Korea Diary | Last Day of Classes (Day 47)

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At this point, I wasn't sure if I was a happy student who was finishing her last day of school or a sad friend who needed to part ways with everyone soon. Whichever it was...we made the most of our last few days together the moment our exams were completed.

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Sinchon The Jingook 진국 mochi mandoo Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Sinchon The Jingook 진국 mochi mandoo

The Korean language exams were held on the second to last day of classes so that students could receive their results on the last day. This meant I was left with only one final on my last day of school for the East Asian Art History course. Afterwards, Bestie and I grabbed lunch in Sinchon before heading to the 4D CGV theatre to buy movie tickets for that night's plans.

I forgot what the name of these dumplings was but it had a very unique wrapper. It didn't taste like a typical flour one did. I want to say it was made with some kind of sticky rice flour because of the chewiness.

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Last day of KLI group photo polaroids

Korean class was quick that day, full of mixed feelings as we entered and left the KLI building one last time. Everyone was sad that we had to say goodbye to our teachers and our classmates. Yet we were all pretty happy with our exam results.

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - KLI classmate's final written exam doodles

A few of us gather before dinner to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 4D. Luckily I had seen this particular movie with my brother before leaving for Korea because I actually dozed off at the theatre. While I am all for watching 4D movies, I think it is best to save it for more action-packed genres because How to Train Your Dragon had very soothing and relaxing swaying to simulate flying.

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Sinchon samgyetang 삼계탕
Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Sinchon salt and pepper for samgyetang 삼계탕 Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Sinchon samgyetang 삼계탕 insides

Of course, our celebratory meal wasn't just delivery food. The actual event was having samgyetang 삼계탕. Recharging and nourishing our systems was much needed. Believe it or not, this was our first time going out for the chicken soup dish by ourselves. The first and only time I had samgyetang in Korea was on the YISS Jeju trip. I was a little surprised by the cost of the dish, ₩13,000, but I guess ginseng is a treat.

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Sinchon LGA Cafe melon bingsoo

If highlight #1 was my exam score, #2 the 4D movie, and #3 the samgyetang dinner, then highlight #4 was this melon bingsoo from Cafe LGA in Sinchon. At ₩14,500, it was the priciest shaved ice we have had the whole summer, yes. But this was definitely the largest shaved ice we had all summer. Cafe LGA filled half a honeydew melon with a mountain of shaved milky ice, stuck balled melon all around, and finally topped it with a scoop of ice cream and almond slivers. Doesn't it look heavenly?

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Sinchon LGA Cafe menu

We had walked past Cafe LGA a ton of times going from Sinchon to Edae, and vice versa but never went in until it was too late. I would have wanted to try all their bingsoo varieties had I known how good it was earlier. Definitely, do not attempt going and eating one of these alone.

While you may think the cherry on top was having bingsoo for dessert, a few friends and I went for a girls' night and found ourselves at karaoke. There were plenty of noraebangs in Shinchon. Every time we went to sing our hearts out, we always somehow end up in a new place. (Even if we thought we were walking into a familiar one.) It was interesting to see the different ways each place was set up. The one we went to this night required us to be shoeless and seated on floor cushions.

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Ending near - Checkout procedure at SK Global House

So that we wouldn't forget that the end was near, SK Global and Yonsei had a sign strategically placed near the entrance where students card in and out. Seeing it was bittersweet.

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