Pre-departure Moment

Where am I now? Well… I am now in a pre-departure period.

The departure date is now set.

The packing time is now started.

The journey is about to begin.

So how do I feel right now?

NERVOUS! CURIOUS! EXCITED! WORRIED!

Starting in the third week of August, I am going to write a lot about my life journey in Korea. (I know I have already done that but it was all about pre-journey, wasn’t it?) ๐Ÿ˜…

Let me briefly describe my few last processes from visa to flight ticket. If you want to know my earlier process please go to my previous posts:ย My KGSP Journey,ย I AM GOING TO KOREA! ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท,ย August is Here.

I started processing my visa as soon as I got an invitation letter from NIIED in early July. The process of doing visa here is a bit complicated and it takes about one week to get it done. Here are the required documents for doing visa at the Korean embassy in Cambodia:

  • Visa Application Form (you can download itย here)
  • Invitation Letter from NIIED
  • Copied of Undergraduate Certificate (certified by local government office)
  • Copied of Undergraduate Transcript
  • Copied of Birth Certificate (Khmer & English Translated)
  • Copied of Cambodian Identity Card
  • Copied of Passport
  • Medical Certificate from Hebron Medical Centerย 
  • One visa photo (4×6 size with white background and taken within 6 months)

After I have got my visa, I waited for a month to get an E-flight ticket. NIIED organized and bought the tickets either from Korean Air or Asiana Air for all the KGSP recipients. I have received my flight ticket from Korean Air last week. I have also done reserving my seat (thanks to someone from KGSP global group for telling us how to do it). I wanted to sit next to the window so I have to reserve it; otherwise, I might end up sitting in the middle or aisle seat.ย Moreover, as a KGSP recipient, I am also a GTR customer (GTR refers to Government Transportation Request) so I am allowed to have a free-baggage for 32kg plus one carry on bag for 12kg.ย I willย depart from Phnom Penh Int’l Airport to Incheon Int’l Airport then transit to Gimhae Int’l Airport asย I will be in Busan for the first year.

I think that’s all for now. I gotta go and check my preparation list then pack my things. I still have lots of things to do like getting a haircut, dyeing my hair, exchange money to Korean won, get my copy of transcript certified, and the most important of all is a family farewell dinner. โค๏ธ

HELLO KIMCHI! See you in 2 weeks! ๐Ÿ˜โœŒ๏ธ

Gimchi

8 thoughts on “Pre-departure Moment

  1. Yani says:

    Hello! Glad to read you post!
    I will start studying in Busan University of Foreign Studies this September by KGSP also.
    I have a question, how many baggage capacity did you get for the local flight? (from Incheon to Gimhae), if there was any additional capacity, did you have to pay?
    Thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • PONIKA | ํฌ๋‹ˆ์นด says:

      Hello Yani! Don’t worry about it. It is as same as capacity you are allowed by NIIED. You will not need to pick up your baggages while transferring from Incheon to Gimhae. It will be automatically transferred to Gimhae and you will pick it at Gimhae. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • PONIKA | ํฌ๋‹ˆ์นด says:

      You gotta need that time to settle down at a new place and process other stuff such as medical checkup, register for Alien Registration Card, and other stuffs. Anyway, congrats for passing it. Welcome to Korea anytime soon!

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      • PONIKA | ํฌ๋‹ˆ์นด says:

        yes, you will have to do it again when you arrive Korea. your language institution will handle the dormitory for you so don’t worry about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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