For one of the ACCE field trips, we visited the main campus of our host university, Yeungnam University (YU)!
Team Singapore and our Korean friend, Carrie, in front of YU's mascot, the blazing Pegasus
Being one of the largest university outside of Seoul, the campus size was certainly vast and wide as faculties were located independently from each other. Their main library, by the way, was already over 20 storeys! However, with so much land space, there really was no need to build upwards as most buildings were merely a couple of levels tall.
The winter scenery was definitely picture-perfect. I could imagine lovebirds strolling down that lake after the last class ends. Not that NTU don't have a Nanyang Lake, but with our irritating weather, pesky mosquitoes and odd belongings of undergrads-thrown-in-the-lake floating around, there really wasn't much romance to speak of.
We first attended a welcome talk by YU's president, Dr Lee Hyo Soo, who told us more about YU's vision. This was followed by a series of mini-talks by other exchange and master students, who shared with us their experience in YU. The university also conducts a summer exchange camp in English, so go poke around their website for more details!
We also had a tour of their museum, housing many artifacts from different ancient Korean dynasties. I'm still darn amazed by how real the painting of the elder looked.
Besides the museum, another amazing attraction on campus was their folklore village. A exact replica of what could be found in the olden days, it bore much resemblance to Yangdong Village.
Unlike Yangdong, these are merely for display with no occupants, though we saw some Koreans bringing their kids here to play.
Play what? You ask.
Play this kick-ass, giant swing! There were several playground amenities for children, and this definitely brought out the kid in us. A might push and hold on tight!
Crispy Minced Chicken Cutlet with Rice, Corn Soup
We also ate lunch in one of their cafeterias, where the lack of Kimchi and appearance of Western-looking food were most welcomed after 4 days in Korea. Just a little upset that the lady poured cutlet gravy over my very sweet orange slices!
Singaporeans could never leave a place without a jump shot eh? If you are wondering about my friend's amusing arms-fold pose, in his own words: "That's how Magneto flies!"
Pity we didn't have enough time to crash their lectures, especially the ones in their business school. With seemingly borderless land, YU's campus feel was exactly what I have imagined a overseas university to be; spacious with gasps of fresh, cold air. Easier to score As eh!
Yeungnam University Gyeongsan City, South Korea Check out their English Website!