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Embracing On a regular basis Contrasts – Drexel Schooling Overseas


Kiki Lin, ’25, is a Pc Science main learning at Hanyang College this Summer season 2023

Whereas dwelling in South Korea, I’ve observed a couple of issues in regards to the day-to-day life and their programs that I actually like in comparison with the USA and I’m right here to share them! I believe these will range from individual to individual so take all of this with a grain of salt because it’s my private opinion!

Firstly, I need to contact on Korea’s transit programs which embrace its subways and buses. It’s superb. Their subway stations and trains are typically very clear. The trains come very steadily and on time. I like that the trains cease at a precise location each time and there are doorways on the station platforms which might forestall folks from leaping or falling into the tracks. Busses additionally come steadily and on time. Bus stations have shows that inform folks how for much longer away the bus is. In addition they have very snug seats as it’s manufactured from cushion in comparison with Septa in Philadelphia, the place it’s laborious and has a felt-like, velvety texture. On buses and trains, there are devoted seats reserved for elders, pregnant ladies, and disabled folks and I actually like their respectful tradition as many individuals observe this rule. One other attention-grabbing factor is that when ready for the bus or prepare to reach, they wait in a single-file line. I’ve by no means seen that earlier than in America however I fairly like that system because it prevents folks from pushing and shoving to get on the bus or prepare. I can go on and on about their transit programs as a result of it’s so good, however I’ll cease right here.            

Korea has such an intricate recycling system, and so they appear to take it significantly. In America, there’s a trash bin and a blue recycling bin. Nevertheless, in Korea, there are no less than 3. One for common trash, one other for plastic, and drink waste. Generally you would possibly see paper, glass, or meals waste bins. From my lodging supervisor, I’ve heard that if we don’t observe the recycling guidelines, we are able to get fined. Recycling is certainly one thing to study and get used to. After a month and a half in Korea, I nonetheless generally get confused about what goes the place. Although, I actually like how they make an effort to be environmentally pleasant.       

The subsequent factor I’m going to say needs to be my favourite factor about Korea and that’s how pricing works in Korea. In Korea, the worth listed on the merchandise is the ultimate worth. It already contains the tax so no matter is written is what you pay and normally, it’s a good even quantity! For instance, in the USA, we in all probability see costs like $19.99 after which plus tax however in Korea, it’s frequent to see costs like 7,000krw. Moreover, there isn’t any tipping tradition right here in Korea. When you can tip, it’s out of the norm. Due to this, this makes consuming out comparatively cheaper and inexpensive because the invoice gained’t rack as much as $40-$50 an individual after tax and ideas.            

And that brings me to my final level. The whole lot in Korea is mostly cheaper than when you had been to purchase within the US. Meals can price as little as $3 for a really fulfilling meal at Hanyang College’s cafeteria or as little as $5 when you had been going to a restaurant. In Philadelphia, it could in all probability be a minimal of $10-12. Buying is cheaper as effectively since when you purchase over 30,000krw, you may get tax refunds by getting a separate receipt and going to the airport to assert it. Garments are actually low cost as effectively I’ve seen garments costing as little as $5 in Hongdae. As a result of USD is stronger than KRW, that means 1 USD will be exchanged for a bigger quantity of KRW, it’s cheaper for us. This may be each good and dangerous. Good as a result of every thing is extra inexpensive and that’s dangerous as a result of I’ve developed a foul spending downside in Korea!


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