Yesterday I got an Email from BestFriend Center about my homestay. They said there was a document attached with all the information about my homestay. I was really happy that I would finally know more about the guest family so I opened the file as fast as I could.
And then, to my disappointment there was … an address and a phone number. That’s all, I was expecting more than that! I opened Google Maps and looked for the address in the romanized version and I couldn’t find ANYTHING. It took 10 minutes for me to realize I better looked for the Korean address instead.
I finally found out I’m staying in the north of Anyang, a city about 20 km south of Seoul, in the Gyeonggi Province. This city is connected to Seoul through subway line 1, which is very convenient. To get to school I’ll need to take that subway line at Anyang Station and after about 20 minutes transfer to line 2 at Sindorim Station. Then another 20 minutes to arrive at Sinchon Station.
Anyang is divided into two administrative districts: Manan (west) and Dongan (east). Manan, where my homestay family is located, is the original downtown of Anyang, and is dominated by a shopping area with outdoor markets. Dongan is the new, wealthy suburb. The city is surrounded by mountains on all four sides. Also, there are 8 streams with a total length of 34 km, with the most important one: the Anyang River, one of four main tributaries of the Han River. The river is a nice place to walk or bike.
The city itself doesn’t really seem to have many tourist sites, except for an interesting Art Park, which I would love to visit.Also, I looked at the Wikipedia page for Anyang and it says this pretty awesome fact:
Anyang also has the country’s only Singing Road, which is made from grooves cut into the ground, which driven over causes a tactilevibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the car body. Drivers can hear the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb“, and the road is intended to help motorists stay alert and awake.
I would definitely love to hear it!
According to the same page, Anyang has a lot to offer but doesn’t attract many international visitors due to its location and low profile. I’m going to try to explore the city as much as possible and put everything on my blog to hopefully make some good publicity! (as expected from a Tourism student hehehe)