Yongin

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

 

Yongin is a city of about 1 million people.  It is a new, planned city so everything is clean, new, and current.  This means more open spaces and parks, among many other modern city-planning amenities.

 

Location

Yongin is in the middle southern region of Gyeonngi-do province directly east of the city of Suwon.  Other popular cities nearby are Osan and Pyeongtaek.  Seoul is a short 30-40 minutes away by bus or subway.

 

Grocers in Yongin

Most areas have their own local street markets as well as larger chain stores that are not unlike the supermarkets you would find in your home country.

Some of the larger big box stores (not unlike a Wal-mart or Target) that you can find in Yongin include E-mart and Lotte Mart.

 

Shopping and Recreation

Major shopping areas include:

  • The new Shinsegae Department Store in Jukjeon-dong
  • E-mart and Lotte Mart
  • Suji Fashion Town
  • Samsung Plaza in Seohyeon-dong, Bundang
  • Lotte Department Store in Sunae-dong, Bundang

 

Restaurants

Besides all the Korean restaurants, Yongin has a plethora of Western and other international restaurants including Outback Steakhouse for the Americans that want a beefy taste of home.

At the kimbab nara (Korea’s healthier version of a dinner) you can get a good sized meal for W7,000 or less.

 

The Pub Scene

Here are a few places that foreigners like to visit:

Nightmare Bar
7 Bar,
Soju Hofs
Geckos

 

Cultural Gems Only the Locals Knows
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Korean Folk Village – Yongin’s is the largest of its kind and includes a traditional street market, traditional woodworking and metalworking, and restaurants.  There are also performances of traditional dances, equestrian skills, marriage ceremonies, and recreational activities.

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The Suji-gu district is also home to the Seobongsaji Hyeono Guksa Tapbi, a momument dedicated to 12th century Buddhist monk named Hyeono Guksa. 

You can also see the Stone Buddhist Statue of Mipyeongni and the Cheoinsung fortress site, where a battle against the Mongolians was fought, and Baeknyeonsa – the oldest Buddhist temple in the city.

 

Public Transportation Overview

The public transportation in Korean cities is cheap, efficient, and prolific.  Getting around the city by bus is every easy.  Most of Yongin is also on a subway line.

 

Cost of Living and Saving Money

The cost of living is cheaper than in the USA and other English-speaking countries.  Things just cost less.

A lot of money can 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.

In Yongin going out to eat is quite cheap if it is a Korean restaurant.  Western chain restaurants can cost a good deal more.  Our teachers in Yongin tell us you can save a lot of money if you don’t spend a lot of your time going out to Seoul.

 

Tourism

Everland – The country’s most popular amusement park

Caribbean Bay – The country’s most popular water park

Gyeonngi Provincial Museum

Local Universities

Yongin no shortage of universities and colleges.  Many high learning establishments in Korea offer language lessons.

Yongin University – known for its sports courses

Dankook University

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Yongin Campus

Hankook University

Myongji University, Yongin Campus

The Police University

Kangnam University

Yongin Songdam College

 

Hiking

There are lots of walking trails through the hills around the city.

 

Blogs

https://jamiehepburn.wordpress.com/

http://yonginrestless.blogspot.kr/

 

Current Teachers’ Emails

We have an amazing group of teachers in Yongin that we would be delighted to introduce you to.  All you need to do is ask!

 

Link to Yongin’s Official Website

http://en.yongin.go.kr/

http://asiaenglish.visitkorea.or.kr/ena/SI/SI_EN_3_4_10_14.jsp

 

Teacher Testimonial About Yongin

“First and foremost, welcome to Korea! I had the exact same question about Yongin before I moved here. I was a little weary all I found on the internet was Everland-related (the theme park). Yes, it's true that Everland is in Yongin, but it's hardly the main attraction. 

“Personally, I really like where I live. Everything is very new and clean. There are a lot of nice parks which have a nice unique "Korean-style"...if that makes any sense.

“It's also very, very safe here. I have never felt uncomfortable walking home alone at night. The other night, I saw someone leave their car running while their baby was in the backseat so they could go into a store. That would not happen in the States!  

“That being said, there are still lots of things to do. I love the Korean Folk Village, which is a close taxi ride from anywhere in Yongin. You also have close access to small walking trails on hills throughout the city.

“As far as the night life goes, Yongin has many restaurants and bars. While it's not as busy with these things as Seoul, they are still very prevalent. Most things are open fairly late, and you have other options for entertainment such as gyms (about 40,000-100,000/month), virtual golf, NORE BANG!! (singing karaoke rooms), DVD rooms (go there to watch a movie), bowling, and a wide array of cafes, restaurants, and bars. 

“What I like about it is that from my front door, it's a 35 minute direct bus into downtown Seoul (Gangnam). So I can easily experience the city life on the weekends, but enjoy parks and quiet walks home on the weekdays. It's so a nice balance, I think. Especially if you like hiking and nature, like me. And if you are worried about meeting foreigners, don't be! You will find friends in your area, I promise.”

~ E. Caldwell

 

 

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