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Visit the Iconic N Seoul Tower While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

I'm a sucker for getting a birds eye view of a landscape. From hiking up mountains to sky high observation decks, I really enjoy taking in my surroundings from above. After three years in Korea, it was actually quite remarkable that I hadn't checked out N Seoul Tower yet, so some friends and I decided it was finally time to pay it a visit.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, seoul, hiking, Activities to do in Korea, tourist, n seoul tower, namsan, sightseeing, tourist spot, Weekend activities in Korea

An English Teacher's One Term Break, Destination Number Two: Busan

Posted on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 @ 03:45 PM


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Tags: teaching in Korea, summer in korea, busan, Activities to do in Korea, tourist, Beaches in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

An English Teacher in Korea Visits the DMZ

Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

One of the must-visit places for English teachers in Korea is the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).. It is an experience that introduces you to the only country that is still divided in the world today. The best part about this tour is the opportunity to visit one of the four discovered underground tunnels that were dug by North Korea to target Seoul in a secret attack. Of course the thought of a war still freaks most of us out, but we are pretty persuaded that there will not be a war (an extremely slight chance).

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Tags: teaching in Korea, living in Korea, North Korea, visit, DMZ, tourist, Weekend activities in Korea

Weekend Getaway for Teachers in Korea - Temple Stay

Posted on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 @ 10:27 AM

Every English teacher in South Korea must participate in a Temple Stay. Temple stays are extremely popular in Asian countries because of the popularity of the Buddhist religion. It is one of the most peaceful places to go after being stressed out due to city life. Many Koreans take a few days off from their stressful jobs to catch their breath during Temple Stays, but it is also a great experience for foreigners.

The program is usually a one night, two day program with meals included. These meals, of course, are vegetarian. Rooms are divided up to the number of participants in your group, which is great because it allows for co-ed. Groups can be as small as two people and as big as a family. I recommend going with others because it is an experience you want to be able to share with others and reminisce about it. It also helps to have someone there as a support system because some of the activities you engage in may be difficult to submerse yourself in. 

 

In addition to eating and sleeping at the temple, there are a list of activities to perform and participate in during your time at the temple. The activities differ from temple to temple as well as a variety of prices that covers certain activities which require a bit of research, but I definitely recommend the stay. The basic activities consist of a tea ceremony, bowing, and hiking.

 

I think because we as a group of English teachers had trouble understanding the Korean language, they made it a little more fun for us and had us help out in the kitchen. For almost an hour (that went by so quickly), all we had to do was clean up bowls and dishes with the other monks. It was a bunch of fun, a little embarrassing here and there, but a great experience!

 

The 선암사 (Sunamsa) mountain is so beautiful, there are a number of hikers that visit the temple daily. In addition to 선암사, there are a handful of other temples that are surrounded or in the mountain area which allows for great hike and exercise. It definitely helps to work in a hike with mother nature, especially after some meditation in the temple. 

 

 

In regards to my personal experience, I would definitely go for another Temple Stay. I have never thought of meeting a monk that I've learned to love, but I have grown close to a monk over the course of 24 hours. It was such a great experience, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the Buddhist religion, it allows for great absorption of the culture and understanding. I am grateful for the experience and it was definitely nice to get away from the city life of Seoul to a more relaxing and calm environment down south. The weather was amazing and it can only get better in the summer time!

 

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Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes.  With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.

Check out Cindy’s blog to get a glimpse of what Korea has to offer!
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Tags: Temple Stay, getaway, hiking, temple, cultural activities, Buddhist, tourist, Weekend activities in Korea

One Week Getaway From Teaching English in Korea: Hong Kong

Posted on Thu, Sep 06, 2012 @ 09:51 AM

Teaching English in South Korea can be difficult sometimes, but going on vacation does help. I definitely miss being in a country where people understand me so a one week getaway was perfect! Hong Kong, one of the few places that speak Cantonese is an extremely popular tourist spot for many. Life in Hong Kong is very much like life in Korean cities with everything you need available everywhere, advanced technologies and extremely good food.
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Tags: teaching in Korea, Korea, vacation, cheap, tourist, Hong Kong, Chinese

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