Life in Korea

The Best Fall Korean Festivals in 2015

As the seasons begin to change and the temperature begins to drop, we say goodbye to summer and start to look ahead towards what’s on the schedule for autumn.

Korea is home to plenty of fun Fall festivals to take advantage of – whether you’re looking for delicious food, seasonal drinks, or festive music, read on below for festivals to look forward to. Break out your sweaters and start making a plan for which festivals you’re going to hit and when, because the season will be over before you know it.

There’s something for everybody, so don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to hit them all!

The Best Korean Street Food in Korea

Korea is well-known for too many things to count – music, television, and a rich, interesting history are only a few of the things that make Korean culture so unlike any other.

Another aspect of Korean culture that is unique and hard to beat is the incredible street food sprinkled throughout the country’s cities.

Whether you’re looking for a quick, salty snack or an adventure for your taste buds, read on to find out about some of the best Korean street food!

Sundae – 순대

Korean street food sundae

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Where to Buy Korean Makeup in Korea

Waking up in the morning and getting ready isn’t always easy, but it can definitely be fun!

One of the best parts about being human is having the freedom and ability to mix up your everyday look using different types of makeup. There are always new types of makeup to try – the long list of new glitter, eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascara that people can use to update and change their look is seemingly never ending.

The next time you find yourself interested in tracking down some new makeup in Korea, keep reading below for some shops that are definitely worth checking out!

The Face Shop

Korean Makup The Face Shop

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Best English Teaching Recruiters in Korea

If you are thinking of coming to Korea to teach, then the first step towards finding a job is to choose a recruiter. There are loads of recruiters in Korea. Some have plenty of jobs whereas others just have a few. Some are trustworthy and look out for their teachers, whereas others are less so.

While there are job boards where teaching jobs are posted, as a first-timer it is often better to contact the recruiter directly. This is because they will be able to help you through all the steps between looking for a job and actually starting a job in Korea.

Contact recruiters directly in Korea

Before you start to look for a recruiter, there are a few things that you should know.

Too Short for Korea

Too ShortAs a 6’2″ waygook, I have never experienced the problem implied by the title of this post. In fact, it’s usually the exact opposite for me. Every day I exit buses with extra care and walk under umbrellas at local markets like Quasimodo. Koreans, young and old, marvel unabashedly at my towering presence.

Yet somehow, despite a constant self-awareness of my height, these days I’m feeling a bit…short. You see, in the military, to be or feel “short” actually has nothing to do with how tall a person is. Instead, it means that one’s contract or tour of duty is coming to an end; and that’s precisely where I’m at with my EPIK journey.

It’s getting closer!!! I realized it pains me to go without a...

It’s getting closer!!! I realized it pains me to go without a laptop being so far away from home lol. I don’t like not being able to skype, blog, or post videos. I can’t believe my laptop died on me randomly. I feel like I was being punished for going out clubbing the night before. :-P 

Living in Korea: 10 Korean Apps You Need

When you are in Korea, you can download various Korean apps onto your smartphone in order to make your life simpler and easier. Here are ten of the most useful applications for life in Korea.


If you don’t have KakaoTalk on your phone then you might as well not even have a phone. This Korean app is so widespread that even your sixty-year-old boss will send you messages over KakaoTalk rather than regular texts.

10 of the Best KPop Groups of All Time

As you embark on your journey to learn to speak Korean, you’re probably going to become interested in exploring different aspects of Korean popular culture. That’s half the fun of learning a new language, right? KPop is undoubtedly going to be one of the first aspects of Korean popular culture that you run into – short for South Korean pop music, KPop has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon that is celebrated (and danced to) all over the world.

Korean Food Delivery in Korea

Some days, despite the sheer number of restaurants on almost every street in Seoul, going out to eat feels like too much effort. Perhaps it is raining, or the middle of winter, or you just don’t want to change out of your pajamas. Luckily, on those occasions, getting food delivered to your doorstep is easy in Korea. Korean food delivery is quite different from food delivery in other countries, so learning how the delivery system works can help save embarrassment.

What to order

It is quite common to come home and find a food menu taped to your door. If you keep these menus then you can quickly and simply build up a range of options for when you want to order food. When you visit your favorite restaurant, if they have a takeout menu by the checkout then pick one up to add to your stockpile of food options.

Delicious Korean Food You Won’t Want to Miss

One of the best things about becoming familiar with a new culture is trying new, exotic foods. On your journey to learn to speak Korean, I’m sure you’ll begin picking up on names of dishes that you’ve never heard of, and that list of names will continue to grow the longer you study the language. Whether you’re in a Korean BBQ restaurant in your current city or you’ve made the trip and are exploring the authentic cuisine of Seoul, we’ve compiled a list of some delicious Korean foods you should be on the lookout for! Don’t be alarmed if some of these dishes are like nothing you’ve ever seen before – Korean cuisine is known for incorporating exotic complementary flavors and often incorporates bright colors and funky textures. Each of the dishes on our list have something unique that sets it apart from the rest, so try as many as you can to get an accurate taste of Korea!

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