Abbie Yallop: Seoul Family Visit – November 2023

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These days in Seoul have definitely been eventful! I was excited to see the Autumn season in Seoul and enjoy the cool weather. However, the period was really short this year, so I had limited time to enjoy various outdoor activities and see the beautiful Autumn colours. I have been able to see amazing plants and trees as they started to change from green to warm toned reds and oranges. I participated in various cultural tours that are available for foreigners living in Seoul. One of the more traditional locations I visited was the Korean Folk Village that is Located in Yongin. I was able to see various hanok style buildings and landscapes. I was even able to see a Buddhist temple that had it’s own small pond and Koi fish in various colours swimming peacefully. Although the location was really amazing, It was unfortunate as it seemed I chose the tour date in which many local school children were having their educational trip, so the area was a bit too busy for me.

In addition, these days my family has actually come to visit me here in Seoul! I have been so excited to see them and also to give them experiences that possibly other tourists might not be able to locate or participate in due to various restrictions, such as if you don’t have a resident card here, you cannot make reservations for anything! I have been able to show them a wide variety of locations, both traditional and modern, and they have so far been amazed by the diversity that Korea has to offer. It has also been very fun to show them my language ability in person, as they have never had the opportunity to hear Korean back in UK. Their favourite activity so far has been the Seoul Botanical Gardens and their favourite meal has been a noodle dish called ‘Kalguksu’, which consists of noodles, dumplings and minced pork in a flavourful soup broth. I’m am so happy to share my journey so far which them and even gave them a tour of my language school!

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요즘 들어 서울에 이벤트들로 가득 찬 거 같습니다. 나는 서울의 시원한 가을을 즐기길 제일 기대했습니다.
하지만 이번 가을은 너무 짧아서 다양한 야외 축제들과 알록달록한 가을의 색감을 즐기기에 시간이 촉박했습니다.
나는 초록색이었던 식물과 나무들이 붉게 물드는 광경을 볼 수 있었습니다.
나는 서울에 사는 외국인들이 참여할 수 있는 다문화 관광을 신청했습니다.
많은 전통문화 관광지들 중에 하나가 용인에 있는 한국 민속촌이었습니다. 나는 거기에서 다양한 한옥 양식들과 풍경을 보았고 심지어 작은 연못이 있는 절에서 색색의 잉어들이 헤엄치는데 평화로워 보였습니다. 한국민속촌은 정말 좋았지만, 내가 방문한 당일에 학교 현장 체험들이 많아서 학생들로 붐벼서 조금 아쉬웠습니다.

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최근에 나의 가족들이 서울로 나를 보러 와주었습니다.
나는 가족을 만나서 정말 반가웠고, 한국에서 특별한 경험들을 했으면 좋겠어서 일반적이지 않은 관 광을 시켜주었습니다. 한국에서는 거주증이 없으면 예약을 못하는데 내가 있어서 다행이었습니다. 나는 가족과 다양한 현대적인 그리고 전통적인 장서들을 갔고, 다행히 한국의 다양성에 감탄했습니다.
그리고 영국에서는 한국어를 쓰지 않아서 이번 기회에 나의 한국어 실력을 보여줄 수 있어서 신이 났었습니다.
우리 가족이 제일 좋아했던 곳은 한국 정원들이고 가장 좋아하는 음식은 국수, 만두 그리고 돼지고기 육수로 만든 칼국수였습니다.
나는 가족과 같이 여행하고 어학당도 보여줄 수 있어서 정말 행복했습니다.

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