May 14, 2019
We left the hotel relatively early this morning to get on the road. Our short time in Ulsan was done, and we were headed for our final city, Busan. Outside of travel, we only had one thing on the docket today: a tour of the Hyundai Motor Tour.
Just inside the city, the Hyundai Motor Company site exists like a town of its own. Beyond the office space and car production factories, the Hyundai headquarters has restaurants serving three meals and living quarters for their workers. Some people were all over the idea of pretty much living where you work. I, on the other hand, was not. While I’m sure it helps with efficiency, to me there’s something dystopian about a lack of work-life balance. I couldn’t see myself ever willing deciding to live a literal stone’s throw away from where I work.
Either way, the tour itself was awesome. After a brief lecture about the history of the company, we actually got to go down the production line and see cars being made in real time. The whole thing is incredibly complicated. Some five thousand individual parts go into constructing a fully functional automobile.
The rest of the drive to the hotel went faster than expected, so we stopped off for a brief hour and half at Busan’s famous beachfront. I didn’t get a chance to check out the water with my business casual clothes still on, but it looked amazing. If and when we get some free time, I am going to make sure we spend some quality time soaking up the sun. I’m excited to explore the city a little more in the coming days. Dr. Yun promised we would get the chance to try some world-famous live octopus, so I’ll be on the lookout for that opportunity when it arises!