Author: Ki Ho An
Program: Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology
Study Abroad Location: Seoul, South Korea
Korea is a place where many tourists visit from all around the world, so it has been developed into a country where all the foreigners can easily commute to places and and communicate with people with so that they can enjoy their stay without much trouble. The population of South Korea compared to Canada is higher by about 15 million people while its land size is much smaller. Due to the high population density, everything here is very fast paced and it can get hectic at times. There are about 20 million residents in Seoul (3 million in Toronto), the capital city in South Korea, and it is very busy all the time. Seoul is known as the city that never sleeps because there is always something fun happening in the city! Even though the land is small, there are many different cities that are known for their unique and delicious cuisine which some are also traditional food.
One noticeable difference in South Korea compared to Canada was how the buildings were layered out due to the tight space and high population. The buildings are built up high and underground subway stations are built all the way down to a ninth level. There are convenience stores on almost every block and I was amazed by the variety of products that are available! There is a wide selection of restaurants as well and South Korea is known for being so advanced in the food delivery culture that we are able to order and receive food anywhere in the country!
Since I have work during the weekdays, I wake up early on the weekends to visit my relatives and explore tourist attractions. One weekend I went to visit my grandparents who I haven’t seen for many years. During my short stay with my grandparents, we went to visit the provincial office which seemed like a palace, even larger than the White House! We also went to visit a historic village called Hahoe where I coincidentally happened to see the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Another weekend, I went to visit my cousin’s university where he was also studying aviation abroad like myself. When his classes ended we decided to stay at a resort for a day which was located right beside the ocean. I had the opportunity to try some seafood that looks nothing like I have ever tried before, but it was delicious and fresh since it was picked right out of the ocean that morning! I still have about a month and a half left in Korea with many more places to visit.