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Ulsan Summer Festival

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in | Comments Off on Ulsan Summer Festival

If you’re a fan of Korean music, then check out the Ulsan Summer Festival sponsored by MBC. It is taking place in various parts of the city over most of the weekends in August. For those that can’t read Hangeul, here’s a brief breakdown: Prime Concert – Sports Complex Supplementary Grounds (Next to the basketball stadium, near Megamart in Jungu – pinned on Interactive Map under “Sports”) – August 1,2,3 at 8pm Acoustic Ladyland? Readyland? – Taehwagang Grand Park...

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How to Beat the Heat and Humidity

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in | Comments Off on How to Beat the Heat and Humidity

Summer in Ulsan can be hard to handle, as the temperatures rise above 30*C (that’s 86*Fahrenheit for those that are metrically challenged) and humidity soars into the 70%-90% range. Here are some methods for dealing with the heat for those of you who may not come from similar climates. 1. Koreans swear by eating hot soup on the 3 hottest days of the summer. These days are pre-determined according to the Lunar Calendar, and are not necessarily the hottest...

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Counseling Resources

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in | Comments Off on Counseling Resources

As many people already know, counseling resources can be hard to come by in Korea. Mental health issues, which have a large stigma attached to them in Western cultures, are even less discussed here than at home. But this is starting to change, slowly, and more counseling resources are becoming available to those who need them, both Korean and foreign. This is information that has been gleaned from our Facebook group members in the past few months in regards...

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Your Rights When Being Stopped By The Police

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in | Comments Off on Your Rights When Being Stopped By The Police

What if this happened to you? Police Officer: Hello, could you please stop? I need you ask you some questions. Subject: (startled) What? Okay, what? Police Officer: Please show me your ID. There’s a protest scheduled nearby, and you’re suspicious. Subject: What? No, I’m late for work already, I can’t stop and answer questions. Police Officer: In that case, please accompany me to the police station. Subject: ?!?!?!! In Korea, as anywhere, the police may have need to stop and question...

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What you should know about BAPS (Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in | Comments Off on What you should know about BAPS (Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary)

This article was written by Leo, one of the two people who run the Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary. It’s pretty much the only no-kill dog shelter in the Busan-Ulsan area. The article was written in response to some negative comments, and posted on their Facebook page. With Leo’s permission, I’m sharing it here, because I think it’s important stuff to think about – not just for this particular shelter, but for any service run by volunteers with the intention of...

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Whale Festival Weekend

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in | Comments Off on Whale Festival Weekend

The Whale Festival kicked off last night with a small fireworks display at the Taehwagang Park, and continues on over the weekend. The Event Schedule is on the Ulsanwhale website. There will be performances on stage, Whale Boat Races on the Taehwa River, a local craft market, and of course lots of food and soju available at the main festival location at the Taewhagang Park, and at the secondary location at the Jangsaengpo Whale Museum. This event is controversial,...

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What to do with a Stray Animal

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in | Comments Off on What to do with a Stray Animal

Regularly we get posts on the Ulsan Online Facebook group from kind-hearted people who have found a stray cat or dog (or sometimes even rabbit) on the streets, and want to help the creature out. Here is a post from BAPS explaining the best procedure you can follow should you find yourself in that situation. BAPS deals with dogs, but the advice is similar for other animals. From the Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary (BAPS): Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary usually...

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Typhoon Neoguri expected in Ulsan this week

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in | Comments Off on Typhoon Neoguri expected in Ulsan this week

Typhoon Neoguri, which is currently classed as a Category 4 Super-typhoon with winds up to 250km/hr, is blowing it’s heart out over the East China Sea, and bearing down on poor Okinawa, Japan, which is a typhoon magnet and gets pummelled regularly. The current forecast predicts that Ulsan has a 70% chance of being in the path of this typhoon, which will likely make landfall here on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. By that point, Neoguri will be of...

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OMK Bikes

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in | Comments Off on OMK Bikes

In our ongoing series of articles which explore the “must-see” places in Ulsan, we head to OMK bikes in Taehwa-dong. This shop has been a long time partner of Ulsan Online and a shop which is dedicated to helping foreigners with their cycling needs. Few bike shops offer the kind of service help that OMK provides to foreigners. OMK offers high quality bicycles, precision fitting and used bikes as well. While there is a selection of premium bikes that...

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Difficult to Find Ingredients

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in | Comments Off on Difficult to Find Ingredients

Every week on the Ulsan Online Facebook group, we get requests for help locating specific, non-Korean ingredients or food that are not available in the neighbourhood marts, or even some larger grocery stores. Here is a list of places around Ulsan, or online, to check for those harder-to-find ingredients. Costco – While they still focus on Korean foods, there are many treasures tucked away in the warehouse style store. Things like sour cream, bacon, and varities of snack foods and...

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