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Advice on Where to Live???

 
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Zen Forever



Joined: 08 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 9:25 am    Post subject: Advice on Where to Live??? Reply with quote

Help! I'm coming over there to teach and want to live in a great location with temparate weather, water bodies nearby, a bit of action, but not busy like a big city, relaxed general vibe. People tell me Pusan is fantastic. I've heard Jeju Island is nice. Any opinions or recommendations for a gal from Toronto who likes quiet good times and open spaces?
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The Donkey



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere drinking, smoking and using foul language

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go to Costa Rica, go to Thailand, go anywhere but Korea
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Zen Forever



Joined: 08 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 10:51 am    Post subject: Diametrically Opposed Reply with quote

I think we think differently.

Would love to go to any of those other places but I'm thinking about cold, hard cash. And korea is where the dollars are at, right?
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Captain Obvious 2.0



Joined: 09 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no real "temparate" part of Korea. Anywhere you land up will be cold in the winter and "hot, hot, damn hot" in the summer. Except in Jeju or along the southern coast. Instead it all moves up a notch to "cool in the winter, and hot, hot, hot, damn hot" in the summer.

Due to Korea's population density, there are lots of things to do depending on what you like. Health clubs, theatres, bars, PC rooms, coffee huts, shopping malls, cute girls, etc. Lacking through will be outdoor activities like climbing which will require a ride to where you can do that unless you end up extremely lucky and on the edge of a mountain (I've managed to get housing like that twice).

It's pretty hard to be end up bored. Plus with your wages, you can easily deck out an apartment with a nice entertainment setup on your first salary for those days when you're at home.
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matthews_world



Joined: 15 Feb 2003
Location: Coming to a norae-bang near you!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 4:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Diametrically Opposed Reply with quote

I second what Captain said about the weather here. Expect winters so pack for 4 seasons.


Zen Forever wrote:

And korea is where the dollars are at, right?



Pretty good money here in Korea as well as Taiwan and Japan. If you want warmer weather but more polluted conditions go to Taiwan.

Each country has their ups and downs. Money is good but it ain't everything.

Begin reading this board to get a feel for teaching in Korea, i.e. business practices among schools and Korean culture. Korea is not going to be the pie in the sky that you hoped. Be prepared to encounter shifty school directors and somewhat dodgy business ethics. Many owners will want to give you the shaft or they'll often want the better end of the deal.

All schools won't be like this, just do your homework. I'm happy with my school and haven't had problems.


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weatherman



Joined: 14 Jan 2003
Location: Korea

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen much open space in this country. It is all forested , with the valleys opened for farming. The horizon is nil for it is wall to wall mountains too. The only really open space I have seen was on the island of Chedju Do with its sloping sides and wide areas of unforested pasture lands. If you really say you want beaches and mellow entertainment action, then this would be the place to go.
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The Great Wall of Whiner



Joined: 24 Jan 2003
Location: Middle Land

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say Busan is a nice compromise between Jeju and Seoul.

I plan on working in Busan/Pusan one day. Could even be in two weeks (though I am not sure).
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Weigookin74



Joined: 26 Oct 2009

PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Follow your heart son. It holds true as much today as it did long ago.
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Joe Boxer



Joined: 25 Dec 2007

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why do I feel like I just got rick rolled?
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le-paul



Joined: 07 Apr 2009
Location: dans la chambre

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my exp. (and feel free to correct me if Im misled), Seoul is where the money is, not korea. The rest of the country seems to have pretty shitty wages on the whole. The only other places that have more money, are where there is more industry - ie possibility for working 'extra shifts'. Those dont seem like the type of places you're specifying?

The weather here is also not to everyones liking. For me, I love it between November and April ish because its generally cold and dry. The downside is its brown everywhere which contrasts nicely with the beautiful architecture. Summer is very hot and humid everywhere.

As for entertainment. Most people here seem pretty content to get drunk and eat out (and play ultimate frisbee if you're a foreigner), so there are plenty of facilities to do that. If you have a hobby, youll probably find its possible to pursue it here (whatever it is) and its a good way to meet people. If not, most things are kind of 'quick fix', distraction type of things (like singing rooms, movies and coffee shops), with little substance.

As for country side, like the others said, its mostly, steep forested mountains or rice fields. Either way, unless youre stuck out in the sticks, you'll probably find it hard to be out of sight of buildings and earshot of people.

Busan is ok. Plenty of places to eat and drink and go shopping etc. There are a couple of university areas so plenty of places to have a drink and eat foreign food etc. There are also a lot mountains in the city. Again you've got the buildings everywhere and loads of people. The beaches are ugly as sack of cockz though and in the summer you literally cant get on a few of them.

I would say though, korea is pretty much the same anywhere you go. Its not like each city has its own style or vibe, they have the same buildings in a different order. As the asian folk say 'same same but different'.

There you go - choices choices!
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flarsky



Joined: 30 Nov 2013

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was it really necessary to bump a 10 year old thread?
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Died By Bear



Joined: 13 Jul 2010
Location: On the big lake they call Gitche Gumee

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The OP was in Korean jail for 3 years for smuggling hash into the country.
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Ginormousaurus



Joined: 27 Jul 2006
Location: 700 Ft. Pulpit

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Died By Bear wrote:
The OP was in Korean jail for 3 years for smuggling hash into the country.


Wow! How do you know this?
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le-paul



Joined: 07 Apr 2009
Location: dans la chambre

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

flarsky wrote:
Was it really necessary to bump a 10 year old thread?


hadn't seen that.

What a fecking waste of energy...
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