HESS Gwangmyeong Branch is perfectly located for those of you looking to have the big-city experience of Korea! You’re sure to have modern amenities like state-of-the-art apartment complexes (with heated floors!), department stores with whatever you’d need, and plenty of delicious Korean and Western restaurants. With a sizeable expat community, you won’t go wanting for new friends and adventures! HESS has been a part of the greater Seoul area for several years now and has built a reputation for high quality fun education.

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 Culture

Korea is fairly modernized, but Koreans are still extremely proud of their heritage and language. The Korean language, Hangul, is easier to learn than some other Asian languages because the alphabet is phonetic. Thus, reading the language comes a lot easier to foreigners.

When many people think of Korea, they think of “Gangnam Style” singer Psy, K-Pop, and big companies such as Samsung. These all form part of the Korean cultural experience, but the culture is much richer and deeper than that. Through the country’s turbulent history, Korean people have clung to their traditions, and it can be seen everywhere from local meals to daily interactions to language. Korean culture has something for everyone to learn about and appreciate.

 Food

Dining out in Korea is a great experience as it is usually cheap, healthy, and delicious. The country is known for its amazing barbeque and having a variety of exciting side dishes.

A staple with every Korean meal is a bowl of short-grain rice and kimchi. This is a fermented and usually spicy vegetable dish which is very popular in Korea. Many long-term foreigners find themselves missing the flavor of kimchi if they have too many meals without it. Korean dining is supposed to be a fun, shared experience that is often full of new things to try—such as live octopus!

 Transportation

Getting around Korea is often convenient and fast. Each major city has modern subway, bus, and high-speed rail systems. The subway system is known to be one of the best in the world. The subway system is easily accessible from our HESS branch, which can bring easily and quickly into the heart of Seoul! Just get a transport card and you’re ready to go! A general fare costs about 1050 won (US$0.90).

The bus system is quite cheap but not as English-friendly as the subways. There are frequent inter-city bus services as well as many options for high-speed trains and domestic flights. These buses offer cheaper fares and a larger number of destinations around the beautiful country. If you get stuck, then just make use of a taxi.

 Housing

South Korean apartments often follow a formula of a simple bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette. They generally come furnished with basic necessities such as a fridge, a two-plate gas burner, a rice cooker, and sometimes a washing machine.

Every apartment has underfloor (ondol) heating, which is great during winter, and more modern apartments have air conditioning in at least one of the rooms for summer. All of our HESS teachers live in modern comfortable apartments that are close to their branch and close to the Seoul subway system.

 Geography

Korea is a 1,200-kilometer-long (750-mile-long) peninsula located in the easternmost part of the Asian continent. Today, the country is split into South Korea (called the Republic of Korea) and North Korea (aka the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), but in the minds of most of its citizens, it remains a single nation that cannot be divided. Although still officially at war with North Korea, it is very safe to live in South Korea and most people do not feel threatened or unsafe.

Korea is a mostly mountainous country with many adventures to be seen and had, especially for those who enjoy nature and hiking. One of the best scenic places to visit is Jeju Island, which is known for its incredible beauty.

 Weather

Korea is known for having four seasons, which are beautiful to witness if you have never done so in your home country. The best temperate seasons seem to be the fall and spring. During spring, you get to see the exquisite cherry blossoms, which only last a few weeks. People usually go to parks and cherry blossom festivals to take loads of pictures.

Summers tend to be hot and humid. The mountainsides are set ablaze with red, yellow, and brown during the fall. Winters in Korea are cold, dry, and characterized by clear, blue skies with very little rainfall. In Seoul, you can expect to see snow a few times each year. It is a great time to try out snow-boarding or skiing in the mountainous regions where snowfall is heavier.

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Culture

Korea is fairly modernized, but Koreans are still extremely proud of their heritage and language. The Korean language, Hangul, is easier to learn than some other Asian languages because the alphabet is phonetic. Thus, reading the language comes a lot easier to foreigners.

When many people think of Korea, they think of “Gangnam Style” singer Psy, K-Pop, and big companies such as Samsung. These all form part of the Korean cultural experience, but the culture is much richer and deeper than that. Through the country’s turbulent history, Korean people have clung to their traditions, and it can be seen everywhere from local meals to daily interactions to language. Korean culture has something for everyone to learn about and appreciate.

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Food

Dining out in Korea is a great experience as it is usually cheap, healthy, and delicious. The country is known for its amazing barbeque and having a variety of exciting side dishes.

A staple with every Korean meal is a bowl of short-grain rice and kimchi. This is a fermented and usually spicy vegetable dish which is very popular in Korea. Many long-term foreigners find themselves missing the flavor of kimchi if they have too many meals without it. Korean dining is supposed to be a fun, shared experience that is often full of new things to try—such as live octopus!

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Transportation

Getting around Korea is often convenient and fast. Each major city has modern subway, bus, and high-speed rail systems. The subway system is known to be one of the best in the world. The subway system is easily accessible from our HESS branch, and it will whisk you easily and quickly into the heart of Seoul! Just get a transport card and you’re ready to go! A general fare costs about 1050 won (US$0.90).

The bus system is quite cheap but not as English-friendly as the subways. There are frequent inter-city bus services as well as many options for high-speed trains and domestic flights. These buses offer cheaper fares and a larger number of destinations around the beautiful country. If you get stuck, then just make use of a taxi.

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Housing

South Korean apartments often follow a formula of a simple bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette. They generally come furnished with basic necessities such as a fridge, a two-plate gas burner, a rice cooker, and sometimes a washing machine.

Every apartment has underfloor (ondol) heating, which is great during winter, and more modern apartments have air conditioning in at least one of the rooms for summer. All of our HESS teachers live in modern comfortable apartments that are close to their branch and close to the Seoul subway system.

Housing
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Geography

Korea is a 1,200-kilometer-long (750-mile-long) peninsula located in the easternmost part of the Asian continent. Today, the country is split into South Korea (called the Republic of Korea) and North Korea (aka the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), but in the minds of most of its citizens, it remains a single nation that cannot be divided. Although still officially at war with North Korea, it is very safe to live in South Korea and most people do not feel threatened or unsafe.

Korea is a mostly mountainous country with many adventures to be seen and had, especially for those who enjoy nature and hiking. One of the best scenic places to visit is Jeju Island, which is known for its incredible beauty.

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Weather

Korea is known for having four seasons, which are beautiful to witness if you have never done so in your home country. The best temperate seasons seem to be the fall and spring. During spring, you get to see the exquisite cherry blossoms, which only last a few weeks. People usually go to parks and cherry blossom festivals to take loads of pictures.

Summers tend to be hot and humid. The mountainsides are set ablaze with red, yellow, and brown during the fall. Winters in Korea are cold, dry, and characterized by clear, blue skies with very little rainfall. In Seoul, you can expect to see snow a few times each year. It is a great time to try out snowboarding or skiing in the mountainous regions where snowfall is heavier.

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As the birthplace of K-Pop and 250 kinds of kimchi, Seoul is a vibrant and unforgettable city that prides itself on modernity, connectivity, and fascinating traditions. It is the economic, cultural and political epicenter of South Korea with a history spanning 2000 years. It is rated as one of Asia’s most livable cities. Our HESS Young Learners and HLS school is located in the Southern suburbs of Seoul (Gwangmyeong).

Find your Seoul in paradise

As the birthplace of K-Pop and 250 kinds of kimchi, Seoul is a vibrant and unforgettable city that prides itself on modernity, connectivity, and fascinating traditions. It is the economic, cultural and political epicenter of South Korea with a history spanning 2000 years. It is rated as one of Asia’s most livable cities. Our HESS Young Learners and HLS school is located in the Southern suburbs of Seoul (Gwangmyeong).

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