What’s a Chungdahm teacher to do during Chuseok 추석? Having a Monday and Tuesday off due to what is known as Korean Thanksgiving or Autumn Eve presents many great opportunities. Traveling to Busan, Korea’s 2nd most populous city, for the 4 day weekend is a great choice. Busan is located in the south-eastern province of South Gyeongsang and is a must see and bucket list item when in Korea.Read More
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Busan is the ideal summer vacation spot on the Korean peninsula. It has white sand beaches, cocktail lounges, and party districts. The weather is moderately warm and often cooler than Seoul due to the ocean breeze. Busan is positioned on the southern-most tip of Korea and is a bustling city with the second largest population.
The city is a quick train ride from anywhere, with access to the KTX bullet train. Seoul to Busan takes about 3 hours and a return-ticket costs about 103,000 KRW. There are also buses that leave regularly and are an easy mode of transport for those who cannot access the train services.Read More
This year marked the 22nd annual Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in Busan and as a movie lover, I was so excited to get to experience such a massive and unique event. The purpose and beauty of BIFF is to introduce new independent films and directors. Primarily, the movies are made in Asia, and hundreds are featured each year. If you are a movie lover like me, then I highly recommend you attend this festival during your time teaching in Korea.Read More
Hi! My name is Morghan, and I’m a brand-new teacher with Chungdahm Institute. I’m from the east side of Washington (state) and I went to school at Western Washington University, which I’ve only recently graduated from. Upon graduating I decided I wanted to teach in Korea for a simple set of reasons: I wanted to explore, I’d never been to Asia before, and I wanted to take a risk and do something completely new. Korea seemed like the perfect country to gain quality teaching experience, all while being able to travel. Plus, school was expensive, and I can save a lot of money here.Read More
I have previously written blogs about fun outdoor activities to do in Korea, and today I wanted write about another adventure that I highly recommend for those outdoor enthusiasts to do during their time teaching in Korea. Recently I visited Igidae Park for the fourth time, which is conveniently located less than an hour outside my current city of Busan. Having been reared in the countryside of South Carolina, city life can become overwhelming for me so I am always lookng for new ways to enjoy nature. Igidae Park is an assuring breath of fresh air and provides a two hour walk along the coast of the East Sea. The scenery is impeccable and on clear days you can faintly see the outline of Japan’s coast.Read More
It's finally warm enough for a cold-blooded person like myself to go camping! And that's exactly what my friends and I did to celebrate a birthday! The birthday girl chose to travel to Miryang, specifically for Hobakso Pond. Miryang is just a little ways northwest of Busan, so still very much in the southern portion of South Korea. Hobakso Pond is said to have been a spiritual place where people would come to pray for rain many years ago. We read that today, people still visit to enjoy the waterfall, the fairly-deep swimming hole, and the large slabs of white rock faces and boulders. In this blog I will recap my camping trip in the woods and tell you why you should get a way from the city one weekend during your time teaching in Korea and do the same.Read More
Few people out of all the world’s population have the privilege to travel…and exceptionally fewer choose to act on this opportunity or circumstance. My name is Linda Gaida and I'am from Spartanburg, South Carolina, and I graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. After the experiences I had during my undergrad years, traveling to different places in Europe, Asia, and South America, and witnessing varieties of opportunities available to people, I knew three things. First, I wanted to be valuable for others. Second, I wanted to be valuable for myself. And lastly, I wanted to travel or move. As a result I decided to pursue education.Read More
Korea has a diverse music scene! From K-Pop phenomenons like Psy to girl groups like Producer 101, which contains 101 members! Korea is always making musical noise internationally. When I first moved to Busan to teach English in Korea I was little disappointed I wouldn’t be able to see the icons play so often, as their usual performances are in Seoul, but I soon learned that the Busan music scene is lively, active and within reach. Unlike Seoul, almost all live performances here are free! Whether it be a Korean or foreigner band, you can find live music every night of the week at a bar or even on the street whatever area you are in!
Here are some of my favorite places to watch and listen to live music in Busan:Read More
Summers in Korea are quite active! People are outside and using the long days to fit in as many activities as possible. Luckily, this summer Busan has not experienced a heavy rainy season, often called monsoon season. So I have had many opportunities to do outdoor activities after work or on the weekends, without fear of getting rained out. The best part about many of the outdoor things you can do while teaching in Korea is that they are free!Read More
In 2016, Korea is still one of the most popular destinations to teach English. Teachers can save while travelling and enjoy an excellent standard of living while meeting foreigners from all over the world. Over the past 5 years, Korea’s expat community has almost doubled, and plenty of job seekers from Eastern Europe and the USA are finding more and more opportunities for career growth on the Asian continent. With the release of Gangnam-Style and K-drama/ K- pop becoming increasingly popular, more and more foreigners haven been drawn to Korea.Read More
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