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Change Your City, Change Your Hair, Change Your Life

Posted on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Naturally, I have straight black hair that turns reddish brown during the summer. My mom was so kind as to let me grow up experimenting with those orangey copper highlights every kid on the Disney Channel had in the early 2000s. Trust me, I’ve always been experimental with my hair from a young age, especially after getting a horrible haircut that looked like I put my head into a pencil sharpener when I was twelve. After that incident, I taught myself how to cut my own hair and proceeded to not let anyone else touch it for five years. As I’ve grown up, I’ve had long ombred hair, a blunt black bob, highlights for days, and many a box-dye from spontaneous trips to CVS.

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Tags: things to do in seoul, hongdae, hair salon, personal growth

Mangwon Munching

Posted on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Seoul overflows with amazing food, and to say that you can essentially guarantee a happy belly from the corner stall that sells gaeranbbang (egg bread) and boongobbang (red bean fish shaped waffles) to the instagram haunts and everything in between is a huge understatement. Choosing a subway stop and wandering off in search of nourishment is one of the best, and most easily fruitful things you can do in Seoul, especially while the weather is nice.

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Tags: Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul, eating out in Korea, Korean food, local market, mangwon, hongdae

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

Visit Yeonnam-Dong While Teaching in Korea: Seoul's Newest "It" Spot

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

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.

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Tags: yeonnamdong, hongdae, eating out, Korean food, western culture in korea, Mexican food, food in Korea, parks, shopping in Korea

Top 5 Things to do When Visiting Hongdae

Posted on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

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.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, hongdae, cafes in Korea, Nightlife in Korea, Late night eating, night life, doggy cafe

Top Ten Spots to See in Seoul While Teaching in Korea!

Posted on Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

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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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Gangnam, hongdae, what to see, Han river, insadong, myeongdong, bukchon hanok village, what to do, dongdaemun design plaza, jogyesa, ihwa mural village, palaces, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, palaces of korea, bongeunsa, Weekend activities in Korea

Top Places to Let Loose While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 09:42 AM

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.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, seoul, Itaewon, Gangnam, hongdae, party, HBC, Activities to do in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, lounges, Nightlife in Korea, Seoul partying, Apjgujeong

You've been looking for this. *Guide to Halloween in Korea*

Posted on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 12:48 PM

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...

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Tags: seoul, partying in Seoul, hongdae, halloween, party, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea, Holidays in South Korea

FREE Things to do in Hongdae While Living in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 @ 03:35 PM

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.

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Tags: alcohol in Korea, date night in korea, things to do on the weekend, hongdae, Activities to do in Korea, Nightlife in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

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

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