My friend from work told me that they were starting a language exchange this weekend, so I decided to check it out.

In the morning, I decided to visit one of the temples in Pyeongtaek that showed up on the map, Myeongbeopsa. I got the bus there from near my apartment.

Path to Myeongbeopsa

I went into the main hall and spent some time in meditation.


Around this area, I actually saw houses for the first time in Pyeongtaek! So far, it’s all been apartment buildings.

The language exchange was in a place near the station that is a community center during the week and a church on Sundays. There were heaps of people, including quite a few Americans. We were put in teams and had to guess a word from a list based on a description in our target language (Korean for English speakers, English for the Koreans).

Afterwards, some of us went to a restaurant/cafe where we got shaved ice desserts. Mine was Oreo based but I couldn’t finish it.

Some of us then went to a noraebang (private karaoke room). There was a TV, a book with the songs in it, some microphones and a keypad to select the songs. I was a bit adventurous and started with Bohemian Rhapsody, which was quite hard with the multiple recorded voices in the background. But I did better with We Didn’t Start the Fire and a Japanese song called Suteki Da Ne (Isn’t it Wonderful?). Most of the others had been there before and were better at it than I was. But it was really fun and I hope to do it again soon!

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