Recently, I spent a weekend enjoying a trip all the way down to the Southernmost point of the Korean peninsula. The last stop of KTX’s Jeolla line is the Yeosu EXPO Station. It takes three hours and costs 45,000 won from Seoul to Yeosu using KTX. I want to share with you why it is worth the time and investment. While I visited, I noted five reasons Yeosu is a must stop destination in South Korea.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
What’s a Chungdahm teacher to do during Chuseok 추석? Having a Monday and Tuesday off due to what is known as Korean Thanksgiving or Autumn Eve presents many great opportunities. Traveling to Busan, Korea’s 2nd most populous city, for the 4 day weekend is a great choice. Busan is located in the south-eastern province of South Gyeongsang and is a must see and bucket list item when in Korea.Read More
Jeju Island is located just south of the Korean peninsula in the Korea Strait. It is a famous vacation destination. Known as being Korea’s Hawaii, Jeju is a favorite for Koreans and others from neighboring nations. It is particularly popular during the spring and summer. I went during the fall to avoid the crowds and peak season prices. I hope to motivate all you lovely Aclipse/Chungdahm teachers to plan a trip to Jeju of your own.Read More
I began teaching in Korea in the winter time, which has its charm for sure. It’s nice to cozy up in layers and hike through primarily brushy trails and leaf litter or just have hot drinks with friends. But I’m definitely partial to hot weather. One of the most glorious signs of warm days ahead is the mass bloom of cherry blossom trees around South Korea. In this blog I will talk about the ways I have been able to enjoy this first sign of Spring over the last couple of weekends.Read More
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
The summer can get very hot and humid here in Korea and one of the best places to go while teaching in Korea is an area about 1 hour from Seoul by subway called Gapyeong (Gapyeong Station – Gyeongchun subway line). If you choose to get there a bit faster, you can opt to take the iTX railway for a few more dollars.Read More
After hearing some co-workers discussing their weekend at a Korean Temple, I decided to go ahead and book a stay for myself. A Korean Templestay is a cultural program which lets participants spend a night or two in a Buddhist temple. The Templestay program was designed to allow foreigners to learn more about Buddhism, by experiencing the daily life of a monk. After indulging in one bottle of Soju too many (ohh.. Hongdae), I thought a weekend detox at a temple in the mountains would be just what I need to recharge my system as I'm preparing for a half-marathon in Seoul. While I ultimately did not find the experience super relaxing, it was an interesting cultural experience and was nice to get some fresh air during the weekend. If you are looking to get out of the city for a weekend during your time teaching in Korea and trying something new, then I recommend trying one of these templestays.Read More
When people conjure up thoughts of Korea, many people assume that Korea is all about its Kpop music and soju drinking lifestyle. However, the one reason why I enjoy living in Korea is because there is something for everyone. If you enjoy outdoor activities to nightlife partying, Korea has something for you. But one thing you must know is that Korea is a very trendy place. Top trends in 2015 included honey butter chips, multi-colored hair, and flavored soju. So for in 2016 one of the top new trends is the up and coming art scene and one the best displays of this at the D Museum. If you are interested in seeing funky and modern art exhibits, then you must visit this place while teaching in Korea.Read More
Jeonju is one of the most popular places in all of South Korea for food and is a must visit during your teaching experience. Located in North Jeolla Province, this is a must go to destination if you want to experience the old traditional lifestyles. A group of ChungDahm teachers decided to take the 3.5 hour bus ride out of Seoul to experience traditional Korean culture.
With autumn quickly approaching, a few of us teachers decided to take in the sights of Tokyo, Japan. Due to middle school testing over the last few weeks of September, my fellow teachers and I have had a lot of energy to burn off from not teaching.