Monday, July 16, 2012

Exchange Student Program to South Korea_ D-2 Visa & Passport

Chuka Haeyo! (Congratulation) to me due to i have been accepted to Ajou University, South Korea as an exchange student for 1 semester starting this 23th August 2012. =)

There is 5 of us been selected to South Korea. 2 Guys was selected to Soulbrige International School and 3 of us (girls) been selected to Ajou University from The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia. 
We are so happy and excited when we know that we been selected and accepted for the exchange student program for the next semester even though there is a lot procedure we need to do.

Firstly, we received call, interview and letters from our university say that we been selected. Then about a month later, we been told that we received sponsor from our university. Its really really make us happy and felt glad because our main problem been saved! =)

After that, all of us need to apply for passport (only valid for Malaysian). Luckily i already done my passport before this at Perhentian Kajang, Selangor. 
Malaysia Passport

The fees of passport:
RM100 for 32 pages (valid for 2 years)
RM300 for 32 pages (valid for 5 years)
RM600 for 64 pages (valid for 5 years)

The documents that we need to bring:
2 passport picture 
MyKad and MyKad photocopy
Previous passport (if you have done the passport before);
and money

The operation hour is 8.30am to 5pm and passport application processing time is within an hour after payment being made.

The next step is we online apply and filled up form for Ajou University and waiting for the confirmation. Once received the confirmation from there, we started to plan and book for our flight to Korea!! Yeah~ Next, we need to wait for the admission package from Ajou University. After received the admission package from Ajou University, we are supposed to obtain the D-2 (study) Visa for our study. 

D-2 Visa and official receipt

So we went to Embassy of the Republic of Korea at:
No 9 & 11, Jalan Nipah
Off Jalan Ampang,
55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 603-4251 2336
Fax: 603-4251 9066

The operation hour:
8.30am to 12.30pm;
and Visa collection hour is 3pm to 4pm.

The documents that we need to bring:
1 passport picture (make sure the latest one and clear)
A copy of Travel itinerary (flight ticket)
Passport and a passport copy (the page that shows our personal details)
Admission Certificate from Ajou University
Invitation letter from Ajou University
Letter from home university to Embassy;
and of course money

On 6th July 2012, Friday, we went to Embassy to apply D-2 Visa and paid RM170 which the D-2 Visa valid for 6 months and collect the Visa on the next Wednesday, 11th July 2012 at 3pm. (bring the official receipt)

Next, we went to somewhere nearby to have our lunch. Here we go, Gong Restaurant! The owner is so nice and friendly. Due to worries about non-halal so my malay friends they didn't take lunch here. Only Chee and me having lunch there. So we only order 1 set for 2 people and never though the owner say not enough so she add-on free for us the slide dishes! What a lucky day for us! =) But at the end its become my nightmare due to only 2 of us need to finish all the foods. Its too much for us but the food is delicious. =)

The slide dishes free add-on from the owner to us. =)

Dokbouki noodles set for 2 people.

The name card of Gong Restaurant. Go and have a try on!

Then today we already online register for the housing over there. I got a new college!

For the insurance and body check up, we were plan to do it when we are in Ajou University.

Once done, we only waiting for the time its come to flight to South Korea!!
Fighting together my friends! =)

Day 6: Namsan Tower, Namsan Hanok Villege, Namdeamun Market


The making of kimbab.

19/03/2012 Monday - After check out from hotel, we headed to Dongdaemun Silk shop. Here are a variety of wearing apparel, bedding, crockery and other items for everyday purposes. Many will be here to get costumes and buy silk garments to sew clothes.

Then we move to the Namsan Tower. Namsan Tower is a tower to the CJ Seoul Tower and also known as the Seoul Tower. It functions as communication towers and observation towers. The tower is located on Mount Namsan in the heart of Seoul. Namsan Tower started construction in 1969 at a cost of $ 2.5 million and opened to the public in 1980. Since then, Namsam Tower has become a landmark of Seoul.

Namsan Hanok Village

Namsan Hanok Village is a village of traditional Korean houses, located in Mount Nam. This village as a reminder of the anniversary of the city of Seoul to-600 years and it has an area of ​​8000m square.

This village brings back reminders of old Korea and there are various traditional games, clothing and customs of the Korean culture is shown to visitors.

Namdaemun Market

After finishing a tour of the Namsan Hanok Village, we visited the Namdaemun Market. Namdeamun means that the gates of the south and is located in the suburbs. Namdaemun Market is also the largest wholesale market in Korea is an area of ​​10 hectares and consists of 1000 stalls and some supermarkets. Business area which sell these types of goods such as clothing, footwear, fabrics, ginseng and many other Korean goods. This can be seen that Namdeamun market contributing to economic development to local people and South Korea.

Here end of the trip to South Korea for 6 days. Its really a good experience for me as a student which not all of the student can experience and follow this university trip. From this trip, really learn a lot of thing such as communication skills, team work, confident, and so on.

Hope in future, i still have another chance to follow and join this kind of trip.
Kamsahamida. =)