Having lived in and around Seoul for 3 years during my time teaching in Korea, the same places continually pop up. While they are beautiful, cool, and/or fun, there are just some places that aren’t popular that become special. Maybe there isn’t anything particular that draws other people to them, but when you’re adventuring in a new country, there are some experiences that just draw you in. Below are are my top five places I like to visit in Seoul. Perhaps they’re not popular, but they are really something unique and spectacular. All five places are great, and hopefully I can persuade you to that idea.Read More
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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.Read More
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As summer is quickly approaching, I wanted to share with everyone my favorite places along the Han River. The Han River splits northern and southern Seoul in half and runs into the neighboring provinces making it in total about 494 kilometers (307 miles). I don’t ever plan to bike the full length, but there are plenty of places near and around Seoul that you can get to if you ride a bike. Korea has put an amazing system of bike lanes that run all over the country as the longest trail runs from Seoul all the way Busan which is on the southeastern coast. For the vicinity around Seoul, you do not need a mountain bike as a road bike will do just fine. When I began teaching in Korea I was able to buy a decent road bike for 220,000 won at a bike shop near my home. There are so many bike shops here in Korea, so don’t be afraid to bargain. There are also bike rentals along major parts of the Han where it only costs a few 1000 won/hour. Here are my favorite spots to go to while biking on the Han River.Read More
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We often forget or perhaps neglect all the beautiful sights we’ve seen or experiences had. Sometimes we might subvert the value of our own happy experiences simply because they are our own. I’ve been living and teaching in Korea for six months now. During this time so much has happened, and I mean globally. There has been much unrest in the world: tragedies, doubts, concerns. Still, because of these times, I’ve learned to pay more attention to the moments and days I feel especially happy, cheerful, content. In fact, one of the best events of my life to date happened just last month: the 2017 Daegu Dalgubeol Lantern Festival in Duryu Park to celebrate and commemorate Buddha’s birthday.Read More
Living and teaching in Korea is filled with unique experiences. Often opportunities arise that should not be missed! Life in Korea can be filled with adventure if you embrace new challenges and venture outside of your comfort zone.
So what does it take to truly embrace Korea? The only way to see the country and understand the people, is to travel into the countryside or to local areas. Go beyond the tourist spots and find yourself stranded among rice paddies or the mountainside. Rural Korea is where the heart of Korea is. Most people who live in the bigger cities grew up in the countryside. If you want to understand your Korean friends, it is important t understand their upbringing and where they come from.
Last month the first part of my bucket list was about the Top 5 Unique things to do in Korea. Part 2 is focusing on the Top 5 Unique places to visit in Korea.Read More
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Having lived in and around Seoul going on three years, there are number of places that are near and dear to my heart. Since I have the goal of visiting as many places as possible during my time teaching in Korea, I would like to bring to your attention one of my favorite places to see, Namsan Tower.Read More
When you travel to a new country the ultimate idea is to immerse yourself into a new culture, “a new way of life”. When living and teaching in Korea it is easy to become comfortable doing your usual routine without experiencing any unique cultural opportunities right on your doorstep. This is why you should write-up a Korean Bucket Listof things you would like to experience during your time in Korea to challenge yourself to complete them! Push yourself to be a little bit more adventurous and try-out the unique enlightening activities you would never be able to experience back home. These will become the most memorable ‘travel-moments’ you will remember for a lifetime. Below are some of the bucket list items I wrote down and have since completed:Read More
Annually Koreans celebrate their New Year, Seollal. The holiday falls on different days each year. This year the holiday is being held over January 27-29. The period is decided according to the Lunar Calender.
Seollal and Chuseok are two of the biggest holidays in Korea where millions of Koreans take time off to travel to their home cities to spend time with their families. The Western equivalent would be Thanksgiving and Christmas. Seollal is very traditional with various associated foods and activities. Our students usually get money from their parents, aunts and uncles and Koreans festively say to one another 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (sae hae bok manhi bah doo seh yo) – which means “Happy Seollal.” This blog will help explain the customs and traditions of Seollal, so you will have a better understanding of the holiday when you are teaching in Korea.Read More
You will find celebrating Christmas while teaching in Korea to be very unique. Although you will hear a lot of Christmas music, see trees and building lit up, and people dressed in Santa suits, it still doesn't always feel like the Christmas season you are used to back home. In this blog I will do my best to give you tips on how to celebrate the holidays at ChungDahm, with your fellow teachers and expats in Korea and even your family back home.Read More
One of the longest breaks you will have as a ChungDahm teacher is during the Korean holiday of Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). The other major holiday would be Seollnal (Lunar New Years). Whenever these holidays approach, I always take the time to leave the city. In times past, I’ve visited Malaysia, Manila, and Busan. We have had teachers visit Hong Kong and Thailand during this long vacation too. This year, I decided to take time and go to a place that I had been to before but never got a really chance to explore. This place I decided to go back to was Jeju.Read More
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