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Photo Essay: A day in the life

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AURORA ZENG | SENIOR STAFF

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

The one thing I was most excited about upon entering college was getting the chance to study abroad. Finally, after two years of canceled programs, I was able to spend the past spring semester at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, just as the country was beginning to recover from the pandemic.

Aurora Zeng, design editor

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photo of sinsa
In just a few hours, the streets of Sinsa neighborhood will be bustling with energy as Koreans get off work or school to enjoy a night out with friends. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)
photo of gyeongui line book street
Walking through the parklike Gyeongui Line Book Street was my favorite way to get between the neighborhoods of Sinchon and Hongdae. The road was lined with nature, cafes and bars, and never failed to put me at peace. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)

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photo of Yeouido Hangang River park
Colorful picnic blankets covered the lawn at the Yeouido Hangang River Park, home to street food vendors, cheap mat rentals and even a fried chicken restaurant. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)
photo of mapo bridge
A young woman and her grandmother walk along Mapo Bridge, infamously known as the suicide bridge. Along the bridge are prevention efforts including uplifting messages, emergency phone hotlines and security cameras. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)

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photo of yongsan neighborhood
Namsan Tower overlooks the Yongsan neighborhood, home to many rooftop bars and cafes. Cool photo-ops are a must for any popular cafe in Korea, and this cafe in particular has a staircase facing the tower. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)
photo of cheongsudang
One of the most famous cafes in Korea is Cheongsudang (청수당), a lantern-themed cafe where visitors enjoy authentic teas and castella cakes surrounded by bamboo trees. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)

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photo of yeosu
The small beachside city of Yeosu on the southern tip of South Korea is a popular vacation spot among Koreans. Angel’s Alley, a winding neighborhood of murals, cafes and restaurants, overlooks the calm sea. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)
photo of seomun market
A lady makes fresh cheese hotteok, a popular Korean street food, at Seomun Market in Daegu. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)

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photo of haeundae beach
A bright market in Haeundae Beach, Busan serves a variety of different fresh seafood dishes. Most stalls close up their shops early after selling out of their daily supply. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)
photo of seoul forest park
Among the crowds at Seoul Forest Park in the midst of cherry blossom season, a polite, well-dressed kitten sits in her box. The upside down box from Coupang, an e-commerce platform known for lightning-fast deliveries, adds a humorous touch. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)

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photo of ikseondong
Surprisingly bare in the daytime, every single food stall in Ikseondong is full of young people enjoying their Friday night outdoors with drinks and Korean barbeque. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)
photo of changdeokgung palace
For about $25, I got a hanbok rental and my hair done to take pictures at Changdeokgung Palace. Admission to palaces in Seoul have free admission if you wear a hanbok. (Aurora Zeng/Senior Staff)

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Contact Aurora Zeng at [email protected].
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SEPTEMBER 16, 2022


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