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Win copies of – Make Out in Korean: 3rd Edition – by Tuttle Publishing

After the tremendous success of Making Out in Korean, Tuttle Publishing is now out with the 3rd edition of this book and to celebrate its success they are giving out 3 copies of this book.

For those of you who are not aware, this book is very handy for those who are new to the dating scene in South Korea or who just got hitched. This books has conversations on topics from making acquaintances, discussing likes and dislikes, going out to developing romantic relationships and much more. The revised edition includes more idioms with the same categories, but MOST importantly includes the phrases in Hangeul,


Doing US Taxes in South Korea

Many U.S. individuals living abroad are either unaware that they have the same tax filing requirements as those living at home, or believe that they do not need to file a return if their foreign income is below the foreign earned income exclusion amount. All U.S. individuals, regardless of the geographical location or the amount of tax liability (even if no tax is owed), must file a return each year.

U.S. expats who are out of the country are usually given extra 2-month automatic extension to file their tax returns without requesting an extension, which makes the due date June 30th of the following year. However, if there is a balance due, interest will be assessed on it starting after April 15th. There is no penalty for being late if you owe no tax.


Doing US Taxes in Korea

While I read this article on married couples doing US taxes while abroad I found it didn’t apply to me completely as my spouse is not a US citizen. And while they provided links and great information, I’ve been unsettled to do my own taxes as I really didn’t want to end up on the naughty list of the IRS especially as we were getting ready for my wife’s US visa.


Grocery Shopping Guide in Korea for Asians – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East

The very first thing that comes to our mind when we receive an offer to relocate to South Korea is about food.

Will I get food from my home country?

Will I get the necessary spices if I have to cook my food at home?

What if I staying outside Seoul, in some remote place in Korea – will I be able to procure these grocery on a regular basis without travelling much?

But now with the emergence of various eCommerce (Online) Grocery Shops in Korea, buying Asian grocery has become more convenient. These online grocery shops mainly cater to Asians from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Middle East, Mauritius etc. who have relocate to Korea.


Public Libraries in Korea for reading, study and research

A library can be a great place to study, read a magazine, or borrow a book. But many libraries here don’t operate the way they did in my home state. Within this country libraries, while public, are not just something you can walk into. Every university and public library I’ve been to here requires you have a membership card that you swipe, much like a metro card to enter. With filling out a form you can get a card and go in. Except with the universities; if you are not a current student you cannot enter. If you just enrolled but didn’t get your ID card yet talk to the security guard at the side and they should let you in.

For graduate school research and a desire to read US news magazines I will sometimes visit our university library. But what to do near midterms/finals when the university libraries are overflowing with people? And what if you are not a current student? Here are a few options.

American Center Korea


Localphone.com Announces Free Calls to South Korea

Award winning international call provider, Localphone.com, rewards customers with a week of unlimited free calls to landlines in South Korea.

Free Calls to South Korea Offer

From 12pm (noon) GMT Friday 20th April until 12pm (noon) GMT Friday 27th April customers can make free calls to landlines in South Korea. The offer is available to all Localphone customers, old and new. There are no restrictions on how long each user can talk for or how many South Korean landline numbers they call. After the promotion ends calls will be charged at the normal cheap rate of 0.8p GBP / 1.1c EUR / 1.5¢ USD per minute.


Cost of living in Seoul Korea 2012

For anybody who is planning to move to South Korea either for job or for study, the first thing that you would want to know is – what would be the cost of living in Korea for me and my family (if applicable) and second thing you would want to know is – Can I survive in Korea – in terms of food, language and culture.


Cheap Accommodation in Korea for Students and Working Professionals

If you have plans to visit Korea for a few days, weeks or months and you are looking out for a temporary accommodation in Korea then Goshiwon, Hasukjib or Yeogwan could be the right fit for you. Goshiwon is more for students whereas Hasukjib and Yeogwan is more suitable for working professionals who are looking for a budget stay in Korea and does not want to go through the hassle of house renting, lease, deposit, utilities and so on. Read the guide below to check which one is more suitable for you.

Goshiwon – 고시원

Goshiwons are a remarkably cheap way of living in Korea. It is a very small and basic room where students often live in and study for a number of months in order to focus on a test (고시).


International Schools and Public Libraries in Korea

Namsan International Kindergarten

International Schools in Korea

Education for your kids in International Schools will cost you anywhere around US$12,000 – $20,000 for a year in elementary, middle or high school. These schools usually follow American or British Curriculum.


Average Salary and Tax Structure in South Korea for Expats

Average Salary in Korea

As per the article published in The Chosunilbo, the average annual salary per worker was estimated at 25.15 million KRW. In terms of region, the average wage of workers in Ulsan, where many giant enterprises are based, was 31.51 million KRW, the highest figure nationwide, whereas Incheon, the lowest, was merely 21 million KRW.

So expats on an average are offered around 2.5 million KRW per month before deduction of taxes.


17 Best Pinboards to follow on Pinterest if you love Korea

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Pinterest is now the new social media tool in the league of Facebook, Flickr that can keep you hooked for minutes if not hours. And with so many users creating interesting pinboards it has become easier to explore, inspire, share and discover new aspects about your hobbies and interests. Since South Korea is in the list of must-visit places for lovers of Korean Culture it is obvious that one should follow some interesting pinboards about Korea.

Presenting below are the best 21 pinboards, which covers everything from Life in Korea, Places to Visit, K-Pop, Hallyu, Korean Fashion, Seoul and every other aspect of Korea. You can click the images below to view the pins (tip: right-click and select open in new window / tab).


Top 10 Mobile Games in Korea for the year 2011

 

Download the Top 10 Mobile Games in South Korea for iPhone and Android for the year 2011. These games were searched the most on Google for the year 2011 as per Google Zeitgeist data for South Korea.


Interview with Ms Ying of KoreanThings.com


Point System for Permanent Residence Status in South Korea

 


List of Public Holidays in South Korea

Most of the holidays in South Korea have fixed dates but some are as per the Lunar Calendar. Traditional Festivals in Korea as celebrated as per the Lunar Calendar where as other holidays are decided as per the Solar Calendar. In all there are around 10 public holidays in Korea. But because Seollal and Chuseok are the biggest holidays in Korea, some offices give their employees a 3 day off, thus totaling to around 14 holidays a year.

During official public holidays bank and offices are closed, but department stores, restaurants, museums, palaces and parks are open. Stores and businesses in Korea are typically open on weekends and on public holidays, but most of them are closed on holidays like Seollal and Chuseok.

Here goes the list of Public Holidays in South Korea:

1) New Year’s Day / Sinjeong – January 1 – (1 day off)


35 Top Free Korean iPhone apps

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Life in Korea would not be that difficult if you take care of two things. One is that you procure a smartphone. And two you install apps that will make like in Korea a bit easier and a bit more convenient for you.

In this post we are bringing you the top free 35 iPhone apps which you can download on your iPhone. Some of them like Jihachul, Seoul Bus, iTour Seoul are the must have apps, some are just for fun apps and other apps can increase your understanding of Korean Culture and language.

We have divided these 35 apps in various categories to make it easier to for you the find the app that suits your need. To download these apps on iTunes you need click on the app icon and it will launch the app for you.


Free Business Start up School in Seoul

The Seoul Global Center

The Seoul Global Center Business Team welcomes expats to the 3rd session of their Business Start-up School in 2011.

Together with a business counseling service, this program will offer expats in Seoul a chance to learn from helpful courses and network with colleagues, to make their business bigger and better.

The Business Start-up School is a free program run by Seoul Metropolitan Government. The program will run from 19th September 2011 to 30th September 2011 at the Seminar room of the Press Center Building.

General Information


Info about South Korea

South Korea (Republic of Korea) lies between North East China and Japan has minor influences of both Chinese and Japanese culture because of its history.

Listed below are some facts and info about South Korea that one should know if he or she has any interest in Korea.


Planning a trip to Korea

If you are planning to visit Korea for a week then your approximate expenses (for people on a shoestring budget) for a city like Seoul or Busan would be as follows:

1. Accommodation (including breakfast & internet):
In a dorm could be around 22,000 – 25,000 won.
In a motel/officetel / Gosowon could be around 40,000 – 50,000 won.

2. Food:
Korean Meal: Per meal could cost around 5000 – 7000 won (no beef, only pork)
Western Meal: Burger – 4000 – 5000 won, Pizza  - 7000 – 20,000 won, Steak (oops we are on a shoestring budget so no steak, no pasta ;) )
Indian Meal: Lunch Thali – 6000 – 7000 won, Dinner Set – 15000 – 25000 won


Arirang TV Calling

Dear Reader,

IF you are maintaining a blog on Korea, Korean Culture, Korean Travel or anything connected to Korea then you have a chance to get your blog featured on Arirang TV in the Today’s Blog section.

You can view my section here: Brijesh Bolar on Han River in Korea

If you are interested then please leave a comment below and I ll send you the contact details of the Arirang Editor for you to take it forward.

So hope to see you Korean Bloggers on TV soon.


Alien Registration Card (ARC) in Seoul

It is very important that you get your Alien Card (ARC) registered in the first few weeks of your arrival. It is only after you get your ARC will you be entitled to procure a cell phone and most importantly open a bank account. You need to go to your nearest immigration office to get yourself registered.

In Seoul you can go to the immigration office at Omokgyo. It is on line number 5 – purple line after Yeong-deung-po office. Once you reach Omokgyo come out of exit 7 and keep walking for about 7-8 mins till your reach Audi showroom – Tian Motors (opp SK Petrol Pump). Keep walking on the right till you reach he end of the road. On your left you will notice the Seoul Immigration building across the road.

Make sure you carry these important documents for E-7 visa:


Helpline in Korea for foreigners

Landing into a country where you do not know the local language can make your initial days a bit difficult when you get stuck and you have no one to help. Koreans are no doubt very helpful to foreigners but sometimes you need proper words to describe your problem and sign language might not help that much. And sometimes you might just not find a Korean who can speak good English. Or may be sometimes you might find a Korean who can understand English but can not help you much with your problem.

Keeping in view the above difficulties faced by foreigners there are a few helplines available in Korea.


Utility for checking Bus Arrival Updates (online) in Seoul

My friend Rob Taylor shared a very useful utility for checking the Bus Arrival Updates in Seoul for the bus stop near you. You can also check the start and end timing for a particular bus #. This is  a very important utility for anyone who uses bus for daily commute.

Click the link below to use the tool -
http://m.seoul.go.kr/eng/topmenu.do

Using this tool is very simple and let me explain this to you with an example.

If you are staying in Haebangchon then..

Step 1 – Enter the Bust station Number as 03150 (yes you have to know the bus station number) in the ‘Search by Station Number’ box inthe Bus Arrival Updates section.

Step 2 - Then click the Bus Station Link (in this case Yongsan Hanshin, the name of the bus station)

Step 3 - And then click the bus # for more details (in this case, #143, #401 & #406).


Travel Agencies in Korea

The only way to experience the natural beauty of Korea is by travelling and visiting those places. My very intention of visiting Korea was to travel as far as I can in Korea and explore all the beautiful mountains, temples, islands and festivals of Korea.

Since Korea has 4 different seasons – Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. And every season has something new to offer. So the last thing I wanted to do in Korea was to sit at home on weekends and watch downloaded movies. I made it a point to not waste my single weekend and visit every possible place in Seoul and Korea.


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