DAY 16 | January 27
Today we had an early wake up call so we could take an hour drive to the Kia Motors headquarters.
We received an official presentation from the plant manager and looked around the lobby.
He then took us on a factory tour.
We also got to see the Kia K7 latest model which was released to the domestic market yesterday and got a small gift replica.
We then dive back to Seoul to one of Professor Lee’s favorite restaurants.
We were then given 3 hours free time to shop in the Gangnam area. Some went underground shopping, others walked the streets, others to a bar, and some to grab dessert. Shawn and I went to underground shopping, street shopping, a huge Nike store, and grabbed some dessert. The underground shopping was constantly filled with people as they walked through when they transferred subway stations.
We then drove to the Samsung d’light museum where we got a tour through the very interactive and modern building.
Our tour guide, who spoke Spanish, English, and Korean, led us through the interactive experience which determines our personality and then we can send it to our emails.
Shawn, Jessica, and I went through the experience and got pretty accurate results!
Then we had a brief presentation on Samsung.
We then explored the also interactive store.
Like in China, smoking is very common. Here there are designated areas.
We then made it back to the dorms and changed to go out with a friend of Brent’s that is from Seoul. We ate at an American BBQ place.
We then went bowling at a very cool place.
We then said our kind goodbyes as him and his girlfriend were very hospitable. We then walked down the street and were invited into a bar where I met some cool guys and exchanged some business cards.
The taxi drive home was an adventure as the taxi driver was trying to communicate with us but he knew no English and we knew very limited Korean. There was a moment where he was writing as he was driving to translate.
I am so thankful for this opportunity CAU has provided for us. I cannot believe our closing ceremony is tomorrow.