My Year in Seoul - Study Abroad in South Korea Alumni Blog
I’m my last blog, I talked about my life in Korea while studying abroad. So now I've gathered up all my memories in Seoul and am presenting it to you!
Since I was really busy, I didn’t really have time to go to other cities like Jeju and Busan. However, Seoul is a city that you will feel like you never have enough time to explore. I still feel so after living in Seoul for nearly a year. There are so many things that I want to try.
With CIS Abroad, I visited the Korean Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, it was the palace for the Joseon dynasty. I also wore hanbok, the traditional Korean cloth while visiting the palace.
Springtime in Seoul
During spring, Korea’s cherry blossom is a must see scenery and also great timing to go for a picnic or walk by the Han river (the major river that runs through Seoul, and divides Seoul into southern and northern parts).
Popular Neighborhoods to Explore!
Hongdae & Gangnam
The Hongdae area is famous for nightlife for the younger crowd with many tasty restaurants and cafes. It's a place where many college students hangout because it is near the major universities in Seoul.
After June, I moved to the Gangnam area, and I will introduce some of my favorite places.
The first one is the avenue from Sinnonhyeon station to Gangnam station. There are so many shops and restaurants along both sides of the street!
I also recommend the COEX mall by the Samseong station. It's a huge shopping mall, with great library scenery that's featured in K-dramas. They have lots of great department stores!
Starfield Library at the COEX mall. Popular kdramas filmed here incude: "Record of Youth", "Lovestruck in the City", and "The Beauty Inside"
Cheongdam & Apugojung
Next is the Cheongdam area and Apgujeong. Both are enriched with Korean popular culture and famous for k-pop companies and celebrity hotspots. K-pop giant such as SM Entertainment used to have studios and celebrity centers near the area. There is also a street of luxury brands, which makes it a great place for shopping and taking a walk.
Apgujeong is a place where young and fashionable youngsters gather with contemporary styles. Both areas are well known for their luxurious and amazing atmosphere.
Lotte World & Lotte Tower
Lotte World is an amusement park built by famous Korean conglomerate Lotte Group. You can change into Korean school uniforms and enjoy the rides indoors. It's a must go place for pictures and great memories with friends.
Right by the Lotte Word, is the Lotte Tower, Korea’s tallest building at 1820ft. It's a great place to dine and enjoy the view of Seoul from the top.
Itaewon is a hotpot for different cultures in Seoul. There are so many foreign restaurants, bars, and clubs. Worried about missing Halloween? Don't worry - Itaewon’s Halloween events definitely do not disappoint!
The Han river park is also a must visit place. I often go here at night to take a walk or hangout with friends. You can have a picnic, or ride bikes with your friends while enjoying the beautiful view.
Are you still with me? Thanks for following along! I have so many hotspots that I want to tell you about! If you want to know more about my experience in Korea, any advice or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Be sure to check out Chenfeng's first blog, "What's Your Dream", to learn more about him and his decision to extend his study abroad experience for a full year!
Hear what students, interns, and alumni have to say
BOLDLY COMMITTED to providing the best experiences abroad
Get to know your Irish classmates; you can learn about the country and culture from them. I have met people from around the world and from around America. Many of them I still stay in contact with them because we had become close friends and learned a lot from one another. These friendships would not be possible without CIS Abroad.
One aspect I enjoyed the most was the freedom that I had to be a student and visitor. My site director was the best at guiding me and always being there in any circumstance, yet I still felt like an adult.
This program changed my life in many ways, but most importantly it taught me how to be adaptable. I thoroughly enjoyed the intern mixers that allowed us to meet others in our program.
Come in with an open mind, make friends, and don't pass up an opportunity to explore. I now want to go on more adventures and feel more cultured.
Edinboro University of PA
I will forever have a respect for all cultures and people. My favorite aspect of the program was the weekend trips and weekly activities planned for the students.
University of Arkansas
The excursions included in the CIS Abroad program were amazing. The site directors chose awesome tour guides for our excursions and made it a great experience. Both the site directors and the tour guides were extremely caring and knowledgeable about their job. I felt safe at all times.
I stepped outside of my comfort zone and met so many friends while studying on the Gold Coast, which has allowed me to stay in contact with people on almost every continent. Being a marketing student, this diverse network will also benefit me on a professional level.
CIS Abroad created a comfortable and eventful atmosphere. This program opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to grow comfortable in my own skin when placed in new surroundings.
Colby Sawyer College
This experience opened my eyes to the beauty of the world and showed me how small my problems really are. It showed me that I can be whoever I want and do whatever I want and that money isn't everything. Lastly, it introduced me to my CISabroad family.
Keene State University
Going abroad with CISabroad was one of my best decisions. I really loved how CIS created a family through orientation, excursions, Facebook posts, rooming assignments, etc. There was never a moment where I felt alone or helpless. I've made friends that I'll have for the rest of my life.
University of South Carolina
This program made me realize how much I want travel, culture and adventure to be a part of my life forever.
One of the best aspects of the program was my site director, who is one of the most wonderful people I've ever met. The difference between my experience and my fellow students' experiences in other programs was very noticeable.
Loyola University Chicago
Studying abroad enhanced my Spanish-speaking skills, gave me deep friendships, and positively challenged the ways I viewed my own family, culture, and country. I’ve become a better student, sister, daughter, and friend. I can never see the world through the same lenses again. To that I am forever grateful.
Point Loma Nazarene University
This program gave me so many opportunities to learn about the Irish culture and took us on trips with locals to get the full experience. I was extremely prepared through CISabroad and was never nervous about any plans. I mostly miss the amazing people and culture of Ireland.
Boise State University
The best aspect of the program was the amazing people I met, the different culture, living in the city, and experiencing new and exciting things everyday.