Korean parents took me sight seeing. We went to
Yoido Church (the biggest in Seoul with 2 million
members); Museum of Korean History; Namsan; Mt.
Oh-Du Unification Observatory (where one can over
look the borders of North Korea with binoculars);
Insadong (where a lot of art galleries were located)
and of course dressed up in their national costume,
"Han Bok" (specially arranged by the
courtesy of my host parents' neighbor). In Korea,
they too have public bath or spa, it's called
"Jim-ji-bong" or "Jim-ji-bang".
Slightly different from the Japanese version but
it was just as fun. I was rather disappointed
by the fact that our home stay in Korea was just
4 days, and that included the plane and bus rides.
What really touched me most were their hospitality,
generosity, integrity and politeness which they
displayed and extended to us. They welcomed us
like we are their family members. In actual fact
we are strangers and we only meet them when we
reached their country. But the effort and time
they put in, to make sure we were well accommodated
in our basic needs like food, shelter, clothing,
well being and safety, really moved me to tears.
They are so genuine and sincere. I would like
to stress on their generosity because those whom
we meet for the first time, gave gifts. I'm not
sure if it's their culture or some other reasons.
But their kind gesture took me by surprise. I
believe the purpose of hosting us was purely for
friendship and getting to know the culture of
other nations because I was told that they did
it at no charge at all. For that reason our friendship
is more meaningful. I must confess that every
time I visit these 2 countries, my passion for
their language, culture and land grew deeper.
I have learnt a lot more by living with my home
stay families than by what I have read in books
or watched on television programs. Because this
is an experience that I went through personally
and I believe at the end of my stay with them
is the start of a beautiful friendship.
by: Kan Wei Yeng, Vanessa - Customer Service