Geoje

 

All of the information here was provided to us by teachers who live here.

http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/545490_4550303833646_1804467629_n.jpgGeoje the city is located on Geoje Island, just off the coast of Busan.  The island is absolutely beautiful!  Living here you are surrounded by the sea and mountains.  Geoje has beautiful beaches and great hiking. 

It is also just one hour (by bus) away from Busan, the second largest city in Korea.  So if you want a big shopping day or want to touristy things, Busan is very close and easily accessible.

Geoje is famous for its Hakdong Pebble Beach, Samsung Industry, the Oedo Botanical Garden, and it also the second largest island in Korea.

Location

Off the cost of Busan.

 

How Our Teachers Rate the City

10 out 10!!

 

Near-by Cities to Visit

Busan – The second largest city in South Korea and is only a 50-60 minute bus ride away.

Tongyeong – On the mainland, it is a larger city with an E-mart and a great mountain (with a trolley). By bus it takes about 30 minutes.

Jiju Island – Only a 40 minute plane ride from Busan.

Japan Island – If you hike up one of the mountains at the bottom part of Geoje  you can actually see different islands that belong to Japan. You can also take the ferry to these islands from Busan.

 

Grocers in Geoje

Most neighborhoods have small groceries or marts for your daily needs.  Gohyeon also has a HomePlus (a large department store chain similar to Wal-mart or Target)

 

Shopping

Geoje tends to have higher prices than much of Korea.  If you want to do any major clothes shopping going to Busan is best.

 

Restaurants

Okpo-dong has many Western restaurants. 

A foreigner favorite is Mom and Pop’s, run by a Korean family that lived in California. Also, El Gitono has great Korean-Mexican food.

While there are plenty of Western options available, most of the foreigners here enjoy exploring all of the Korean establishments, large and small.

 

The Pub Scene

Just to name a few of the places foreigners like to hang out:

WaBar
O Bar
Al Capone
Hollywood Bar

 

Cultural Gems Only the Locals Knows

http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/150565_4781302248462_232122073_n.jpgMundong Falls – A great hike up to see the “large falls.”  It’s no Niagara, but after a rainfall, it is a pretty spot worth visiting. Or go during autumn.  The local expats tell us the colors are to die for!

Pearl Museum

Hakdong Pebble Beach/ Windy Hill – Right near each other, great place to go for a weekend!

Oedo Botanical Garden – An island off the island that is dedicated solely to tropical and sub-tropical flowers.

 

Public Transportation Overview

Public buses can take you all over the island (such as to Goyheon and Suwol).  Taxis are also readily available and reasonably priced.

A bus to Busan costs W6,700.

 

Cost of Living and Saving Money

Cost of living is higher in Geoje than most places in Korea due to the large presence of Samsung and the many shipyard industries.

Regardless, though, teachers are easily able to say half their monthly pay checks when after shopping, trips to Busan, and going out for food and drinks.

A lot of money also saved because of the necessities from home that aren’t necessary in Korea.  There are no car payments or insurance.  Americans will drop their mouths then they see how cheap the health care is.  Your rent is paid for.

Most people have no trouble paying off debt and student loans.

 

Geoje Tourist information Center

http://www.geoje-island.com/

http://english.geoje.go.kr/

http://www.gfra.net/

 

Tourism

The Oedo Botanical Garden inside the Hallyeo-Haesang National Park is a popular destination.

Jisim-do Island is also popular for trekking and for its camellia vegetation.

Another popular tourist attraction, Haegeumgang-do (located southeast of Geoje) hosts the Sipja Donggul Cave.  Buddhist and Shamanist sculptures can be found within the cave.

 

Festivals

Some notable mentions include.

Geoje Flower Festival
http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/599143_4810210971162_1947121266_n.jpgSun Rise on New Year’s Day at Haunde Beach, Busan.
Lantern Festival on Jiju Island

 

Local Universities

Geoje University is the city’s only high education institute.

 

Korean lessons

Some of the churches offer Korean lessons, usually on the weekends.

Mom and Pop’s Restaurant offers lessons every day, though it is later at night.  To take advantage of this, you contact them and they will set you up with a Korea.  The two of you give each other pointers on their English and your Korean.

 

Recreation

The foreigner community is rarely still in Geoje.  At current there are American football, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee groups.  A simple search around Facebook or inquiry with the people you meet will tell you what other activities are going on in Geoje.

Gyms and health clubs are centered mainly in Gohyeon.  However, the can be expensive at around W110,000/month.

 

The Foreigner Community

Geoje has a really accepting foreigner community.  Because it’s a “small” island you often run into the same people.  Don’t be shy.  Say hello and you’ll be welcomed warmly.

 

Blogs

http://landlockedgirlonanisland.blogspot.kr/

 

Facebook Groups

Geoje Teacher Group – Great for finding out what is happening on the island and getting answers to your questions. People post going away parties, church clubs, pub quiz nights, and questions.  It’s a great resource for when you first arrive and don’t know where anything is.

Geoje Flea Market – A site where the foreigners trade and sell their stuff for cheap.

Geoje Ladies

 

Current Teachers’ emails

We have an amazing group of teachers in Geoje we’d be happy to connect you with.

 

Teacher Testimonial About Geoje

Geoje may not be Seoul of Busan, but that is what I love about this island. Anywhere you go, you always see mountains. I was not an outdoors kind of person before coming here and now, if we aren’t out doing something on the weekend, it feels wrong! We have only lived here for a short 6 months, but I am still surprised EVERY day by Geoje. It’s breath-taking.

 

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