South Korea

South Korea is home to one of the world’s largest and most crowded cities, rocky mountain peaks like Bukhansan and Seoraksan, three coasts of swimable beaches, Bulguksa and other centuries-old Buddhist mountain temples, and a cultural history that stretches back well into the BC.

Today, this small East Asian nation of 50 million has a unique relationship with the English-speaking world, not only because of the thousands of U.S. military personnel stationed in the country since the end of the Korea War, but also from its popularity among foreign English teachers.

Due to this, Matador has published extensive content on teaching and working in Korea, from what you need to know before going to what to expect once you’re there.

Additionally, we’ve written guides on Korean road trip routes, Korean cuisine, K-pop, and countryside villages that have a completely different feel from the Korea most travelers get to see. Check below for more.

South Korea Articles

I spent my 20s in South Korea and here’s what I learned

by Ben McKechnie

What to do in Seoul if you only have 24 hours

by Sarah Shaw

Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh

Quick guide to climbing and hiking South Korea

by Genevieve Hathaway

8 world cities and how much they cost to live in

by Daniel Nahabedian

10 Korean customs to know before you visit Korea

by Chris Tharp

This selfie of the North Korea/South Korea gymnasts is why we have the Olympics

by Matt Hershberger

11 side effects I had as a traveler in South Korea

by Katie McGrain

5 food experiences to have in Korea before you die

by Jordan McCutcheon

11 street foods you have to try in Korea before you die

by Jordan McCutcheon

12 signs you’ve been in Korea too long

by Jordan McCutcheon

7 harvest festivals around the world that make Thanksgiving look boring

by Allison Jackson

12 ways Korea ruined me for the US

by Jordan McCutcheon

Couple overcomes the difficulties of a long-distance relationship using Instagram

by Morgane Croissant

The 5 best hangover cures in South Korea

by Jordan McCutcheon

The best hangover foods around the world

by Eva Sandoval

13 signs you’ve been in Korea too long

by Laura Bronner

The top 12 places for teaching English abroad

by Kelly Lalonde
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