We Got Featured on Pretty Awful Things

We were featured on this really strange yet fascinating blog called Pretty Awful Things for our post on Haesindang Park aka The Penis Forest. Check it out again if you haven’t and also see what other strange things they have on their blog.

http://prettyawfulthings.com/2013/02/20/the-penis-forest-of-haesindang-park-in-south-korea/

http://www.justenoughkorean.com/blog/2009/11/haesindang-park-penis-forest/

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Korean Emoticons

^o^ | ^-^ Happy face (two raised eyes/eyebrows)
^^ is the easiest and most common form

^^; | ^-^; Sweat running down a face, Nervousness, apprehension, timidness (with a smile)

>//< Shyness, Bashfulness Guy: You’re pretty Girl: >//<

^.~ Wink

=_= Sleepiness – Also used when uninterested in what the other person says

-_-  Serious face – Used when feelings are hurt (often jokingly), also used to express disbelief.

>_< | >?< | >3< Cute face

+_+ | Surprise

~_~ Boredom or “wtf” in emoticon form

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Drinking Tea in Insadong, Seoul, South Korea

Whenever I read about what to do in Insadong…
…drinking tea always comes up! Perfect! This is very fitting for me, since I love drinking tea.

Where to get some good green tea in Insadong
I had green tea in a bustling part of Insadong. Get off the Seoul Subway orange line (line 3), Anguk Station, exit 6 and walk straight past a tourist information booth. On your left you will find Insadong; it’s a courtyard-style street. Walk for a few minutes, and look to your left for the signs in these pictures Jermil took for you:
You’ll soon see a 5 or 6 story building and Between Pages tea room is on the top floor.

Our recommendations for Between Pages
I had the “freshly picked” green tea leaves in a lovely tea service. The tea was delightful! I also enjoyed a mint hot chocolate. I found the atmosphere of the tea house to be chic, warm and cozy and they have carefully chosen beverage selections that dazzle the taste buds.

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Foreigners Banking in Korea

What should you know about banking in Korea? Here are some tips we wish we had been aware of before coming to Korea:

  • Neither banks nor ATMs operate on holidays.
  • ATM hours vary. Some stop operating at midnight (or earlier), and don’t start operating again until 9:00am. Don’t get stuck without cash, get familiar with their schedules.
  • You will not be able to use your foreign cards at just any ATM. Go to the bigger banks (KEB, Shinhan, Woori etc…) if you need to access money from home.
  • Most Korean bank ATM cards will not work outside of Korea. Make sure you have enough cash with you when you travel.
  • Redeeming Travellers Cheques in Korea can be difficult. Find a Shinhan Bank if you feel the need to bring them.
  • When you arrive in Korea, we think it’s a good idea to have at least 200 000 won (cash) with you.
  • Have enough money available to you for your first month or two. Getting your bank account set up and first pay check can be complicated.
  • Any other tips out there?

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    Skydiving in South Korea

    People have been emailing me to ask if I know of anywhere they can go skydiving in South Korea.

    Sadly, I don’t. But there has to be a place to do that.

    I was able to fly a plane in South Korea so I figure there’s probably a place where you can jump out of one.

    If anyone reading knows of a place, let us know in the comments and we’ll share it with everyone!

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