Category Archives: living in Korea

10 Great Korean Movies

1. Welcome to Dongmakgol *****

Welcome to DongmakgolEasily one of the best, most unique movies made about the Korean war for two reasons. First it shares a Korean perspective of the absurdity of this civil war with neither side certain who invaded whom or why. As one elder in the far-removed Shangri-La-type village of Dongmakgol puts it when he hears that a war is afoot, “Who’s invaded this time? The Chinese? The Japanese?” and the answer of course is “er… it’s not that simple.” Secondly, it’s not your typical war movie. This movie manages to be heartwarming, humorous and tragic, defying–as many Korean movies do–to be placed strictly within one genre. Continue reading


Rate Your Hagwon

If you are a teacher in South Korea, you can give a grade to your Hagwon, public school or university.

Anonymously rating your EFL school will accomplish several things:

  1. It will make you feel better if you have an axe to grind.
  2. It will make you feel better by comparison to see if others have axes to grind and you don’t.
  3. It will allow English teachers to compare notes and see if their school or prospective school is offering a good deal. Continue reading