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.Read More
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As a foreigner living and teaching in Korea, you will probably get very familiar with the hot spots of Gangnam, Itaewon, and Hongdae in Seoul. All of these places are great for meeting other foreigners, eating non-Korean food, and for bars and clubbing. However, just across the streets from Hongdae, you will find the new spot where foreigners and locals congregate. This new "It" spot is called Yeonnam-dong.Read More
It seems to be a right of passage that when a new teacher joins my team at ChungDahm, within the first semester we as a group must all experience Hongdae together. Hongdae, located in Eastern Seoul, is one of the most popular areas for expats and university students alike. Located in front of Hongik University (Green subway line #2), it’s the perfect place to spend both the day and night. Here are some of my top suggestions to do while you are there.Read More
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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Seoul is known as the partying capital of Korea. An equivalent to the Asian ‘New York’, it is a city that never sleeps. You will see party goers coming home from clubs and bars at 6 a.m. in the morning. There are no curfews and no time limits. Seoul is always buzzing and it is a perfect city to find your inner party spirit and weekend energy.
Halloween is my favorite holiday. And when I say favorite, I mean it. I spend the months before Halloween dreaming of costume possibilities. Then I spend the weeks after scouring the Internet for great ideas for the next year. However, as you might've guessed, Halloween isn't a big holiday in Korea. But, don't let yourself get discouraged -- you won't miss out on getting to celebrate! Here's a glimpse into what I got up to last year, as well as some events I'm eyeing for this year...
Hongdae is known for the nightlife, especially with the younger generation. Still, there is so much to do in Hongdae with a variety of rich culture that is interesting for those of all ages. Located on line two of Hongik University station stop, going out of any and every exit of the station calls for a new exploration. For a few suggestions, especially on a budget, go for the free activities which are around from day to night.
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...
So after weeks of deliberation and weighing my options I’ve decided to leave Korea due to certain family matters. While it will be wonderful seeing my family again after so long, it seems surreal that I’ll be leaving this place that I’ve grown to consider my home. Now that it’s become official that I’m leaving, I’ve made it a point to take full advantage of my remaining time here by doing all of my favorite things. There are just certain aspects of Korean life that you can’t get back in the states, and after thinking it over I’ve realized the top 7 things about Korea I’ll miss the most!
1. Korean Barbecue – Literally everywhere you go in Korea you will find a barbeque restaurant, my favorite Korean dish of all time. In America Korean barbecue is horrendously expensive and not even half as fun, so I’ve made it a mission to get it as much as possible during my remaining weeks here. Like any typical restaurant you go in, have a seat, and order from a menu consisting if various kinds of meat. After all this you’re given the sides, another amazing facet of Korean culture, the thousands of side dishes given to you at any restaurant. While you’ll definitely get some kimchi wherever you go, you might also get a nice seafood soup, an egg dish, some seaweed soup, mashed potatoes, etc. but of course this all depends on the restaurant itself. Then they’ll bring out the meat, which you will cook yourself over a grate using tongs.
Hongdae, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seoul, Korea, is known for being loud and full of music. Every night you can count on the area's public spaces to be full of spontaneous and talented performers and one can not ignore the deafening beats blaring from the many clubs that line Hongdae's narrow streets. But one random night each month is reserved for a different kind of party.