My K-CLIP 2014 Experience in Busan, Korea - Korean Culture and Language Immersion Program at the Pusan National University!

Our K-CLIP 2014 (Korean Culture and Language Immersion Program) in Busan started yesterday. I've been excited for things to start for a few months now. This 15-day program is organized by the Tourism Promotion Organization for Asia Pacific Cities (based in Korea). TPO is an international tourism organization with 72 member cities from all over the world (10 countries) and Manila is one of them. This post covers our opening day, placement tests and a Busan City Tour.

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I arrived Saturday from more than a week of Seoul Searching haha (stories to follow). My roomie is also from the Philippines and there are 2 more guys in our group :)

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We all live inside the campus of Busan National University (up the hill to our dorm). We've been hanging out with friends from Poland and Russia, as well as our Korean buddies.

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The 45 K-CLIP participants (including yours truly =D) with mentors this year came from 13 countries - Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrygyztan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Austria, Vietnam, Malaysia and South Korea.

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In this program, we all get Korean language, cultural experiences and travel.  =D

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At the opening ceremonies, we were welcomed by the TPO Secretary General Mr. HwanMyung Joo

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and the Director of the International Language Institute of PNU Dr. KiSeong Park.

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We were given a peek of the weeks to come from the traditional salmonuri performance (which was surprisingly soothing and hynotizing to watch)

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and dance numbers by 2 KPOP groups.

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I was particularly captivated when they danced hiphop-ish to an EXO song. This was my first intro to "EXO" too LOL.

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The placement test went by pretty fast for me. I just wrote my name and passed the paper... I've been resisting learning the Korean language on my own in Manila and well, one look at the 3 pages and I felt a headache coming immediately... This day was a bit difficult for me as I haven't been back to school for a few years now and I don't like having the least knowledge of Hangeul. I was a sure Level 0 with my travel survival language and 2 hours of free Hangeul class the week before in Seoul. I could read basic consonants and vowels though. And here we were trying to learn more Korean words before the test hahaha.

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With that out of the way, we prepared to go out for our Busan City Tour. We headed to the Busan Tower via chartered bus.

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We went to the Nampo area next - where you can find the streets with the BIFF Square, clothing shops, the Gukje Market (more on another post)

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as well as the Jagalchi Market. On the way there, there are already shops selling seafood. I found the squid

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and this (what I call submarine) fish interesting hehe.

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I don't like to take a whiff of fishy air so I stayed at this platform at the back with a view of the boats, birds and the water.

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We had buffet after (just near the Jagalchi).

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There were options for seafood but I opted for my very own grilled kimchi with beef brisket, pork belly and pork cheek :)

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After dinner, they took us to Gwanganlli Beach with the beautiful lighted bridge.

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On the way there, we passed by another newly opened bridge, the guide said.

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We got to the beach at the perfect time because it's summer season now (July). We had super limited time but I would go back here on my own to eat out around the area or

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just chill in the afternoon or at night.

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Meanwhile, back at the dorm, it was time for laundry and catching up for a bit online. Ah, I'm loving the simplicity and rythym of student dorm life abroad...(even if it's a long steep climb every single day)... I'm just so spent that I'm ready to crash when I get to my room.

My K-CLIP 2014 Experience in Busan, Korea - Korean Culture and Language Immersion Program at the Pusan National University!

I'd love to hear from you! Tell me below: Given the chance to study a language and/or culture, which country/culture/language would you pick and why? Would you study in a university or language center or self study and why? Would you stay in a dorm or at an apartment and why? 

15 comments:

  1. i would like to study the korean language since more and more koreans are coming to the Philippines and it would be nice to associate with them and I like to study in a university since i only attended a college before. There were only a few students.

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  2. I would like to study japanese language, I really love anime and their culture especially their festivals and fireworks. I love the language so much I know and memorize almost any japanese song especially those from animes :)) I would probably go to a language center since this is the best I could think of and then apartment, I'm practical that way :)

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  3. I would love to learn, read and write Cantonese, as my dad is from Hong Kong, and I would want to be able to speak the language where he came from

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  4. I would preferably study in a language center so that I would have the flexibility to balance it with my other responsibilities

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  5. I want to study Korea, its culture, food, and their language because it's it's located in Asia and near Philippines. One of the main reasons I want to Korea is because of influence of social media and Korean People living in our country now. I was amazed by Korean Dramas and Korean Celebrities I watched, and now I do really love them. I want to learn because I want to gain more knowledge and share it to others as well. If given a chance to study, I want to study in university because in university I believe that I can learn easily and here you'll meet friends and learn to get along with them. In studying in university, I would like to live in dorm near it so that I go to school quickly and I don't need to worry about transportation.

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  6. I am really fond of korean dramas/shows and i want to learn the language so that i will not wait for subbed episodes anymore because sometimes it takes a long time for the subbed videos to be uploaded, also one of my dreams is to be able to visit korea and i would like to know their language so that i can communicate with koreans easily :)

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  7. Given the chance to study a language and/or culture, I would pick the korean language. First of all I can read hangul back to the time when I was so into kpop songs and dramas that I found a chance to self-study their language and gratefully I've learned some of the basics. But now I lack practice but I believe if I have given a chance to study again, i would still manage to learn like before. And as for the question whether I would stay in a dorm or at an apartment, I guess I will pick whichever place between the two is more convenient, safe, and affordable to stay in to.

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  8. I would like to learn the Japanese language. Maybe, I can enroll in a Japanese language center so that my lessons will be more properly arranged/categorized from simple to more complicated words. Though there are a lot of Youtube videos nowadays that teach the Japanese. I think that will be a more cost-effective way to learn.

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  9. I studied Spanish in a language institution, and if ever I'll have enough time and budget again, I'd love to enroll and continue what I've started already. I prefer studying in Instituto Cervantes because I know that the place is accredited and I've heard a lot of good reviews aout the school. :)

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  10. I would love to study French in a university. In doing so, I will also meet other individuals/students from other countries.

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  11. I'd love to study and learn the japanese language. Enroll and get a complete comprehensive tutorial and training

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  12. Given the chance to study a language and/or culture, I would pick Arabic as I'm living now in UAE. I would like to study in a university to meet other arabic students. I would like to stay in an apartment for privacy.

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  13. Given the chance to study a language and/or culture, which country/culture/language would you pick and why?
    I want to study the Japanese culture because I find their country interesting.

    Would you stay in a dorm or at an apartment and why?
    I would to try to stay in a dorm but since time is different. I think it is more safer to stay in an apartment than in a dorm. Security wise.

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  14. Given the chance to study a language and/or culture,which country/culture/language would you pick and why?

    I would love to study Latin in Italy because my professor once said that it is the most difficult language that he studied and after I heard that I was challenged.

    Would you study in a university or language center or self study and why?

    I would study in a university because it will be a great feeling going back to school, meet new people and learn it from the hard way! :)

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  15. Given the chance to study a language and/or culture, I would pick Japan, because japanese language is widely used nowadays and japanese culture is unique. I would study in a language center because it would teach me how to pronounce the language better

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Hi. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I'd love to hear from you =)