain in South Korea (1708m) after Hallasan (which we visited during our trip to Jejudo) and Jirisan. This trip was organised entirely […]

Jejudo (Jeju island)

September 21, 2009


After finishing the week at the university we were all set to go to Jejudo (Jeju island) for a weekend. Already before coming to Korea I knew that Jejudo was an absolute must-see in Korea. The island is located roughly 450km south of Seoul and about an hour’s flight from Gimpo, Seoul’s second airport serving […]

First week in Seoul

September 5, 2009


On my first night in Seoul I slept like a dead man. I guess it was all too much for me: an 18 hour journey, taking a taxi to the dormitory, going to the centre of Seoul for dinner and meeting a few new people (also my roommate, who is a Korean from Kazakhstan). My […]

Seoul: beginning

August 28, 2009


It all started back in March when I applied for an exchange semester in Korea. At the time I was an Erasmus student in the Netherlands and my plan A for the next semester was to get an internship somewhere in Western Europe. However, that did not work out and going for an exchange semester […]