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KDI School's Vibrant Dormitory Kitchen

  • Date 2023-12-01 10:38
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The KDI School's conveniently located dormitory, just steps from the school, accommodates both Korean and international students, providing essential amenities such as a kitchen, laundry room, dining hall, and parlor. What truly sets it apart is the vibrant cultural diversity it fosters, with students from over 70 nations. This diversity extends to the kitchen, which serves as a lively and integral part of the student experience, transcending its role as a meal preparation space. Equipped with electric stoves, refrigerators, cabinets, and sinks, it offers students the tools to create dishes from around the world.

This culinary hub acts as a place where diverse cuisines converge, allowing students to interact, explore, and savor global flavors, enhancing their dormitory experience. The spacious dining lounge complements the kitchen, providing students with a shared area to eat, socialize, and sample different cuisines from across the world.

In the kitchen, students can cook and share their local cuisine, creating a culinary crossroads where they introduce the flavors of their home countries to their new surroundings. Additionally, it offers a chance to explore the diverse range of Korean food, with access to authentic ingredients for a gastronomically engaging experience.

Weekends, especially at noon, are the busiest times in the kitchen, where students gather to cook and eat with friends. It serves as a place of relaxation for students preoccupied with homework, presentations, and studying—an opportunity to take a break from the pressures of education and connect over cooking together.

For students like San Myint Lwin from Myanmar, the kitchen is not just a place to cook; it's a space to share meals and build bonds. He reflects, "I go to the kitchen and cook a meal when I feel bored with studying, and I also share my food with others. That calms and cheers me up. We also prepare together our traditional dishes or dinners on the days when our country friend's birthday, rather than going out, and I think this strengthens our bond and unites us more." These gatherings become more than just cooking adventures; they become platforms for exchanging experiences and creating lifelong memories.

The emotional value of the kitchen is effectively expressed by Indonesian student Ruli: "Whenever I miss my mother's cooking, I come to the kitchen and make my favorite dish. I can get over my homesickness thanks to that." The kitchen transforms into a cozy retreat where students, like Ruli, reminisce about the flavors and experiences of home, offering comfort and a sense of home in a foreign setting. Cooking becomes more than just a skill; it becomes a form of emotional support for those distant from home.

As one student rightly notes, "We also share ingredients whenever we need them while cooking. Cooking in the kitchen is a great way to meet people; it's a great location to socialize." In essence, the kitchen serves as more than just a place to prepare food; it becomes a center for interpersonal interaction and teamwork. With the transformation of the kitchen into a lively social hub, students from a variety of backgrounds feel more unified.

The KDI School dormitory is more than just a place to sleep; it's a crossroads of cultures where the kitchen becomes a center of international friendships and cuisines. It's an essential part of the KDIS experience, representing diversity, community, and cross-cultural engagement.


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EI PHYO, Theingi

2023 Spring / MDP / Myanmar

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