Back in the day, every website had links everywhere. Now that websites are mostly trying to sell you something, or at least get you to look at their ads, they don't want you leaving. Not many include even link pages any more.

Heck, who even makes websites about stuff like this these days? ESL teachers blog at Blogger or Wordpress, or write about their lives in Korea at Facebook or Twitter. That stuff you can find yourself. You don't need us to show you where they are.

But just for old times' sake, I've left our old links page up. These were fairly useful resources in 2003, and most of them still are today. All I've done is cleaned out the dead links and updated the ones that have moved. (Update: since I wrote that, I've added a few more items. Sorry, it's hard to resist when I run into good stuff on the web.)

Bon voyage! May you always know what's new and what's cool.

Korean Teaching Adventure World travel writer Audrey Bergner did her Korean year in 2012-13, so her experience is a lot more recent than ours. She's also a terrific writer! Read her blog and you'll feel like you're already there. I'm still wary of recruiters, and think you should be too. But that's how she got her job, and she seems to have done OK. If you want to go that route, her FAQ post tells you who she used, and lists a few other recruiters she's heard good things about.
Teaching in Wonju Christine DeMerchant is a Canadian who taught for a year (1998-99) at a hagwon in Wonju. Christine had the same three advantages that Margaret had: she was older than many folks who do Korean ESL gigs, her boss had lived in the US, and Wonju is a small town. It's no surprise that her site is pretty dated now, but it still has some useful info on Korean food, and on what to pack.
Jay's Korea Story You should know a couple of secrets about Korean life for foreigners. First, it's much less stressful in the smaller towns. Second, hagwon jobs are almost always a better fit for older, calmer folks (at least in their 30s). If Margaret's journal isn't proof enough, read Christine DeMerchant's experience above. Still not convinced? Check out Jay Conley's story here. He didn't write much, but he sure took lots of Cute Korean Kid® pictures.
Doug's Ugly Fish Douglas Thompson spent 2 years teaching in Daegu (1997-1999). This site, though also now rather long in the tooth, has fairly useful background on living in Korea and how to get a good teaching job.
Gangwon Notes Brian taught at Kwandong University in Kangnung (Gangneung) for about 5 years, from 2004. Why should you care? With luck and a reasonable amount of dedication, a year or two of hagwon teaching might buy you an offer from a university. The hours and benefits are usually better than hagwon hours and benefits. 'Nuff said.
The Daily Kimchi This Canadian couple taught in Seoul in 2006 and 2007. Lots of good, useful info here.
Morning Calm Rob Price taught at a public high school in Seoul from 1996 to 1998, under the auspices of KORETTA (Korean English Teacher Training Assistant), now the EPIK program.
Adventures Here's a bit of history for you: one of the first Korea ESL websites. This is the one that clinched the sale for Margaret. When Yahoo took Geocities out and shot it, I grabbed this guy out of the line of fire. So here it is in a local mirror, anonymous, since the author asked me not to use her name. Yes, it's seriously dated, and the design is, uh, distinctive, but it's a fascinating glimpse at what things were like in '97. Enjoy.
John's Essays John Howard worked at Seoul hagwons in 1995 and 1996. He wrote these short essays for a public radio station.
The Korean Blog List This is a motherlode of what-it's-like reading, 300 blogs that the site's author says are well-established and regularly updated.
Dealing With Your Boss Some thoughts on why Korean bosses act the way they do, and how to make that an advantage instead of a problem. This is a local copy of an article originally published in The Exit, forerunner of Pusanweb, June 1997 issue. Contact the original source for more information.
University Teaching How to get a job, and what it's like. Note that this page is fairly old (1999). This is a local copy of an article originally published in The Exit, March 1999 issue.
Marrying Your Boss Here's a western teacher who negotiated the cultural and legal hurdles, more or less successfully, to date and eventually marry a Korean woman. To make things even more complicated, she was his boss! This is a reconstructed local copy of an old (1998) Geocities page.
Public Schools Teaching in a Korean girls' middle school, under the auspices of EPIK (also see Rob Price's pages). Again, this is a local copy of a piece originally published in The Exit, June 1999 issue.
Pusanweb This was one of the first web guides for English speakers in Korea. It sort of grew beyond its original author's time and patience, and it's now been mostly absorbed into Koreabridge (see below).
Koreabridge At one time the Pusanweb idea was extended to sites supporting ESL teachers in Ulsan, Daegu, and Daejon. These sites, like Pusanweb, all seem to have been snarfed up by Koreabridge. Koreabridge also claims to provide support for English speakers in Pusan (Busan), Kwangju (Gwangju), Incheon, Chegu (Jeju), and Seoul. Tall order.
Daegu Guide This wiki seems to have taken over for the late, lamented Daegu Guide ( If you're looking for an alternative to Koreabridge's Sam's Club approach, check these guys out.
Dave's ESL Cafe This is one of the venerables and is well worth your time. In addition to the job listings, you'll find lots of useful advice. The discussion forums have, shall we say, a darker, more cynical view than ours? Read between the lines. If you see yourself reflected in the words of the more troubled teachers here, Korea might not be the place for you.
Fulbright ETA Program If you're interested in public high school teaching, rather than hagwon instruction, you may want to check out this program. It's a bit restrictive - only for graduating college seniors and recent graduates, unmarried, without dependents, and under age 30 - but that profile fits a lot of folks interested in Korean ESL anyway.
EPIK Here's another program which places westerners in Korean public schools. As with any such organization, be sure to investigate thoroughly before signing up. Rob Price got his job through EPIK's predecessor, KORETTA, and his page is worth a look.
TaLK Teach and Learn Korea is a Korean government program which places English speakers in rural Korean elementary public schools. I've read that this is the way to get an ESL job with just 2 years of college (usually you need a bachelor's degree). This might also work better for you if you have some Korean heritage. The pay isn't as good as at a regular hagwon, though - about 18 million won a year.
Lonely Planet A traveler's introduction to Korea.
One Stop Korea Scott Fisher is an American who's been living in Korea for over a decade. He has some great stories to tell and plenty of tips. Allow lots of time for reading this site.
Korea Factbook A blizzard of statistics from none other than the US CIA.
The Hermit Kingdom Kevin Davis's photo album is more than snapshots; he has a true photographer's eye for scenes that tell a story or convey a mood.
Axel's Korea Here are nicely composed photos from a German student's 3-month visit in 2000. This site includes a fair selection from different regions, including Seoul, Pusan, Cheju, and Kangwon Do, each with a bit of descriptive text.
Flavours of Korea Marc & Kim Millon explore the world of Korea's specialties, with some side trips into the country's culture. They provide a few recipes for you to try. Be sure to read Halmoni, My Grandmother.
Korean Recipes Prepare yourself for what you'll find in Korea, with these suggestions from
Seoul Eats And once you're there, this website (as in "Seoul eats," and also "Eats you can get in Seoul") will be your guide. It's not just resetaurant reviews, it's a "foodie" view of Korean culture (or at least Seoul culture, admittedly not quite the same thing).
The Korea Herald An English language newspaper, published in Seoul. Some people say this paper is a "mouthpiece" for the current administration, but it seems to be the one that's most popular with foreigners. This is where Margaret found the inspiration for most of her weekend sightseeing jaunts.
The Korea Times This English language newspaper is said to be more impartial than the Herald, but I haven't seen all that much difference. Their website is slow, but so is the Herald's. The archive is open, but the search engine doesn't seem to go very far back.
Joong Ang Daily Another English Language Daily. The site is a bit less glitzy than the others', and also significantly faster and easier to use. Their open archive seems to go back about a year. The search engine is flexible and fast.
Dong-a Ilbo Yet another newspaper with English webpages. The archive seems to have at least some entries all the way back to 2000, but there's no real search function, so it's not of much help.
Brother Anthony He's an emeritus professor in the Department of English Lit at Sogang University. He retired in 2008, but he says "most activities continue as before." Born in the UK, he became a Korean citizen in 1994 after living in Korea for 12 years. He has some keen observations on Korean culture, though I wish he hadn't embedded quite so much Hangul in the page. He's also translated a fair amount of Korean literature in a very accessible style. You can read several pieces at that link. Cool guy.
Korean Language This is a brief description of the Korean language's origin and that of its script, Hangul. It also has a section on how to form Hangul characters, and another with some basic Korean vocabulary and phrases.
Talk to Me In Korean Does what it says it does. (Well, more accurately, it talks to you in Korean.) Spend enough time with this site and you just might start to understand and even speak some Korean. Just don't expect to become fluent if you have 2 months before you leave for your hagwon job. Nothing short of a brain transplant is going to help you in that situation. Also, be warned that these folks offer books and other stuff, so expect a bit of a sales job.
Introduction to Korean An excellent tutorial on basic phrases, with clear, fast-loading sound clips to help. It even has beginning Korean grammar, for the stout of heart.
Romanizer Want to see how some Hangul is pronounced, without poring over the charts? This page will Romanize a line of Hangul pasted in, as long as your browser will display it. Alas, it speaks only the (IMO) more confusing MCT Romanization which Korea adopted in 2000.
Google Translation Remember Babelfish, the first Internet machine translator? No? Oh well. Anyway, its Korean translation was entertaining, if not too useful. Google's translator works much better, at least for simple and direct text. Poetry and other flowery language leaves it kind of tongue-tied, but you expect that for machine translation.
Android Dictionary QuickDic is a free, open-source dictionary app for your Android gadget. I've been using it for a few years now. Once you have it installed, you can download a Korean-English and English-Korean dictionary. The nice thing about this app is that it's totally off-line. This means that when you're stuck somewhere with no mobile data service and thus no Google Translator, you can still get word help. There's a trick to installing it, though, because it's not an official Android Market (or whatever it's called now) app. You have to go into your phone's Settings menu and tell it to accept apps from "unknown sources." The tickbox for this is usually in Security. In older Android versions, you might find it in Apps or Applications. (Detailed instructions.)
NJStar Communicator If you know some Korean and want to type it, but don't want to buy a special keyboard for your desktop or notebook computer, try installing this Windows (only, alas) program. It has an on-screen Hangul keyboard. It's pricey, but they have a shareware version.
Kangnung Weather From the Weather Underground. Or see what it's like right now in Seoul, Ulsan, Cheju, or Kwangju.

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