Date: May 20, 2015
Written by: Yuechen, Wanting, Wushuang and Shruti
Our Third day in Korea was full of exciting events and facts to learn about in the rapidly growing city of Seoul, Korea. We started our day with a visit to Samsung Electronics museum in Samsung Digital City in Suwon City (30min drive from Seoul).
The Samsung Digital City has 390 acres of office space and home to almost 35,000 Samsung employees mostly working in research and development. The museum tour started with a short video on technology advancement since the 1700s until today. After playing the short video, the projection screen turned out to be formed by rotating rectangles that open up a path to the museum which created a cool and breath-taking start.
After going through the history of technology and communication advancements and reading how the world relied more and more on technology, we were walked through the innovative solutions of Samsung by industry including Transportation, Retail, healthcare, government, finance, and home appliances.
An example of these innovations in the tourism industry included a fully automated solution for booking, checking-in the hotel, and control of the room for hotels. The newer TV technology from Samsung (Super Ultra HD) SUHD has noticeable more vivid picture with higher brightness levels revealing all the details in the picture to the viewers and adding more life to video contents.
While driving out of Samsung Digital City, we drove by Hwa Sung Fortress wall and stopped for lunch by Chunghakdong Hangari Kalguksu, an authentic Korean food restaurant. The restaurant is located in a quiet neighbourhood with traditional shops selling antique items and souvenirs.
The second item on our agenda today was a tour in the city hall of Seoul.
The new city hall building provides an iconic picture of the city of Seoul through its design, environment-friendly energy generation, real-tree walls, self-adjusting widows (automatically open in the fall/summer to adjust the temperature of the building), and free multi-purpose halls, personal office/meeting spaces, and cultural facilities for citizens.
At the end of the day, we finished the day with a Networking event with the University of Hanyang MBA students where we exchanged information about the two universities, programs, culture, backgrounds, and opportunities. We also received a warm welcome from prof. Hyun-Soo Han who is a PhD graduate of the university of Alberta and currently working in Hanyang university.
We were also able to watch part of the university annual festival (It is customary for a University to carry its own festival for a week in Korea) which featured games, folklore music, and evening group performances.
At the end of the day we thanked Mr. Han for appreciation of his contribution to strengthen the relationship between the two prestigious and diverse universities.