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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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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 – 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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