Collecting your pension

One thing I did not mention in my first two posts about applying for a job in Korea is that my job includes a pension plan. The pension is on top of the salary, severance pay, round-trip airfare, health insurance and furnished apartment. Not bad, eh?

The pension is called a lump-sum pension refund. If you qualify, a small amount of money is taken out of your paycheck each month and matched by your employer. Unfortunately, my British and Kiwi coworkers pay into the pension yet do not qualify to receive the pension at the end of their contracts, yet Americans and Canadians can expect to receive their lump-sum pension refund four to five weeks after ending their contract.


That is what 9 million won looks like in 50,000 won notes. Not too shabby.
That is what 9 million won looks like in 50,000 won notes. Not too shabby.

My pension is meant to be around 1.6 million won (or $1,550)** after working in Korea for 12 months. For me, the best part about this money is that it was an added “savings” account for me. While in Korea I was able to save about 59% of my paycheck, this is added savings that I did not have to account for.

Collecting your lump-sum pension refund in Daegu is easy. The woman in the office in Daegu speaks English. Some male foreign teachers have tried to snag her number; she is good looking, too. I recommend visiting the office four weeks before you fly out of Korea to give you time in case you’re missing documents.

It is an easy trip to the National Pension Service Office.

Be sure to bring:

  • Passport (original)
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Flight ticket (should be within one month of departure date)
  • If you want your money transferred into your KEB account, bring your KEB bank account passbook
  • If you want the money transferred into your home country’s bank account, bring the following information: bank’s address, phone number, account number, routing number, and a copy of a bank statement.

Where’s the National Pension office in Daegu? 
Beomeo Station (범어역), on the green line. The LIG building is between exit 1 and 4. It is a huge building, you cannot miss it.  The office is on the 11th floor.
If you want to be lazy and take a taxi (you are about to get 1.5 million won, so you can afford to splurge) Tell the taxi: 범어역 출구 1번으로 가주세요 – (Boh-Moh-Yuck-Chool-Goo-Eel-Bohn-Euh-Roh-Gah-Choo-Say-Yoh)

Phone: (053) 750-9180
Address: 11th Floor, LIG Bldg., 712 Dalgubeol-daero, Suseong-gu, Daegu


** UPDATE: In Mid-November 2015, $1,900 USD was deposited into my Bank of America account.

Teaching in Sangin


My coworkers and good friend Rikus, who the students call Matt Teacher, went on vacation for a week. It was during middle school testing, which is a time I do not have classes but instead work on preparing test questions or work in my school’s publishing department.

Covering Rikus’s classes was a welcomed surprise because the students are a few years younger than my 12- to 14-year-old students. There were loads of differences between teaching these different age groups.


First, the students were incredibly kind and took the time to say hello. The students were happy, carefree, not stressed and seemed to enjoy being at academy (or at least better at hiding their dismay).

“Me! Me! Me!” was exclaimed when I asked,”Who wants to read the first paragraph?” It was a welcomed change from the middle schoolers averting eye contact when it came time to be called on.


Students want soju, too.

student essay01

Essay question: What is something you want to do when you grow up? Give three reasons.

“I want to drink a sojue soju. because When I was young I drank a Beer accidenly accidentally. But It’s very delicious so when I was grow in adultup, I want to drink sojue soju or Beer. ”


written by a 13-year-old student

Student Essay: “I will invent this!”


This unit was on special clothing such as firefighter’s flame resistant materials, atheletic compression clothing and NASA’s aerogel materials. The essay question: If you could invent any type of special clothing, what would you invent?

This student’s picture earned her an “A”. She must love juice.


Doctors in Daegu

GounmiI Skin Laser Aesthetic Clinic Deoksan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dermatology, Plastic surgery 82-53-253-0707 English
Dr. Kim’s Plastic Surgical Clinic Gongpyeong-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Plastic surgery 82-53-421-2400 English
Joongang Orthopedic Clinic Namsan 1-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Orthopedic surgery 82-53-422-7800 English
Daehan Medical Clinic Namsan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Internal medicine 82-53-425-5193 English
LJ Urology Clinic Daebong 1-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Urology 82-53-253-5825 English
Hanbit Eye Center Duksan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Ophthalmology 82-53-423-2367 English
M Plastic Surgery Center Dongseongno 2(i)-ga dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Plastic surgery 82-53-422-5225 English
Kim Ki San Eye Center Bongsan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Ophthalmology 82-53-257-8875 English
Jayunmiin Plastic Surgery Center Bongsan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Plastic surgery 82-53-428-3222 English
Dr. Ahn’s Aesthetic Clinic Bongsan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Plastic surgery 82-53-422-6222 English
Dr. Cho’s Eye Clinic Bongsan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Ophthalmology 82-53-254-0075 English
Allforskin Clinic & Hair Center DNP Building 59 Sail- dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dermatology 82-53-425-7582 English
Dr. Paek’s Pediatrics Clinic Samdeokdong 2(i)-ga dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU pediatrics, vaccination 82-53-427-2312 English
Noblesse Plastic Surgery Clinic Samdeokdong 1(il)-ga, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Plastic surgery 82-53-431-0077 English
Lee Sang Hong ENT Clinic Sangseo-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Otorhinolaryngology 82-53-257-2111 English
Gawon Joseph Ear Nose and Throat Clinic Su-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Otorhinolaryngology 82-53-257-2275 English
Dr. Y. Park’s Neurology Clinic Sijangbungno, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Neurology, Internal medicine 82-53-422-2590 English
Park’s Internal Medicine Clinic Bangchon-dong, DONG-GU, DAEGU Internal medicine 82-53-981-5070 English
Cheonggu Jeil Internal Medicine Clinic Sincheon 1-dong, DONG-GU, DAEGU Internal medicine 82-53-428-2997 English
Choi Sung Hwan’s Comfort-mind Neuropsychiatric Clinic Hyomok 2-dong, DONG-GU, DAEGU Neuropsychiatry, Neurology 82-53-752-2351 English
Daedong Hospital Hyomok 2-dong, DONG-GU, DAEGU Internal medicine, Neurology,Neuropsychiatry 82-53-663-1000 English
Kyungbuk Pain Clinic Naedang-dong, SEO-GU, DAEGU pain treatment 82-53-555-9222 English
Seoul Family Clinic Pyeongni 3-dong,SEO-GU, DAEGU Family medicine,Prostate medical cure 82-53-552-5659 English
Daeyeong Woman Clinic Bisan 4-dong,SEO-GU, DAEGU Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-573-7373 English
SeoDaegu Orthopedic Surgeon pyeongni 4-dong,SEO-GU, DAEGU Orthopedics 82-53-562-2223 English
Munsung Hospital Daemyeong 4-dong, NAM-GU, DAEGU Neurosurgery, Neurology 82-53-659-7000 English
Daegu Yonsei Eye Clinic Laser Center Daemyeong 5-dong, NAM-GU, DAEGU Ophthalmology 82-53-626-8881~5 English
Hanvit NS & OS Clinic Daemyeong 9-dong, NAM-GU, DAEGU Neurosurgery 82-53-651-8000 English
Leaders Rehab Centerl Daemyeong-dong, NAM-GU, DAEGU Rehabilitation medicine 82-53-628-1000 English
Myungin Clinic of Family Medicine Bongdeok-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Family medicine,Pediatrics 82-53-471-7409 English
Dr. Lee’s Clinic Gwaneum-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Internal medicine 82-53-313-8575 English
PRIME Clinic Dongcheon-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-326-5904 English
PRIME OB & GYN Clinic Dongcheon-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-326-5900 English
Gangbook Yeanhab Orthopedic Clinic Dongcheon-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Orthopedics 82-53-324-7575 English
Jungdaun OB & GY Dongcheon-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-313-7005 English
Kim Cheong Soo’s ENT Clinic Dongcheon-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Otorhinolaryngology 82-53-327-3338 English
Chilgok Skin & Laser Clinic Eumnae-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Dermatology 82-53-326-1111 English
Donga Psychiatry Clinic Eumnae-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Psychiatry 82-53-325-7582 English
Dr. Lee’s ENT Clinic Eumnae-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Otorhinolaryngology 82-53-322-1245 English
Happy Internal Medicine Clinic Taejeon-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Internal medicine 82-53-326-7075 English
Dongsuh Orthopedic Clinic Taejeon-dong, Buk-gu, DAEGU Orthopedics 82-53-323-1500 English
Well Dermatology Clinic Suseongdong 1-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Dermatology 82-53-746-8275 English
Sokpyeonhan Internal Medicine Clinic Beomeo 3-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-781-7501 English
Su ENT Clinic Suseongdong 1-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Otorhinolaryngology 82-53-741-6633 English
Lee Sung Hwan’s OB & Gynecology Clinic Suseongdong 3-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-764-5068 English
V Plastic Surgery Clinic Suseongdong 4-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Plastic surgery, Dermatology 82-53-742-0311 English
AK Eye Clinic Gisan 1-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Ophthalmology 82-53-766-8875 English
Daehak OBGY Clinic Gisan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-782-0010 English
Gyungsan Neurosurgical Clinic Sinmae-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Neurosurgery 82-53-794-0607 English
Good Morning Internal Medicine Clinic Gamsam-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-521-7582 English
W Hospital Gamsam-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Plastic surgery, Orthopedics 82-53-550-5000 English
Somang Medical Clinic Duryu 1-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-656-8508 English
Hana General Internal Medicine Duryu 2-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-655-7890 English
Noblesse Plastic Surgery Clinic Duryu 3-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Plastic surgery 82-53-625-2111 English
Park’s Internal Medicine Clinic Sangin 1-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-632-5577 English
Sangin Sokpyeonhan Internal Medicine Clinic Sangin 2-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-644-7585 English
Uridul Obstetrics / Gynecology Clinic Songhyeon 1-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-626-6656 English
Smile Medical Clinic Yongsan 1-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Family medicine 82-53-524-1555 English
Sungseo Jeil Eye Clinic Igok 1-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Ophthalmology 82-53-591-8100 English
Catholic Eye Clinic Igok 2-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Ophthalmology 82-53-591-6006 English
Elle Woman’s Clinic Igok 3-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-593-9000 English
Sungseo Surgical Clinic Igok 4-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu General surgery 82-53-588-0975 English
Wolbae Internal Medicine Clinic Jincheon-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-631-1191 English
Yonsei Family Medicine Clinic Bonri-ri Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-Gun,Daegu Family medicine 82-53-638-6383 English
Hosanna Oriental Clinic Daesin-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Oriental medical science 82-53-526-1133 English
Eunsong Oriental Clinic Dongin-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Oriental medical science 82-53-425-7705 English
Dongdaegu Oriental Clinic Sinam 2-dong, Dong-gu, DAEGU Oriental medical science 82-53-942-5118 English
Youngcheon Oriental Clinic Sinam 2-dong, Dong-gu, DAEGU Oriental medical science 82-53-944-1075 English
Lee Dong Won Oriental Clinic Daemyeong 4-dong, NAM-GU, DAEGU Oriental medical science 82-53-626-1075 English
Hongik Oriental Clinic Beomeo 4-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-751-1019 English
Beomeo Dowon Oriental Clinic Beomeo 2-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-743-0325 English
Semyeongga Oriental Clinic Beomeo 3-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-285-7575 English
Myungwon Oriental Clinic Beomeo 4-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-752-1194 English
Hwalseong Oriental Clinic Beomeo-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-759-1075 Chinese
Noah Oriental Clinic Suseongdong 2-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-765-0500 English
kim Jong Bong Oriental Clinic Igok 3-dong, Dalseo-gu, daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-584-7800 English
Young Kwang Oriental Clinic Ha-ri Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-Gun,Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-616-2345 English
Jangsu Oriental Clinic Cheonnae-ri Hwawon-eup,Dalseong-Gun,Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-644-7535 English
Myungjin Dental Clinic Pojeong-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-253-0121 English
Yonsei Soo Dental Clinic Munhwa-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-428-7575 English
Misoga Inneun Dental Clinic Deoksan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-253-2824 English
Son Hee Yong Dental Clinic Samdeokdong 1(il)-ga, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-422-8585 English
Michigan Dental Clinic Bongsan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-255-2080 English
Lee’s Dental Clinic Bongsan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-255-2804 English
Lee Yonghap Dental Clinic Deoksan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-256-7353 English
Nei Dental Hospital Bongsan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-423-3500 English
Daeguye Dental Clinic Deoksan-dong, JUNG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-257-8345 English
With Dental Clinic Bangchon-dong,DONG-GU, DAEGU Dental service 82-53-983-4183 English
Suseong Dental Clinic Suseongdong 1(il)-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-763-1719 English
Haengbokhan Dental Clinic Suseongdong 4-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-759-5678 English
Samsung Yonhap Dental Clinic Shinmae-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-794-7575 English
Jo Ok Man Dental Clinic Suseongdong 1(il)-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-767-6226 English
Asea Dental Clinic Sangin 2-dong, Dalseo-gu, daegu Dental service 82-53-638-7979 English
Prime Dental Clinic Sangin 3-dong, Dalseo-gu, daegu Dental service 82-53-628-2875 English
Medi for Man Total Man’s Clinic Sincheon-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu Urology 82-53-743-9510 English
Huh Hospital · Huh Oriental Hospital Hyomok-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu 82-53-749-0000 English
Deram Hospital Daemyeong 10-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu 82-53-640-8800 English
Yeungnam University Medical Center Deamyeong-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu 82-53-620-4413 English
E Medi Dental Clinic Guam-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-326-0275 English
Bokhyeon Eton United Dental Clinic Bokhyeon-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-382-7528 English
Shinyong Dental Clinic Chilseong 1-ga, Buk-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-426-2827 English
Zion Oriental Clinic Chilseong 2-ga, Buk-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-254-5537 English
Yoosunghyun Oriental Clinic Gongpyeong-dong Jung-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-422-2212 English
Myunjin Beautiful Smile Dental Clinic Namsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-422-7528 English
Leaders Skin Clinic Namsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu Dermatology 82-53-257-7833 English
Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center Dongsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu 82-53-250-7301 English
Gaga Plastic Surgery Clinic Dongseongno 2-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu Plastic surgery 82-53-427-8877 English
Wooridul Hospital Dongindong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu 82-53-212-3000 English
Korea Medical Institute- Daegu Center Munhwa-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu 82-53-472-4500 English
Oracle skinland Bongsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu Dermatology 82-53-426-5575 English
Medi Heart Internal medicine Clinic Samdeokdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-256-1275 English
Kyungpook National University Hospital Samdeokdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu 82-53-422-1141 English
Dukyoung Dental Hospital Seomunno 2-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-256-2145 English
Kwak’s Hospital Su -dong, Jung-gu, Daegu 82-53-252-2401 English
Oracle skinland Gamsam-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Dermatology 82-53-522-7791 English
Sungmo Women’s Hospital Sangin-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-640-1000 English
FM Dental Hospital Jukjeon-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-560-1014 English
I Dream Place Childern’s Hosptial Jincheon-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu pediatrics 82-53-644-9100 English
Gynomedi Hospital Manchon-dong Suseong-gu, Daegu Obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics 82-53-757-2000 English
Juheng Oriental Medicine Clinic Manchon-dong Suseong-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-753-7511 English
Areumdaunshigan Dental Clinic Manchon-dong Suseong-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-742-2879 English
Daekyung Total Clinic Hospital Beomeo-dong Suseong-gu, Daegu Diagnostic radiology 82-53-742-0100 English
Sophie-Marccau Women’s Clinic Beomeo-dong Suseong-gu, Daegu Obstetrics and gynecology 82-53-756-3006 English
Leekyunghyung Plastic surgery Clinic Beomeo-dong Suseong-gu, Daegu Plastic surgery 82-53-756-3433 English
Shinsegae Ophthalmology Clinic Beomeo-dong Suseong-gu, Daegu Ophthalmology 82-53-742-5577 English
Plaza Opthalmology Clinic Suseongdong 1(il)-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Ophthalmology 82-53-766-7979 English
LimJaeyang Surgery Clinic Suseongdong 1(il)-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu General surgery 82-53-765-7490 English
Soosung United Orthopedics Clinic Suseongdong 2-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Orthopedic surgery 82-53-762-6464 English
Kwonohjong Internal Medicine Clinic Suseongdong 3-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-762-0075 English
Leejaesoo Oriental Clinic Suseongdong 4-ga, Suseong-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-753-5019 English
Siji Top Unitedm Men’s Clinic Sinmae-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Urology 82-53-793-9030 English
Osung Dental Hosptial Sinmae-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-794-6000 English
Hyosung Hospital Jung-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu 82-53-766-7070 English
Borang Mind Care Medicine Clinic Jisan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-783-7575 English
Jisan Nuga Oriental Clinic Jisan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Oriental medical science 82-53-784-8240 English
Donga Neurosurgery Clinic Jisan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Neurosurgery 82-53-781-0770 English
Esarang Union Dental Clinic Jisan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-783-1414 English
Raphael Medicine Clinic Jisan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Internal medicine 82-53-762-8228 English
Kims Dental Hospital Jisan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu Dental service 82-53-753-2875 English

I first saw this list on GRRL Traveler’s blog. The Daegu Metropolitan City website published this list. I hope it helps someone.

One huuggee roll of 휴지



Being a teacher is rarely boring. This lovely student, who is always five minutes late to class, asked me to go the bathroom.

“Sam! Sam! Sam!” He yelled. Sam is short for “선생” which is teacher in Korean.

“Teacher,” I said strongly to correct him.

“Teacher, Hyoji??” He yelled as he pointed to nose. Knowing that 휴지 (pronounced like huegee) means tissue in English. I nodded reluctantly.  He ran off to the bathroom and came back with this giant roll of toilet paper. Now, that’s one huuggee roll of 휴지.