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5 Essential Tools to Make Your Life Easier While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 04:52 PM

Traveling to a new country can be challenging and hard. Now imagine navigating with language barriers and a culture different from your own. Living and teaching in Korea is a unique experience that requires the right mindset and an understanding that things can go often not the way you expected. 

From experience, any person living in Korea will tell you to prepare yourself mentally and do research. Reading blogs and tourism sites about what are must-have apps and must-see things to do will help prepare you for life in the Korea. However, having lived in Korea for a few years now, I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog about five essential tools, that you may not find during your research, that will make your life a lot easier during your time abroad.

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Tags: essential things for Korea, things to do before leaving korea, travel, Navigating Korea, tmoney, kakaotalk, navermaps, tourism hotline, ex-pat life in Korea, life in Korea, things to do

Top Tips for Embracing the Fall Season While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 01:36 PM

Fall is Korea's best season! The weather is cooler and the countryside is sprinkled with a palette of Autumn hues and on every street corner there is the constant smell of roasted chestnuts and crisp air.  Last week Korea celebrated the Chuseok holiday which leaves a festive atmosphere looming over the country and is one of the first signs Fall has arrived. As a person who has now spent multiple years living and teaching in Korea, I want to provide you with a list of my three favorite Fall activities you should try to ensure you enjoy the final season before the cold of Winter arrives.  

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Tags: fall, fall foliage, fall in korea, fall in seoul, Chuseok, things to do, outdoor activities, hiking in korea, Korean food, Festivals in Korea, Korea seasons

5 Ways to Enjoy the Summer While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 04, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

My favorite season has arrived! It is finally Summer in Korea! The season is short-lived in Northern Asia, as Winters are long and seasonal changes occur frequently. Catching some days in the sun is imperative to surviving Korea’s long brutal Winter months.

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Tags: summer, summer in korea, things to do, things to do in Korea, adventure, swimming, Beaches in Korea, Festivals in Korea, mud festival, Foreigner bars, Relaxing in Korea, top places to travel in Korea

A Must-See While Teaching in Korea: Seoul Lantern Festival

Posted on Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Falling leaves, brisk temperatures, and light scarves? Autumn has absolutely hit Korea, which means one of my favorite festivals in Seoul is about to start. On display for the majority of November, the Seoul Lantern Festival will feature lanterns on platforms in the Cheonggyecheon stream in central Seoul. Read on to get an idea of what to expect from this year's festival including directions, and helpful tips for planning your visit!

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, festival, festivals, seoul, things to do, lanterns, lantern festival, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, seoul lantern festival, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Yongma Land: Seoul's Abandoned Amusement Park

Posted on Fri, Sep 05, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

While on my mission to scour Seoul for spots I haven't visited in the past (almost) three years, I came across a blog entry for a place that definitely seemed off the beaten path. The description I read and the photos I scrolled through immediately caught my attention, so last week a friend and I made the trip out to the closed and derelict Yongma Land amusement park. 

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Tags: things to do, yongma land, off the beaten path, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Exploring the Seoul City Wall

Posted on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Seoul, for all of its skyscrapers and neon lights, still holds a significant amount of history. From the palaces to the quiet little neighborhoods that are a throwback to a different era, I'm always interested in finding the parts of Seoul that have retained some of Korea's long history. Last weekend, while wandering around the Ihwa Mural Village and feeling like I'd been transported back in time, my friends and I made the happy discovery of finding part of the old Seoul City Wall as we hiked along Naksan! 

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Tags: seoul, hiking, things to do, seoul city wall, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Exploring Korea: Incheon's Soraepogu Fish Market

Posted on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

Checking out a fish market while you're in Korea is an absolute must -- the sights and smells alone make it an interesting experience. If you're a seafood eater, it'll also be an excellent opportunity to try a wide variety of seafood dishes as you browse through the stalls. Only a few stops away from my neighborhood in Incheon is the Soraepogu Fish Market, and I highly recommend stopping by next time you're in this area.   

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Tags: incheon, soraepogu, fish market, traditional market, Market, things to do, Weekend activities in Korea

Chungdahm Travel Club to Aiins World

Posted on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 08:50 AM

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Tags: what to do on the weekend, things to do, Bucheon, Light Festival, Aiins World, teaching at Chungdahm, teaching in Korea

Exploring Korea: Easy Day Trips from Seoul

Posted on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 01:54 PM

By "day trip" I mean just an hour or two of travel from Seoul, with activities that can be accomplished in one day, and time to get all the way home again before bed. Technically, anywhere in the entire country could be seen as a day trip as it's approximately the size of Indiana, but here are my favorite spots that are really easy to get to and from. 

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Tags: incheon, Chinatown, nami, nami island, things to do, songdo, folk village, suwon, hwaseong fortress, paju, heyri art village, gapyeong, petite france, Day trips, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Top 3 Mountains to Hike for Beginners in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jun 06, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

If you have been around Korea for a while and have the determination to wake up early in the morning, you may have noticed the many Koreans on the subway with their hiking gear on. Hiking and mountain climbing are some of Korea’s favorite pastimes. When I first came to Korea, I was overweight and didn’t have a lot of money for a gym membership. A really good friend of mine said we should hike together. I was dreading exercise, but I was so happy with my decision to do it. I got so into hiking, I lost about 15 kilograms (33 lbs.) over five months. Instead of staying in and working out at the gym, one day a week I do my best to get outdoors and do some hiking. These are my top 3 mountains to climb if you are a novice like how I was.

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Tags: outdoor activities, things to do in Korea, Hike, mountain, hiking in korea, things to do on the weekend, hiking, what to do on the weekend, things to see in korea, history, things to do, folk village, blue house, food in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

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