While South Korea is not the largest country in Asia, it is still quite amazing to me just how easy it is to get around. As an English teacher in South Korea, I have the option of traveling from one end of the country to the other in around two hours thanks to the KTX, or the Korean Bullet Train. What makes this train service even more fantastic is that you don't have to travel long distances to use it. Last weekend for example, I went from Daegu to Busan for the weekend, a trip that would take around two hours by car or three hours by bus, took only 42 minutes via the KTX.
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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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Every year, many Koreans look forward to the late September holiday, Chuseok. The celebration lasts for three days as almost all Koreans abandon their jobs to visit family. Many parts of Korea turn into ghost towns. So what do we family-less expats do with our two or three days of Chuseok vacation when nothing is open? Some relax at home. Some visit Jeju, Korea’s exotic getaway island. Others, like myself, head down to mountainous Busan, which is Korea’s second largest city. It’s also a great beach town.
No matter where you’re placed while teaching English in Korea, you’ll have opportunities to travel over the country and see some majestic scenery that is truly astonishing for such a geographically small country. This past weekend was a short holiday called Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) and I spent three days with a work friend up in Seorak National Park with the intent of climbing Mt. Seorak, which has one of the highest peaks in South Korea. I thought sharing this experience would help provide some insight as to what the Korean wilderness has in store for you on your time off work.