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5 Reasons to Visit Korea from a ChungDahm Alumnus

Posted on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 04:11 PM

Cindy Ung is a ChungDahm Learning alumnus whom I met during our training week back in the winter of 2011. Not only have I had the privilege of being friends with Cindy, she also introduced me to Aclipse Recruiting. Originally from New York City, Cindy studied at Rutgers University where she was able to learn about teaching opportunities in Korea. Wanting to broaden her perspectives of the world, she lived and worked for ChungDahm in Seoul for two years and since leaving ChungDahm over 3 years ago, she has become a successful real estate agent in New York City. However, every year during her vacation she always opts to come back and visit Seoul for the week. When I ask her why doesn’t she go travel to another country, she always says that that Korea has become her second home. For many of us teaching in Korea, I think Korea will always have a special place in our hearts just like hers. Below are Cindy’s top 5 reasons why she continues to come back to Korea.

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Tags: korean fashion, ewha womens university, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, friends, partying in Seoul, hongdae, party, Cafe, Gangnam, myeongdong, internet cafe, fashion, Seoul partying, dog cafes in korea

Korea & Its Cafes: Animal Edition

Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Cafe culture in Korea is taken seriously -- cafes are on every corner in my neighborhood. In addition to your run of the mill coffee shops, cafes with specific themes abound. I've posted previously about my visits to a board game cafe and the Mustoy cafe, but I have to admit, when I came to Korea, I was the most excited about the availability of a cafe theme I hadn't encountered before: animals.

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Tags: tourist spots in Korea, things to do before leaving korea, coffee in Korea, cafes in Korea, Cafe, Activities to do in Korea, tourist attractions, coffee shop, coffee, cat, dog cafes in korea, doggy cafe, Dr Fish, Cafes

Quirky Korea: Samcheongdong's Owl Museum

Posted on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

In case you haven't noticed, owls are super "in" right now, and Korea is definitely following suit. They also happen to be one of my favorite animals and in the past decade or so, I've amassed quite an owl collection. You can just imagine my elation and fascination, then, when I heard that Seoul has an actual Owl Museum! After spending the morning walking around the Bukchon Hanok Village, my friends and I wandered through the neighboring Samcheongdong to see what this Owl Museum was all about... 

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Tags: tourist spots in Korea, museum, things to do on the weekend, cafes in Korea, Cafe, museums, museums in Korea, Cafes, Weekend activities in Korea

Korea & Its Cafes: Board Game Cafe Edition

Posted on Sun, Feb 09, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

I've recently decided that I am on a mission to explore all the odd and quirky cafes that Korea has to offer. (Luckily, there are lots and lots of them.) Since the weather isn't terribly out-of-doors-friendly right now, it seems like a good time to start checking them off my list. Right at the top of that list for my friends and I was a board game cafe, which we easily found in the Gangnam area of Seoul. 

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Tags: board game cafe, seoul, Cafe, Gangnam, Weekend activities in Korea

Standing Coffee: I found the best coffee in Seoul, Korea.

Posted on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 @ 02:44 PM

Here is a vlog (video blog) from my favorite coffee shop in Seoul that stands out from the rest!

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Tags: seoul, alcohol, Itaewon, Cafe, coffee shop, coffee, Noksapyeong, Standing coffee, blue lemonade

Pet Therapy in Korea: Yang Yang Cat Cafe

Posted on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 06:09 PM

Although I have yet to experience a jimjilbang, the ultimate place for relaxation, I did enjoy some great downtime at Yang Yang Cat Cafe in Busan, South Korea. I haven't always been the biggest fan of cats, but I was lured in by the promise of a hot beverage, as the weather was a little rainy that day. Little did I know, I would be staying in the cafe long after the weather cleared.

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Tags: pets in Korea, busan, pet, cafes in Korea, Cafe, Activities to do in Korea, pets, cat

Rainy Season Activity: Korea's Mustoy Café

Posted on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

Right now, Korea is smack in the middle of the infamous monsoon season. While it can make walking to work a little less than pleasant, you can’t let it hamper your free time, especially your weekends. Since the out of doors is particularly damp, hot, and muggy, finding indoors activities is a top priority. Luckily, Seoul has a wide range of things to keep you both dry and busy. You can go the normal route like museums and movies, or you can track down some of the more unusual activities. This weekend’s diversion? The Mustoy Café in Seoul... 

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Tags: English teachers in Korea, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, free time in korea, what to do in korea, hongdae, art, cafes in Korea, Cafe, Weekend activities in Korea

Want to escape winter in Korea? Just say "Beetlejuice!"

Posted on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 @ 03:45 PM

As I've said before, I'm not crazy about the cold. Yes, I'm from New England, but no, I don't really ski, so winter for me is about the first magical snow (just one please, that's enough) and then of course the oh so mature Christmas countdown. Sometimes January and February can leave me in a kind of funk. But this really hasn't been the case in Korea.

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Tags: a year in Korea, winter in Korea, food in Korea, cafes in Korea, what to see in korea, having fun in korea, Cafe, juice, beetlejuice, juice bar, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Hello Kitty Cafe in Korea, For the Little Girl at Heart

Posted on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 @ 03:41 PM

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Tags: hongdae, Cafe, tourist attraction, coffee shop, Hello Kitty

Fish Pedicure Over a Cup of Coffee in Korea!

Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Dr. Fish is a different kind of cafe in Gangnam, Seoul. It is by far my favorite place to have a cup of coffee and a quick Pamper Me Pretty session. Although the prices are a little higher than other cafes in town, it is the best place for a bunch of English teacher girls to bond and share thoughts over. I suggest going to visit with a  group of girls and sharing the experience of this unique cafe. To make up for the prices of drinks, they offer a free self service of bread and jams that you can heat up. 

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Tags: fish pedicure, pedicure, Pamper Me Pretty, only in Korea, Cafe, Gangnam, coffee shop, Dr Fish

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