Discovering Korea: Jalgalchi Market in Busan in Spring

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Although I have never been a huge seafood lover, some of the freshest seafood you can find in Korea can be found in Busan. I adore Busan’s laid-back vibe for being such a huge city. The warm days and cool evenings of Spring are perfect for a stroll along the waterfront. I recommend taking a trip to Jagalchi Market to check out the seafood selection. Be prepared for a meal between 50,000 and 100,000 won, but it’ll be fresh and delicious.

Since this was my first time at Jalgalchi Market, I didn’t know the procedure for ordering and eating on premises. You’ll need to choose your selections and pay for them, then have them prepared (for Korean shashimi – Hwe) or brought upstairs to the seating area for cooking.

You’ll be expected to pay a fee for cooking (about 10,000 for the whole order) and a fee for sitting at their tables (about 4,000 per person), but the fee includes water and ban chan side dishes. The beer and soju are overpriced in my opinion, but they do offer a basic selection.


Discovering Korea: Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeollabuk-do

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There are many hanok villages throughout South Korea, yet the Jeonju Hanok Village is a very fine example of traditional Korean craftworks and beautiful sights. I recommend going to Cafe Tomorrow for a rest accompanied by a coffee or refreshing drink overlooking the village.


Discovering Korea: Boseong Green Tea Fields, Jeollanam-do in Spring

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If you love tea, want to see the process of growing green tea, or just want to be in some beautiful scenery, the Boseong Green Tea fields are splendid! In spring, the tea is harvested and the hills you can hike through are filled with green tea laden bushes. The smell is wonderful and the green tea products are delicious!

I highly recommend taking a walk through the green tea fields in Boseong!


Discovering Korea: Jinan and Maisan Mountains, Jeollabuk-do in Spring

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I truly loved wandering through the Maisan Mountains, aptly called the “Donkey Ears”. This mountain range has two peaks which resemble donkey ears. The amount of hiking was completely worth the beautiful sights. At the top, you can choose to continue on to the peaks, or follow the trail down. There is also beautiful temples and a lake nestled with blooming flowers.

This is a trip you should make to the southern province of Jeollabuk-do.


Discovering Korea: Seoul and the DMZ in Spring

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If you’re looking for a good tour of the DMZ while you stay in Seoul, I recommend checking out Cosmo Jin Tours. It was affordable and the tour leader was professional, prompt, and even quite funny at times. I found it to be well worth the cost and a great experience!

Here are some pictures from the DMZ tour and sites around Seoul in the Springtime. One note, our tour required that we bring our Passports / ARC (Alien Registration Cards), so remember those if you plan on taking a tour!  

Lesson Plan: Sports and Food

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Intended level: Grade 2 ESL

Subject: Sports

Vocabulary: Sport, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Badminton, Golf, Baseball, Table Tennis/Ping Pong, Volleyball, Fish, Beef, Chicken, Vegetables, Milk, Juice, Rice, Bread, Fruit, Kimchi, Cheese, Ice Cream

Key Phrases: I like ______. I don’t like ______. My favorite ~


Jeonju Hanok Village and Tomorrow Cafe

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When visiting Korea, it is quite a treat to stay in a traditional Korean house called a Hanok. Nowhere is this more poignant than in Jeonju’s Hanok Village. Nestled in the heart of Jeonju, the capitol of the Jeollabuk-do province, is a must-see destination. This traditional village showcases traditional Korean craftworks, quaint cafes, delicious food, and spectacular views.

If you plan a stay in Jeonju’s Hanok village, I highly recommend a stop in at Tomorrow cafe. The only thing more delicious than the coffee is the view. It literally took our breath away. Owned by lovely Jeonju-natives for 60+ years (who speak English), this cafe is delightful choice for your time in Hanok. Oh, and did I forget to mention that they have Hanok pension available to stay in overnight as well? Check out this link to see their website for the cafe and overnight stays (in Korean)!

Korean Import Laws and I-Parcel Customs Clearance

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Rhea Smith:

This post by Rural Korea Living gives a thorough explanation on what to do when importing products from Amazon. If you’re in need of help with an i-parcel related question, or unsure how to acquire a customs id as a foreigner, this post is very helpful. Remember, when in doubt, the answer is most likely your ARC number!!

Originally posted on Rural Korea Living:

So, my student and I have had a rather frustrating experience and now that we know what to do, I am typing it all down to share with everyone who is importing things from any country INTO South Korea. I will now tell you exactly what we did and the emails given and everything.

My student and I made a combined purchase, with my account, from on September 27th, 2014. He needed to buy a specific item and it was MUCH cheaper to buy from Amazon than to buy through Gmarket. I also had some items to get, some new shoes from my favorite maker, and a book I’ve been wanting anyway. So we made a deal, I’d buy the items and we’d split the shipping cost and he’d pay me back in a few days. Nice arrangement.  I ordered, Amazon sent me the standard email saying that it…

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Lesson Plan: Food and Animals

Learning and Teaching, Lesson Plans

Intended level: Grade 2 ESL

Subject: Food and Animals

Vocabulary: Fish, Beef, Chicken, Vegetables, Milk, Juice, Rice, Bread, Fruit, Kimchi, Cheese, Ice Cream, Dog, Bird, Pig, Mouse, Chameleon, Lion, Giraffe, Cat, Spider, Elephant, Chicken

Key Phrases: I like _____. I don’t like ______.

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