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Top Tips for Buying a Cell Phone and Clothes When Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 03:32 PM

My last blog talked about where to buy food and furnishings while living in Korea. This blog will focus on helping you get your cellular phone in order when you begin teaching in Korea and will also help you find great areas to shop for clothing if you are on a budget.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, living in Korea, shopping in Korea, living in Seoul, Gangnam, cellphones in Korea, what to do, dongdaemun, cellphones, Seoul subway, the arrival store

Top Places to Buy Food and Furnishings While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @ 04:28 PM

For many teachers who are moving to Korea, this may be the first time that you are living outside of your parents’ home. It certainly was that for me and I remember being overwhelmed with not knowing what to do. Luckily, the other teachers in my school were there to help me out to buy basic necessities like food and utensils. This is the first of two blogs that will provide you with information on where you should shop to buy furnishings and food so you can live comfortably while you are teaching in Korea.

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Tags: living in Korea, shopping in Korea, groceries, living in South Korea, furniture

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

A Man's Guide to Buying Clothes in Korea

Posted on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

I am a bigger sized guy. (I’m 6’3, 250 lbs.), Finding clothes that fit me is difficult in Korea and online resources about where to shop for larger sizes are scarce.  This blog is dedicated to you  - the expat males who currently live in, or plan to move to Korea! Beware - you may not meet the average male Korean size. 

Recently while back in the U.S. for vacation, I was thrilled to find a  wide variety of clothes that fit me comfortably.  I replenished my wardrobe to meet my needs for the rest of the year in Korea. If you don't have the opportunity to visit home and stock up while living in Korea,  here are a few tips on where to buy clothes in Korea that will fit and what you should pack prior to departure.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, busan, IFC mall, myeongdong, Apgujeong, Lotte World Mall, Clothes in Korea, men's shoes, Texas Street, Gmarket

How to Save Money and Travel in Korea

Posted on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

The question that many new teachers interested in teaching Korea ask me is, is it possible to save money and travel in Korea? The answer is yes, and it really is up to you on what and where you choose to spend your money. People choose to come to Korea for various reasons but, one of the main reasons is saving money. Korea is one of the top ESL destinations for just this reason, and most teachers are motivated to come here just for that perk.  Even if you want to just travel, the ability to save money is a nice extra bonus. Here are some tips on how to save money and enjoy your traveling abroad experience.
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Tags: saving money in Korea, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, Activities to do in Korea

Explore Korea's Smart City of Songdo when Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 01:03 PM

One of the things that most teachers do not consider when moving to teach abroad in Korea is transportation. Living back in the U.S., I never really realized how dependent I was on my car. Now that I’ve been living in Korea, I still miss driving, but I really do love the transportation system in South Korea From subways, buses, express buses (they take you to different cities), and cheap taxis, traveling around Korea can be fairly inexpensive.


As you make friends here in Korea, you will start to see them come and go. I feel like I am becoming the ancient dinosaur who may never leave here. My friend and I decided to meet another friend (who we met through ChungDahm) in her city of Songdo, Incheon. I had been to Songdo before but it was fresh and beautiful. It was a great escape from the busy streets of Seoul. Literally, in some parts of Songdo, you can run through the streets without any cars coming your way. We decided to leave Gangnam Station and take the blue express bus M6405 (between exit 6 and 7) that would drop us off at Central Park in Songdo.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, food in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, tourist attractions in Korea, Transportation in Korea

Shop Cheap in South Korea by Visiting the World's Largest Ikea

Posted on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 11:42 AM

With so many foreign companies finally establishing themselves here in Korea, it was only about time until this conglomerate found its way into South Korea. The Ikea in South Korea recently opened in the Seoul suburb of Gwangmyeong (east side). Over its first two weeks of business, flocks of people looking for a good deal headed to that area causing a headache for many drivers who lived there. If you are interested in shopping in South Korea then you should definitely visit this area because right next door to Ikea is a Lotte Premium Outlet Center and across the street is Costco. As a result of all these popular shopping destination traffic has been very heavy in this area, however, a couple of friends and I recently headed to Ikea early on a Saturday morning and the streets leading up to that area were surprisingly calm. There are multiple ways to get there if you live in that area, but we decided to get off at Cheolsan Station (Olive subway line #7) and we took a bus that drops you off in front.
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Tags: shopping in Korea, Activities to do in Korea

Must Do Experiences While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 12:35 PM

My three years teaching in Korea were, to put it simply, amazing. My return to the States in November has made me reflect on my time in Korea, analyzing and reminiscing about every facet of my expat life. As a way to neatly conclude my blogging duties here, I'll be posting a three part series on these reflections. This first part is inspired by my recent posts about my favorite adventures of 2014, opening that topic up even more to become a list of my all-time favorite activities to do in Korea during my three years of living and teaching there -- ones that you absolutely cannot miss during your time abroad...

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Tags: shopping in Korea, food in Korea, hiking in korea, islands of korea, Festivals in Korea

Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays as a Teacher in Korea

Posted on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Spending Christmas and the holidays in a different country can be difficult for some of us. Growing up, I’m used to having a giant Christmas tree hung with ornaments, presents surrounding the tree, and having a great meal with friends and family. But, this is no reason to feel down during the holiday season. Here are some great places that you can visit and feel the holiday spirit during this winter season in and around Seoul.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, teaching in Korea, south korea, shopping in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, places in korea, myeongdong, Herb Island, Lotte World Mall, Holidays in South Korea

Lotte World Mall and Tower: The New Big Attraction in Seoul

Posted on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

One of the most highly anticipated events just occurred this past month and that was the grand opening of the Lotte World Mall in Jamsil, Seoul. But before going on about the mall, it is important to note that this is under the Lotte World Tower. Lotte World Tower will be the tallest skyscraper on the Korean peninsula once fully completed. It will tower over Southern Seoul because of its whopping 123 floors (for a total of 556 meters). It should be entirely built by the end of 2016 and it will be ranked the eleventh tallest building in the world. The building itself will be used as a mall, offices, residences, a luxury hotel, and finally topped off with a 3-story observation deck. Hopefully, I will be here long enough to see its completion.

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Tags: fashion in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, movie theaters in Korea, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, what to see in korea, Activities to do in Korea, Lotte World, What to do Korea, Lotte Tower, Lotte World Mall, Seokchon Lake, Rubber Duck Project

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