Poll results from September 2011: foreigner card and learning about Korea

The foreigner card: where do you stand? (readers in Korea – select one)

What’s a foreigner card? (43%, 38 Votes)
I use it occasionally (25%, 22 Votes)
I use it sometimes (11%, 10 Votes)
I can’t remember the last time I played the foreigner card (10%, 9 Votes)
I use it all the time (11%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

Wha…? Nearly half of you wonderful readers don’t know about the foreigner card? Read this post to catch up.

 

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Life in Korea: living cheaply to save won

Author’s note: ‘Life in Korea’ posts are written with the newer expats among us in mind. If you have a more experienced view to offer, comments are wide open.

Life in Korea doesn’t have to be expensive – in fact, people can live quite cheaply thanks to a good salary and a low cost of living. Think about it: your three biggest expenses back home (for most) were your apartment, your car, and your food. Here in Dae Han Min Guk, your apartment is (probably) free, your car is public transportation, and your food is probably a lot cheaper than at home. Of the two million Korean won (or more) you make every month, there’s no reason why you can’t save up to half of your salary with a little bit of discipline and forethought.

Apartment

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Random pictures, part 53

If you have any random pictures to contribute, please e-mail them to me at chrisinsouthkorea AT gmail DOT com. They need to have a Korean focus (travel, food, people, culture), and be at least slightly weird. Each picture should be accompanied by a 1-3 sentence description. Contributors receive full credit for their photo(s) and a link to their blog / website.

From Manouchka Elefant: Random Eden: As you enter the washroom in Club Eden, the most random/quirkiest statues are there to greet you. Very homoerotic for the women’s bathroom.

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Random pictures, part 50

If you have any random pictures to contribute, please e-mail them to me at chrisinsouthkorea AT gmail DOT com. They need to have a Korean focus (travel, food, people, culture), and be at least slightly weird. Each picture should be accompanied by a 1-3 sentence description. Contributors receive full credit for their photo(s) and a link to their blog / website.

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Destination: the Garden of Morning Calm (Cheongpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do)

Sometimes, the pictures don’t do a place justice.

This was the verdict of the Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원 – a-chim go-yo su-mok-won) – a beautiful place on a beautiful day had more awesome than my camera could handle.

Professor Han Sang-kyung at Sahmyook University first conceived the garden as a world-famous Korean garden. The oldest privately-owned Korean garden in the country, the inspiration comes from an Indian poet that described Korea during the Qing dynasty as the “Land of the Morning Calm”.

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