Notorious for the amount spent on higher education, Korea reaps the rewards ranking second out of 50 countries by Pearson Education on a new global education index called the Learning Curve.
Teachers should be aware that drugs laws in Korea are not the same as they are at home. If caught with marijuana you can face heavy fined and up to 5 years in prison.
When the long workday is over, Seoulites take to restaurants and bars, coffee shops
and karaoke rooms, screen-
The world's first theme park dedicated to the humble restroom opens about an hour outside of Seoul in the City of Suwon.
So, you’re thinking of picking up the language when you come to Korea? Easy, even an elephant can do it!
The South Korean pop video has the world by storm but why is it so funny? When you get to Korea be sure to check out the ritzy district of Seoul to see what all the fuss is about.
Korea’s paradise island boasts volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, national parks, caves and forests. Make sure you take some time out of your year to visit the stunning tropical island which lies off the south coast.
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Taking the inner city bus is extremely easy once you get the hang of it! Bus maps are available at the local information center. You can pay the fare by cash or by buying a transport card at any local convenience store. Buses are mainly used by students and the elderly and have limited seating so you may have to stand during peak hours.
FARE: A flat rate of 1,000 won (50p / $1)
TIP: Hold on for your life!
Inner City Bus
Inter City Buses
Korean has an excellent rail network connecting the large and medium size cities.
There are two kinds of trains; the KTX (Korean Train Express) or the slightly cheaper
normal service. Both trains are clean, safe, and efficient. They sell snacks, are
FARE: Seoul to Busan is 53,300 (£27 / $50) by KTX
TIP: If you plan to travel by train on weekend reserve your ticket online to get a seat: KTX website in English
Travelling between cities couldn’t be easier than using one of the inter-
FARE: Seoul to Busan will set you back between 22,000 -
TIP: Do not be late! Buses leave on the dot so so if you arrive one minute after the scheduled departure you will miss your bus.
Taxis are a common means of transport for foreigners in smaller cities where traffic is not such an issue. They are reliable, fairly cheap and a comfortable way to get around. They can be called in advance or flagged down on the street. Be aware that the majority of taxi drivers don’t speak English so you should prepare to say your destination in Korean or have it written on a piece of paper to show the driver. Drivers are generally very honest and will try their best to get you to your destination using the most direct route as quickly as possible.
There are 2 kinds of taxis; basic taxis which are usually silver or white with fares
starting around 2,300 -
FARE: Expect to pay around 10,000 won (£5 / $10) for a 10 km journey, traffic permitting!
TIP: There is no need to tip the driver in Korea and it can be considered rude to do so.
A subway system can be found in the largest cities: Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Daejon and Gwangju. They are a cheap, reliable, clean and safe means of transport allowing you to avoid traffic jams and reach your destination quickly. The trains start at around 5am in the morning and can be taken as late as 11pm at night depending on where you are taking it from.
FARE: starting from 1,000 won up to 1,800 won (50p-
TIP: Download the App ‘Jihachul’ to your smart phone to help with navigating. During rush hour be prepared to fight your way onto the carriage!