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Explore Korea's Smart City of Songdo when Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 01:03 PM

One of the things that most teachers do not consider when moving to teach abroad in Korea is transportation. Living back in the U.S., I never really realized how dependent I was on my car. Now that I’ve been living in Korea, I still miss driving, but I really do love the transportation system in South Korea From subways, buses, express buses (they take you to different cities), and cheap taxis, traveling around Korea can be fairly inexpensive.

As you make friends here in Korea, you will start to see them come and go. I feel like I am becoming the ancient dinosaur who may never leave here. My friend and I decided to meet another friend (who we met through ChungDahm) in her city of Songdo, Incheon. I had been to Songdo before but it was fresh and beautiful. It was a great escape from the busy streets of Seoul. Literally, in some parts of Songdo, you can run through the streets without any cars coming your way. We decided to leave Gangnam Station and take the blue express bus M6405 (between exit 6 and 7) that would drop us off at Central Park in Songdo.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, food in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, tourist attractions in Korea, Transportation in Korea

Visit Museums Of Optical Illusions While Teaching In Korea!

Posted on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

I enjoy quirky, and I enjoy silly. Living in Korea, I've had countless opportunities to embrace both of these, but I've found the grandest display of ridiculous to definitely be in the form of the "trick" art museums. I've visited two different ones, and I must say -- if you enjoy acting like a kid and posing for outrageous photos, then this is a place for you.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, what to do on the weekend, fun days in korea, art, museums in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, tourist attractions in Korea, trick eye, sight-seeing

Chungdahm Travel Club at Lotte World

Posted on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

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).

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Tags: teaching in Korea, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, food in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, tourist attractions in Korea, Lotte World

4 Things for Teachers To Do in Gwacheon, Korea

Posted on Mon, Jun 02, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

For an amazing day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul, head down south to an area called Gwacheon. It is easily accessible from Line 4 (Baby Blue subway line). Our adventure started at Seoul Racecourse Park and ended at Seoul Grand Park (a total of two stops!) Within these two stops, there are some amazing activities to do.

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Seoul Vacation: Insadong Shopping!

Posted on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 @ 03:15 PM

For Korean Thanksgiving, Cheosok, I was given Wednesday through Friday off work, which made for an extra long vacation weekend. So, I decided to catch a train up to Seoul! We saw a lot of amazing things and enjoyed a free student tour of the Gyeongbokgung Palace. We also ate some great food, but the best part of Seoul for me was shopping in the more traditional Insadong district. There were many arts and crafts stores to discover there, along with tourist shops full of Korea magnets and mugs.  

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Tags: seoul, shopping in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, tourist attractions in Korea

Boardwalks & Carnival Games in Korea: Incheon's Wolmido Island

Posted on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

If you're looking for a weekend trip that combines an ocean boardwalk, street food, carnival rides, and possibly rigged carnival games, look no further than Wolmido Island. It's a ten minute cab ride away from Incheon Station and definitely has enough activities to while away an entire Saturday. I mean, what better way to wind down after a week of teaching English than to hit an arcade and try to win some stuffed animals?  

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Top 5 Must-See Spots in Incheon, Korea!

Posted on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

When Aclipse helped me get placed at a Chungdahm branch in Incheon in November 2011, I immediately started doing my research. I was pleased to see that it's the third largest city in Korea and it's next door to Seoul -- meaning popping into the city for weekend adventures would be a cinch. However, I quickly noticed that there's a serious lack of Incheon-coverage in the blog world. So, I present, in no particular order, my top 5 spots to check out in Incheon! 

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Loveland: A Park STRICTLY for Adults in Jeju, Korea....

Posted on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

It is my last week teaching English in Korea. After living in Jeju for over a year, I have done everything on the island that I have wanted to do; I have climbed Jeju's volcano, Mt. Hallasan, several times, visited all of the beaches, checked out Jeju's famous lava tubes, and so much more. Yet, there was still one more thing on my bucket list. I haved joked about doing it since I arrived in Korea, but have not seriously thought about going. But with my time in Korea dwinding down, I thought this might be my last opportunity to visit an erotic theme park.

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Tags: things to do on Jeju, visit Jeju, a year in Korea, jeju, Jeju Island, museums in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, tourist attractions in Korea

Hiking in the Heart of Seoul, Korea – Climbing Mt. Bugaksan

Posted on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

One of the greatest things about becoming an ESL teacher for Chungdahm is the large amount of time you’re going to have off. Between the hours themselves, level tests, and holidays, you’re definitely going to have a good amount of time off, so you need to take advantage of it. I personally have not had to work a Wednesday in my 11 months living here. It’s been awesome. And this semester no one in my branch is working Wednesdays so we’ve made it a point to go on Wednesday adventures and enjoy the beginning stages of springtime in Korea. This past Wednesday we hiked Bugaksan, situated in the heart of Seoul, right behind Gyeongbukgong Palace. It was a great hike with a little history mixed in and some great views of the surrounding mountains and the city itself.

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A List of 50 Things to Do Before Leaving Korea

Posted on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 04:05 PM

After living in Korea for almost a year and a half, I figure I know the area pretty well enough to know what is Korean "culture" and "culture shock" still. So, I decided that compiling a list of fun and cultural things for anyone who is living, or visiting, would be something fun. There is definitely a lot more to add to the list! Look forward to seeing your bucket list check off while teaching English in Korea! Please proceed with caution :]

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