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
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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.
Over the Chuseok long weekend, it seemed appropriate to get some Korean culture inside of us. Korea is filled with different museums and Seoul's Museum of Modern Contemporary Art was highly recommended by one of my friends. Near Gyeongbokgung Palace, there is a vast area of restaurants and museums that couples and tourists flock to over the weekend. The Museum of Modern Contemporary Art is just one of the sister museums located in Korea. The others being in Gwacheon, Deoksugung, and Cheongju.
I’ve mentioned in my previous blogs that I really appreciate the fact that Chungdahm is doing its best to take care of its teachers so that they have a life outside of work. With that being said, over the Chuseok holiday, almost 70 teachers gathered to visit one of the most popular amusement parks in Korea, Lotte World. Lotte World is located in southern Seoul outside of Jamsil Station (Green Subway Line 2, Pink Subway Line 8).
“Some of the top golfers in the world come from Korea,” said my dongsaeng (little Korean brother). He told me 10 of the top 25 female golfers come from South Korea. I wondered to myself, “How could this be? Korea doesn’t even have a lot of golf courses!” There are golf courses, but the majority of them are an hour or two drive out of Seoul (Korean real estate prices are ridiculously high, so it makes sense that it is not in the city.) If you can’t get away, here are some ways to get your golfing fix: