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Joe Thanks



Joined: 01 Oct 2003
Location: Dudleyville

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 4:33 am    Post subject: Changwon: opinions? Reply with quote

Hi,

It seems like theres little work In the larger Korean cities. Ive received offers from a few smaller places, like Changwon.

Im looking for war stories form Changwon: the good, the bad and the ugly of it.

There are no expat sites about the place that offer details about the following:

Shopping
Nightlife
Restaraunts
Expat community


Id love to hear more about these things, since I might end up finding work there. A large city isnt important, but one that:
a.) have legal schools that will give me work where I dont have to work weekends

b.) There is a close-knit, decent foreign teaching community

c.) and where decent pub life is available 7 days a week.

So, can any f you In the peanut gallery tell me about Changwon, specifically Id appreciate it.


Cheers,

Joe
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just because



Joined: 01 Aug 2003
Location: Changwon - 4964

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm from Changwon so i'll give you the goss:
Basically it apparently is the cleanest city in Korra because it is the only planned city. It is big enough that you can get anything(Emart, Homeplus and Lotte are here) but small enough that it is nice to live here. If you need to really party Busan is only a 45 minute 4000 bus ride away.
Anyway, I'll answer your questions in order:
1)The weekend work is what you make of it I suppose. I think about 50% do weekends here. I don't but I know plenty that do but I know more and more contracts here are starting to make andatory weekend work.
2) The foreign community is pretty close-knit. There is an Irish pub here that basically everyone gathers at and has the big screen for all the sporting events(World cup rugby), and stacks of DVDs. The owner is an Irish guy who is great. many great foreigners to meet(but the usual amount of idiots too).
3) Ditto above about the pub life.

I've lived here for 2 years and I like it a lot. However, my job is good and I enjoy living in foreign countries so I'm easy to please. Some people don't liuke it as it is not like Seoul but as I said Busan is just up the road. If you get some offers from some school drop me a PM and I'll see if i can scope it out.
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jacktar



Joined: 04 Jun 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2003 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't respond earlier because I haven't lived there in 2 years and you know how much things can change in this country in that amount of time. Just wondering, is the IP still rockin' or has this Irish place taken over as teh expat bar of choice?
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just because



Joined: 01 Aug 2003
Location: Changwon - 4964

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2003 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The IP is still hopping but it seems to have been taken over by a mix of GIs and Russian dancers. Still the same owner though.
However, the Irish bar definantly has the lions share at present because he caters for a foreign and not a Korean crowd. But the way it is working out heaps of Koreans are coming as well because it is well lit and looks goog(well better than Ip, which was pretty dark and dank). Anyway, a projector screen TV is great plus it has a pool table which is good as well.
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K-in-C



Joined: 27 Mar 2003
Location: Heading somewhere

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:44 pm    Post subject: Chillin in Changwon Reply with quote

I second everything just because said. Smile

Cheers,

Kate in Changwon
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