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Enjoy a Summer Weekend of Games and BBQ in Korea's Countryside

Posted on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

The weather in Korea is heating up which means summer has arrived! To celebrate the beginning of summer, one of my friends invited us to go to the popular Daemyung Resort in Yangpyeong. About an hour and a half away from Seoul, Daemyung Resort is located in Korea's countryside of Gyeonggi-do.  Being able to make short distance weekend getaways is one of the great perks of teaching English in Korea

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Tags: Korean countryside, camping, Activities to do in Korea, Korea friends, teach and travel,, traveling, yangpyeong,, daemyung resort

Benefits of Living in Gangdong on the Edge of Seoul

Posted on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

When I first came to teach in Korea, I was really scared because all I knew was that I would be placed in Seoul. After arriving here, I started asking around where is Gangdong and unfortunately for me, no one had heard of this area. I really started freaking out and I even thought about quitting. However, I am glad I decided to stay because living in Gangdong has been one of the highlights of my teach abroad experience.

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Tags: seoul, Activities to do in Korea, benefits of living in Korea, Cheonho, Gangdong

3 Outdoor Activities To Do in Korea When Spring Has Sprung

Posted on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 05:34 PM

When I decided to teach in Korea, I knew that I would probably do some hiking – as Korea has many mountains. One thing I did not realize, however, was just how much Korean people love their outdoor activities.  Thankfully for me, I also enjoy outdoor recreation al activities. It comes as no surprise to my friends back in Ireland that the three things I love doing the most in South Korea all involve the outdoors. This blog will look at the three most popular outdoor activities to do in Korea during the spring – things we can enjoy without the blistering heat of the summer sun!
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Tags: Activities to do in Korea, picnics in South Korea, hiking in south Korea, Spring Time

Hitting the Virtual Links While Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

If you are interested in working on your "actual" golf game while you are teaching English in Korea I'll let you know right now that it can be quite expensive. There is however a cheaper golf alternative and that alternative is screen golf.  

What is screen golf you ask? Well, it is essentially exactly what it sounds like. It is a golf simulation, where instead of hitting a golf ball on an actual course you hit it into a screen.  The screen has the course projected onto it, and the sensors detect the movement of the ball when it strikes the screen. You can choose from literally hundreds of courses from all around the world, and this variety certainly is welcomed for people like me who go on a weekly basis.  

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Tags: Activities to do in Korea, sports in Korea

How to Make Friends While Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

One of my biggest concerns before I began teaching English in Korea was that I would find it difficult to make friends. ChungDahm however does a great job at coordinating events that allows teachers from various branches to meet up and participate in fun activities.  Within each term, there are at least 3 functions that the development team puts together. I've been here for over 3 years and since the majority of my closest friends have already left, I use these functions as a way to network and meet new people. Below are three ChungDahm events that I have recently attended. 

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Tags: Social Clubs, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, meeting people in Korea

How to Save Money and Travel in Korea

Posted on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

The question that many new teachers interested in teaching Korea ask me is, is it possible to save money and travel in Korea? The answer is yes, and it really is up to you on what and where you choose to spend your money. People choose to come to Korea for various reasons but, one of the main reasons is saving money. Korea is one of the top ESL destinations for just this reason, and most teachers are motivated to come here just for that perk.  Even if you want to just travel, the ability to save money is a nice extra bonus. Here are some tips on how to save money and enjoy your traveling abroad experience.
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Tags: saving money in Korea, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, Activities to do in 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

Visit an Ice Festival in South Korea

Posted on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

One of the benefits of being an English teacher and living in South Korea is that this country plays host to many great festivals. Whether it is the Daegu Chicken festival, the Seoul Lantern festival, or even the Busan Fireworks fest, there are festivals in Korea on an almost monthly basis, and there is enough variety to suit everyone’s pallet. This month I visited the Ice Festival, which was held in “비슬산자연휴양림 (Biseulsan Recreational Forest)” located just 50 minutes outside of Daegu. What makes these festivals even more appealing to English teachers is that 99% of them are absolutely free to attend. Which means you can go to as many of them as you like, without worrying about the cost. A major plus for those English teachers that want to pay off student loans, but whom also want to enjoy themselves at the same time.

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Tags: Activities to do in Korea, Festivals in Korea

Shop Cheap in South Korea by Visiting the World's Largest Ikea

Posted on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 11:42 AM

With so many foreign companies finally establishing themselves here in Korea, it was only about time until this conglomerate found its way into South Korea. The Ikea in South Korea recently opened in the Seoul suburb of Gwangmyeong (east side). Over its first two weeks of business, flocks of people looking for a good deal headed to that area causing a headache for many drivers who lived there. If you are interested in shopping in South Korea then you should definitely visit this area because right next door to Ikea is a Lotte Premium Outlet Center and across the street is Costco. As a result of all these popular shopping destination traffic has been very heavy in this area, however, a couple of friends and I recently headed to Ikea early on a Saturday morning and the streets leading up to that area were surprisingly calm. There are multiple ways to get there if you live in that area, but we decided to get off at Cheolsan Station (Olive subway line #7) and we took a bus that drops you off in front.
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Tags: shopping in Korea, Activities to do in Korea

Favorite Korean Adventures of 2014, Part Two

Posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 09:14 AM

The final days of 2014 are officially here! Last week, I gave a recap of four memorable spots that I visited for the first time this past year. Click here to check out that post, or keep reading to see the final four adventures that you definitely need to put on your bucket lists for 2015! 

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Tags: seoraksan, seoraksan national park, teaching in Korea, Korea, incheon, hiking, Activities to do in Korea, island, muuido, dongdaemun, dongdaemun design plaza, ddp, yongma land

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