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Get to Know All the Modes of Transportation in Korea

Posted on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 05:45 PM

One of the toughest parts about living in a new city, especially if you are in a different country, is understanding the various transportation systems.  Not only can maps be in a different language, but you may be unaware about what are the most cost effective  and efficient options to get you from point A to point B.  It is for this reason why I wanted to write a blog to provide new teachers, and those scheduled to begin teaching in Korea in the near future, the ultimate transportation guide to make their first days and weeks a little easier.  In my blog I will talk about all the modes of transportation in Korea, including everything from taking a train to utilizing Kakao T. 

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Tags: Seoul subway, Subways in Korea, Taxis in Korea, Transportation in Korea

Learn About the Secret Benefits of Living and Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 04:57 PM

Having spent the last three years living and teaching in Korea, I have grown a strong love for the country. There are just some things here that I will never be able to get anywhere else. There are some things that I enjoy, I hold on to, and I use them to their fullest. This blog post is about the unsaid benefits of living in Korea and will focus on a number of differences, primarily focusing on my experiences between the living in the U.S. and South Korea.

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Tags: Social Clubs, food in Korea, eating healthy in Korea, Health in Korea, Transportation in Korea, Korean food

3 Things That Will Help You Live Comfortably While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jul 06, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Making the move from your home country to Korea is a big deal.  You will love your time here and grow to embrace the Korean culture. To make your time even better, check out my 3 tips that you should know to make your transition a lot smoother as you begin your time teaching in Korea.

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Tags: living in Korea, living in Seoul, Itaewon, Foreigner bars, Seoul subway, Subways in Korea, Transportation in Korea, Cheonho, Commuting in Seoul, bus system, sports bars

How To Navigate Public Transportation While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 02:50 PM

Korea’s public transportation system is one of the best in the world. They have made it so quick, easy, and accessible that it is almost too helpful. Having gone from an area in the U.S. where there is little to no public transportation, it was a culture shock that I soon fell in love with. I absolutely hate driving, and public transportation system is one of the many reasons I love Korea and have stayed here so long. In order to help new people who are teaching in Korea, I will go into detail of how to use the public transportation system.

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Tags: Seoul subway, Subways in Korea, subway, Transportation in Korea

Why Neil Decided To Come Back To Teach in Korea

Posted on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 04:36 PM

Hi my name is Neil, and this blog will focus on why I have decided to come back to teach in Korea for a third year. Coming to Seoul after growing up in a northern Wisconsin small town is a huge difference. In my home town, the cows almost outnumber the people, and being in my 20’s, it is hard having the majority of the population over age 60, So going back to teach in Korea was a no-brainer. With so much to do and see, I had a strong desire to return to Korea. This time, I know where I am going, and I am excited to begin teaching again at Anyang, Pyeongchon branch, near Seoul, South Korea.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, food in Korea, Transportation in Korea, chungdahm

After A Successful Olympics Korea Begins Preparing for the 2018 Winter Games

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 04:15 PM

As the 2016 Summer Olympics came to an end, the tiny nation of Korea celebrated another victorious Olympic games and began looking forward to hosting the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang. Korean athletes did their nation proud as they accumulated 21 medals and placed their nation 8th overall!  This is rather impressive for a small nation, against its larger competitors, China and Japan. Korea dominated in Archery and Taekwondo, winning 5 medals in each, and 4 gold medals in Archery. The whole country was suspended in awe and anticipation as the final rounds of Archery was being televised on the local network, KBS. It was definitely the highlighted topic at Chungdahm Learning among my students, during the Summer. 

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Tags: Olympics, olympics korea, KTX, future plans, life in Korea, Gangwondo, social life, sports in Korea, Olympic Park, Transportation in Korea, adventure, winter olympics, snow, snowboarding, skiing, pyeongchang, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

Top Words You Should Know When Learning Korean

Posted on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

 Learning Korean can be really fun. Although not required for teaching at ChungDahm, I have found that knowing basic Korean has made my life easier during my teaching abroad experience. This blog will focus on both words that you need to know for everyday life and also the top keywords you should know for various social settings.

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Tags: korean phrases, Korean language, learning Korean, dating while in Korea, Taxis in Korea, Transportation in Korea, Korean food, Korean fun, ordering food

5 Reasons To Teach Abroad in Korea; From the Food to Hiking

Posted on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Deciding where to teach English in a foreign country can be a daunting task. When deciding where to teach, there are many pros and cons to consider. Having worked in Korea for over three years now, I have found numerous reasons why I love this country so much . Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider teach abroad in Korea.

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Tags: Korea, food in Korea, hiking, friends in Korea, history of Korea, cultural activities, Transportation in Korea, hiking in south Korea

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

Going to the Airport while Teaching in Korea? Why not use the KTX

Posted on Sat, Jan 03, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

Whether it's to go on vacation or to go home for a while, odds are most English teachers will fly out of Seoul's Incheon airport,  South Korea's largest air hub. Getting there can seem daunting at first, especially if you have lots of luggage, but it does not have to be. Recently South Korea's Rail Network (KRail), who is in charge of the KTX, has started a new service, which means that the KTX (Express bullet train) runs directly from the airport to Korea's main cities; Seoul, Daegu and Busan (there are also a couple of additional towns and cities depending on which KTX you get).  This means whether you are arriving in South Korea as an English teacher for the first time, or going on vacation, getting to or from the airport just got a whole lot easier.  

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Tags: Transportation in Korea

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