Today we headed all the way to the southern part of the country, Busan. It is South Korea’s second largest city after Seoul, with a population of approximately 3.6 million. We were told that foreigners didn’t visit Busan as much and therefore to prepare ourselves to be looked at more. However, throughout the day I didn’t feel like being looked and really comfortable walking through the beautiful city.
Our aim was to visit Dong-A University were we would meet up with ALUMINI Eifion Davies from product design and meet his students. When we got to Dong-A we had a little introduction by Eifion about the university and the course that he was teaching, product design and with that, him being a foreign professor and its complication while teaching there. Although he has been living in Busan for around 5 years and speaking really good korean, he feels that students don’t look up to him as much as they do to Korean professors. And clearly him being a foreigner within Busan he had some experiences where they treat him differently for instance being kicked out from a restaurant for his origins. And people around him introducing or talking about him as a forgein friend/teacher.
After the talk with Eifion we were taken on a tour around the university and we were put into groups with some of his students. We were given a task looking into interaction with the city, but it was more of an opportunity with the students than anything else, as well as a great opportunity to make a bunch of Facebook friends.
We headed to our hotel to drop our bags and went for some lunch with our groups. The food was simply beautiful and a great opportunity to get to know all of them individually and add them on Instagram and Facebook hah.
After lunch we were taken on a tour around the city. We explored a bunch of shops which are pretty much the same, massive corporate capitalist businesses that you see around the globe. And in a way its a bit sad, taking Great Britain as an examples every little city looks pretty much the same with the same shops in their town centers, boots, marks &spencers, costa. There is not sence of individuality and I think that’s possibly a massive problem when it comes to multiculturalism.
We also went to Busan Tower. Although not as big as N Tower in Seoul, nonetheless the views up there were really impressive and a great opportunity to see the famous port. Busan’s port is the largest in the country and the 5th biggest in the world.
Everyone met at Dong-A University’s Museum (yes they have their own museum which includes a few world heritages) and we took a photo before heading for an amazing evening meal with all the students and professors.The traditional Korean barbecue was just simply amazing, just the whole gatherness was so nice and lets not start with the drinking games, definatly a night to remember.
It was a great opportunity to go to a Karaoke bar as it was something we wanted to do and it was amazing to do it with this bunch.