Seoul vs Busan: 6 things Seoulites think when they go to Busan

What do Seoulites think when they go to Busan? This is the Seoul vs Busan showdown!

Busan is often called the “Summer Capital of South Korea” and as the city’s slogan goes, it is a vibrant and dynamic city. Some might say that this city has it all…but what do Seoulites really make of it when they go to Busan?

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Streets in Busan

1. They don’t understand me…

The minority of people here speak basic English. Seoul is slightly more international and has more people that speak English. Here in Busan, you will also be less likely to understand signs around the city.

2. Can I make this go any faster?

Life is slower in Busan, whereas Seoul has developed into a busy city with massive developments over the years.

3. Okay, I’ve seen it all. Now what?

Sure, there are things to do like hiking, shopping, visiting Spa Land, Yonggungsa Temple and going to the Busan International Film Festival, but there is perhaps much more choice in Seoul when it comes to activities.

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Beach in Busan

4. Did winter skip this part of Korea??

With four distinct seasons, the weather is milder, and it’s not nearly as cold in the winter. It also has a cooler version of a humid subtropical climate in the summer.

5. So this is how it feels to spread my arms out

It’s not nearly as crowded or busy in Busan, whether it is on the subway, in the streets or in shopping districts. If you are agoraphobic, you should probably move to Busan, rather than Seoul.

6. I can breathe…

Comapred to Seoul, Busan is a breath of fresh air. It has been given”good” Air Quality rating by AQICN. The natural environment of Busan is a perfect example of harmony between the mountains, the rivers and the sea.

Of course, there are two sides to every story…don’t miss our article about what people from Busan think of Seoul!

 

 

 

6 Amazingly Weird Places in Korea

Yes, we know about all the must-do’s in Korea.. But how about the weird, the different, the unusual places in Korea…?

1. Theme cafes in Korea:

There are so many different theme cafes in Korea such as cat cafes, dog cafes, a Photography cafe, a Charlie Brown Cafe, a Victoria Era cafe, a Puzzle Cafe, and even a Board game cafe. Which is your favorite?

2. Yongma-land abandoned amusement park

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Here’s an M/V music video, shot at this spooky amusement park!

3. Weird but awesome party hotels!

Would you like to stay in Korea’s ‘Santorini’? Or in an Egyptian-like palace? There’s something for everyone at these crazy-awesome party hotels!

4. Gonjiam psychaitric hospital

img_8693It is illegal to visit this sinister abandoned building but people go nevertheless. We recommend you don’t go but just read about it instead!

If you don’t heed our advice and somehow end up there, take bug spray!

5. Jindo sea parting

Once a year in Jindo, the seas mysteriously part and visitors can walk through the sea from the mainland to a nearby island. Biblical!

6. Gangnam Rooftop

Some of our teachers came across this palm sweat-inducing view, from the rooftop of the CGV building in Gangnam.

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China Town in Incheon

China Town in Incheon

China town IncheonLocated just west of Seoul, Incheon is the 3rd largest city in Korea with a population of 3 million people. Nestled right next to Incheon Station is the bustling, historic, lively center of China Town. It was founded in 1883, right around the time that Incheon Port opened. Trust us – it’s worth a day trip.

To get here, take the Seoul metropolitan subway to Incheon Station. The main entrance (Junghwamun Pailou gate, pictured above) is right across from the station’s only exit.

Jajangmyeon Museum, opened in April 2012, celebrates the birthplace of the delicious Korean dish, jajang-myeon.

Not a fan of Jajangmyeong? Don’t worry – options for other delicious dishes are easy to find!

Gonggalbbang: Hollow large crispy bread buns

Jajangmyeon: A noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang, diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood

Tangsuyuk pork: Korean-ized version of sweet and sour pork or orange chicken

Onggibyeong: Baked dumpling

There are dozens of unique little shops – it’s a great place to find one-of-a-kind keepsakes to take home with you

 

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Want to find out more about Incheon’s China Town? Check out the links below:RJ Koehler (2006)

The Korea Blog (2013)

The Korea Blog 2 (2013)

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Abandoned Amusement Park

Abandoned Amusement Park

Some of our Teachers came across this abandoned amusement park on the Eastern outskirts of Seoul called Mangu: Yongma land. Apparently this amusement park is scheduled to be torn down, so it could be out of existence any day now…

The nearest Subway stop: Mangu Subway

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Ski resorts in Korea

Ski resorts in Korea

There are plenty of ski resorts in Korea to quench the thirst–at least temporarily–of those who love winter sports.
Skiing in Korea is the perfect un-intimidating environment to “get your ski on.”

The first snow already hit Korea, so it’s  time to take out the ski gear and to get ready for Winter!

Ski slopes!

Ski slopes!

Here’s a list of some of Korea’s top ski resorts!

1. Yongpyeong – Korea’s best ski resort, with a beautiful resort and the best slopes you’ll find here!

2. High-One – Another great resort out east near Taebaek. One of Korea’s best ski resorts, with slopes for all levels of skiiers! Located 1,340 meters above sea level is a revolving restaurant, which offers an incredible panoramic view of no less than three different mountain ranges.

3. O2 Resort — The ‘town-style’ O2 Resort has a wide variety of sightseeing opportunities and entertainment options. It does not only receives the first snowfall in Korea, but also has the longest snow season.

O2 Ski Resort Korea

4. Phoenix Park — This resort is out near Yongpyeong, and has 22 slopes, 12 of which meet international standards.

5. Bears Town – Only an hour from Seoul, Bears Town is great for a short ski trip. It’s a bit older and more worn down than some of the other resorts in Korea, but it’s nice for a day trip.

6. Muju / Deogyusan.–Deogyusan Resort (former Muju Resort) is located in Mt. Deogyusan, and is a representative mountain resort. It has beautiful scenery and is located within one of Korea’s national parks. 

7. Oak Valley – Located in a really beautiful area of Korea, Oak Valley Snow Park has two beginner, five intermediate, and two advanced level courses.

8. Vivaldi – This ski resort is very easy to get to from Seoul, as shuttle buses leave from various places around Seoul early in the morning. Vivaldi has great facilities and courses for all levels, as well as a fantastic resort with a big water park.

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Skiiiiiiii!!!!

 

9. Pine Resort — Nearby Seoul, Yangji Pine Resort’s top rated run is the Challenger Course, where the yearly ‘National Alpine Ski Competition’ takes place. The resort offers many enjoyable programs for skiers and snowboarders, such as training courses, a snowboarding competition, and a snow-boarding show presented by pro riders.

10. Elysian – The Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort, with its large variety of ski resorts, is a great destination for skiers of all abilities. For those who are looking for something different to do, ice climbing is also available on frozen waterfalls nearby.

11. Konjiam Resort – The Konjiam Resort boasts the largest ski slopes in the Seoul area. Konjiam Resort has solved the problem of overcrowded ski slopes, by enforcing Korea’s first maximum occupancy rule.

12. Alpensia Resort – Alpensia Ski Resort has six slopes for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. The Alpensia ski Jumping stadium is located within the station and will be the location of the ski jumping events of the Winter Olympics 2018

 

13. Star Hill Resort – Access to this gorgeous and well-equipped leisure resort is very easy.  It is about 32km outside Seoul.

14. Jisan Resort – This resort is great for Nighttime skiing. All slopes are open to snowboarders, and the ski slope reserved for ski lessons has a mild slope of 3 degrees.

15. Sajo Resort – The Sajo Village Ski Resort at the top of Suanbo’s Hwangsan Valley was the only combined hot springs and ski resort until construction of other hot springs/ski resorts in 1995.

16. Eden Valley –  The Eden Valley Resort ski slopes have been scientificall

y designed to disperse skiers and prevent overcrowding. This resort can be classified as a World class resort.

Take a weekend trip with friends, or head out for a few days over Christmas. Either way, this adventure is a great way to experience Korean’s winter season at its best.

Facebook Groups in Korea

Teachers, Expats, Foreigners and Tourists.
Find them on Facebook in YOUR area…

One of the best parts about living and working in South Korea is the long lasting friendships you make with other expats. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to find people – especially if you’re in an area that has less foreigners.

This interactive map should be able to help you connect to other areas of Korea. Perhaps you’re considering a move to a new city, or maybe you just want to find out more about the people…

Either way, here is a tool that you can use to get connected easily with other expats in Korea.

 




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Travel in China

Travel in China

China is one of the most historically rich countries in the modern world. Here are some of the places you’ll definitely want to add to your list of places to visit on the weekends!

Who wouldn’t want to travel in China??

Zhangye Danxia

This piece of landscape really exists!  It took 24 million years to form these rocks.

 

Tianzi mountains

Tianzi Mountain is located in Zhangjiajie in the Hunan Province of China, close to the Suoxi Valley.

 

Red beach

Panjin Shuangtaizi River mouth state-level nature protection(盘锦双台子河口自然保护区) area preserves the most completed ecosystem and the biggest wetland in the world. More than 260 kinds of birds and 399 kinds of wild animals live in it.

 

Tea Fields
China is famous for tea and the most famous tea in China comes from the hills around Hangzhou.

 

Bamboo forest
The Shunan Bamboo Forest (Shunan Zhuhai) is a huge bamboo forest the size of which is 120 square kilometers. The park is famous for the natural beauty of the bamboo forests, scenes from the movie ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ were shot here.

Rice Fields

Terraced Rice fields
The Yuanyang Rice Terraces has been a masterpiece of the ingenuity of the Hani people for generations.

 

Here’s another glimpse into life in China

 

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The Best Amusement parks in Korea

The Best Amusement parks in Korea

There are several large Amusement parks in Asia and each of them, provide us with a lot of entertainment. Here follows the best amusement parks in Korea:

Everland

Everland KoreaThe Scoop: Everland is the first family park in Korea, and holds over 40 exciting rides and attractions. Along with the thrilling amusement park, Everland also includes Safari World and Herbivore Safari (featuring white tigers, tigers, lions, bears, giraffes, elephants and more), Caribbean Bay (one of Korea’s coolest water parks), Everland Speedway (the first ever racing track in Korea), and so much more! You can also enjoy the many festivals that take place there each year. To see all of Everland’s attractions and rides, click here!

How To Get There: Express Bus –  From Seoul Nambu Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an express bus bound for Everyland (1 hour ride).

  • Subway + Bus –
    ① At Exit 6 of Gangnam Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), take City Express Bus (jwaseok bus) No. 5002 (50 min ride).
    ② At Exit 13 of Gyodae Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), take City Express Bus (jwaseok bus) No. 1500 or 1500-1 (80 min ride).
    ③ At Exit 2 (Seoul Subway Line 2) or Exit 3 (Seoul Subway Line 4) of Sadang Station, take City Express Bus (jwaseok bus) No. 1500-2 (80 min ride).>br>
    City Bus –
    From Suwon Intercity Bus Terminal, Suwon Station, Singal, Yongin City Hall, and Yongin University, take city bus No. 66 or city express bus (jwaseok bus) No. 600 (40 min ride).
  • When To Go: Opening Hours: 9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Cost: One-day Pass — Daytime : adults 37,000 won / Teenagers 31,000 won / children 26,000 won
    Nighttime : adults 30,000 won / Teenagers 25,000 won / children 22,000 won
    Two-day Pass — Adults 59,000 won / Teenagers 50,000 won / Children 45,000 won
    Admisstion Ticket — Daytime : adult 30,000 won / Teenagers 25,000 won / children 22,000 won
    Nighttime : adult 24,000 won / Teenagers 22,000 won / children 20,000 won. * Nighttime tickets are sold from 17:00
  • Contact Info: Everland Website

Lotte World

Lotte World Korea

  • The Scoop: Lotte World is listed as the world’s largest indoor theme park in the Guinness Book of World Records, which is reason enough to visit! Lotte World’s indoor theme park is called “Adventure,” and there is also an outdoor one called “Magic Island.” There’s also a pretty sweet castle to gaze at in the background! To check out all of the attractions, rides, and festivals happening at Lotte World, click here!
  • How To Get There: Get off at Jamsil Station (Line #2 and #8) and get out at exit 4.
  • When To Go: Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 9:30am – 10:00pm / Fri – Sun: 9:30am – 11:00pm
  • Cost: Click here for all the ticket info!
  • Contact Info: Lotte World Website

Seoul Land

  • Seoul Land KoreaThe Scoop: Seoul Land is a fantastic theme park, complete with 40 rollercoasters, an Adventure Theater, Movie Theatre, Story Land, regular festivals, and a very cool Laser Show held in the evening. It is located at Seoul Grand Park, and has a beautiful view of Mt. Cheonggyesan. It also has an area called “World Square,” which holds traditional architecture and folk items from around the world.
  • How To Get There: Exit 2 of Seoul Grand Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4).
  • When To Go: Opening Time — 9:30am / Closing time — 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Closing time depends on the seasonal and festival schedule)
  • Contact Info: Seoul Land Website

These are among the best amusement parks in Korea!

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Gwanghwamun

Gwanghwamun: a Landmark and symbol of Seoul’s long history

Gwanghwamun is one of our favorite spots in Seoul because it provides great mountain views, people watching and long stretches of walking. It is central to so many spots (the Palaces, Insadong, Cheonggyecheon Stream, CineCube (our favorite indie movie theatre in Seoul) & Line 5 (purple).

A bunch of countries’ embassies can be found in the area of Gwanghwamun, as well. Plus, we love the King Sejong Statue. And in the summer there are in-ground fountains that offer must-needed relief from the city’s heat.

If you could pick one spot in Seoul, what’s your favorite? Tweet us @ATAbroad or send us a message on Facebook! We’d love to hear.

Goyang Flower Festival

Goyang Flower Festival (Ilsan, South Korea)

Have we mentioned how much we adore spring in Korea? We love it, and the Goyang flower festival is one of those reasons.

The colors are so vibrant – blue skies, bright flowers, shining sun (without the unbearable heat!) and just a general happiness among everyone. It’s so great.

The Goyang Flower Festival is an annual showcase of flowers from all over the world – over 100 countries are represented!

It’s just north of Seoul and in a new area. The Festival surrounds a lake park that is perfect for a picnic and laying out on a sunny day. There are tons of grocery and convenience stores nearby, as well, so you can pick up some snacks & drinks for the day.

We cannot recommend the Goyang Flower Festival enough.

What’s your favorite festival in Korea?

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