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Learn About Chuseok: One of Korea's Most Celebrated Holidays

Posted on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

This year all Chungdahm locations will be closed next week for two days to observe the Chuseok holiday.  Chuseok is the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving and depending on your branch, you might be lucky enough to get a few extra days off before and after the vacation. At Songpa branch, where I work, instructors were excited to hear about the schedule changes that will allow for a few extra days of relaxation!

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Tags: things to do in Korea, Vacations in Korea, Chuseok, Korean traditions, Thanksgiving, Holidays in South Korea

Ringing In The New Year Korean Style

Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 02:51 PM

Happy New Year from South Korea!  Despite not being a night creature, the motifs have always appealed to me, and Korea delivers. The liveliness, the nonsense, the spectacular karaoke called norebang, the palm-readers, the game rooms or PC Bangs—the possibilities are limitless. But what can I say: even with all the excitement, I enjoy earlier evenings. However, to welcome and further solidify my coming year living and teaching in Korea, I decided I was going to honor New Year’s Eve as truly as possible.

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Tags: New Years, Holidays in South Korea, New Years Eve, New Year's in South Korea

Learn About Seollal: Korea's New Year

Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 01:50 PM

Annually Koreans celebrate their New Year, Seollal. The holiday falls on different days each year. This year the holiday is being held over January 27-29. The period is decided according to the Lunar Calender.

Seollal and Chuseok are two of the biggest holidays in Korea where millions of Koreans take time off to travel to their home cities to spend time with their families. The Western equivalent would be Thanksgiving and Christmas. Seollal is very traditional with various associated foods and activities. Our students usually get money from their parents, aunts and uncles and Koreans festively say  to one another 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (sae hae bok manhi bah doo seh yo) – which means “Happy Seollal.”   This blog will help explain the customs and traditions of Seollal, so you will have a better understanding of the holiday when you are teaching in Korea.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, Vacations in Korea, vacation, Lunar New Year, Holidays in South Korea, seollal

How To Celebrate The Holiday Season While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 03:41 PM

You will find celebrating Christmas while teaching in Korea to be very unique. Although you will hear a lot of Christmas music, see trees and building lit up, and people dressed in Santa suits, it still doesn't always feel like the Christmas season you are used to back home. In this blog I will do my best to give you tips on how to celebrate the holidays at ChungDahm, with your fellow teachers and expats in Korea and even your family back home.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, festivals, gapyeong, winter in Korea, Holidays in South Korea, festive season, christmas in Korea, christmas, holiday gifts

How to Celebrate Independence and Canada Day While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 04:12 PM

One of my favorite holidays back in America was the 4th of July. Thanks to Facebook’s memory reminders, I realized how much I was able to travel during those long holiday weekends. Although I wasn’t able to travel far from Seoul, I was able to do some fun activities to celebrate this holiday.

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Tags: banpo bridge, Foreign Eats, foreigners in korea, what to do on the weekend, Itaewon, Foreigner bars, July 4th, Holidays in South Korea, gimpo, Independence Day, Canada Day

Celebrating My First Lunar New Year While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 @ 03:52 PM

Korean New Year, also known as Seollal or Lunar New Year, occurred this past week! It was celebrated from Sunday, February 7th to Wednesday, February 10th, departing from the year of the ram and entering the year of the monkey. People associate the year of the monkey with joyfulness, playfulness and some consider it the year of the fool. Lunar New Year falls on day of the second moon after winter solstice. It is one of the most significant traditional Korean holidays. All citizens get time off work, or school to be with family, enjoy tteokguk (a traditional rice cake soup enjoyed especially at Lunar New Year) and honor past ancestors. More recently, Korean’s have used the holiday to travel to distant family, so it is often the most expensive time of the year to book any form of transportation.

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Tags: busan, Lunar New Year, Holidays in South Korea

How a ChungDahm Teacher Celebrated Her First Christmas in Korea

Posted on Mon, Jan 04, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

Like many expats teaching in Korea, I assumed Christmas was going to be one big let down. That is to say, extremely sad and depressing, as I believed nothing could compare to Christmas at home in Canada with my family. Although celebrating Christmas in Korea was not the same, it also provided the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with my fellow ChungDahm teachers in different ways than I I had before. 

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Tags: Holidays in South Korea, christmas in Korea

How to Celebrate 5 Holidays While Living in Korea

Posted on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 05:03 PM

There are certain times each year when I really miss home.  Whether it’s a birthday, a national holiday or religious holiday, we all become a little homesick on these days.  The good news is there are some great ways to celebrate these holidays, even while teaching English in South Korea.  The five holidays I have found to be the most popular among expats living in Korea are Birthdays, St. Patrick's Day, July 4th, Christmas and Thanksgiving. 

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Tags: birthday in Korea, St. Patricks day, Holidays in South Korea, living in South Korea

3 Attractions to Visit in Hong Kong While Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 04:53 PM

This past weekend was significant on many levels as a English Teacher in Korea at ChungDahm. For one, it was the weekend before a new term at ChungDahm began and secondly and probably most importantly it was the Lunar New Year holiday.  As a result of the holiday we had a four day weekend which meant a few friends and I decided to travel to Hong Kong to refresh before the new term began.  Now squeezing the contents of a 4-day Chinese whirlwind adventure into a single blog seems like an injustice, so this week I will give you three must-see attractions to visit in Asia’s most dynamic and multi-cultural cities.

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Tags: Lunar New Year, Hong Kong, Holidays in South Korea, travel

Traveling Abroad During Holidays While Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Mon, Feb 09, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Like every country, Korea has annual holiday weekends which could be the perfect opportunity to travel abroad. The long weekends generally fall over weekends in February, May and October. These holidays are called Solnal (Chinese New Year), Buddah's Birthday, and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). Over the years I have used these Korean holidays to take short trips to Taipei, Beijing, and Bali. I also did some  great local traveling to Jeju Island, Busan, and Dokdo Island. Traveling during these times can be really crazy and it is good to plan your itinerary and bookings well in advance. At Chungdahm,  it is not always easy to get your schedule early or know what days you get off, so be prepared to make last minute plans and decisions. You also, might need to accept that you will pay more for your flights during these times as they are extremely busy holiday periods.
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Tags: vacation destinations, Holidays in South Korea, travel

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