You’ve just finished work and you can finally leave. Hurrah. But what will you do when you get home? Here’s a list of 10 things that you possibly aren’t doing after work, but perhaps should be.
Eat more Korean food
Probably the most obvious choice. Everybody likes to eat things, right? Perhaps it’s time to branch out from your favourite restaurant and try one of the many, many different but delicious Korean foods available. This useful website lists the most common Korean dishes, while giving you an idea of price, as well as spiciness, so you don’t end up burning your face off.
Try cooking at home
I said ‘try’ because as those of you that live in Korea will testify, having an oven is somewhat of a luxury. But don’t panic – this blog will help quash all your cooking fears with its catalogue of delicious recipes that can be made without the need to bake or roast. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, this fantastic website gives you a run-down on the many types of Korean dishes along with how to cook them.
Catch up on your favourite TV shows
Can’t access any streams to catch up on your favourite TV shows since you moved to Korea? Actually, you can. Services such as Hide My IP do exactly what they say on the tin by hiding your IP address (for a small fee) and allowing you to catch up on your fave shows anytime, anywhere. Alternatively, the Korean search engine Naver occasionally has TV shows that are free to stream – supposing your Korean isn’t too shabby, that is.
Read magazines online
Finding magazines in English is hard enough in Korea, and when you do find them they are often slightly out-dated or expensive. But, alas, panic no longer. Issuu hosts a whole world of publications that are all free to read.
Take up martial arts
Make the most of being in the land of Taekwondo by learning some skills in self-defence while simultaneously getting fit and making new friends. The Kondae-located The Way Martial Arts offers classes in English on weeknights, as well as Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai.
Summer has ended and winter is just around the corner – it’s time to make the most of being outdoors. Korea4expats has a plethora of information on all aspects of Korea, ranging from how to pay your gas bill, right through to cinema times in English. It also has a lot of info about where to go and what to do – and most importantly, how to go about doing this.
Time to stop saying you’re going to do it and actually go and do it. There are a number of fantastic Korean classes available too, with many that are free of charge. On the other hand, websites such as Talk To Me In Korean and Memrise are equally great online alternatives. And if you need more inspiration, here are our top 10 ways to learn Korean. Now, 가자!
See a gig
Not just at the weekend – there are many gigs worth seeing on the week days too (including (((10))) tonight in Seoul). You can check what’s coming up with Korea Gig Guide, which has done the hard work of compiling up and coming gigs into one brilliant information-packed website.
Not necessarily in the way you’re probably thinking. Many young Koreans – and Korean families – enjoy spending their free time at various different ‘bangs’. If you live in Korea and have ever stepped outside, I’m sure you have noticed the various 노래방 (noraebang or ‘singing room’) signs. Korea also has multi-bangs, DVD bangs and PC bangs – all of which are reasonably cheap and most probably in your local neighbourhood.
Get productive and start writing. The Seoul Writers Workshop is always open to new members (see our recent review of their Chuseok retreat weekend). Alternatively, if you have an idea for an article (or instead want to get involved with photography, film, etc) you could always drop us an email.
Got any better after-work suggestions? Let us know in the comments.
Written by Sam Pryce. Read his site Seoul-iloquy, but be warned – apparently the title is better than the blog.