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!

13 Comments on "My daily walk to the Yonsei KLI"

  1. Sujin says:

    That’s a heck of journey. It takes only 20 minutes for you, 196cm guy. It will take more than half an hour for me haha 😀 Anyway nice to do some sports!

  2. Kimberly says:

    I like your blog. 🙂
    It’s hard to come across a lifestyle blog on Korea that isn’t about teaching nowadays. And ones with photos too. Generally, blog posts I come across are lengthy with little photos or with photos, but of glorified images of Seoul. So I enjoy reading your posts on everyday life, particularly this one on your commute to Yonsei KLI!

    Looking forward to future (photo-filled) posts! ^^

    P.S. Your English is impeccable, esp. for someone who isn’t a native speaker of English.

  3. Mika says:

    Hi Kimberly 🙂

    Thank you very much for your kind words and your feedback! I truly appreciate it 🙂

    Yeah, most blogs are written by English teachers who are working here in South Korea. It seems to be the only highly demanded job for Westerners here, i guess 😛

    About the photos.. yeah, i know that everybody likes to watch pictures instead of reading never ending essays 😉 Unfortunately i just have a build-in iPhone 3GS camera so i am not making as many (good) pictures as i would love to do.. but i will still do my best to post some nice and interesting pictures here.

    Again, thx for your comment and nice greetings from Seoul 🙂
    Cheers Mika

  4. Kimberly says:

    No, I think you’ve misunderstood me.

    I LIKE your posts because of the photos you take (esp. this one).
    The photos of your everyday encounters are INTERESTING… I personally think so anyway xD
    So keep doing what your are doing!

    Thanks for replying.
    And I hope you have an awesome time in Korea 🙂

  5. Mika says:

    No worries, i didn’t 🙂 Just saying that lots of pictures were blurry and too dark because of the weak camera i have. So i can’t use them all ;( But i am planning to buy the new iPhone 4S so i will have a better equipment here soon 😉

    Again, thx for reading and commenting!
    Cheers Mika

  6. Edwin says:

    nice photos…brings back memories when i was still a student at yonsei….

  7. Mika says:

    Thx Edwin 🙂 Just feeling sorry that i am lil bit lazy about my blog these days.. kinda busy.. but as a former KLI Student i guess you remember how much they are pushing us here 😉 Hehe..

  8. Calon says:

    This is Calon from Tampa, FL. Next Fall I plan on traveling to Yonsei as an exchange student. I am 100% in agreement with Kimberly. I am just now coming to decide to travel to Yonsei, so this blog is incredibly valuable to me. I am going to be following you closely…because I’ll be walking your footsteps this time next year! 🙂

  9. Raj says:

    Hi, I emailed you this same question, but what’s your living situation like? I’m looking to study at Yonsei this fall and want to know what other options are out there other than the dorms. Thanks.

  10. Mika says:

    @ Calon: Happy to hear and i hope you’ll do well in Seoul 🙂 I’ll be back in Summer ’12 too..

    @ Raj: I just replied to you.. cheers!

  11. Stefanie says:

    really you guys are gonna be at yonsei for summer and fall 2012?? I’ve applied to be there at the same time! (still need my confirmation)
    if all goes to plan i’ll be there from June to April.
    These pictures are super useful, new students really need a view of day to day life studying. and google maps doesn’t go onto the campus sadly 😛
    Don’t think i’m brave enough to make my own blog though T^T

  12. Sharon says:


    I am applying for a summer study abroad at yonsei international summer school and I was interested in taking the Beginners level 1 korean language class. However, I heard that the class is taught completely in Korean. Is this true? And if it is, do you think it is too hard for a non-speaker to learn right off the bat?

    Thank You (:

  13. Mika says:

    Happy to hear Stefani that you will also attend Yonsei this year.. i’ll be back with the summer and fall term 🙂 can’t wait..

    And Sharon.. yes, it is taught completely in Korean.. for studying vocabulary they show the word and its translation into English, Japanese and Chinese. No worries, it sounds more difficult than it is.. you’ll be fine for sure!

    Cheers Mika

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