As yet another year comes to a close, everyone seems to be focused on a) reflecting on the events of the past twelve months and b) carefully making to-do lists for the next year. When I look back on my most recent year in Korea, I feel quite accomplished. I managed to do a lot of sightseeing and exploring all around the country. As a result I decided to share with you some of my favorite Korean adventures of 2014. Here's part one of my 2014 recap of my favorite spots in Korea!
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During my recent trip to Jeju for Lunar New Year, my tour group also spent some time on Udo, a small island just off Jeju's eastern coast. I hadn't heard much about this island before going there, so I was pleasantly surprised to realize it was a highlight of the weekend and that I definitely want to go back when I'm next on Jeju!
Well, I should amend that title by saying these are my favorite spots from my first visit to Jeju... I'm sure future visits will introduce me to other places that are equally awesome. My recent Jeju trip was over the Lunar New Year holiday, which was a four-day weekend. The end of January isn't ideal Jeju weather, but it didn't stop us from touring all over the island and thoroughly enjoying ourselves. Here's the best of what I saw...
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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!
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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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.
As an English teacher in Korea, I feel extremely lucky to live in Jeju. Jeju is the prettiest, most diverse, and most interesting place I have ever lived. The longer I live here the more I realize this and the awesome locations I discover on the island. If you research Jeju, you will surely find information about the beautiful beaches and the massive volcano (Mt. Halla) in the middle of the island. Those attractions definitely receive the most attention, but after living here for over a year, I have discovered something just attention-worthy as the beaches and the volcano: the many waterfalls that can found around the island.
I never in my wildest dreams thought I would scuba dive during my year of teaching English in South Korea. First, I did not even know if people scuba dove or if there were great locations for diving. Korea is cold for so many months of the year and the ocean water is always freezing; two conditions that are not that conducive for diving. Second, and most importantly, I became certified when I was 17 years old and had not been diving once. Now, I am 26 and really can't remember much about about diving because it has been 9 years and have not thought much about going. But, only a few months after arriving in Korea, I was being invited to go diving.
After a few weeks into my year of teaching English in Korea, I took a day trip to one of the beautiful beaches on the island of Jeju. For those of you who do not know, Jeju is a Korean island off the southern coast of Korea and is a huge tourist attraction in Asia. The island is known for its stunning beaches, caves, and large volcano. Anyway, when I arrived to the beach, I was suprised to find a group of older women clad in wetsuits, but yet they had no SCUBA equipment, surfboards, or any other type of water recreation equipment. At first, I thought they just might be going for a swim, but what came next, suprised me even more.