~$ I went to South Korea!
I may have had the opportunity to take a one-week trip to South Korea, mostly subsidized by the University of Geneva and a few undisclosed partners.
By which I mean, I had the opportunity, relished its existence as I had not been able to go there two years prior, and then subsequently went there.
- Day 0 - Travel
- Day 1 - Visiting Asiance and Trip South
- Day 2 - Visiting Chonnam National University and Trip North
- Day 3 - Visiting Korea University Business School Startup Station
- Day 3 - Visiting the National Museum of Korea
- Day 4 - Visiting the Swiss Embassy in Korea
- Day 5 - Visiting Hongik University
- Day 6 - Visiting N. Seoul Tower
Day 0 - Travel
The first day was more two days merged into one very long day.
The reason for this is we left Geneva Airport on November 5th at 10:00 AM, and arrived in Seoul on November 6th at 06:35 AM (Geneva time still), implying at least 20 hours of travel to arrive in Seoul, transiting through Saudi Arabia (which was not fantastic, see this blog post to understand why).
In Seoul, it was Sunday afternoon when we arrived, and we subsequently shuffled to our hotel, checked in, went for fried chicken and beer (a kind of new traditional dish) in a back alley, and then crashed for the night.
Day 1 - Visiting Asiance and Trip South
The first "real" day in Seoul, we had some time to wander around the city, where I walked around the Northern side of the city.
We then visited Asiance, an e-brand company implanted in the South-East Asia markets, which gave us some perspectives as to how the South-Eastern ecosystems work with regards to tech.
the backside of the Canadian embassy to Korea.
That same evening, we were slated to take a train south to the city of Yeosu, but a very rare train accident occurred the day before which ended up throwing the whole train network in disarray for a day ( see news article).
So we ended up on a later train and arrived in Yeosu around midnight instead of 19:00 PM.
Day 2 - Visiting Chonnam National University and Trip North
The second day started off fantastically, with a good breakfast and a beautiful view.
It quickly soured when the bus that I was going to take to the Chonnam National University, where a symposium I was supposed to attend took place, simply skipped my stop.
This meant I had to take another bus and I had to walk up the entire hill up to the university, and arrived late to the symposium.
Although mildly uninteresting, the whole event was very nicely organized, and we were then promptly brought to the train station to hop on the train back to Seoul.
Day 3 - Visiting Korea University Business School Startup Station
The next morning revolved around visiting the Startup incubator Korea University Business School (or KUBS), one of the top 3 universities in Seoul.
Day 3 - Visiting the National Museum of Korea
The afternoon was dedicated to cultural exploration, so I legged it to Korea's National Museum and spent a good 3 to 4 hours there.
Day 4 - Visiting the Swiss Embassy in Korea
On the fourth day, we legged it to the Swiss Embassy where we were to attend a workshop on a creating a technical event to improve relations between Korea and Switzerland.
Day 5 - Visiting Hongik University
On the fifth day, we went to Hongik University and saw the various design expositions hosted by the students there.
We then had a presentation of the design classes hosted by Prof. Chang, most well-known for having helped design the PyeongChang Winter Olympics!
Day 6 - Visiting N. Seoul Tower
On the last day I was alone and decided to climb from the city center up to the N. Seoul Tower.