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Embracing Monsoon Season in Korea

Posted on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

Rain Rain go away! Now that we are in the midst of summer, monsoon season in Korea seems to be finally kicking up. Korea experiences four distinct seasons, with monsoon/the rainy season beginning in the middle of June. "Jangma, 장마" aka the rainy season brings heavy rainfall with lots of heat and humidity. Seoul experiences an annual precipitation average of about 1373 mm, mostly during July and August.

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Tags: pc bang, Jjimjilbang, Cafes

"Bang": One of the first Words you Should Learn in Korea

Posted on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

The word ‘bang’ in Korean () is one of the words that most foreigners should know once arriving to Korea. This word means ‘room’ and it can be attached to many different types of places where people can gather and spend their weekends or afternoons. Here are the 4 types of ‘bang’ you should know and some of my favorite ones.

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Tags: Korean culture, teaching in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, karaoke, pc bang, pc room, Jjimjilbang, noraebang, Weekend activities in Korea

A Teacher Spends Sunday Afternoon at a Korean Bath House

Posted on Mon, May 19, 2014 @ 08:26 PM

 If you are moving to Korea, there are many things you have to experience before leaving. Call it the English Teacher in Korea Bucket List. Obviously there are things like the Boryeong Mud Festival, trips to Busan, the Korean War Museum, the DMZ, and maybe a quick expedition to China or Japan, but there are other important must-do's that are far more convenient. What I did today is definitely on the English Teacher in Korea Bucket List and that was a trip to a Jjimjilbang! You can take a look at what they say on Wikipedia, but I would just describe it as a traditional Korean Bath House. 

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Tags: free time in korea, Jjimjilbang, Beauty Products in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Family Visit Part III; Spaland, Korea

Posted on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

After Nampo and Jagalchi, I thought I would introduce my family to the jimjilbang, or Korean spa and bathhouse. The most famous one I had heard of is Spaland, which is located on the first floor of the Shinsegae Department Store.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, Jjimjilbang, cultural activities

Jimjilbanging in Korea: It's just like naked bungee jumping.

Posted on Fri, Mar 01, 2013 @ 03:54 PM

The Korean jimjilbang is right up there with kimchi and they may in fact both compete for the top spot. They are well-known elements of Korean culture. Jimjilbangs are large public bath houses (mostly gender-segregated) and can be found on almost every street in Korea. Some are more fancy than others, but most have a handful of hot baths, showers, saunas, massage tables, lockers, sleeping areas and social meeting spaces. Jimjilbangs are usually open 24 hours a day and many people visit them to bathe, relax and sleep. Many rooms, including the saunas, have special minerals, woods and stones to create a soothing sanctuary and provide elements of traditional Korean medicine. The Korean jimjilbang is a familiar and calming oasis for all Koreans. Each is a mini spa that caters to your every need. They are more prevalent than Starbucks shops and you can spend a day in one for the cost of a latte and a snack. They sound perfect, right?

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Tags: Korean culture, a year in Korea, Asia, Better in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, Health in Korea, Jjimjilbang, spa in Korea, bath house, Beauty Products in Korea

What I Like To Do - Pyeongchon

Posted on Wed, Jul 04, 2012 @ 03:07 AM

Most neighborhoods have similar stuff going on unless you get to live in one of the more exciting areas of Seoul like say Hongdae (university party scene.) But a lot of times teachers get into a groove and don't even explore their immediate location. Just to educate and maybe motivate, here is a short list of what I dig around Pyeongchon and Beomgye station.

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Tags: Pyeongchon, Beomgye, Dragon Spa, Jjimjilbang, What to do Korea

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