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stever1000



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Location: Comox, BC

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:43 am    Post subject: Sasang-gu and Busan SGA Reply with quote

Hello

Does anyone have any experence with this area of Busan, or this school?

Sasang-gu looks like it's pretty fair from downtown Busan. What is the area like? Has anyone taught at this school?

Any info would be great, I cannot find much info through Google on the school

People who have lived in Sasang-gu, I would appreciate any info. From what I have read this is an industrial part of Busan, and also a poor part of town with lots of factories. Comments?

Thanks
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Rutherford



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Sasang-gu is a poor, somewhat industrial part of Busan. You don't see huge factory complexes with smokestacks but there are a lot of smaller light industrial factories. A lot of foreign guest workers live around Sasang which makes it one of the most multicultural areas of Busan but gives it a bad reputation among Koreans. The upside of this is you can find good foreign food.

Sasang also has a lot of restaurants and bars, Emart and Homeplus, and is very close to the KTX station at Gupo and the airport in Gimhae. It's also only about a 10 minute subway ride to Seomyeon which is a very busy area for shopping and nightlife. If you don't like Sasang's "ruggedness" living in Seomyeon is an option.
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sublunari



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I worked at a public school near Sasang station for two years, and h-h-hated it. The very air you breath is a poisonous fume! The kids are naughty. The people are not happy. They stare and glare like they're being paid by the minute. The foreign food is no good. And in the summer it doesn't just smell like rotting cabbage---it smells like shit. As though someone standing right behind you just took a shit in his pants. The previous author is correct in saying that there are a lot of small factories in the area. You should only work there if you can live in a better part of the city (like Haeundae, which is an hour away by subway).

(most of the teachers and some of the students were nice)
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Nester Noodlemon



Joined: 16 Jan 2009

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sublunari wrote:
I worked at a public school near Sasang station for two years, and h-h-hated it. The very air you breath is a poisonous fume! The kids are naughty. The people are not happy. They stare and glare like they're being paid by the minute. The foreign food is no good. And in the summer it doesn't just smell like rotting cabbage---it smells like shit. As though someone standing right behind you just took a shit in his pants. The previous author is correct in saying that there are a lot of small factories in the area. You should only work there if you can live in a better part of the city (like Haeundae, which is an hour away by subway).

(most of the teachers and some of the students were nice)


OK. You have given us the good points. Is there anything bad about the place?
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PatrickGHBusan



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Location: Busan (1997-2008) Canada 2008 -

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why didn you work there for 2 years then Rutheford?

OP: Sasang is out of the way and while relatively close to Somyeon by subway it is not close to many other things.

It is a bit industrial in nature as well.

If the job is great you could theoretically accept it and request to live somewhere else down on the subway line.
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b-class rambler



Joined: 25 Mar 2009

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rutherford wrote:
Yes, Sasang-gu is a poor, somewhat industrial part of Busan. You don't see huge factory complexes with smokestacks but there are a lot of smaller light industrial factories. A lot of foreign guest workers live around Sasang which makes it one of the most multicultural areas of Busan but gives it a bad reputation among Koreans. The upside of this is you can find good foreign food.

Sasang also has a lot of restaurants and bars, Emart and Homeplus, and is very close to the KTX station at Gupo and the airport in Gimhae. It's also only about a 10 minute subway ride to Seomyeon which is a very busy area for shopping and nightlife. If you don't like Sasang's "ruggedness" living in Seomyeon is an option.


^^I have experience of living in Sasang and I'd say that's a pretty fair overall assessment.

Sasang-gu (like any -gu) covers quite a large area. As Rutherford said, quite a lot of it is made up of small industrial units, particularly in the Hakjang/Gamjeon areas to the south of Sasang station and the Deokpo and Mora areas to the north of the Sasang station and bus terminal area.

But there are significant residential areas too, which are much like many other Busan suburbs. There are also some nice hillside walking areas on one side of the district and riverside park areas on the other. And, as was mentioned above, you're extremely well served by public transport and other amenities in Sasang. If your life in Busan is based around Gwangalli/Haeundae then Sasang might be described as 'out of the way', but otherwise it isn't at all. It's close to Seomyeon, Nampodong doesn't take long to get to by bus, the airport and KTX are all easy to get to as well and with it having Busan's 2nd major bus terminal, you can get a city bus from Sasang to/from just about anywhere in the city.

Also, keep in mind that you could get yourself a much nicer apartment in Sasang than the same money would get you in many other parts of the city.

Some Busan expats get kinda twitchy and nervous if they head too far out of the Haeundae/Gwangan side of town and perhaps think they'll fall off the edge of the earth if they venture west of Seomyeon. If you're one of those people who needs to be around lots of other westerners (and nothing wrong with that if so) then Sasang probably wouldn't be the best part of Busan for you to live in. But I've known (and still do) a few westerners who've worked and/or lived in that area and who were very happy doing so.
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