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Learn About Seollal: Korea's New Year

Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 01:50 PM

Annually Koreans celebrate their New Year, Seollal. The holiday falls on different days each year. This year the holiday is being held over January 27-29. The period is decided according to the Lunar Calender.

Seollal and Chuseok are two of the biggest holidays in Korea where millions of Koreans take time off to travel to their home cities to spend time with their families. The Western equivalent would be Thanksgiving and Christmas. Seollal is very traditional with various associated foods and activities. Our students usually get money from their parents, aunts and uncles and Koreans festively say  to one another 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (sae hae bok manhi bah doo seh yo) – which means “Happy Seollal.”   This blog will help explain the customs and traditions of Seollal, so you will have a better understanding of the holiday when you are teaching in Korea.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, Vacations in Korea, vacation, Lunar New Year, Holidays in South Korea, seollal

Be Sure to Visit Jeju, the "Hawaii of Korea," While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 03:15 PM

One of the longest breaks you will have as a ChungDahm teacher is during the Korean holiday of Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). The other major holiday would be Seollnal (Lunar New Years). Whenever these holidays approach, I always take the time to leave the city. In times past, I’ve visited Malaysia, Manila, and Busan. We have had teachers visit Hong Kong and Thailand during this long vacation too. This year, I decided to take time and go to a place that I had been to before but never got a really chance to explore. This place I decided to go back to was Jeju.

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Tags: things to do on Jeju, visit Jeju, things to do in Korea, vacation spot in Korea, Vacations in Korea, vacation, vacation destinations, Jeju Island, hiking, Chuseok, hiking in korea, island of Jeju, Beaches in Korea, hiking in south Korea

Exploring Jeju, South Korea

Posted on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

While I love living in Busan, Korea has plenty of other places that are incredible to explore as well. My family and I decided to enjoy Jeju Island, a population vacation spot for Koreans. We booked a place from airbnb, rented a car, and flew Jeju Air to begin this new adventure!

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Tags: vacation spot in Korea, Vacations in Korea, vacation, vacation destinations, jeju

Visiting Ulleungdo: Korea's "Mysterious" Island

Posted on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 @ 01:45 PM

This year, Korea's Chuseok holiday fell on a Thursday, meaning we would have Wednesday-Friday off from teaching. A glorious 5-day weekend is a rare thing, so I was resolved to go somewhere awesome this year. As I watched airplane tickets to international destinations steadily climb in price, I turned to domestic spots. I'd been eyeing Ulleungdo for over a year, with it hovering near the top of my Korea Bucket List, and I quickly realized that the Chuseok weekend was a prime opportunity. 

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Tags: islands, ulleungdo, dokdo, teaching in Korea, things to do before leaving korea, vacation spot in Korea, Vacations in Korea, vacation destinations, korea bucket list, Chuseok, tourist attraction, tourist attraction in korea, Activities to do in Korea, island, makgeolli, Beaches in Korea

Korea + Travel = Cheap!

Posted on Mon, Aug 05, 2013 @ 03:36 PM

As someone who grew up in a landlocked state nearly smack in the middle of the U.S., traveling to another state was normal. But going to another country? Too far and too expensive. In fact, while I've traveled all over the U.S., moving to Korea was the first time I'd ever left my home country. Now that I'm here, the novelty of being able to easily country-hop is still so amazing to me. I can't even count the hours I've spent planning the trips I'll be taking someday. Lucky for you, in all of my planning, I've amassed a huge amount of resources. So get ready to bookmark websites, because it's about to get real with a whole lot of information.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, KTX, Korea, vacation spot in Korea, Vacations in Korea, vacation, Trips in Korea, road trips in korea, free time in korea, Thailand, Asia, Vietnam, vacation destinations, south korea, what to do on the weekend, korea bucket list, Bali, jeju, japan, taiwan, philippines, china

Getting Vacation Time while Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Chungdahm is one of the bigger English academies in South Korea.  Many of my teacher friends here in Pohang are public school English teacher and you will quickly learn that there are many differences, one of which is of course, pay and another is time off.  As a Chungdahm Institute (CDI) teacher, there will be many opportunities for adventure on the weekends.  As an English Teacher living in Asia, there is much to see and do.  Luckily, flights to neighboring countries like Japan, Vietnam, China and elsewhere are relatively cheap.  

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Tags: Vacations in Korea, vacation, winter in Korea

Planning Vacations in Korea: Don't forget to pack the right people.

Posted on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:04 PM

I arrived in Seoul smack in the middle of February, an unsympathetic month following the excitement of holiday cheer in December and the promise of new beginnings in January. February rudely reminds you that winter has no plans to retire anytime soon and you better start planning a vacation if you want to remain sane. Shortly after settling into my new life of teaching and living in Korea, I met a handful of new friends and we compared teaching jobs, living arrangements and vacation dates. I was ecstatic when I realized I shared the same summer vacation with two of my new friends. Even though we had just started our lives abroad, we quickly began planning our first adventure outside of Korea. I think the planning is half the fun!

We decided to spend a week in Taiwan in late July. We booked our flights in the spring and then we all became busy teaching and living life in Korea. Time flew by, as it does in Korea, and before I knew it, it was a week before my vacation. I found myself panicking and I soon realized I was stressed about my upcoming week off from work. Is that even allowed? I was nervous about traveling for a week with new friends. I loved meeting them for coffee and laughing over teaching stories and exploring Seoul on the weekends, but would we work together as a traveling trio? Perhaps one of us might surface as an annoying diva and make us all suffer for the week? Would another throw caution to the wind and make irrational and dangerous decisions in a country we knew little about? Was it possible that one of us was secretly a vacation dictator and would order the group around with daily itineraries and little time to rest or be spontaneous? I knew these girls socially, but would we mesh in vacation world?

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, English teachers in Korea, Vacations in Korea, taiwan, cultural experience, friends in Korea, Beaches in Korea

5 Things Not to Worry About When Traveling in Korea

Posted on Mon, Feb 06, 2012 @ 11:19 AM

This past weekend I travelled 6 hours north from Gwangju (pretty far South) to Hwacheon (almost to North Korea).  This trip reminded me just how easy it is to travel as an English teacher in South Korea.  Here is a list of 5 things that I never worry about when traveling around Korea.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, Vacations in Korea, living in Korea, Activities to do in Korea

Taiwan: The perfect getaway while teaching English in Korea

Posted on Thu, Dec 08, 2011 @ 12:37 PM

Most English teachers in Korea only get a week or two for vacation. For the majority of Chungdahm teachers, vacation time is set at one week. Knowing that you only have one week, it is important to plan accordingly in order to maximize your vacation time. While spending your vacation in Korea is always an option, if you have more of a traveling mindset, you will probably want to explore some of Korea’s neighboring countries. Although deciding on which country to visit will be difficult, I hope this blog can offer some help. When examining the factors of distance, affordability, and attractions, Taiwan came out ahead and was the perfect fit for my vacation.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, Vacations in Korea

Travelling While Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:03 AM

A lot of people come to teach English in Korea to have more opportunities to travel. The truth is teachers have a small amount of time to travel during their year contract. Every teacher is given seven days of vacation for the year and I am taking all seven days to go to Taiwan for my vacation. I have been working for nine months straight and I am really looking forward to the break. I have gone to Seoul for one weekend and plan to take more weekend trips during my last term. As Chungdahm teachers, we do not always have weekends off and the last two terms I have had to work on Saturdays, so I was not able to take longer weekend trips. The good thing about living on Jeju is you already live in a vacation destination.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, Vacations in Korea

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