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KDI School Students took part in the annual Korea Field Research and Study

  • Date 2023-06-02 00:00
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From May 2-4, 2023, KDI students participated in the annual Korea Field Research and Study (KFRS) program organized by the KDI School.

KFRS is designed to enhance understanding of the key foundations of Korea's modern economy. The traditional KFRS includes visits to major industrial zones and sites, along with cultural and social programs.

During KFRS 2023, a three-day field trip, students had a unique opportunity to witness the remarkable past and present of Korean development, offering valuable insights into various aspects of Korean social, cultural, and industrial development.

One of the first stops was Ulsan city, where the students had the privilege of visiting Hyundai Motor Company, a city renowned for its industrial prowess. Hyundai Motor Company is the largest automobile manufacturing facility in the world, covering an area of 5.5 million square meters and producing over 1.6 million vehicles each year. The visit to the company provided students with a valuable firsthand experience of one of Korea's leading automobile manufacturers and offered a glimpse into the sophisticated operations that drive the company's success.

The next stop was the Busan Film Experience Museum, which is dedicated to the history and culture of Korean cinema. The museum is situated in Busan, which also hosts the Busan International Film Festival. One of the most distinctive features of the Busan Film Experience Museum is its interactive exhibits. Visitors can try their hand at various aspects of filmmaking, such as directing, acting, and sound editing, allowing students to experience the creative process behind filmmaking firsthand. This experience allowed students to journey through Korea's cinematic history, appreciating the artistry and cultural significance of Korean films.

The next two stops were in Changwon City, where heavy industrial companies such as Hyosung and Doosan are located. The visit to these heavy industry companies allowed students to experience and learn firsthand about the heavy industries of Korea.

📍 Hyosung Heavy Industries Changwon Factory is a manufacturing facility located in Changwon. The factory produces a wide range of heavy industrial machinery and equipment, including power transformers, motors, and switchgear, for both domestic and international markets. The factory is equipped with state-of-the-art production equipment and technologies and has a reputation for quality and innovation in the industry. It has received several certifications and awards for its environmental and safety management.

📍 Doosan Heavy Industries conglomerate focuses on building industrial facilities such as power generation facilities. From castings and forgings, which are the basic materials of the industry, to power generation facilities such as nuclear power and thermal power, seawater desalination plants, environmental facilities, and transportation facilities, they are manufactured and supplied to domestic and overseas plant markets. It is the only manufacturer in Korea specializing in nuclear power plant equipment and materials. It manufactures/supplies most of the nuclear power plant's core devices, such as nuclear reactors and steam generators, and most of the auxiliary devices for nuclear reactors, such as turbines, generators, nuclear fuel handling facilities, and nuclear fuel transport containers called casks.

📍 Korea Nuclear and Power Plant (KHNP)

As part of the KFRS program, the students also visited the Kori Nuclear Power Plant, where they discovered the remarkable strides Korea has made in harnessing nuclear energy for power generation. This visit provided a comprehensive understanding of the complexities and importance of sustainable energy solutions in the modern world.

📍 Gyeongju

Furthermore, the KDIS students were treated to a remarkable Gyeongju Cultural Heritage Tour, immersing themselves in the awe-inspiring wonders of Korea's ancient past. Gyeongju, a city renowned for its historical significance, offered an enchanting backdrop as the students witnessed architectural marvels, ancient relics, and cultural treasures that have withstood the test of time.

The students began their exploration at Daerungwon, a vast burial ground that houses numerous royal tombs from the Silla Dynasty. These tomb mounds, known as tumuli, hold great historical and archaeological value. The students had the opportunity to marvel at the majestic scale and meticulous craftsmanship of these tombs, gaining insights into the burial customs and rituals of the ancient Silla Dynasty rulers. This visit allowed them to immerse themselves in the rich history and royal lineage of Korea.

Next, the students visited Cheomseongdae, a renowned astronomical observatory that stands as a testament to the scientific advancements of the Silla Dynasty. As the oldest existing astronomical observatory in East Asia, Cheomseongdae is a significant cultural landmark. The students had the chance to admire the unique architectural design of Cheomseongdae, consisting of cylindrical stones arranged in a pyramidal shape. They learned about the astronomical knowledge and calculations used by ancient astronomers to observe the stars and celestial bodies, gaining a deeper understanding of the intellectual pursuits of the Silla Dynasty.

Lastly, the students explored the splendid Bulguksa Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site in Gyeongju. This iconic temple is renowned for its architectural beauty and spiritual significance. The students were captivated by the intricate details of the temple's structures, including ornate carvings, graceful statues, and towering stone pagodas. They had the opportunity to witness Buddhist rituals and practices, gaining a deeper appreciation for the spiritual aspects of Korean culture. The serene surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, nestled amidst nature, provided a tranquil setting for reflection and contemplation.

The Korea Field Research and Study (KFRS) program organized by KDI School was undeniably a resounding success, leaving an indelible impression on the participating students. Through this immersive experience, they gained a deeper appreciation for the multifaceted nature of Korean development and the intrinsic connection between industry, culture, and heritage. This journey undoubtedly equipped the KDIS students with invaluable knowledge and a profound sense of inspiration as they continue to explore the realms of academia and contribute to shaping the future.

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TEMIRBEKOVA, Kanykei

2022 Fall / MDP / Kyrgyzstan

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