Hongdae, Gangnam, Itaewon - these are the where the majority of foreigners would like to spend their weekends drinking and relaxing. However, sometimes the best places are literally right in your neighborhood. Although many people do not know about Cheonho, if you you decide to teach English in Korea and are placed in this neighborhood, here are the top nightlife attractions in Cheonho to dine, drink and unwind.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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Many of my Korean friends say that I am an ‘honorary Korean’ who doesn’t know a lot of Korean. Living in Korea for the past three years, I have seen a lot, learned a lot and experienced a lot to the point that I have started to feel like I have been immersed and assimilated into the Korean culture. The Korean people have a great culture and if you live and work here, you have to try out. One of my favorite Korean pastimes is the company party or the ‘회식’. I am lucky to be part of the ChungDahm branch that I am in because we have a company party every few months (Thanks Boss!).
The word ‘bang’ in Korean (방) 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.
I hate singing. Well, not quite hate... At some point in my childhood, I became utterly convinced that I'm a terrible singer and have therefore dreaded any time when I am asked to sing. Karaoke at bars in the States? No way. I don't mind being ridiculous in front of friends, but I was very skeptical of the infamous Korean norebang. Little did I know it would become one of my favorite weekend activities as an English teacher in Korea.
The very first dinner invitation from my student Kyungju was indeed very special; it’s an experience that I will carry with me after I leave Korea and move onto other pursuits. I believe that I am the envy of many of my coworkers at Chungdahm, although no one willopenly admit it. I’m getting to better know my students family; Kyungju’s Dad works for POSCO, one of the top three companies in Korea and her mom Su-Eun majored in Art in college. Kyunju has a younger sister, 8 years old who is just adorable. Our time together is always very special.
Noraebang (노래방) literally translates to song-room and is the Korean form of Karaoke. Despite it being of Japanese origins, nobody can doubt Korea’s affinity for this pastime. I was sitting in a noraebang in Seoul with a friend this past Sunday afternoon when I realized that these rooms had been a big part of life for me and my foreign friends while teaching English in Korea.