Korea Information
Are you considering teaching in Korean? Already got a teaching contract in Korean and want to learn more about the culture and people?

Don’t worry too much by preparing yourself for the departure.

What is life like in Korea? Learn more by reading Korea Info on TJ Recruiting Blgopost.

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New 5-Digit Postal Code System for South Korea

New 5-Digit Postal Code System for South Korea

On August 1, 2015, The Korea Postal code system changed from a 6-digit postal code system to a 5-digit postal code system. This means you should use the new 5-digit postal code instead of the old 6-digit code when you send your visa documents to South Korea.

Some courier service may still use the old 6-digit postal code system and demand you the old one when you try to send your documents. We have been told that the courier service say that the postal codes our visa processing staff sent were wrong. Our visa staff tried to explain the new changes but it has not been so successful as the system they use returns an error for the 5-digit postal code as wrong or a missing digit.

Currently, it’s verified that Fedex upgraded their system to accept the new Korean postal code(March 2016).

Why the Change is Necessary?

While most local Koreans are highly doubt the change is necessary, this change is based on the Article 19(3) of the Road Name Address Act. The State Basic District number is given to each State Basic District.

Article 19(3) states:

[Article 19(3) of the Road Name Address Act] District numbers publicly notified pursuant to Article 18(3) shall constitute basic units of various districts publicized for the general public under other Acts, such as statistical districts, postal districts, and jurisdictions, unless particular reasons exist to the contrary.

Each State Basic District code is used as the basic unit of various districts controlled by public authorities for the purposes including statistics, firefighting, public order, mail service and so on. So the Korean Government believes that the new system will provide more effective service in various areas in many ways.

How It is Reformed?

Simply put, 6-digit to 5-digit. It appears to be simpler dropping one digit. Actually, it has more than what it appears. The announcement says, “the 5-digit district number assigned based on the geographic features (roads, rivers, railroads, etc.) and assigned to each State Basic District will replace the existing 6-digit postal code created based on the administrative units (Eup, Myeon and Dong) and districts assigned to each postman.”

For example, digits 01~09 are assigned for Seoul-si. As Jongro-gu uses 03, the new 5-digit postal code for the area starts with 030~032. The last two digits are serial number which is designated to each postman who actually delivers mail to each house.

Image from the Korea Post Announcement


It is not necessary to understand the new system thoroughly for native teachers even to Koreans unless they are working for the Post Office. So I will not go further. But the following is useful links you might be interested.


Busan U1 Post Office by hyolee2


Useful Links

Link to the official notice of postal code reform into the state basic district system by Korea Post:


Postal Code Finder:



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Kakao Talk – A Must Have App for Korea

Kakao Talk – A Must-Have App for Life in Korea!

Is your VISA in your passport and are your flights confirmed? Or are you almost there? If so, it’s time to prepare for your arrival in Korea. An important part of your arrival plan is for you to stay in close contact with your recruiter. In the past, we asked new arrivals to telephone us from Incheon Airport. The arrangement worked fairly well, but some of our friends found it inconvenient. New arrivals needed to go to the information desk or somewhere else in the airport concourse to locate a payphone.

So you might wonder if there is a more convenient way to contact people in Korea as soon as you arrive at Incheon International Airport. Why not use Kakao Talk? It is a free chatting and calling app for your smart devices (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows phone & Windows Desktop) and is used by 98.9% of Koreans. Most foreigners resident in Korea also use the app.

Why are Kakao’s services so popular?

The story begins a few years ago when Korean carrier services charged between 20 and 100 Korean won per text message (SMS, MMS and Multimedia message). You may think that 20 won (about 2 cents, U.S.) amounts to nothing. That’s what many young people thought until they discovered that they were exchanging so many texts that it would be cheaper simply to make a brief phone call.

Identifying a niche in the market, some bright spark came up with the idea of Kakao. Unlike carrier-provided messaging services, sending text messages via Kakao costs you nothing. Provided a user has access to a free Wi-Fi connection, sending even very long texts, large photo’s, and short videos is entirely free. Kakao also provides a selection of cute emoticons, both still and animated.

Kakao provides not only a messaging service but also such services as Kakao Story, Kakao Group, and Kakao Place. In order to make use of these services, you need to create a Kakao account using your email. When you have a Kakao account, you can also create your own Kakao ID to share with others!


Read More on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KakaoTalk


Installing Kakao Talk on Your Smart Device

Kakao website: www.kakao.com

Kakao supports many platforms and is available on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. There is also a PC version.

Please visit iTunes Store or Play Store and search for ‘Kakao Talk.’ Alternatively, click on the appropriate link below.

Download Links:

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id362057947

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kakao.talk&hl=en

BlackBerry: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/76029/?lang=en

Windows Phone: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/kakaotalk/6bb928fe-f012-468f-8f8e-9c42098ee783

PC: http://app.pc.kakao.com/talk/win32/KakaoTalk_Setup.exe

Installing Kakao Talk on an Android device

Search for ‘Kakao Talk’ on Google Play and touch the ‘INSTALL’ button. Then ‘ACCEPT’ the privileges of the App. Installation will begin.

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When you first run Kakao Talk, you have to activate the App using your mobile number. This does not need to be the number of the device on which you are installing Kakao Talk. Any number on which you can receive the four-digit verification number will work. Also, other Kakao users will use this number to find your Kakao account.


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Once you have verified the number, you can log in to your existing Kakao account to restore friends and profile info. You can also skip this process.

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Unfortunately, the terms of service and the privacy policy are available only in Korean. Their content is much like  similar documents that you might encounter in your home country. They are in harmony with Korean privacy law.

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The last step is to create your profile. You can add your portrait and insert your name.

If you click the button entitled, ‘Add Automatically,’ Kakao will search your phone book to see if there are any other Kakao users among your contacts. It will add them automatically to your friends list.

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The friends list below is empty:

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Here is the Chat room:

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With Kakao, you can send a photo, a video, a voice note, a contact, or even your current location. Remember to try the cute emoticons.

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You can add a friend by ID Search or by QR code:

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Other Kakao Services:

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The 23th Daegwallyeong Snow Festival

A Winter Trip to a World of Snow:

Daegwallyeong Snow Festival in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do


“When snow falls, all turn shining silver and silence spreads across the city of Pyeongchang in Gangwon-do. Pyeongchang’s snow scene is simply the most beautiful and peaceful.” – Visit Korea.

It is true. Please don’t miss the 23rd Daegwallyeong Snow Festival this year. The festival starts today, January 9th, 2015 and lasts 18th of January.

Period: January 9th ~ 18th (10 days)
Location: Hoinggye-ri, Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gwangwon province
Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00
Event: Many are Scheduled
Exhibit: Snow Sculpture, Ice Sculpture, Snow Flakes Essay Contest
Experiences: Snow Sled, Ice Sled, Ice Slide, Snow Rafting, Snow Bobsleigh, Snow ATV, Ski, Igloo and so on
Sponsors: Gangwon Province Office, Pyeongchang Gun Office, Yongpyeong Resort, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and MILLET


How to get there:

It takes two and half from Seou, three and half from Daegu. If you live in Gangneung, it takes about 30 minutes!

If you are near Seoul, please take a bus to Hoenggye(횡계) at Dong Seoul Bus Terminal(동서울버스터미널). The buses live from 6:32am and the last bus lives at 8:05pm. There are buses in every 30 to 60 minutes.

If you are in Gangneung or Wonju, it is much easier. Buses are quite many and you can just catch any of them. Please remember the destination is Hoenggye(횡계).

If you can manage to take Shuttle bus between Yongpyeong Ski resort, or Alpensia and your location, it will be much easier to get there. You have to book to take the shuttle. Shuttle leaves in Seoul, Incheon, major cities in Gyeonggi province, Daejeon, Cheongju, Busan, Ulsan, Pohang, Daegu and Gumi.

Please visit booking page if you want to book online. Please ask your Korean friend to book because everything is in Korean. Her is the link: http://ypbus.co.kr/web2/main.jsp

For your convenience, I have generated a Google map location. I hope it helps.


Festival Schedule:

January 9th, 2015 Opening, Manseol-je
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Snow Rafting & ATV
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Snow Sled & Snow Bobsleigh
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Snow Shoe Walking & Drying Pollack
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Ice Sled & Top Spinning
January 9th ~ 18th, 2015 Ice Slide
January 10th, 2015 Snow Art & Literature Award


Admission & Experience Fee

Snow/Ice Sculpture 3,000krw
Snow Rafting 5,000krw
Snow Bobsleigh 5,000krw
Snow Sled 5,000krw
Ice Sled 5,000krw
Snow/Ice Slide 5,000krw
Snow ATV 10,000krw

* Those under age 5 or over age 65 are admission free. For the group rate, please call the travel agency: T. 02-2699-4568 / 010-2098-2585(Korean only)

Would you like see some photos? Please follow the link: http://www.snowfestival.net/photo
You can read an article about 22nd Snow Festival which was held 3rd of January through 12th, 2014 on Visit Korea’s Website.




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Culture: Useful Information about Korea

Culture: Useful Information about Korea



Korea proudly boasts 5,000 magnificent years of history and tradition. Experience the unique essence of Asian culture. Though Korea exhibits an eagerness to learn about Western culture, its people are still firmly rooted in Asian tradition. They are likely to hide their emotions. They often smile or laugh when they feel sorry or shy. Koreans take off their shoes inside the house so, please take off your shoes before get into the house. The country also has one of the most ethnically homogeneous populations in the world.


Number 1 Korean surname is Kim, and then Lee, and Park follow. Unlike western culture, woman never changes her last name after getting marriage. It means married couple have different last name. The children will follow father’s surname.



Korean culture centers on the family, and Koreans write their surname before their given (first) name. It was very common to see several generations of one family living under the same roof but it has been change dramatically. Now, especially in the city area you will rarely find such a scene. Korea has unique writing system, Hangul and wearing, Hanbok.


You can learn more about Korean culture at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/1071_Culture.jsp


It would be great if you don’t do the followings:

  • Don’t write a Korean person’s name in red ink, because that implies that the person has died (!).
  • Don’t put your business cards or someone else’s in your back pocket, because Koreans view this as disrespectful.
  • Don’t squeeze hard when shaking someone’s hand.




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Life in Korea – Transportation, Places to Go

Life in Korea – Transportation, Places to Go



You can use buses, trains, taxies and airplane or ships to go everywhere in Korea very easy safely.
Inexpensive flights run daily from several different Korean airports. Korean Air and Asiana Airline flies out of a dozen different airports in Korea to destinations all over the world (We have international airport in Incheon, Busan and Jeju). All domestic flights generally cost between 1400,000 and 190,000 KRW round way (about 70,000 to 90,000 for one way).

Traveling using these transportations is considerably safe.

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KTX – Bullet Train

For more information visit : http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/1041_Transportation.jsp


Places to Go

We would like to encourage our teachers to explore your new country and experience the unique local culture. Korea has historic towns, palaces, and Buddhist Temples and drama/movie sites and these are very attractive. Just a few hours from anywhere in the country by bus or train.

Seoul is Korea’s capital, Busan is number 1 port city and had beautiful beaches, Haeundai and Taejongdai, Kyungju is Korea’s most famous historic city. The country’s largest island, Jeju Island, offers unforgettable views including the waterfalls at Hae-anjidae and the cliffs at Jusang Jeolli. The second largest island is Geoje, hosted 2 world class major ship yard, SHI(Samsung Heavy Industrial) and DSME(Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engering). You will enjoy skiing/snowboarding in Muju and Pyeongchang in the winter. East coast line is famous for its unique beauty and wild. West and South coast, including thousand of islands offer different feeling from East coast. You also find some nice spas, hot springs inside the Korea.


Cherry Blossom


Autumn in Korea


Stream with Autumn leaves


Snow in Korea


Please visit Korea tourism organization for more information : http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/intro.html




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Life in Korea – Internet, Smartphones, IT

Life in Korea – Internet, Smartphones, IT



South Korea is proud of its advanced technology and light speed internet connection. The internet providers offer the connection about 25,000~35,000KRW. The speed is usually at least 100Mbps and up to 200Mbps(both up and down).

Popular service providers include KT(Korea Telecom), SK Broadband, LG U+, and CJ Hello Net. If you’re agreeing to a one-year contract, you can usually get connected without a service charge. Some employers will assist you in setting the internet connection up.

You’ll also find lots of “PC Bangs(Internet cafe)”. Some are open 24 hours, with a snack bar service with beverages, noodles, and other snacks. PC Bangs generally only offer Internet service, and may not have business services such as faxes, scanners, or printers. Fees run about 1000-2000KRW/hour.

Internet Usage Statistics:
40,080,000 Internet users as of Sept 2008, 70.7% of the population, according to Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

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Mobile devices – Smartphones(or cellphones) and tablets

Korea has been cutting edge in the field of mobile devices. A smartphone has high resolution camera, MP3 player, blue tooth communication, touch screen and DMB(Digital multimedia Broadcasting) function. Some of the World class manufactures are Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. You can purchase a smartphone at a lower price with two year contract. Without contract, the price is standard. Now even the elementary students have their own smartphones in Korea.


IP TV, Satelite TV, and Cable TV

You can use cable TV in a very cheap price(about 5,000KRW) or IPTV with internet service. The satellite TV is also possible in Korea. The providers includes CJ Hello Vision(Cable TV), KT(IPTV), LG U+(IPTV), SK Broadband(IPTV) and SKY Life(Satellite TV). There are basic, standard and premier pack depends on the number of channels and services. If you use bundle pack(internet+TV) the service charge may be discounted.


IT Technology

Korea is said global IT leader for its enthusiasm and advancement in IT technology.
Korea’s ITU(Digital Opportunity Index) is global ranking 1st for 3 successive years(2005~2007).
Korea’s NIA(National informtization Index) is global ranking 3rd in 2007.




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Life in Korea – Food, Housing

Life in Korea – Food, Housing


Come Korea and enjoy the joy of living. We have delicious food, cozy housing, super fast internet, state of art cell phones, enjoyable cable TV, and you can take any transportation to go somewhere to refresh.



Koreans enjoy eating in groups, savoring the food and the company.
Famous Korean dishes are : Bulgogi, Gal-bi, Bibim-bop and Gamja-tang
Please see the explanations from Wikipedia.org.


(pronounced [pulgogi] in Korean) is a Korean dish that usually consists of marinated barbecued beef, although chicken or pork may also be used. It is one of the most popular beef dishes in Korea. For more information :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgogi

Galbi or kalbi

It generally refers to a variety of gui or grilled dishes in Korean cuisine that is made with marinated beef(or pork) short ribs in a ganjang-based sauce (Korean soy sauce).[1]. In Korean language, galbi literally means “rib” and can often indicate uncooked ribs. In addition, the dish’s full name is galbi gui, although “gui” (grilling) is commonly omitted to refer to it.

Since galbi is generally made with beef ribs, it may be called “sogalbi” (소갈비) or “soegalbi” (쇠갈비) in Korean, whose prefix, “so” or “soe” (beef) is often omitted as well. However, just like the literal meaning, galbi dish also can be made with pork ribs or chicken. In such cases, the dish is called “dwaeji galbi” (돼지갈비) or “dalk galbi” (닭갈비) to emphasize the main ingredient.

For more information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galbi


is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means “stirred/mixed rice” or “stirred/mixed meal.” (It is also sometimes spelled “bibimba,”
“bibimbab,”b-bop” or “bibimbop”).
Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) andgochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.
Vegetables commonly used in bibimbap include julienned cucumber, zucchini, mu (daikon), mushrooms, doraji (bellflower root), and gim, as well as spinach, soybean sprouts, and gosari (bracken fern stems). Dubu (tofu), either plain or sautéed, or a leaf of lettuce may be added, or chicken or seafood may be substituted for beef. For visual appeal, the vegetables are often placed so that adjacent colors complement each other. For more information :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibimbap

Gamjatang or pork bone soup

is a spicy Korean soup made with pork spine, vegetables, green onions, hot peppers and ground wild sesame seeds. It is a matter of contention whether the name of the soup comes from the word for potato (감자; gamja) or not, because the soup is frequently served without potatoes.

The vertebrae are usually separated with bits of meat clinging to them. The vertebrae is boiled in high temperatures to soften the meat. To remove the meat, one must use an instrument such as a chopstick. The meal is usually served with kimchi and a bowl of rice. This is often a late night snack but is also served for a lunch or dinner.

The soup base is a deep red colour from the red hot peppers. The soup is now common in Korean restaurants outside of Korea, including the United States and Canada.
For more information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamjatang

Chopsticks and more

Koreans use chopsticks in metal or bamboo/wooden/plastic than fork.
Still, you can find western food anywhere in Korea in some form, but imported items are more expensive. Korea has franchise chain store like Outback steak house, McDonald’s, Mr. Pizza, VIPS steak, Pizza Hut and so on. It has a Costco, Tesco Home Plus and E-Mart(like Wall-mart) in many places around Korea.



You will be living in a typical studio apartment/bachelor suite that caters to the busy life of a single person. Apartments are not spacious, but they have enough room for one person to live comfortably (don’t expect a fancy loft, as Asia has a high population density and housing is tight). All of these apartments have modern, western-style bathroom facilities with a toilet, sink, and shower. However, bathtubs are rare in single-housing accommodation in Korea. Most instructors find housing in a “villa” or an “office-tell.” The residents such as One-rooms and Villas range in price from approximately $600 USD per month up to $1,500 USD per month, on average.

1) One-room(it’s just what Koreans call, it usually has more than one rooms)

Four- to five-story buildings offer accommodations called “one-room” in Korea. The first floors usually serve for parking lots. Residents reside from second floors. One-rooms are very affordable due to their low maintenance costs. These buildings have an owner whether he resides in the building or not and plays the role of superintendent.

2) Villa

It almost has same structure and features with one-rooms in Korea. Mostly found in the residential areas of the city, villas are also very affordable due to their low maintenance costs. These buildings typically have an owner who resides in the building, top floor, and plays the role of superintendent.

3) Office-tells

Tall buildings that offer unit accommodations (alongside business or commercial space) are called “office-tells.” Office-tells are fairly new, which means they come with modern features. Most of the suites in office-tells have keyless entry and other conveniences, depending on the location. The costs may be higher than those of a villa because of building maintenance costs (approximately $50-150 USD per month). One of the advantages of living in an office-tell is the close proximity to shops and services, which are sometimes attached to the building itself.

4) Apartment building

15 to 25 story buildings offer accommodations called “apartment building” in Korea. Their price is vary by size and location but usually it’s very expensive. Koreans favor apartment building because its comfortableness.

Apartment Building Complex

You can choose free furnished studio type housing or getting monthly allowance for housing. If you are couple then you can take an advantage of staying together and get a monthly allowance. Furnishings will include a bed, gas stove range, refrigerator, washer, and air conditioner.




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Life in Korea – General info Teaching English in Korea

Life in Korea – General info Teaching English in Korea

Take a glimpse look at the Life in Korea.


1) Safety :

The crime rate in Korea is very low compared to the rest of the world. The Korean government prohibits people from owning guns, and it is very rare for a policeman to shoot a gun. You can freely go out everywhere anytime! This doesn’t mean you should avoid precautions.


2) Kind and helpful people :

Even though Koreans find it difficult sometimes to communicate with foreign people, they are still very friendly and warm hearted. The service is top class and outshines many other countries. Sometimes Koreans would go out of their way just to help you.


3) Beautiful surroundings :

As you probably already know, Korea is a really small country compared to other countries, but the scenery is sometimes spectacular with plenty of beautiful places to visit. There will always be a beach or mountain nearby. You can also enjoy the four seasons during the year. Korea’s weather is one extreme to the other. You can enjoy wonderful flowers in spring, swimming in the ocean during summer, yellow and red leaves in autumn and skiing or snowboarding in winter. There are of course many other outdoor activities you can enjoy!

Mountains with Autumn Leaves 

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom


4) Unique teaching experiences :

Teaching in Asia might be a very unique and comforting experience. The students are active and creative. You train students to think creatively, encourage good behavior in and out of the classroom, and build a cooperative and pleasant environment for learning.


5) New experiences :

Korea invented hot floor system in houses. It keeps the whole house warm and cozy in winter. When S.A.R.S.(severe acute respiratory syndrome) broke out in Asia, Korea remained a safe zone. Doctors speculated it’s because of the antibacterial food Kimchi, Korea’s unique fermented vegetables which prevented them from getting sick. Korea’s food is very unique and tasty. They are a proud nation with over 5000 years of history which can be picked up in their rich tradition like clothes, food etc.


6) Unique blends :

Whether you’re an urbanite or a naturalist, you’ll appreciate South Korea’s unique blend of fast-paced cities and pristine country sides. Here you’ll find ancient palaces alongside angular skyscrapers, highlighting the country’s past and present.


7) And so on… :

there are tons of things to do and see so it up to you to come and experience it!


As you get ready to teach English in Korea as an English Teacher, you will probably feel a mix of excitement and anxiety. This is absolutely normal. We promise that teaching English in Korea as an ESL teacher will be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of your life. For more information about Korea, please check out the Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Korea



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Background Information About Korea

Background Information About Korea

AS SEEN from a satellite miles above, Korea is a picturesque peninsula in northeast Asia. It lies just west of the islands of Japan and is bordered on the north by China and the Russia. More than 3,000 islands dot the sea along its southern and western coast, although 2,600 are not inhabited. Korea’s size? Almost as large as Great Britain.
In a closer view, Korea changes into one of the hillier landscapes of the world, leaving about 20 percent of the land suitable for farming, with rice being the staple crop. Plains stretch along the western, northeastern, and southern coasts. Monsoons sweep across this country, first one way, then another, blowing in the cold, dry winters and hot, wet summers.

Night at Gangnam, Seoul

A face-to-face look reveals that most Koreans have physical characteristics similar to other Asians-broad face, straight black hair, olive-brown skin, and dark eyes. Yet, they are distinct in their culture, language, dress, and cuisine and lay claim to over 4,000 years of human history. Their language, belonging to the Altaic language family, is spoken today by over 60 million people.


Brief History

Because of Korea’s strategic location, nations more powerful, such as China and Japan, have long wielded a strong influence over its people. As a defense, the Korean people isolated themselves to become what has been called the hermit kingdom. In 1910 Japan imposed colonial rule over Korea that lasted until the end of World War II, at which time the peninsula was divided at the 38th parallel between the military forces of the United States in the south and the Soviet forces in the north. In 1948, by United Nations resolution, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was formed in the south. In the same year the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was formed in the north. Both governments claim to represent all of Korea.

On June 25, 1950, with the invasion of the south by the north, the three-year Korean War began. This resulted in a more permanently divided land separated by a demilitarized zone running east to west just 35 miles north of the city of Seoul.

Admiral Lee Statue at Gwanghwamun, Seoul



Because of Korea’s strategic location, nations more powerful, such as China and Japan, have long wielded a strong influence over its people. As a defense, the Korean people isolated themselves to become what has been called the hermit kingdom. In 1910 Japan imposed colonial rule over Korea that lasted until the end of World War II, at which time the peninsula was divided at the 38th parallel between the military forces of the United States in the south and the Soviet forces in the north. In 1948, by United Nations resolution, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was formed in the south. In the same year the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was formed in the north. Both governments claim to represent all of Korea.

On June 25, 1950, with the invasion of the south by the north, the three-year Korean War began. This resulted in a more permanently divided land separated by a demilitarized zone running east to west just 35 miles north of the city of Seoul.


  • Initial
g,k n d,t r,l m b,p s (indicates an initial vowel) j ch k t p h
kk tt pp ss jj
  • Final
g,k n d,t r,l m b,p s ng j ch k t p h
kk (A buildup before an explosion of sound from “ㄱ”) (nj) (lg) (bs) ss
(gs) (nh) (lm)
  • Notes
  1. ㄱ, ㄷ, ㅂ are transcribed and pronounced as g, d, b respectively if they are followed by a vowel. If they are followed by a consonant or at the end of a word, then they are transcribed and pronounced as k, t, p.
  2. ㄹ is transcribed and pronounced as r if it is followed by a vowel. If it is followed by a consonant or appear at the end of a word, then it is transcribed and pronounced as l. When ㄹ in a row (as in 멀리서) it is transcribed as ll.
  3. Initial ㅇ is never pronounced and it is a convention to write the initial ㅇ when a syllable begins with a vowel, as to keep the square shape of the character.
  4. There is no hard and fast standard for transcription and pronunciation of double consonants ㄳ, ㄵ, ㄶ, ㄺ, ㄻ, ㄼ, ㄽ, ㄾ, ㄿ, ㅀ, ㅄ, and when they occur in a word or sentence, they are transcribed as they are pronounced in Korean (noted in bracket: for example, 신라[실라] or 않다[안타]).
  • Vowels
    There are 21 letters used to represent vowels, 10 of these are basic vowels, while the remainder 11 are diphthongs.
a ya eo yeo o yo u yu eu i
ae yae e ye oe wi ui
wa wo
wae we
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An old saying in Korea, “One should not step even on the shadow of one’s teacher” relays the degree of respect traditionally accorded to teachers. While there have been many changes to the Korean educational system since its adoption of modern teaching methods, much of the old tradition remains.

Koreans value education, their primary goal is entering nice high schools famous universities. Around 90% of high-school students continue onto university. However, once students receive their acceptance, they can relax and enjoy newfound freedoms. Korean universities let students choose their courses and attend lectures (or study at home) as they choose. Like Americans, most Koreans will tell you that university was the “best time of their life.”

Koreans value education, their primary goal is entering nice high schools famous universities.

The English education and those teach English in Korea is in high demand. Everyone, from kindergarteners to machinery workers, wants to learn English. Korea has two types of schools: private school (hagwan) and public school. The main difference between teaching in a private or public school is the schedule. Public schools start in February or March (with about 35 days for winter vacation and about 15 days spring break and 30 days for summer vacation), and private school classes run year round(except public holidays). Private schools usually hold classes in evening(sometimes in the early morning), so you would have your afternoons open for grading or personal time. Private school classes generally run 40 to 60 minutes, and public school classes run about 60 to 70 minutes. However, you can expect to work roughly the same number of hours whether you are working in a private or public school.



For more information about Korea’s education, visit: http://www.asianinfo.org/asianinfo/korea/education.htm



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