Tag Archives: Korean Culture

#9 Korean playing culture by Jieun

[9] 12.5 Fri 14:00-16:00 Korean playing culture by Jieun

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We didn’t have much time to meet again now because Hyunsoo would leave 17th of May and the rest of us also in 2 or 3 more weeks. I felt our time disappeared in an instant. This time Jieun brought Korean room culture to hang out. I didn’t realize that Korea is full of entertaining places like these much before she taught them. She prepared a bundle of rooms Korea has commonly.

PC room : consisting of hundreds of computers with cheap price and foods we can enjoy.

Singer room : similar to garaoke but more focused on fun and various scale from small to large.

Comicbook café : plenty of comicbooks to read under limited time that we paid.

Escape room : we need to escape from the room using some tools prepared in the room

Multi room : Nintendo wii, X box and playstation for playing

Public sauna : hot sauna, ice sauna, common area with TV, restaurant, game place and hot bath

Pet café : café with dogs, cats, sheep, raccoon, even turtle of some amphibian

Making café : many themes to make rings, pottery, cakes, cellphone case and so on

Counseling café : we can take some tests or counsel in cozy atmosphere

She also introduced Korean holidays designated as national holidays especially New Year’s Day, and Chuseok(Korean Thanksgiving Day). In lunar New Year’s Day we eat tteokguk(ricecake soup Hyunsoo taught us before) and it is considered that we get one year older by eating it and Korean call it sebae to bow older people in that day. In Chuseok, we also have special foods called songpyeon, which is a half-moon shaped ricecake with the smell of pine and Ganggangsullae, Korean traditional play for that day. Actually it is not common these days so I just knew that Ganggangsullae is for Chuseok. I got new information even of Korea thanks to her.

#1 First meeting for Ice breaking

25.1 Wed, 16:00-18:00 First meeting and Ice breaking

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Actually this was the first time that we met together. There were Guillaume, Jieun and me. And we just noticed that Hyunsoo would join our group. After the formal meeting for Each One Teach One class, we went to the cafeteria in TAMK and had time to know each other more than only introduction.

Guillaume seemed very interested in Asia and he can even speak some Japanese already. He introduced himself as a big fan of K-pop and he knew plenty of songs and singers more than Jieun and me. We talked about basic things about each culture and Finnish life here. For example, fashion, weather, politics and so on. Guillaume also showed us the video of Ma Yun, the founder of Alibaba showing his nice philoshophy.

Hyunsoo, Jieun and me already knew each other. Hyunsoo came from the same university in Korea as mine and we had had dinner together in TOAS city with other friends. Jieun is also the same and we were friends from 3 years ago. I felt so comfortable by the reason that I was already familiar to them and and he was a lot greater than I expected. I looked forward to other meeting following later.