The most valuable knowledge that I received from the language center was also about the culture. It helped me greatly during the process of adaptation to this society. In fact, I have to say that I have hardly experienced any kind of discrimination from people, and that everybody was always very nice and helpful to me, even though I could not communicate with them fluently.
During my stay in Seoul, I have also had the chance to visit many important historical and cultural sites. Personally, my favorites are the Buddhist temples. Buddhism is not fascinating just because of its entire philosophy about life, but because the temples are places that inspire peace and tranquility of the mind and soul. Whenever I went to a Buddhist temple, I encountered a gentle monk who would offer me some rice cakes. Last week, for example, I had a fantastic field trip with some of my classmates to a small Buddhist temple in Gangnam. Maybe it was destiny, and maybe it was not, but we encountered a lady who manages the temple and she showed us around and explained about Buddhism in detail. Also, we were very lucky as we met one of most important monks in the field: venerable Jigwan, who was so nice as to enthusiastically shake and hold our hands, a gesture that not many monks concede to common people.
In Korea, I also met my current boyfriend on a language exchange website. We experienced much of Korean culture together as we visited some places every week. Gradually, we fell in love with each other and became a couple.
At the beginning, I was just planning to stay here for about three months. But in the end, because I genuinely fell into the Korean culture, I decided to invest a lot of effort to stay here longer; and here I am, staying almost for two years already and attending a very big, prestigious university for which I will be grateful forever for giving me this amazing opportunity!
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