UbuCon Asia 2022 is the first in-person and online (hybrid) event, held in Nuritkum Square, Seoul, South Korea from November 26 to 27.
Before the conference
I applied for my own Korean visa, just like I would for a visa to another country, and I realized that the procedure went pretty fast took about a Week. The requirements were quite clear and I was assisted by Youngbin Han to apply for a C-3-1 (business) visa to Korea. You can find the requirements at the following link.
My flight departed from Terminal 3 Soetta Jakarta at 10:30 PM WIB and arrived in Incheon at 7:40 AM KST. The immigration process was also quite smooth with the automatic gate. After leaving the airport, I immediately looked for T-money at a convenience store for transportation purposes during my stay here. My next destination was the Stanford Hotel Seoul, I used Arex to get there, with a travel time of just over an hour.
Upon arriving at the hotel, I met new friends with Hrittik Roy from India and Khairul Aizat Kamarudzzaman from Malaysia. On the first day, I went to the venue to check the location where many local organizers were preparing for the event tomorrow. After that, I bought food for lunch and returned to the hotel to rest.
Day 1 Conference
I attended several sessions and was quite impressed with the event organizers who provided Korea-English interpreters, making me comfortable and able to participate in any session in the main hall. I also met Seongsoo Cho from Openstack Korea User Group, and was very happy to meet and have a great time with him!
After the first day was over, I attended the conference dinner and mingled with speakers and other community folks at a fancy party room in Hongdae :)
Day 2 Conference
This was the day when I gave my talk about Play with MAAS (Metal as a Service) CLI. Since morning, I focused on preparing my slides and a live demo. If you want to see the recording and slides that I used, you can visit the following link: https://2022.ubucon.asia/sessions/play-with-maas-cli/
The organizer also provided a one-day tour that included a visit to Insa-dong, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, National Folk Museum of Korea, and The Painters to saw painting performance show.
Thank you for the lovely experience. I really appreciate all the efforts made by the team to make this event a grand success.
After the Conference
After the UbuCon Asia 2022 event, I moved to Myeong-dong to extend my stay for a few days and enjoy the beauty of the city by exploring around. Besides that, I also went solo hiking to climb Bukhansan or Bukhan Mountain, which I might share in a separate article.
I was also invited by my friends Seongsoo and Seonjae to go to Seoul Sky to enjoy the night view of Seoul city.
South Korea is an amazing country that offers a unique blend of traditional and modern culture. The people are friendly and welcoming, and the food is delicious.
My experience at UbuCon Asia 2022 and in South Korea was unforgettable, and I promise to come back here soon!
You could see more pictures on Google Photos, also the video was available on YouTube
Kamsahamnida (감사합니다), Thank You!
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