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Changeup Campus is located in Paju City, which is in Gyeonggi Province. Our closest town is Gumcheon( Goom-chy-on, W8,000 by taxi), which is one hour from Seoul by train. Our closest major city is Ilsan (Eel-sn, W25,000 by taxi), which has Daewha Station (Tay - wah Yeok), and is a one-hour Subway ride from Seoul. At the other end of Ilsan is La Festa, which is a huge shopping complex with 2 multiplex cinemas, and a range of restaurants, stores, and bars, including foreign fare like Outback, Friday's, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and others.

Things to do in E.V

Things to do in E.V
  Sports Center Other
Monday 8:00-Frisbee , 9:00 Rugby 7:00 am Yoga- concert hall
Tuseday 9:00 Basketball 9:15 Poker
Wednesday   7:00 am Yoga- concert hall
Thursday 9:00-Frisbee 7:00 am Yoga- concert hall
9:00pm – Pub activities alternate

Places to go

Local – Heyri Art Village, located across the street, features many galleries & restaurants

DMZ – Demilitarized Zone, the area between North & South Korea, a no man’s land, but a great experience.

Seoul– Capital City of Korea – the following are a list of some interesting areas of Seoul

Itaewon – an area close to the American army base, lots of shopping, pubs & a great experience, all in English.

Insadong – the Buddhist area, lost of souvenirs & instruments, Great vibe & feeling. Sungnyemun – a great place for shopping

Hongdae/Sinchon – the University area, clubs, pubs and trendy shopping, lots of funky young people.

RoyalPlace(Gyungbokgung) – a beautiful and historic place

Namsan (Seoul) Tower – a tall tower in a beautiful part of Seoul Yongsan Electronics Market –for all your computer and electronics needs, $3 for new DVD’s, cameras.

E.V. Dining Options

CafeteriaThe cafeteria is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and for supper Monday through -Saturday from 5:30p.m.-7:00 p.m. You may use meal tickets for cafeteria food.

Meister(fast food) : 1. Hamburger & Coke 2. Chicken 3. Sandwich

Tom n Tom's (coffee, tea and baked goods ): 1. Cafe Americano & Honey Butter Bread (half)

2. Cafe Americano & muffin 3. Cafe Americano & pretzel

Castel Nuovo (Italian) : 1. Pizza and Pasta

EV mart: Stocks foreign foods you can cook at your apartment

Korea Information

South Korea, officially known as the Republic of Korea(ROK) (Korean: 대한민국, IPA: [taː.han.min.guk], listen (help·info)) is an East Asian state on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. To the north, it is bordered by North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), with which it was united until 1945. To the west, across the Yellow Sea, lies the China (People's Republic of China), and to the southeast, across the East Sea, lies Japan. Approximately one-half of South Korea's population lives in or near the capital Seoul, the country's largest city.

Officials are appointed, and the family has a type of small government running the show. These officials hold special meetings where they discuss things ranging from ancestral rights to the repair of graves. The final decisions of these meetings are made by the oldest living male. This leader takes care of things like funeral planning, festivals, graveside rituals, and helps with daily life.

Koreans take great pride in their ancestry, and never forget the dead. From an early age children are taught to respect their elders and those who have passed away. Shrines are constructed in honor of the deceased, and are maintained by the tonjok. Shrines are on sacred grounds that are consistently maintained. When walking in Korea, you may see an area with beautiful trees or shrubs arranged in a pattern. This is probably the place where a family buries their dead. There are many of these located in the proximity of Paju Changeup Campus. When a parent dies, the eldest son is in the deepest mourning of anyone in the family. He walks around with a hat made of reeds, and covers his face with a fan.

When a Korean couple wishes to become married, a great many things happen. First, some marriages are still arranged. This practice is mainly found in the wealthy classes of Korean society. Wealthy families wish for their children to be married to a son or daughter from another wealthy family. In this sense, the marriage is more of a union between families than a union between two people. Social standing is very important in Korea. Koreans tend to believe that wealth will bring a long, happy life. The marriage arrangements begin when a person with a great deal of information is appointed to find a spouse for a family’ s son or daughter. This person researches candidates, and comes to a conclusion. The two people spend a short period of time dating before they are told to marry. If there is a connection, these two people will go ahead with the marriage. In recent years, marriages between two people of different social classes are becoming much more common, but it is not the best way to go in the eyes of many families.

The size of the average urban family in Korea is 4.8 people. This is just the immediate family, not the extended family. In rural areas, the families are slightly larger, with 5.3 people being the average. Extended families live either with each other or near to each other. These groups of families are called a clan. If the families are all living in one home, there can be up to 4 generations living together. Traditional homes are built with heavy squared posts at each corner of the house. Huge beams are used to support the rafters for the ceiling. There is a main building in the middle, or sometimes a court. This is the center of the home, and is furnished with decorations and many flowers. The men and women have separate rooms at opposite ends of the house. Men are never allowed to enter the womens' quarters. This is a private space, where a woman can be alone. The rooms throughout the home resemble little apartments. Windows are made of paper, and are very fragile.

The land of Korea is ideal for growing rice and many other vegetables. These two food groups make up much of the food consumed. Koreans also enjoy eating fish and meat. Millet or barley sometimes takes the place of rice. This is most common in the dishes eaten by poorer families. Korea is also known for its strong spices. Korean people enjoy flavoring their food with red peppers or garlic. Much like other cultures, Korean people enjoy sports. One of the most common sports for males is wrestling. The Korean style of wrestling is very different from that of other cultures. The two wrestlers tie their right legs together with a rope that is 2 feet in length, and kneel down In front of each other. With their left hands they hold the end of the rope, and with their right hand they hold the clothes of their opponent. They get up and push and pull one another until one falls down and is beaten

When the first night of the new year comes, everyone hides their shoes. This is because they believe that a ghost will come down and try on everyone’s shoes. If it finds a pair it likes, it will take them. The owner of the shoes will then have bad luck for the whole year. Korean culture is one of the oldest cultures in existence, and has many ancient beliefs and traditions that are still in use today. These traditions are what makes the Koreans who they are. Life, death, and family are very important to them, and this is seen in their every day lives.

Korean Culture

Recently, Korean pop culture has become popular in Asia and beyond, earning the name Hallyu or "Korean Wave." In Japan, Korean singers like BoA, and television dramas like Daejanggeum and Winter Sonata have found success. Recent Korean films such as Oldboy and Oasis have also received international acclaim.
The contemporary culture of South Korea is heavily dominated by technology, including feature-rich cell phones and pervasive online gaming. South Korea today has the highest penetration of high-speed internet access in the world.

Digital multimedia broadcasting now allows South Koreans to watch television on their cell phones. However, the country still retains centuries-old customs and traditions, such as its unique cuisine, ancestor worship, and some Confucianism ideals. Foods like Bulgogi and Kimchi that have been developed since the Goguryeo and Chosun Dynasty still remain in the Korean diet. Photo of Kimchi

Confucian ideals still remain, particularly those that became part of the culture during the Chosun Dynasty.
Respect for elders, the worship of ancestors, and ethical manners are still present in Korean society. Confucianism is a philosophy or a strict doctrine of social rules. Nowadays many of these ideas are still practiced in Korea, and provide a good insight into the actions of many Korean people. Under Confucianism, there were 5 main relationships that most person- to- person connections could be categorized into. Emotions were to be withdrawn from many situations, so as not to get in the way of this social flow. These relationships were

1.Filial piety - the relationship between father and son
2. Loyalty -the relationship between ruler and subject
3.Distinction in position - the relationship between husband and wife
4.Respect - the relationship between elder and younger
5. Trust - the relationship between friends Of these 5, only the final one sees both people as on an equal level – all of the other 4 place one role in a higher or more important position than the other.

Confucian ideals of photo
Confucian ideals of photo

Korean culture has continued many of the traditions and events that became part of the culture generations ago. These very special aspects are what make Korea what it is today. Korea was first inhabited by many primitive tribes.

Many were ancestors of the Mongolian culture. These tribes moved East into new lands, where they began their new era. Many of the people living in Korea today are related to these first settlers. As time went on, these tribes united to form a single culture. Since the start of this culture, the most important thing has always been the family.
Family is extremely important in Korean Culture, and it is often referred to as the centre of society. All things are done with the family’ s permission. The eldest in the house is cons idered the most wise, and therefore makes most of the decis ions. This tradition was started years ago, and is still being used today. Every relative in the family that is of the same blood is referred to as ilga. This means one house. For more information on Korea, please ask your Korean co-workers and your fellow Foreign teachers.

Korean Holidays

These are the holidays for 2017. The dates of those that are based on the Lunar calendar (Seol-nal, Chuseok, and Buddha's Birthday) change each year.


Date Holiday
January 1 Solar New Year
February 7, 8, 9 Lunar New Year
March 1 Independence Movement Day
May 5 Children's Day
June 6 Memorial Day
August 15 Liberation Day
September 14, 15, 16 Chuseok
October 3 National Foundation Day
December 25 Christmas Day

Most Education Department Programs are closed for 7 days for both Lunar New Year and Chuseok.

This will take up 10 of your vacation days, and the rest are to be used at your discretion.

Korean Language

Korean Language
Thank you (Kam sa ham ni da) Hello (Ahn yong ha seh oh)
Good bye (Ahn yong hi kay seh oh) Yes (nay) No (ah nee oh)
Bathroom (hwa jang sheel) Where is____? (_____ oh dee ay oh?)
Changeup Campus (Changeup Campus) Station (yeok) (like "clock")
Here (yogi) (like the bear) Right (oh rin chook)
Left (when chook) Straight ahead (chick chin)


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