One of the longest breaks you will have as a ChungDahm teacher is during the Korean holiday of Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). The other major holiday would be Seollnal (Lunar New Years). Whenever these holidays approach, I always take the time to leave the city. In times past, I’ve visited Malaysia, Manila, and Busan. We have had teachers visit Hong Kong and Thailand during this long vacation too. This year, I decided to take time and go to a place that I had been to before but never got a really chance to explore. This place I decided to go back to was Jeju.Read More
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Chuseok, as mentioned in Melanie's blog last week, is a Korean national holiday that happens every September. It is a time where families get together, prepare traditional foods, visit the graves of ancestors and enjoy a much needed vacation. It is pretty much the North American equivalent of Thanksgiving. In more recent years, families, along with teachers at ChungDahm, have used the few days off to travel to other countries, and as a result it is one of the most expensive times of the year to travel.Read More
Wow. I just got back from my Chuseok vacation to Hong Kong, and I have nothing but great things to say about it. Chuseok- as you may or may not know is Korea's annual Thanksgiving celebration. During Chuseok, almost everything closes down, while many Korean people migrate to their hometowns outside of Seoul, to spend time with family. I had heard from many friends that are also teaching English in Korea that Seoul turns into a ghost town, and that there isn't much to do. Staying in Seoul didn't appeal to me whatsoever, and I immediately started scouring the internet for flight deals leaving from Incheon. Needless to say, since Chuseok is a major holiday, flight prices are not the greatest. Please, learn from my mistake: when making travel plans during Chuseok, do everything as far in advance as possible. I booked my flights about a month in advance (in a post Hweshik stupor) and could have saved quite a bit had I booked earlier on.Read More
Koreans love their holidays. Who wouldn’t love an extra day off virtually every single month? After you move to Korea you will quickly learn that there are two important holidays that demand an extra long vacation. The first major holiday of the year is Seollal (Lunar New Year) while the second holiday Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) takes place every autumn season. When these holidays arrive, I expect two things: First, flights and trains out of Seoul are either completely full and ticket prices have doubled. Second, since everyone leaves Seoul for these holidays, the city gets eerily quiet. Many expat teachers head over to Itaewon, the Mecca of foreigners, to eat and socialize withfriends.
Did you know that Korea has over 3,000 islands off its coasts? Did you know that dozens of these are right off the coast of Incheon? I haven't spent nearly enough time exploring the islands in my area, so I decided that I needed to make up for lost time. The long weekend for the Chuseok holiday seemed like a perfect opportunity to spend time on a beach, so some friends and I headed off to Muuido, one of Incheon's most popular islands, for some quality relaxation time.
While South Korea is not the largest country in Asia, it is still quite amazing to me just how easy it is to get around. As an English teacher in South Korea, I have the option of traveling from one end of the country to the other in around two hours thanks to the KTX, or the Korean Bullet Train. What makes this train service even more fantastic is that you don't have to travel long distances to use it. Last weekend for example, I went from Daegu to Busan for the weekend, a trip that would take around two hours by car or three hours by bus, took only 42 minutes via the KTX.
This year, Korea's Chuseok holiday fell on a Thursday, meaning we would have Wednesday-Friday off from teaching. A glorious 5-day weekend is a rare thing, so I was resolved to go somewhere awesome this year. As I watched airplane tickets to international destinations steadily climb in price, I turned to domestic spots. I'd been eyeing Ulleungdo for over a year, with it hovering near the top of my Korea Bucket List, and I quickly realized that the Chuseok weekend was a prime opportunity.
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Every year, many Koreans look forward to the late September holiday, Chuseok. The celebration lasts for three days as almost all Koreans abandon their jobs to visit family. Many parts of Korea turn into ghost towns. So what do we family-less expats do with our two or three days of Chuseok vacation when nothing is open? Some relax at home. Some visit Jeju, Korea’s exotic getaway island. Others, like myself, head down to mountainous Busan, which is Korea’s second largest city. It’s also a great beach town.
No matter where you’re placed while teaching English in Korea, you’ll have opportunities to travel over the country and see some majestic scenery that is truly astonishing for such a geographically small country. This past weekend was a short holiday called Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) and I spent three days with a work friend up in Seorak National Park with the intent of climbing Mt. Seorak, which has one of the highest peaks in South Korea. I thought sharing this experience would help provide some insight as to what the Korean wilderness has in store for you on your time off work.