If you are teaching in Korea or planning on going to Korea soon to teach English, you are going to want to try Korean food. You might not know much about Korean food now, but once you discover how amazing it is, you will most likely become a fan of it and incorporate it in your diet…even after you return home from Korea!
For more information about the food that you can find in Korea, check out our Korean food page here.
No matter what city in Korea you end up teaching in, you will inevitably have ‘western’ restaurants in your city. These can include Indian, Thai, American or Mexican.
For some great insight as to the ‘best of the west’ that Korea has to offer, check out Jackie Bolen’s post on The Best Expat Restaurants in Korea.
If you have not yet heard of Busan Kevin, an ESL teacher who has been teaching English in Korea and Japan for years and documenting it, check out his Youtube page here.
Kevin, a friend of Shane’s, also made a nice little video giving a ‘shout out’ to Travel and Teach Recruiting, which you can see here. (Thanks Kevin!)
In addition, Kevin has written a book about what it is like to teach English in Korea and in Asia in general, which includes tips about adapting to a new culture, managing a classroom with little or no teaching experience and many stories about teaching ESL. You can buy Kevin’s book for the bargain basement price of $5.99 on Amazon.
A collection of Korean superstitions:
The web archive of Rike’s superstition page (because the original page has disappeared) features a list of superstitions gathered by ESL teachers in Korea:
The Number 4
When you go to the store to buy your first set of dishes, you’ll only find sets of five or more. You pretty much cannot get anything in a set of four. This is because the Korean word for 4 is pronounced like the Chinese word for death.
This Kimchi Mamas page on superstitions, and especially the comments that follow, is full of them!
Don’t wear white ribbons in your hair because it is bad luck. White is the color associated with funerals and death.
And some more superstitions from Korea:
There is also a superstition about the Korean magpie (bird). People say: If you see a magpie in the morning, you’ll get good news. In Korean folk songs, there are some stories about this bird. There is a song about this.
(Thanks to Joeys ESL Room)