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How to Protect Yourself Against Shady Hogwans

Posted by on Jan 14, 2023 in | Comments Off on How to Protect Yourself Against Shady Hogwans

If you have lived in Korea long enough then you must know what a “hogwan” is. They are businesses passing themselves off as schools or “academies” to milk every last chon-won out of parents who are trying to get their children a head start on their careers. If you have heard of these places then you no doubt have heard about a lot of the shady underhanded ways in which they tend to screw over foreign ESL teachers who come to Korea seeking fair employment. In the 20 years that I have been here the shady hogwan playbook hasn’t changed too much and neither have the wages. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some okay academies out there… I have heard rumours of some actually offer breaks. However, the bulk of the ones around the country are nothing more than slimy snake oil salesmen who would step over their own dying grandmother if they saw a chance to make more money.  Many of them would think nothing of throwing a foreign English teacher under the bus and firing them to save money. Research So how can you protect yourself from these places and what do you do if you find yourself trapped in a difficult situation. The first thing to do is to...

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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 and may differ depending on your personal circumstances for travel and your visa.  Before You Leave Korea If you are a long-term resident or a registered foreigner, you must apply for a “re-entry” permit through the immigration website (click here). This will take about 4-5 days to process and is good up to a year. If you are traveling unexpectedly, you should visit the immigration office in person and apply directly. It is possible to apply at the airport but you are better off taking care of it here in Ulsan before you leave. Many countries like Canada are requiring passengers to obtain a negative COVID PCR test before leaving Korea. It is worth it to check and make sure what the requirements are. If you need the test results in English, there are places...

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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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Korean Language Resources

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 in | Comments Off on Korean Language Resources

Part of living in Korea is actually learning Korean. It’s sound silly to say this but if you talk to a lot of foreigners here, many of us have only a basic grasp of the language despite (in some cases) many years of living in Korea. The problem is largely due to the lack of actual classes. Which is ironic because many of the foreigners are here to teach in language academies. At any rate, there are resources available...

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Top Ulsan Instagram Accounts that You Should FOLLOW!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in | Comments Off on Top Ulsan Instagram Accounts that You Should FOLLOW!

Ulsan has never really been known as a destination city. Being surrounded by places like Busan and Gyeongju, it has some serious competition. However, there are a number of great instagram accounts that show the amazing things that Ulsan has to offer. Here are a few hand picked accounts that will have you wanting to get out and see the sights! Angela Davis – The K-Food Project Angela has made a name for herself with amazing posts on the...

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How to File Your Taxes In Ulsan

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in | Comments Off on How to File Your Taxes In Ulsan

Taxes are difficult enough in our home countries, but filing them in Korea is something that needs to be done and it is not always easy. If you work at a public school or company they may file your taxes for you. If this is you, you are one of the lucky ones. Foreigners, just like Koreans, are required to submit their tax forms on a yearly basis between Jan. 25 and Feb. 10. The year-end tax settlement is...

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