Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Celebrating your birthday abroad can be a daunting thought if you are used to partying with your family and friends. It is a time when you feel very homesick, especially when your birthday is in the heart of the Korean winter time. In South Africa this time of year it is sunny and my birthday is usually outdoors at a beach or in a sunny warm spot. Coming to Korea I have had to become used to a cold and often snowy birthday. So, to tackle the blues I have come up with alternative ways to enjoy birthdays in Korea. All you need is a group of good friends who love adventure and don't mind venturing into the freezing cold.
I'm a sucker for getting a birds eye view of a landscape. From hiking up mountains to sky high observation decks, I really enjoy taking in my surroundings from above. After three years in Korea, it was actually quite remarkable that I hadn't checked out N Seoul Tower yet, so some friends and I decided it was finally time to pay it a visit.
Falling leaves, brisk temperatures, and light scarves? Autumn has absolutely hit Korea, which means one of my favorite festivals in Seoul is about to start. On display for the majority of November, the Seoul Lantern Festival will feature lanterns on platforms in the Cheonggyecheon stream in central Seoul. Read on to get an idea of what to expect from this year's festival including directions, and helpful tips for planning your visit!
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Living in Seoul can be a dream for any sports lover. The opportunity to indulge in outdoor running and cycling in a safe environment is a dream. The city is built to accommodate professional and non-professional athletes with its bike paths, sidewalks and bike lanes. The amount of mountain trails are endless and the opportunity to run in a forest and climb to the top of a summit is conveniently placed at every close subway exit or bus stop. Korea is all about being practical and suiting the needs of it's cities' inhabitants. And it is because of this that athletes and sports lovers alike would love living in Korea.
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Korea is known as the fashion capital of Asia. In recent years, its fashion industry has increased the number of Asian tourists flocking to Korea to shop. When walking through Seoul fashion districts, the bustling crowds are full of Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean tourists who have just come to Korea to for clothes. Asian tourists travel to Korea for a shopping holiday and this has become more and more popular in the years since I arrived. When traveling to Taiwan and Beijing alike, the first words that the locals always say to me when knowing I live in Korea is “K-pop, K-drama and K-fashion.”
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Seoul is known as the partying capital of Korea. An equivalent to the Asian ‘New York’, it is a city that never sleeps. You will see party goers coming home from clubs and bars at 6 a.m. in the morning. There are no curfews and no time limits. Seoul is always buzzing and it is a perfect city to find your inner party spirit and weekend energy.
Since I have been searching for chilled places in Seoul, I came across the hidden and unknown Seolleung Royal Tombs. After traveling to Seoul a few times before, I was surprised to discover this sight last week. The tombs are not on the high priority list of things to do when traveling to Korea, but after visiting there last week, I would highly recommend it as a must-see for any foreigners wanting to check out some real Korean heritage.
Before I leave Korea, I plan to see all five of the palaces in Seoul. While Gyeongbokgung has been my favorite from what I've seen so far, I have to give credit to Changdeokgung as well. It's a beautiful palace and it boasts something other other palaces don't: a secret garden. Now that the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, it's prime palace visiting season here in Korea!
Seoul is a bustling busy city that is constantly on the move every day. Korea is notorious for having 24 hour convenient stores and services. It is no joke when people tell you that Seoul is a city that never sleeps. After living in New York and experiencing a city that never sleeps, I can assure you that Seoul is indeed a restless city that is filled abundantly with energy. With that being said, all of us need that sweet city escape, that retreat which clears the mind with a peace and serenity. Seoul has plenty of hidden places just like these, and Seoul Forest is one of these secret pleasures.