안녕하세요: Peppero Day

22:04:00

Finals is in a few hours' time but I am writing now because I don't have any energy or motivation left to study anymore. Err, actually I probably haven't had any left since last week, which means I haven't been revising at all for the past few days. I think I am the only one in class who actually spent the whole weekend out and weekdays evenings watching programmes online. I am definitely feeling kind of guilty for my laziness and not seeing this through to the end, but I REALLY DON'T HAVE ANYMORE STAMINA and I think my brain space is up for now. I need a break before I go bonkers and end up stressing myself out. Or maybe these are just excuses because I am too excited to travel around the next month before I return to Singapore, to actually sit still and study.

So here I am browsing through the internet and since it has been quite some time from when I last updated, I thought I should post something new before my blog dies. I have come to accept the fact that my personal posts are 99% of the time outdated but still, I am sorry this is like more than a month belated. The pictures were taken on Peppero Day and it is 15 December today. Not to forget it is now early winter in Korea, when these pretty maple leaves have all but fallen...


The front entrance of Sungkyunkwan University



If you have watched the Korean drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, you will probably know that Sungkyunkwan 성균관 was the foremost education institution in Korea during the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties and Myeongnyundang 명륜당, the lecture hall pictured on 1,000 KRW bill was the main building of Sungkyunkwan. Built together is the Daeseongjeon Shrine 대성전 where Seokjeondaeje, a commemorative rite to Confucius and other sages of Korea and China is performed every spring and fall.


Dormitories where the students of Sungkyunkwan used to stay



And these are the two famously huge 500-year-old ginkgo trees in Sungkyunkwan that were planted way back in 1519. Apparently, all trees in Sungkyunkwan are male and does not bear fruits, just as how females were originally forbidden from entering the institution. The ginkgo leaf is where the school logo of Sungkyunkwan University now comes from as it was said that Confucius liked to instruct his students under the shade of these ginkgo trees.



It was an impromptu session since sadly, my classmates and I didn't have anything special on after our class ended on Peppero Day so we thought we should go make a visit at Myeongnyundang which is just at the entrance of our school campus and take pictures of the autumn leaves before winter comes and the trees go bald. I am definitely glad we made this trip in instead of just walking past Myeongnyundang on my way from the main gate to my classroom everyday. I had lots of fun taking pictures and I thought the photos turned out really pretty! ^.^

Myeongnyundang 명륜당
53 Myeongnyun3-ga
Jongno-gu, Seoul
(within Sungkyunkwan University)
Nearest Stations: Hyehwa Station Exit #4


And we ended the day of photo-taking with gamjatang (pork bone soup)..

So missing autumn,
Yvette

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