Archive for October, 2011

Great Taekwondo performance at the Yonsei Campus

Yonsei students on the campus

My Yonsei class

Yesterday Yonsei University gave us a brief glimpse into the colorful Korean culture and put up a nice performance for its students together. Besides that there was the 20th annual Korean language writing contest for foreign nationals, which of course i couldn’t participate this year. After the writing contest hundreds of Yonsei students, my class and me enjoyed various shows but the one performance that catched my attention the most was the Taekwondo performance!

Yonsei Taekwondo performance 2011

Yonsei Taekwondo performance 2011

Yonsei Taekwondo performance 2011

Yonsei Taekwondo performance 2011

Yonsei Taekwondo performance 2011

Yonsei Taekwondo performance 2011

Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art and probably the national sport of South Korea. In Hangul you write Taekwondo like this 태권도 and is made up of Tae 태 (foot), Kwon 권 (hand) and Do 도 (art). So you can loosely translate 태권도 as “the art of the foot and fist” or “the art of kicking and punching”. After a small warm-up the fighters showed us some really nice fighting scenes. Especially the girls were real badass! 😀 I also uploaded some videos on my Gogimandu Facebook Fanpage, so you can watch two of them here and here. The Taekwondo show was pretty impressive and my personal highlight of the day on the Yonsei campus! 감사합니다 연세대학교!

My daily walk to the Yonsei KLI

As you probably will have gathered i am pretty busy with studying Korean at the Korean Language Institute. So far i really like the classes although they are pretty challenging. I didn’t expect easy-going classes like in a private language course but still i hoped they will give us more time for everything. So somehow i can feel the 빨리 빨리 (faster, faster) attitude here already 😀 Anway.. today i want to invite you to be my company on my way to the Yonsei KLI and show you how my daily morning looks like!

Sinchon in the morning

Sinchon in the morning

This is the view of Sinchon in the early morning, when i am coming out of my building. Most shops and stores are closed, barely some people were walking on the street. Pretty empty and quiet uncommon for Sinchon..

Sinchon crossroad

Sinchon crossroad

Sinchon Church

Typical crossroad in Seoul, where you can pass the street in every direction. If you are coming to Seoul for the first time, be careful! Just because you have green lights doesn’t mean that no bike or car will still not try to pass the cross road 😉 Sometimes i think the lights are more a recommendation than a rule..

Yonsei crossroad

Yonsei crossroad

Yonsei crossroad

The big crossroad in front of the Yonsei campus. Also be careful while passing this one. Like before also expect some cars and bikes to cross your way..

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei shuttlebus

Yonsei Global Lounge

Yonsei Global Lounge

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

The Yonsei campus is truly huge! The next pictures will just cover my way to the Korean Language Institute. It really seems like a own city to me. They even have a own small shopping mall, a bank, restaurants and more..

Yonsei campus

This is the most dangerous part of my daily walk. I don’t know why but there is no pathway for pedestrians.

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

The walk through the small forest is the most beautiful part of my walk every day. There are also plenty of possibilities to sit down here for taking a rest or studying..

Yonsei KLI

Last meters of my walk and you can already see the Korean Language Institute.

SK Global House

New Millenium Hall

Yonsei Satelite

These are the SK Gobal House and the New Millenium Hall. Behind the SK Global House is the International House. There are the two dorms here if you are staying at the Yonsei campus. Pretty convenient if you are studying Korean here at Yonsei. Also truly astonishing that Yonsei seems to have its own satellite! Wow!

Yonsei Korean Language Institute

Yonsei Korean Language Institute

And finally, this is the Korean Language Institute ( 한국어학당 ) where i am studying Korean every day from now on. The whole way from home to the Institute takes around 20 minutes depending on how lucky i am with the lights on the two crossroads. So, i hope you like my pictures and you enjoyed following me to Korean Language Institute!

Eating 갈매기살 at 서래

Seorae 서래 in Sinchon

My first two day of my Language Course at Yonsei are done and finally i had some time to go out and eat something delicious again. This time we choosed to go to Seorae ( 서래 ) to eat some delicious 갈매기살 and 껍데기.

Sinchon at night

Seorae 서래 Queue

Seorae 서래 Inside

Seorae 서래 Inside

It is not so easy to get a table there immediately, especially at night when Sinchon is packed with tons of people! So most of the times you signup on a waiting list and wait until they shout your name. We were lucky, just a few minutes later we got our table and ordered 갈매기살 and 껍데기!

Galmaegisal 갈매기살 and ggeobdegi 껍데기

Galmaegisal 갈매기살 and ggeobdegi 껍데기

Galmaegisal 갈매기살 and ggeobdegi 껍데기

Like most of the times you are preparing the food by yourself. My both lovely ladies took good care of the meat and roasted it well over an open flame. Honestly, i wasn’t that much into the ggeobdegi 껍데기 which is the skin of a pig. It was pretty chewy and kinda sweet. Luckily Sunjin liked it a lot, so she took care of it the most! 😀

Galmaegisal 갈매기살

Otherwise i liked the Galmaegisal ( 갈매기살 ) a lot. You grab a piece of galbisal, put into a sauce with onions and eat it. Soooo delicious!

Makgeolli 막걸리

It was friday night, no work for the girls and no university for me on the next day, so we decided to drink Makgeolli ( 막걸리 ) which fits perfectly together with the 갈매기살! We had really a nice and fun evening so i wanna say a big thank you to Sujin and Sunjin to be my company again!

Mika says: Both thumbs up again! Seorae ( 서래 ) is a great place if you like to eat well and have a good time. But don’t come here if you are in the mood for talking a lot and having deeper conversations because it is really, really loud inside. The meat is truly good, especially the 갈매기살! Very Yummy! The food is also very cheap here, we paid around 27.000 Won, about 17 Euro, for three people. I was even still full on the next day and skipped breakfast ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Where to find Seorae ( 서래 ) in Sinchon:
Seorae 서래 in Sinchon with Map

Seorae ( 서래 ) Website: http://www.seoraester.co.kr/