On November 20th, with early Christmas carols ringing on the streets in Korea, 3 YG members and 3 exchange students visited Namsan Tower located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Since it was a time when the coronavirus had increased again, we never took off our masks except when we took pictures. In fact, the official name of Namsan Tower is Namsan Seoul Tower, which Koreans usually call Namsan Tower....
On October 11, four Yonsei Global members and 4 international students headed to Gyeongbokgung, the biggest and the oldest palace of the Joseon dynasty in Jongro.
At 2 p.m. all participants assembled at the main gate of Yonsei University in Shinchon. Then, we all moved to the palace by bus. At first, we dropped into the Hanbok rental shop to change ourselves for Korean traditional clothing with lovely accessories. Inside the palace, we watched the marching ceremony of the gatekeepers. There were a lot of visitors as it is known as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Seoul. Then we walked around taking awesome photos and had fun amusing conversations about cultural and language differences as well as the daily lives in Korea.
All members became familiar with each other quickly and decided to adjourn to Samcheong-dong, located on the right side of the palace after finishing the tour of Gyeongbokgung to have a glimpse into distinctive artisan shops and to rest up a little. On the way to Samcheong-dong, we could see the harmony of tradition and modernity in Gwanghwamun intersection.
We took a small break there eating delicious ice-cream together. The exterior of the ice cream parlor was Hanok with exotic roof tiles. After that, we went back to Hanbok rental shop to get back our bags and return the clothing. It was around 6 p.m., the ending time of the activity. (4hrs of the activity in total) Therefore, we took a bus to come back to Shinchon and say good-bye to each other.