Well, this was definitely a cool WANK we did this week! We went to a Korean university, spoke with a bunch of people who are students at the university, and got some – in our opinion – really pretty footage. It was easy to do so since Ewha’s a really pretty campus. Totally made us feel like we were back in University…which is a gross feeling. Yikes! We don’t talk much about our university lives: let’s just say we were totally different people then than we are now.

One thing we can say we didn’t like about Ewha University: holy steep hills Batman! It’s like, the entire campus is a pretty decent size if you’re looking from it up top, but all the mountains and hills makes it feel like a three hour journey to get from building A to building B. Ha! We’re over-exaggerating, of course, but there sure are a lot of hills on Ewha, and we probably felt them more than most people would considering that A) Martina’s ankle isn’t fully healed yet and B) while we were WANKing in Ewha I rolled the fizzlesnips out of my ankle. Like, really bad. Couldn’t walk on it by the end of the night so bad. Ah!

And to make the day suck a bit more, I got sick on Tuesday, so I couldn’t be my normal chipper self. Should have probably stayed at home and rested, but the prospect of finally seeing a Korean University and hanging out there for a day were too exciting. Today, though, I could barely get out of bed. And I think my sucky sissy baby attitude is making for a boring pity-party of a blog post. P.S. I feel clammy. And achy :( PITY ME!

Ok, I’ll try to focus and be more professional, ahem, in this blog post. My nose is so stuffy. Couple of interesting things we really noticed about Ewha: their underground facility thingamabob is really freaking nice. It’s, like, a big hill that’s been gutted. It’s got four floors or so of classrooms, coffee shops, study areas, a gym, and other cool facilities. Also, we were surprised at how quickly things shut down. At, like, 9:30PM, everything’s closed or closing for the night. What gives?! It’s a university! Shouldn’t it be bumping at night? Lastly: the spelling of the university is a bit confusing for me. “Womans” is what the website for the university says. Err…is there an English rule I’m unfamiliar with? There’s no apostrophe, and it’s not Women, either. Hrrm.

Otherwise, we had a great time there. Our chat with the international students is in our blooper footage, so check that out if you want to know more about what they said life was like as students in Korea:


  1. I’m planning on studying there in fall 2016! I’ll be taking the intensive program over about 3 semesters and i read that the students taking that program are eligible to apply for the graduate dorms, does anyone have an idea?

  2. My roommate and I are at EWHA right now and I wish we had seen this video before we came. It would have helped us a lot!

  3. my g-ma, aunt, and mom all graduated from ewha womans university! i was in korea this past summer and hoped that i would miraculously bump into you guys on the street but i didn’t :( but i’m stoked that i’ve been to a place where eatyourkimchi went to! haha yay

  4. You have to come to Daegu. Visit my university Kyungpook National University or go to Keimyung University (Shinhwa University in Boys Over Flower).

  5. “the spelling of the university is a bit confusing for me. “Womans” is what the website for the university says. Err…is there an English rule I’m unfamiliar with? There’s no apostrophe, and it’s not Women, either. Hrrm.”

    ~~~~the use of “Womans” is unconventional, it has a special meaning. The early founders of college thought that every woman in this community is worth being respected. So they chose the word “woman” avoiding lumping students together under the word “women.” Putting the additional “s”, they completed the meaning of plural.

    –From Wiki

  6. Omg please go to Yonsei!!! I want to study there!!! It would be really awesome to see it before hand so I’m not completely lost!!! XD

  7. I’m worried! I’m gonna go study at Yonsei but I don’t speak a word of korean, I hope I don’t get too lost lol ^^

  8. Wow!!! I can’t believe how much the ECC has changed since I was there a few years ago! great video, makes me want to go back!

  9. what was the average age of the international students who attended? they look quite young. 

    I ask cause I’m towards my late 20’s and my college offers a study abroad program to Korea.

  10. University founders wanted to express that EWHA Univ. will care & cosider every single student as precious,talented student!!
    So they added S to WOMAN!

  11. Martina, do you know that Boys Before Flowers was filmed at Yangsan English Village, run in part by the institute I work for, Samyook SDA?  I was there a couple of weeks ago, and they have photo ops all over the campus where you can revisit well-known scenes from the show.  You should check it out!

  12. Thank you for an awesome video!

    It would be super duper mega awesome if you guys could do a video on Seoul National University! Why? Because I’m hopefully going there next term and I haven’t found anyone that blogs about that uni or anything except that it’s a really good University. So it would be super great if you guy went there and like had a look around and met some students and so on. Just so I can mentally prepare for what’s coming. :D 
    Keep up the good work and hopefully we well see each other in Korea ;D

  13. I wish you guys would visit Yonsei as well!!! We’re right beside Ewha! The international dorms are almost literally across the street form Ewha’s south gate.

  14. Hi there i would like to know about if i can do the erasmus whitout being in an universiti…i have just finish the highschool but i dont have money to go to an universiti but i would like to do the erasmus in korea…please try to understand me im desperate

  15. Yay you went to Ewha! :D I used to be a student there and loved it! A shame that you can’t get into the Library (as only students can) as it’s quite pretty inside. And a shame that you didn’t make it up to the top of the hill and to the other part of campus (where they have greenhouses and it’s really pretty). If you ever do go to Ewha again try to find Ewha Sarang (이화사랑) cafe where they sell really really really good Kimbap :D ^^

  16. Come to Skku guise!!!!!
    Or Korea Univ. !!!!!!!

  17. Is this an university just for women or also for men?

  18. Damn….. Simon for the English, and Martina for Yonghwa.

  19. Hi i’m a korean girl and i just wanted to leave one message. Rare trash cans aren’t because you have to pay for trash bags. In the past, you could see trash cans around easily. But then people became to consider trash to lightly and trash began to roll around not IN trash cans but AROUND the trash cans. That’s why public trash cans became so rare. After reducing the number of public trash cans, we had cleaner roads and stuff.

  20. I loved that interview. I would love to hear more stories from (brand) new, intermediate and old transfer students and expats. Maybe even some of the militia. I’ve hear many of your experiences, but I’m sure there are many more culture shocks that would interest your audience. I’ve been wondering, Do you two see a proportional amount of non-US/CA English speakers as you do US/Canadian? What other non-Asian foreigners to you tend to come across?

  21. I vote for…….
    Martina ALL THE WAY! CNBLUE’s lead is sooo much better than Ji Hoo..
    As for the engrish, how in the world is Simon better? Did anyone see that sign? I was laughing by a*s off…”The DISH don’t use butter. The DISH use only vegetable oil and cream!”

  22. Idol & Engrish definitely Simon 

  23. I really liked hearing from actual students – their experiences and what they thought were important to learn before coming to Korea.

    I’d really like to see a WANK in Namsangol or Bukchon to see traditional Korean houses (Hanok). It is so hard to find stuff on Hanoks in the States. TT

  24. Boys Before Flowers was filmed on 계명대학교’s campus in Daegu!
    It’s really pretty and you should totally drag Simon there!

  25. Kinda similar here in Taiwan! The block system, the trash can..

  26. Ewha Womans University is only for female Korean students because of the way it was founded.  It was started by an American missionary to educate women at a time when it was not acceptable for women to be well educated.  They are the first university in Korea that would train woman in many fields such as becoming a doctor.  

  27. i just want say  !!!MARTINA GOOD CHOICE!!TOP IS THE BEST !!!!I am Top’s top fans~Don’t be so jealous simon~POOR simon

  28. TOP’s haiku is better….ahh blue hair and blueberries yuummmm….TOP<3 heh…martina is the best! heh…so yes Martina for YONGhwa's thingy and Simon for ENgRISH!!!

  29. wait so, it’s not only for females to attend in this university? Since it said “Womens” university, i literally thought it was only for women haha. but then I saw the interview, which had guys in it. their university name is weird haha

  30. do we say womans ????!!!  O.o’

  31. hahahaha the Sherlock dance/walk/skip…thing!!!!
    okay……..Simon your haiku was definitely aimed at me as a hardcore Shawol but WHAT.THE.HECK???!!! that was creepy and disturbing!!!
    i vote for Simon’s engrish and the idol…….i love them both!!!

  32. I can’t find where to vote on Facebook:

    Simon’s Engrish
    Simon’s Idol (LOVE Kim Hyun Joong!!!!!)

  33. Greetings fellow Nanoomites!  That whole ‘Womans University’ thing was hella vexing to me too, and I worried that it was a particularly embarrassing example of Engrish, but by total coincidence I was at Ewha this past weekend working on Edae Station for Seoul Sub→urban and I got an answer.

    A couple commenters touched on it, but here’s the deal, in full.  Edae was founded by Mary Scranton, an American missionary, and she purposely decided to use ‘Womans’ instead of ‘Women’ to emphasize the uniqueness and importance of each individual student, thus avoiding lumping them all together in what she viewed as the more collective ‘women.’  So there you go.  Though that still doesn’t fix the issue of the missing possessive.

    OK, I’m going to go slink back to my Nerd Cave now…


  34. Greetings fellow Nanoomites, 

  35. That was an awesome wank!! I’m studying Korean studies in Germany and next year we’re going to do an exchange year in Korea so it’s really interesting to see what other exchange students already experience there. And the campus is so pretty and huuuuuge!! Now I’m really excited about my exchange year! ^-^

  36.  About the garbage bags: you do have to buy garbage bags for trash here in Korea–they are available at most grocery stores and have city logos printed on them.  However, it doesn’t explain why they don’t have more trash cans in public areas in Korea. 

    Whether they’re special designated bags you buy or plain white colored bags like Glad from Target–no country gives out free plastic trash bags for your home, right?  So why no public trash cans? 

    Perhaps they want to encourage proper recycling, so they don’t want public trash cans to fill up with recyclable items–best to keep your trash and put it in the proper place?

  37. love this Uni trip, guys! So fun! :)

  38. Simon for both engrish and Idol. and his haiku was funnier, even if Martina’s was truer. with all the time I’m on twitter, someday I will be on when you post and I will vote for you, Simon :D.

  39. Love the lost in translation reenactment. ㅅㅅ

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