2017 Summer in South Korea

With all the cherry blossoms fallen, summer is just around the corner in South Korea. If you’re staying over summer break, you might be thinking “What should I do?”. Well fear not! This guide will tell you all you need to know about you might be interested in the summer language program or doing the short term summer program. Both provided by Chung-Ang University.

2017 Chung-ang University International Summer Program (6/25-7/22) (7/30-8/19)

The International summer program (ISP) has been holding sessions since 2005. Through this program, students are introduced to various topics ranging from Korean business, social issues in Asia, traditional Korean culture and as well as contemporary Korean society.

There are two sessions of the ISP (6/25-7/22 and 7/30-8/19). During the ISP, you have courses of Korean Language and may choose from a set of elective courses. You will also be going on many cultural activities which as going on a temple stay, to the DMZ and experience wearing a Hanbok. This program can also account as credits!

For more information on the ISP, check out this year’s brochure. If you’re interested in attending this program, come to the International Office of Affairs in building 201!
Boryeong Mud Festival (보령머드축제) 7/21-7/30

Boryeong Mud Festival (보령머드축제)

The Boryeong Mud Festival attracts the largest number of international visitors. You mean experience many fun activities involving mud (games, Obstacle course, slide) there is even a mud bath and massage. During nighttime, there is a concert and fireworks on the beach.

Pohang International Fireworks Festival (포항 국제불빛축제) 7/26-7/30
Pohang International Fireworks Festival (포항 국제불빛축제)

Pohang, also known as the “City of Light and Fire”, holds a festival every year near the end of july where they feature a firework festival, a parade of lights and many other hands on activities.
You can get to Pohang either from train from Seoul Station or an express bus from Gangnam Express bus station.

Busan
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When it comes to beaches in South Korea, no other place has Busan beat.  You can get to Busan from a very quick KTX ride lasting only 2 hours or take the express bus to save a little bit of cash! You can find out how to get there from the express bus with this post.

Head to Haeundae beach and Gwangalli beach. At night, you can eat street food along the beach or go to one of the many night clubs.

However, if you plan on staying in Seoul, fear not! There are still many things you can do to cool off.

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain (반포대교 달빛무지개분수)

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain (반포대교 달빛무지개분수)

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is a water show that operates everyday from April to October, four to six times a day for 20 minutes.
You can get to this Bridge from Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, 9), Exit 8-1.

Hangang River (한강)

The Han River is always a popular attraction for tourist and locals alike. You can enjoy a nice picnic on the river bed, ride bikes or even do water sports.
Jamwon Hangang Park is one location where you can water-ski and wake-board as well as ride banana boats and ‘fly fish’ boats.
You can go to the Han river at many subway stops, however to get to Jamwon Hangang park, get off at Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.

Caribbean Bay (캐리비안 베이)

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Not only can you experience the thrilling rides and attractions at Everland, you can visit one of the largest water parks in the world. Caribbean Bay is perfect place to go during summer. If you’re not one who seeks thrills, there are also both indoor and outdoor pools, slides and even saunas.

You can get to Everland and Caribbean Bay by subway, Jeondae-Everland Station (Yongin EverLine), Exit 3.
Or bus:
1) Sinnonhyeon, Gangnam, Yangjae Stations: Bus 5002
2) Pangyo, Segok-dong, Suseo, Songpa, Jamsil, Gangbyeon Stations: Bus 5700
3) Sadang, Nambu Terminal Stations (via Bundang and Gwangju): Bus 1500-2
4) Gangbyeon, Gangdong Stations (via Gwangju): Bus 1113

 

If you’re staying over summer in South Korea, you’re in for a treat. There’ll be many things for you to do as well as stuff for you to eat. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and cool!

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