If you haven’t lived and taught English in Korea for long, you quickly realize how important one’s appearance is. Beauty and fashion go hand-in-hand here. Korea is one of the top consumers for make-up/beauty products for both men and women. Unfortunately, buying all of these things can add up quickly and hurt your wallet. Luckily, if you live in Seoul, you can take advantage of the Han River, surrounding mountains, and numerous parks nearby to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are some places where you can workout while living on a budget in Korea.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
During my time in Korea, I've been lucky enough to have a fair number of visitors. My best friend is currently visiting from back home in the U.S., and as I've been pulling her around Seoul to the spots I deem the most interesting and picturesque, I realized that I've got this tour guide thing down to a science. So whether you're new to Korea yourself or you're expecting visitors during your time here, let this be a guide for the spots you should definitely see.
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If you live in Seoul you will spend a lot of your summer soaking up the sun on the Han River. Your Saturdays could be spent at the pool, playing volleybal, or having a picnic. Parks in Korea are convenient and a great recreational activity to spend your weekends on. The Hangang river is an important feature of Seoul, running straight through the city, it is the perfect place to hang out at with good friends.
There are quite a few spots around Seoul that offer a breathtaking view of the sprawling city. As a bad knee prevents me from being an avid hiker, I've yet to get a look at the city from the top of one of its numerous mountain peaks. Instead, I opted to check out the famous 63 Building, which sits right on the Han River and gives a chance at a full 360 panorama of Seoul. And let me just say: Seoul is one good looking city.
Four countries. Fireworks Festival. And the Han River. Sounds like a lovely fall Saturday evening in Korea, right? After hearing good reviews from last year's festival, we decided to hit 2013's International Fireworks Festival in Seoul, which was to feature fireworks from Korea, Japan, France, and Canada. Setting out with the vision of a picnic on the bank of the Han while watching fireworks overhead, we soon realized that it wasn't going to play out quite as we'd imagined... Turns out, it's pretty easy to completely bungle an excursion to this festival. Here's my review of the festival as well as some advice on what not to do if you're planning on going in the future...
The Han River is one famous strip in Seoul, popular for everyone of all ages, with so much to do. For the most part, it is great for bonding time with others with an amazing view and a breeze that will keep you cool during hot summer days.
"When I see an adult on a bicycle I do not despair for the future of the human race." -H.G. Wells
I'm sorry, I cheated on a previous blog post. I recommended a bike ride along the Han River in Seoul as a fabulous Spring activity if you are living and teaching in Korea, yet my feet hadn't connected with pedals in almost a year. In an attempt to redeem myself, I along with two friends, ventured into Seoul this past Sunday and were successful in renting bikes and having a grand and glorious day. We saw kites, kid cars, bball players, swan boats, speed walkers, unicyclers, tandem bikers, gardeners, and dancing toddlers to name a few. Everyone was out on the river this weekend and you should have been too.
Something about being near water is simply relaxing. When the weather finally agrees to reward Seoul, Korea with a mild and sunny day after a brutally long winter people tend to flock to the Han River. Here are 10 ways to enjoy the river in the coming months while teaching English in Korea.