The Journal of a Royal Palace Global Supporter: DAY ONE!

안녕하세요!

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Hi guys! So recently there was an announcement from the Cham Education and Culture Organization that they were looking for 120 volunteers for the festival that are going to be held in the Royal Palaces. They needed 100 foreigners and 20 Koreans (and there was no requirement of Korean fluency!!), so I decided to apply for it! The application process was conducted online-we just needed to fill in our information and wrote a short essay on why we wanted to be a volunteer there.

A week after, I was called in for an interview. The interview was conducted in Korea House, located just 10m away from Exit #3 at Chungmuro Station of Subway Lines #3 and #4. When I got there, there were already many people waiting to be called in. The interview was a Mass Interview, where 3 people as the interviewer interviewed 10 interviewees. We only had 10 minutes inside and it was so nerve-wracking (at least for me, haha). The interviewers had our application forms printed out and were placed on their desks, so they could immediately “mark” our papers during the interview.

There were only 3 questions asked, and we need to immediately answer that question based on the order of our seats. I sat on the edge of the line, so I was either the first one to answer or almost the last one. The time to think was roughly 2 seconds after the questions were asked, so I didn’t have enough time to think and just blurted anything that came in mind.

The interviewers said that the announcement would be sent out the next day, but surprise!- the announcement was sent out on the same day! I was so happy to receive an email from them that stated that I am selected! Yeay!

Our orientation day was on Saturday, 18th April 2015. We need to gather at GyeongBokGung Palace from 10 am to 5 pm. As an introvert person, I was always nervous in terms of meeting a large group of new people like this 😦

my name tag!

my name tag!

I arrived at the GyeongBokGung area and yes, there were a lot of people there. We checked our attendance and were given a name tag! (I was wondering why the others had their full name written on the name tag as I only had my middle name written on it but,-never mind!)

The CEO of Cham E&C!

The CEO of Cham E&C!

The orientation began, and Mr. YoungTae Ha- the CEO of Cham Education and Culture started to explain about how this program worked. He explained that this program has 4 core values which are: Fun (재미)- Make fun memories at Palace; Learn (배우)- Learn about Korean History and Culture; Friendship (우정)- Be friends with people from around the world; Pride (자부심)- Have pride as we are the ambassadors of Korea. Volunteers will be introduced to the history and culture of Korean, in particular the Joseon dynasty and court life. We will receive a lot of lectures about history and culture to promote the knowledge on the role of courtiers, court etiquette, and their responsibilites. Hope I can survive through the whole program! lol

We will be a volunteer for approximately 2 weeks and the schedule was so packed yet fun! We were also divided into 8 teams, and I am team 8.

Team 8 with Mr.Ha!

Team 8 with Mr.Ha!

After the orientation, we gathered with our groups and started to introduce ourselves. My team members are from Korea, Australia, Russia, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, India, and of course Indonesia-which is me! We had a group mission which was touring around the National Palace and select one artifact that we considered the most attractive and take a picture in front of it.  And after it, we had a nice lunch together! 잘 먹었습니다!

Team 8's lunch!

Team 8’s lunch!

After lunch, all of us gathered again in the main hall to learn….FLASHMOB! Flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, before quickly dispersing. They are often used for the purposes of entertainment, satire or artistic expression. For us, we are going to have a massive dance altogether at the Korean Palace. We practiced the dance for almost 3 hours and it was so tiring yet fun!

Dancing practice!

Dancing practice!

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The day quickly ended, and we were given a short briefing on our next schedule, which is tomorrow! Can’t wait to see what we will do tomorrow J

-And as a volunteer, we need to share and spread our experiences through social media so I decided to make a journal of this program!-

Seoul, 24th April 2015

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MEET THE SUPER CUTE KAKAO TALK FRIENDS AT COEX MALL!

Annyeonghaseyo!

It’s been almost 2 months since I moved here to Korea and I have to say: Kakao Talk is really the “it” thing here! In case you don’t know, Kakao Talk is a messenger/chatting application (just like LINE, whatsapp, or WeChat) that is mostly used by Koreans. Back in Indonesia, I don’t think Kakao Talk is that popular because we use LINE or Whatsapp application but here, almost everyone has Kakao Talk. it’s normal for people to ask you “Hey, can I have your KaTalk ID?” instead of asking for phone number so if you are going to live in Korea, you better download that application right away!

Just like how the LINE application has their famous characters such as Brown, Cony, Sally and Moon; Kakao Talk also has their own version of characters which are Neo, Frodo, Muzi, Jay-G, and the super cute peach lol (I don’t know what’s his name). These characters are so popular that even many advertisements use them as their marketing mascot hahaha.

COEX Mall

COEX Mall

As an avid fan of the KAKAO friends, I decided to visit their official store at COEX Mall. COEX Mall is the largest underground shopping center in Asia. It is located in the basement of the Korea World Trade Center, located in Samseong-dong in the Gangnam-gu area of Seoul. The colossal shopping center stretches from Samseong station (subway line 2) in the south all the way to Bongeunsa temple in the north, and is considered to be the best shopping and entertainment complex in the area.

credit: visitkorea.kr

credit: visitkorea.kr

Enter the mall, find an elevator and go down to Basement 1. You would see the super yellow Kakao Talk Store!

my favorite peach!!

my favorite peach!!

Once you walk into the store, you could see a line up of Kakao Friends’ statues that you could take a photo with. And on the right side, there are a lot of Kakao Talk merchandises such as hats, mugs, notebooks, pillows, phone cases, and even candies! But because this is an official store, of course the prices are not cheap so don’t be surprised if a candy could cost around 2000 Won!

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cute (but pricey) miniatures!

cute (but pricey) miniatures!

Apeach here, Apeach there <3

Apeach here, Apeach there ❤

After going around the shop and taking pictures here and there, I decided to buy the cheapest  cutest thing in the store!

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The plastic bag is soooooo cute! I promise I won’t throw it away or accidentally make it into a trash bag lol

(again) my peach folder <3

(again) my peach folder ❤

I bought a super cute Peachie folder! It’s only 1000 won and is useful for students like me! Definitely will bring that to school and brag it to my friends hahahaha

So if you are in Seoul, do visit this KAKAO Store in COEX Mall!

Best regards,

koreanmate

Korean’s “Brushing Teeth” Culture

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Annyeong!

Since we were little, we were taught to brush our teeth at least two times a day: In the morning and before we go to bed. I think that is the usual frequency of people brushing their teeth. But after almost 6 months living in Korea, I found that Koreans’ way of brushing teeth is unique for me. Everyday, (especially after lunch time or dinner time), the bathrooms and toilets in every public places are crowded with people fighting for a sink to brush their teeth. These public places include school and universities’ bathrooms, public toilets in subway stations, malls, and even tourism places. Back in Indonesia, I don’t think I usually saw someone brushing their teeth after lunch in malls, schools or restaurants.

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I once asked my Korean friend why they brush teeth so much even in public places. And she said that it’s just a habit and perspective how Koreans really value oral hygiene. That is why they ALWAYS bring a toothbrush and a tooth paste in their bags, everywhere they go. I usually witness my friends “disappear” to the bathroom before classes start, after eating lunch in restaurants, or even in malls- and then come back a few minutes later, carrying a set of toothbrush and toothpaste in his/her hand. There is even a joke saying that you could forget to bring your phone, but don’t ever forget to bring your toothbrush! Lol

Aside from the cultural thingy and habits, there may be some scientific reasons on why Koreans need to brush that much:

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  1. Korean foods contain a lot amount of chili powder. (KIMCHI, for example). This Korean chili powder, (고추 가루), isn’t really powder at all and should be called ‘flaked chili’ or ‘coarse chili powder.’  Flaked chili is not easy to “flush” with just drinking water and chili speckled teeth have never been nice to look at. (it could be so embarrassing, tho!) Those flakes grip the surfaces of the smoothest enamel and easily embed themselves between the teeth.
  2. The second ingredient that could be commonly found here is Kim, (김)- which means seasoned seaweed. This seaweed is commonly used in Kimbap (sticky rice with fillings wrapped with seaweed), Fried Rice, and many other foods. However, having this seaweed stuck in your teeth after eating could be embarrassing. Substantial, dark green patches on the teeth can be mistaken for missing or severely rotted teeth or an advanced fungal infection.
  3. Garlic, is also a common food that you could find in almost every Korean food. So that could be one of the reasons why Koreans brush their teeth after every meal!

I hope this post could help you in knowing Korean culture little by little!

Best regards,

KoreanMate

Launching Buku “Menggapai Asa di Korea” di KBRI Seoul

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credit: koreanmate

Hari Sabtu tanggal 14 Maret 2015 lalu,bertempat di Ruang Serbaguna KBRI Seoul,- Perpika (Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia di Korea) bekerja sama dengan KBRI Seoul, Senior Public Diplomacy Group-Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea (SPDG-MOFA) serta INAKOS (International Association of Korean Studies in Indonesia) mengadakan peluncuran buku “PERPIKA untuk Indonesia” yang pada edisi perdana ini berjudul Menggapai Asa ke Korea. Buku ini berkisah tentang berbagai cerita kehidupan pelajar Indonesia di Korea Selatan. Peluncuran buku dihadir oleh Duta Besar RI, Bapak John A. Prasetio, perwakilan dari Senior Public Diplomacy Group, MoFA yang dipimpin oleh Bapak Choi Ha-kyung, Prof. Yang Seung Yoon dari Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Staf KBRI Seoul, Pengurus Perpika, para penulis buku dan mahasiswa Indonesia lainnya.

Dalam sambutannya Dubes RI menyatakan bahwa buku ini merupakan cerminan perjuangan pelajar Indonesia di Korea, terutama bagi pekerja Indonesia yang juga tergabung dalam Univeritas Terbuka Korea. Perjuangan mereka memang tidak mudah, karena selain bekerja juga harus menempuh pendidikan di Universitas Terbuka. Beliau juga mengutip alur film Korea berjudul “Ode to My Father” yang menceritakan seorang anak yang berjuang dalam hidupnya untuk menjadi sukses dengan membawa pesan-pesan dari ayahnya.

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credit: koreanmate

Presiden Senior Public Diplomacy Group, MoFA, Bapak Choi Ha-kyung menyatakan kebanggannya atas terbitnya buku ini dan diharapkan dapat menjadi bahan acuan bagi pelajar-pelajar lainnya. Ia juga mengatakan bahwa kian hari makin banyak orang Korea yang mengenal dan tertarik dengan Indonesia. Memang,selain anggota PERPIKA, pada malam itu hadir juga mahasiswa-mahasiswa Korea yang belajar sastra Melayu-Indonesia di HUFS (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies).

Buku ini merupakan wadah sejumlah 23 anak bangsa dalam menuangkan pengalaman belajar dan berkarya mereka di Korea. Dari semua penulis itu, sebagian besar adalah mahasiswa Indonesia yang tengah menempuh ilmu di berbagai universitas di Korea. Sementara itu, 5 orang di antaranya adalah para pekerja migran Indonesia yang juga menyandang status sebagai mahasiswa Universitas Terbuka Indonesia di Korea (UT Korea) ditambah 2 orang yang merupakan mantan tenaga migran Indonesia. Buku ini merupakan hasil kerja keras dari Kementrian Akademik dan Riset yang dipunggawai oleh Adam F. Nugraha, Suray A. Nugroho, Riezqa Andika, Theresia Ratih, Yus Chaniago, Anne Soraya, dan Fardhila Rochman.

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Buku Menggapai Asa di Korea ini penuh inspirasi karena penulisnya menceritakan perjuangan mereka mendapatkan beasiswa/ pekerjaan di Korea secara lugas dan jujur. Mereka menyemangati para adik-adik kelas atau siapapun yang ingin ke Korea untuk percaya bahwa dengan semangat dan kerja keras, semuanya tidak mustahil untuk diraih. Buku ini juga mengulik adanya perbedaan budaya antara Indonesia dengan Korea yang harus dijembatani oleh para pelajar Indonesia di Korea.

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THE NEW PRE-PAID EG SIM CARD: THE BEST SOLUTION WHEN YOU TRAVEL IN KOREA

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Annyeong!

One of the problems that we (as foreigners) have when travelling to Korea is that it is not that easy to buy a SIM-card here. Unlike Indonesia,-who has so many providers like XL or Simpati,- Korea only has a few providers to choose from . In Korea, there are three mobile telecommunications service providers: KT, SKT, and LG U+. These providers operate authorized service centers and phone retail stores called 공식 인증 대리점 (gongsik injeung daerijeom), where you can subscribe to a phone service and purchase a mobile phone. An authorized store should carry the logo of its parent company (and not others), as well as a sign that says “공식 인증 대리점.”

Mobile phone subscriptions require proper identification and proof of residency. Usually, a valid passport and an alien registration card suffice as documents for review by the service providers. The Status of Stay, shown on every alien registration card, determines the eligibility for subscription to either pre- or post-payment plan. Some foreigners may not be eligible to subscribe to the post-payment plan. If you subscribe to a pre-payment plan, you must either have your own mobile phone or purchase a new one.

These three main providers have the largest area of Wi-Fi connections including in subways and roads.

However, if you are only travelling or staying in Korea for less than 6 months, then it would be so difficult for you to get a SIM-Card. They usually charge a very high price if you don’t stay that long. The other options would be renting a phone (which would also cost a lot but easier than buying a SIM card) or buying a Wi-Fi egg (if you go in groups).

As I would only live in Korea for 5 months, then it would be so expensive if I need to buy or rent a phone here; but in the other hand  it would be difficult for me to connect with my family and friends if I don’t have any SIM-Card. However worry no more, because there is a new Pre-Paid SIM card called the EG (Ever Green) Sim Card in Korea!! *celebration time*

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To find out more about EG SIM card, you can visit their official website : http://www.egsimcard.co.kr and click the “ENGLISH” button if you don’t understand Korean!

With EG SIM card, you can enjoy:

  • Both voice and data with your own phone at affordable prices
  • Access to internet anywhere in Korea using Korea’s best quality mobile network
  • Various ways to recharge – through homepage, smart phone application and local convenient stores

EG Sim Card is perfect for:

  • Tourists with smartphone who need or want internet access anytime & anywhere regardless of Wi-Fi hotspot availability
  • Foreigners who live temporarily in South Korea

There are two ways to buy this simcard : Via online and offline. If you want to buy it via online, then you could simply go to http://www.egsimcard.co.kr/eng/buy-eg-sim-card/online/buy-egsimcard.asp and follow the instructions!

I got a brochure about this new sim card and was totally interested in buying it so I decided to visit their offices. Rather than buying it online, I chose to buy offline so I visited the Mobile Agency in Myeong Dong Area. It is near the China Embassy.

EG Mobile agency (Myeongdong)

34, Myeongdong 2-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-011

OPEN 10:00 ~ 18:30 , Monday~Sunday

(Please be aware that you must be in Korea for 5 days before you could buy a sim card via offline).

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EG Mobile Agency in Myeongdong

The office is quite small but comfortable. There were two women sitting there who speak fluent Korean,English,Japanese and Chinese- so you do not need to worry about communication!

Make sure to bring your passport or Alien Registration Card with you because they need it for registration. You could also choose the 4 number digits for your new phone number! After they explain about the data usage and charges, you need to wait for 20 minutes for the sim card to be activated. There is a coffee shop downstairs so you could go and relax yourself there!

After 20 minutes, your sim card is now ready to use! The price is 30,000 won but it already includes a 40,000 won balance that you can use for internet, calling, messaging and others. Please be aware about the validity (Expiry date) of your data package! If the expiry date passes, you cannot use the service anymore. If the balance is empty, the service is also no longer valid. So please be careful to top-up your balance before the expiry date!


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You can top-up as much money as you want before the expiry date. The balance must be only recharged per 10,000 won. There are three ways to top-up your balance :

  1. Payment by Credit card (VISA/MASTER/JCB/AMEX)

Just click the EG SIM Card application in your phone-Top Up menu- Top Up for Voice-Payment option- credit card

  1. Payment by Bank Credit Transfer

Hana Bank 190-910331-19907 (but I don’t recommend this way because it’s too complicated)

  1. PAYMENT BY CASH!! *the easiest*

Just go to the MyeongDong Mobile Agency office and buy it there!

I’ve been using it for a week now and I must say that EG-Sim Card works very well! Before, I need to go to coffee shops, Cafes, or big malls just to get wi-fi and contact my family/friends but now I could chat online or browse the internet anywhere anytime, even inside the subway trains (that is like 3 levels underground LOL)

Wishing you a safe and fun experience during your trip/stay in Korea!

Best regards,

KoreanMate

March 2nd: The Spring Semester Begins!

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Annyeong!

So I had arrived in Korea for 4 days and now I am currently living in Seoul, South Korea. In Korea, there are two academic semesters each year which are the Fall Semester and Spring Semester. Most Korean universities admit new students twice a year. For Spring semester starting in March applications are usually opened from September 1 to November 30. For Fall semester starting in September applications are opened from April 1 to June 31. Each semester is about 4 months. Vacations are in Summer and Winter, with each vacation each spanning about 2 months. There are also summer and winter classes, and many Korean universities offer Korean Language Courses in summer and winter for international students.

The interesting thing is, unlike in Indonesia, almost all universities start their semester in the exact same day. Today is March 2nd and guess what…it’s the first day of Spring Semester! For the past few days, I always see Korean students in streets, subways and buses bringing small bags to go hang out with their friends. Late at night, they will still be seen in the streets and clubs, playing until midnight or maybe dawn.

But as today is the first day of spring semester, the view changes. Since 8 am in the morning, the subways-buses-and streets are filled with Korean students bringing their laptop and backpacks walking to their own universities, including my university: KyungHee university. Usually, the dorm is still quiet in 9-10 am in the morning as everyone is still sleeping. But today, the dorm is so busy and crowded with students being fully dressed since 8 am in the morning! It’s crazy how they really wake up early to eat breakfast, shower, get make up and dressed nicely to go to the class. They really don’t want to be late at their classes.

Yes, one of the important things in the university life here is your attendance. The attendance is counted as a percentage of your final grade and you must have a minimum of 70% full attendance to be able to join the final exams. If you miss the class more than 30%, then you will be given an “F” grade. So basically, being absent can make you fail immediately. I don’t know how all universities in Indonesia is working but at least in my university in Indonesia, your attendance does not affect your grade. You have a “maximum absence” for each course, depending on the credits. And those attendance only determines whether you are able to take the final exam or not.

During lunch, almost all book stores, libraries and study rooms are occupied with students. I personally think that Koreans really prioritize their study. One of the most common grading system here is called a “relative grading” which means that your grade is affected by the class proportion. For example, only 20% of the class could get an A. The rest got a B, C and D. So that is the reason why everyone seems eager to study. It’s because the competition level among each students are really high here.

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spring semester starts!!

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wearing full gear lol

As for the weather information, it is still really cold here in Seoul. In the morning and night, the temperature could drop to below zero. Sometimes it reaches -7 degree celcius so it is really cold here. Everyone is still wearing jackets and long pants. As for me, who came from a tropical country like Indonesia, wears layers of clothes, gloves, and masks on. Yep.

So wish me luck for the Spring Semester!

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Best regards,

KoreanMate

Fenomena “Yellow Dust” yang Menyelimuti Korea Selatan

credit :koreaherald.com

credit :koreaherald.com

Annyeong!

*As this article contains a lot of technical words, I will write it both in Indonesian and English!*

As winter is almost over and Spring is on its way, South Korea has encountered the Yellow Dust Storm all over again. Originating from the deserts in southern Mongolia and northern China, the dusty air flew into the Korean Peninsula on a northwesterly wind over the weekend, the city government said. The weather office issued this year’s first advisory against yellow dust particles in the city on Sunday (22/02/2015), the Seoul metropolitan government said, asking citizens to stay indoors. South Korean meteorologists expect this year’s yellow dust season to be milder than recent years, despite an early coating during the past two days that spurred health advisories across the country.

The dust typically comes from the Chinese and Mongolian deserts, potentially bringing along with it bacteria and industrial pollutants.This week’s heavy dusting falls slightly out of the usual March to May season; however,the Korea Meteorological Administration expects a lower level of yellow dust than the country averaged between 1981 and 2010.

The prevailing winds in central and southern China are likely to undergo a cyclical change this year. As a result, South Korea won’t experience the northwesterly winds that have worsened yellow dust levels in recent years.

The dust prompted the Korea Meteorological Administration to issue warnings in Seoul and several other surrounding cities Sunday, along with yellow dust advisories from Incheon in the north to Gwangju in the south.High concentrations of the yellow dust particulates, which can cause respiratory illness, remained in the air through Monday afternoon.Yongsan Garrison measured a high of 1,044 micrograms per cubic meter of air as of 4 a.m. Monday, according to the 65th Medical Brigade website.

On Monday (22/02/2015), the dust concentration in Seoul reached 1,044 micro grams per cubic meter, the fourth-highest since 2002, when the government started to collect such measurements. Ganghwado Island in Incheon coast recorded 707 micro grams per cubic meter, followed by Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, with 696 micro grams per cubic meter, the weather agency said.

Yellow dust advisories are issued when an hour average dust concentration of more than 400 micro grams per cubic meter is expected to continue for more than two hours. More than 800 micro grams per cubic meter for over two hours triggers a warning. At 800 micro grams or greater, Korea Meteorological Administration officials recommend that all outdoor activities be canceled during yellow dust warnings, and that the young, old and infirm stay indoors.

Yellow Dust could bring many illness such as respiratory and other health problems. So to minimize those negative effects , here are some of the things that you should do during the Yellow Dust Storm:

  • Avoid outdoor activities, this applies especially to the elderly, young children and persons with heart disease, diabetes and lung diseases or respiratory problems, such as asthma.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Remove contact lenses and wear your glasses instead, the dust can scratch your lenses and damage your eyes
  • Brush your teeth and wash your hands, face and eyes with warm water when returning indoors.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your tears flowing well and prevent skin dehydration.
  • Use air filters to keep air clear and a humidifier to increase the humidity level inside your home/office.
  • Wear long sleeves as often as possible when outside.
  •  Wash your hands carefully before handling food.
  • Eat vitamin-rich and high-protein foods to help stabilize your immune system.
  • Even after the storm passes, be careful since the dust has settled and can easily be stirred by movement, wind, etc.

 

Korea Selatan, khususnya Seoul dan Incheon, sedang diliputi oleh badai Yellow Dust atau lebih dikenal dengan kata “Yellow Dust Storm” beberapa hari ini.

Yellow Dust, atau yang secara harafiah diartikan sebagai badai debu bewarna kuning, berasal dari padang gurun di Mongolia dan Cina. Udara yang mengandung debu ini bergerak menuju area Korea Selatan sejak Minggu (22/02/2014). Pemerintah Korea pun menghimbau bagi penduduk untuk tetap berada didalam ruangan dan mengurangi aktivitas di luar ruangan.Angin yang berhembus di Cina mengalami perubahan siklikal tahun ini sehingga Korea Selatan tidak akan mengalami fenomena “Yellow Dust” yang makin parah. Badan Meteorologi Korea Selatan memperkirakan bahwa Yellow Dust kali ini lebih sedikit dibanding tahun-tahun sebelumnya.

Akibat badai debu yang terjadi, Pihak Administrasi Meteorologi Korea mengeluarkan tanda peringatan di kota Seoul dan beberapa kota sekitarnya seperti Incheon dan Gwangju pada hari Minggu lalu.  Konsentrat yang tinggi didalam partikel  “Yellow Dust”ini bisa menyebabkan gangguan pernapasan dan sejumlah gangguan lainnya. Pada hari Senin (23/02/2015) lalu, di kota Seoul terdapat 1.044 mikrogram debu per meter kubik udara. Kandungan debu ini adalah keempat tertinggi sejak tahun 2002. Udara di Pulau Ganghwado di Incheon mengandung 707 mikrogram debu per kubik meter udara, sementara di Chuncheon-Provinsi Gangwon mempunyai 696 mikrogram debu per meter kubik.

Peringatan pertama akan dikeluarkan bila rata-rata konsentrat debu per meter kubik mencapai lebih dari 400 mikrogram, dan diperkirakan berlangsung selama lebih dari dua jam. Apabila mencapai angka lebih 800 mikrogram debu per meter kubik selama dua jam, maka pihak Administrasi Meteorologi Korea akan menyuruh semua penduduk untuk menghentikan aktivitas diluar ruangan (outdoor activities) dan menghimbau agar anak-anak, orang yang lanjut usia, serta orang yang memiliki kelemahan tubuh untuk tetap didalam ruangan.

Karena debu yang dibawa berakibat buruk bagi pernapasan dan gangguan kesehatan lainnya, berikut adalah beberapa hal yang penting untuk dilakukan selama fenomena “Yellow Dust” ini berlangsung:

  • Hindari kegiatan yang dilakukan di udara terbuka/ luar ruangan; terlebih lagi bagi orang lanjut usia, anak-anak, dan orang berpenyakit jantung dan gangguan pernapasan lainnya seperti asma.
  • Tutuplah jendela- jendela dan pintu-pintu untuk mencegah debu masuk kedalam ruangan tertutup.
  • Hindari pemakaian lensa kontak dan pakailah kacamata yang nyaman. Debu yang berterbangan bisa menggores lensa anda dan melukai mata anda.
  • Gosok gigi dan cuci tangan, muka, dan mata dengan air hangat setelah beraktivitas di luar.
  • Minum banyak air putih untuk menjaga kelembaban tubuh dan mencegah dehidrasi kulit.
  • Gunakan air filteres (mesin filter udara) untuk menjaga udara didalam ruangan tetap bersih dan menjaga tingkat kelembaban didalam ruangan/ kantor anda.
  • Sebisa mungkin pakailah baju berlengan panjang selama berada di luar.
  • Cucilah tangan sampai bersih sebelum memegang makanan.
  • Konsumsi makanan-makanan bervitamin dan berprotein tinggi untuk memperkuat sistem kekebalan tubuh.
  • Setelah “Yellow Dust” berlalu pun, tetaplah berhati-hati karena debu yang tersisa bisa dengan mudah terbawa angin.

(information taken from http://www.koreaherald.com)

Keep safe and be healthy during this “Yellow Dust” Storm!

Best regards,

koreanmate