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Reflecting on a Decade of Ulsan Online: Bridging Communities in the Heart of South Korea

Posted by on Mar 12, 2024 in | Comments Off on Reflecting on a Decade of Ulsan Online: Bridging Communities in the Heart of South Korea

  In February of 2014, I embarked on a journey that was both daunting and exhilarating—taking the helm of Ulsan Online. Little did I know, this endeavor would not only shape the next ten years of my life but also leave an indelible mark on the Ulsan community. As we celebrate a decade of connections, challenges, and community, I find it both humbling and inspiring to look back on the path we’ve navigated together. From Humble Beginnings When I assumed leadership of Ulsan Online, the website was in a precarious state, fraught with malware and viruses—a testament to neglect and the complexities of digital platforms. The challenge was not just about reviving a website; it was about resurrecting a community hub. The initial hurdles were steep, requiring not just financial investment but a leap of faith into the unknown. Building More Than a Website Over the years, Ulsan Online has evolved from a mere information portal into a vibrant community. This transformation was not without its trials. Criticism and skepticism were frequent companions on this journey. Yet, the vision of connecting the foreigner and Korean communities in Ulsan remained unwavering. I faced adversities, from local businesses viewing our community merely as a profit-making opportunity to online FB groups attempting to undercut all of my...

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The Evolving Soul of Seongnamdong

Posted by on Jan 21, 2024 in | Comments Off on The Evolving Soul of Seongnamdong

If you happened to navigate the labyrinthine alleyways of Seongnamdong in Ulsan, South Korea back in the early 2000s, you’d recall a neighborhood vastly different from the vibrant, well-lit streets and trendy cafes that grace the area today. Sure, the iconic shigyetop intersection stood as a beacon, but back then, it merely signaled your escape from the red-light district, ushering you back into the shopping domain. However, the resemblance ends there. The skeletal structure of the “Old Downtown” still lingers, but the atmosphere has undergone a metamorphosis. For years, decay gnawed at the area, and the local authorities attempted to slap on band-aids in the form of covered archways, offering shelter to shoppers and a feeble attempt to make the markets more inviting. Yet, it was a superficial fix. The crux of the issue lay in Seongnamdong’s lack of premier stores and attractions, unlike its Ulsan counterparts. Those in search of a 500,000 won padding jacket weren’t flocking to Seongnamdong; they were making a beeline for Hyundai department store in Samsandong. The youth seeking a vibrant night out gravitated towards mugeodong and the nightclubs dotted around the city. The business people out on their corporate-sponsored drinking marathons found their haven in Samsan’s nightlife district. This left Seongnamdong with little more than middle school kids...

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Staying Warm in Korea

Posted by on Dec 29, 2023 in | Comments Off on Staying Warm in Korea

Winter in Korea demands serious attention, and this holds true even for individuals accustomed to Canadian winters. The cost of heating an apartment, regardless of its size, can soar significantly. Additionally, navigating the intricacies of the Korean floor heating system, known as “ondol,” can pose a challenge. This guide aims to assist you in navigating the complexities of staying warm during this season while also managing your heating expenses effectively. Mastering the Ondol Beyond language barriers, mastering the intricacies...

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Navigating the Korean ESL Job Market: A Guide for New English Teachers in Ulsan

Posted by on Jan 14, 2023 in | Comments Off on Navigating the Korean ESL Job Market: A Guide for New English Teachers in Ulsan

    If you’re considering a career as an English teacher in Korea, you’ve probably heard about “hogwans” and the mixed reputation they have. These businesses, often posing as schools or academies, can be a minefield for unsuspecting foreign teachers. In this guide, we’ll shed light on the shady practices that some hogwans employ and provide essential advice to help you secure a fair and rewarding teaching experience in Korea. The Importance of Research: One of the first steps...

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Getting to Ulsan During COVID-19

Posted by on Jan 8, 2021 in | Comments Off on Getting to Ulsan During COVID-19

  Traveling during the pandemic is difficult but there are times when you have to travel. Unfortunately, to stop the spread of the virus, the regulations keep getting more complicated. In order to help, we have put together this guide to help you know what to expect when coming to Ulsan this year.   Keep in mind, that not all of these rules will apply to you, they are subject to change at the discretion of the Korean Government...

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BGN Eye Hospital Interview with Dr. Kang Jeong Yeop

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in | Comments Off on BGN Eye Hospital Interview with Dr. Kang Jeong Yeop

Let’s learn more about Laser Vision Correction directly from BGN Eye Hospital leading ophthalmologist Dr. Kang Jeong Yeop. Today we will interview with Dr. Kang and ask the most common questions about Laser Vision Correction. – Hello Dr. Kang, one of the first questions that bothers our patients is ” Am I a candidate for a Laser Vision Correction”? – Hello guys, First of all we should consider patients’ age, general health, lens prescription, eyes health and stable cornea condition....

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Essential Apps for Living in Ulsan

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in | Comments Off on Essential Apps for Living in Ulsan

When you first arrive in Ulsan, it can be tough to navigate. Everything seems foreign and running at a pace far beyond anything that you have ever experienced before. Ulsan Online was created to help you navigate this amazing city. However, at the rate things change even we need help and that why you need these essential apps for living in Ulsan. This list includes some of the best apps for navigation, public transportation and daily life. The apps...

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Preparing for a Typhoon in Korea

Posted by on Sep 5, 2020 in | Comments Off on Preparing for a Typhoon in Korea

Every year at the end of the summer, there is an uncomfortable time where typhoons are common. Usually this period is around late August to early September and sometimes we even get a few in October! That being said, it is a good idea to prepare for this time and make sure that you are safe from the typhoon. You are going to find a lot of varying opinions if you are solely sourcing your information from internet memes...

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How to Get LASIK in Korea

Posted by on May 10, 2020 in | Comments Off on How to Get LASIK in Korea

Many of us wish to correct myopia, astigmatism or hyperopia and finally get rid of our glasses or contact lenses while we are living in Korea.  However, the process may be daunting at first. Getting any kind of surgery in a foreign country can be frightening.  However, at BGN Eye Hospital they have detailed the exact procedure to help you understand the process and feel more comfortable when you come for a visit.  Step 1 Examination and consultation The...

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How To Shop Cheaply in Ulsan

Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in | Comments Off on How To Shop Cheaply in Ulsan

With the COVID-19 virus causing many schools and places of work to shut down temporarily, this puts many members of our community in a bit of a bind financially. If you are struggling to make ends meet this month or when you first get here, here are some suggestions on places to go where you can find affordable prices.   Daiso This may seem obvious if you have ever spent any time in Korea but Daiso is worthy of...

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