Korea does not come to mind, when I think of white sand beaches and blue sunny skies. However, with a little bit of digging during my time teaching in Korea, I discovered that Korea does indeed have white sand beaches and places that have a beach culture. Coming from South Africa myself I decided to search for a piece of Summer paradise by traveling and experiencing various places in Korea. Over the years, I fell in love with a few beaches in Korea that are situated in various provinces all over the country and have come to choose my favorite beaches according to my mood and vibe I would like to enjoy during a weekend getaway.Read More
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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
Korea is known for its history mixed with modern technology. People come to teach in Korea because the money is good and because they can still live somewhat live in a ‘Westernized’ manner. Even as that may be, most people who come will at least try to live up to the hype of partying “Gangnam Style” to see what it’s all about. However, if you are not into getting drunk off of cheap soju or from bottle service at one of Seoul’s premier clubs, here are four activities in Korea that you can do to enjoy your time while living in Seoul.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
Living and teaching in Korea over the past six years has created so many wonderful memories. From traveling, to living in the countryside and the city, to meeting people from all over the world. Every day has been an adventure - a taste of old and new, the present and the past. Since arriving back in Korea, over 2 years ago, I have traveled to three different countries and have had amazing experiences while working for Chungdahm Learning and living in the bustling city of Seoul! Here is a photo story of my best experiences and moments from 2014 to the present.Read More
Did you know that Korea has over 3,000 islands off its coasts? Did you know that dozens of these are right off the coast of Incheon? I haven't spent nearly enough time exploring the islands in my area, so I decided that I needed to make up for lost time. The long weekend for the Chuseok holiday seemed like a perfect opportunity to spend time on a beach, so some friends and I headed off to Muuido, one of Incheon's most popular islands, for some quality relaxation time.
Given the amount of time I've been in Korea, I feel like I've managed to see a lot of the touristy spots and yet, I'm always looking for something new. As of late, I've also been looking for spots that are off the beaten path, which I usually find through reading blogs from other expats. This past weekend I was able to cross one of these slightly-less-well-known spots off of my Korea Bucket List by visiting the Ihwa Mural Village.
Recently, during a return trip to beautiful Gapyeong and its Nami Island, we decided to check out another tourist spot in the area. Gapyeong's lush countryside offers quite a few attractions -- in addition to Nami, two of the most popular are the Garden of Morning Calm and Petite France. We made this visit to Gapyeong while my sister was here, having taken the long way home from her teaching job in France. So, obviously, we had to visit the French "village" in Korea.
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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Next to Dongdaemun Gate is an area of Seoul famous for its countless markets, ranging from clothing to textiles to craft supplies. Now, in the middle of these more traditional markets and hip shopping malls, a structure that looks like something out of a futuristic landscape has finally been unveiled. This spaceship-like building is the new Dongdaemun Design Plaza, and not only is it really, really cool, but possibly one of my new favorite spots to visit in Seoul.
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