Today we were able to focus more on exploring Seoul and it’s tourist attractions before we begin spending most of our time touring Korean businesses and companies in the next few days. Relying on the city’s subway systems and bus routes for most of the day, we checked out of the May Guesthouse and transported all of our luggage to the Seoul National University Club, where we will be staying for the remainder of our time in Seoul. Normally, only faculty members of the university are allowed access to the university club with its very nice facilities, so it is a special privilege being able to stay here as students. We then took the subway to Seoul’s famous Gangnam district where we ate lunch, did a little shopping, and explored all around on foot. Unfortunately, we did not see Psy 😦 Later in the afternoon, we again took the subway across town to worship at Onnuri Church, which is one of the largest churches in the world with over 70,000 members who worship at 8 different locations across Seoul. Lucky for us, we were able to worship with another two Calvin grads living in Seoul, Aileen Choi and Sarah Chung. After the service was over, they both kindly took us on a tour of a shopping district where we ate some street food for dinner and did some more shopping. By the time we got back to the university club for the night, we were all extremely tired as today involved a lot of walking around on foot. However, we will all be able to get a good night’s rest in our very nice rooms at the university club.
Professor Jen checking out our route
Lance, Julie, and Luke looking happy on the bus
Walking through a subterranean shopping mall in the subway station
Getting ready to enter Seoul’s famous Gangnam district
A quick snack at a Korean Dunkin’ Donuts
Walking through the streets of Gangnam
The Gangnam district is full of restaurants, shops, and Karaoke bars
Our group lunch for the day at a restaurant in Gangnam
Our lunch today featured jjajangmyeon, noodles with black bean sauce. Costed only 4,000 won per person (less than $4)
We participated in an English service at Onnuri Church. The sanctuary was filled with hundreds of people by the time the service started.
Getting ready to worship
Sarah Chung, a Calvin alumni, ordering some street food for our group
Prof Jen and his wife Karen enjoying some fried squid and vegetables
A lively shopping district we explored
Helene getting ready to enjoy a slice of cake