All posts by Anna Nguyen

Hello! I'm Anna, a 22-year-old Philadelphian with a life-long dream of visiting Seoul, Korea since the 7th grade. My dream has finally become a reality, and I'm taking selfies to prove it. #seoulselfies

Episode 14: Hiking Gwanaksan Mountain…

I’ve never been hiking in my 22 years of life on earth. It may sound a bit silly, but as a Philly girl born and raised, I’ve never had the need or thought of going hiking (I’m not even sure where one would go hiking in the Philadelphia area). One of the main events SNU ...

Episode 13: Take Me Out to a Korean Baseball Game!

Growing up, I was never really into sports. My brother got me into a short basketball and football phase during high school, but it didn’t last long. I always thought baseball was the second most boring sport on the planet. First was golf. Long story short, I never thought I’d ever be interested in baseball. ...

Episode 12: Spring Cherry Blossoms in Seoul!

I’m lucky to experience Korea for the first time during the Spring. Why, do you ask? Because of the spring Cherry Blossoms, of course! Spring arrived in Korea around early April. Koreans and foreigners alike were buzzing with excitement as the cherry blossoms began to bloom around us, on the streets at Jamsil Stadium and ...

Episode 11: Bungee Jumping at Yuldong Park

Wait… what?! Bungee… Jumping?! Hold the phone. Just looking at the words “bungee jumping”  makes my heart beat faster and palms sweaty from nervousness. I’m someone who cannot even ride a kiddy rollercoaster — imagine Snoopy Land at Dorney Park. How was I supposed to actually bungee jump 45 meters (about 150 feet) over water/a ...

Episode 10: Hanbok Photoshoot at Bukchon Hanok Village

My SNU Buddy Group 6 took us to Bukchon Hanok Village for a Hanbok photoshoot play day! I visited Bukchon Hanok Village briefly during the College of Business’s Seoul City tour early on in the exchange, and noticed a few teenage girls dressed up in Hanbok — Korean traditional attire, walking around the neighborhood. It ...

Episode 9: Visiting the Dog Cafe

Before coming to Korea, I did my research on the plethora of unique “themed” cafes that are super popular in Korean culture. Out of all of the themed cafes I researched, one of the ones I was looking forward to visiting the most was the dog cafe! Animal cafes are very popular in Japan and ...

Episode 8: Noryangjin Fish Market

Once I heard my SNU Buddy Group was going to take us to Noryangjin Fish Market, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I was super excited to visit the market since it’s another place in Seoul I’ve always heard about! Supposedly it’s the biggest seafood/fish market in the Seoul area. But on the other ...

Episode 7: Getting Lost in Hongdae

After going to the Trick Eye Museum in Honda for the first time, I knew I had to come back to explore Hongdae in its entirety. I was entranced by it. Hongdae is another of Korea’s university neighborhoods, as Hongik University is located there. What’s so special about Hongdae is the nightlife it offers — ...

Episode 6: Dongdaemun LED Roses, Hongdae Trick Eye Museum, DIY Ddeokbokki

You guys are in for quite a treat this week! In this episode, I recap my experiences visiting the beautiful LED Roses in Dongdaemun, hilarious adventures at the Trick Eye Museum in Hongdae, and mouth-watering DIY Ddeokbokki in between. Are you ready? First up, LED Roses. This is a must-see for anyone visiting Seoul, in my ...

Episode 5: Exploring Ewha Women’s University

I’ve always known Ehwa Women’s University to be a popular neighborhood in Seoul, known for its cute themed cafes and street shopping! When I got to actually explore the E-Dae area, I was obsessed. Ewha is not only a prestigious women’s university, but also a popular tourist attraction — all shops, restaurants and businesses in ...