Bulguksa (불국사)

Earlier this year, I worked in my company’s publishing department editing a Korean history book. While a lot of the information blended together because of the extensive detail and use of Korean names, I did learn a little about the Silla Kingdom and its grand history. Among many things, Silla is credited for creating the first unified Korea by conquering the two kingdoms of Baekje (백제) and Goguryeo (고구려). The Silla, an ancient kingdom of Korea, once called the city of Gyeongju its capital, which is partly the reason I wanted to visit.

IMG_1848 Outside the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, Chris and I rented a scooter for 25,000 won for three hours. After we picked up a handy map of Gyeongju in English from the tourist center outside the bus terminal, we hopped on our scooter and hit the road.


Not too long later, we arrived at our destination: a famous temple. Bulguksa (불국사) is the main site to see in Gyeongju. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the biggest temples in Korea. The structure standing today has gone through dozens of renovations, but it was incredible to think that Koreans were on this sacred land more than 1,400 years ago building this very temple.

We skipped seeing the Seokguram Grotto (석굴암) because the weather started to turn on us (check out my sweet rain poncho!). We hopped back on the scooter and headed out to see a sex museum; however, the steep admission of 10,000 won each scared us away.

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On our ride back to the bus terminal, I spotted a line of luxury cars parked casually in a coffee shop’s parking lot. We stopped to take a peak (and a handful of photos). To no surprise, we weren’t the only ones enjoying the view.


Getting to Gyeongju: I took a 50-minute bus ride from Dongdaegu bus terminal. The cost is no more than 4,300 won ($5) each way.

To the students who made my year

My last day of teaching was bittersweet. I was excited for S.E. Asia trip coming up, but sad to leave my students, knowing that I’d likely never see them again. 

Chan Ho is incredibly bright and even more kind.

One student, Chan Ho, was getting so excited to tell me something that he began to stutter. He couldn’t think of the English. Then finally he stops and says in a very serious tone, “Sarah Teacher, you are the Best English Teacher.” he pauses for dramatic effect, “Of..My…Life.” “Thank you, Chan Ho.”

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.


Busan Beach Day at Haeundae Beach (해운대해수욕장)

This past weekend, Chris Feese, Devin Thomas and I traveled to Busan to spend some time on Haeundae Beach (해운대해수욕장). A Busan beach weekend was a pressing item on my Korean bucket list. The boys braved the water, but I was not a fan. It was nice weather for laying out, but the water was freezing. The boys swear I nearly cried when they threw me in the water. I’d like to think I held back tears, but yes, it was way too cold for me to enjoy it.

Then things got weird…there was a large, indescribable event happening on the beach. What started as a gathering of a few Koreans at what looked like a Sewol Ferry remembrance turned into a massive sea of Koreans in yellow vests scouring the beach. At first, it was bearable because there were many groups of foreigners doing the exact same thing we were doing: enjoy a beach day as we would anywhere else in the world. However, it quickly became an uncomfortable situation complete with Christian music playing on loud speakers in Korean.

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.


Why Korea? FAQ: teaching in Korea

Q: Why Korea? 

A: There’s a long list of reasons but here are the three most important.
1. I wanted to live abroad again.
2. I wanted to visit Asia, so why not move there?
3. Teaching is a great way to live abroad and make money. In college, I enjoyed doing ESL volunteer so work, so I had hoped that I would  enjoy teaching.
I wanted to go, and I wanted to go now. Not February and not next August. I wanted to leave as soon as possible. Thankfully, applying for a teaching job in Korea is relatively simple and quick.
Korea is a small country which for me meant I was less intimidated. South Korea seems less scary than let’s say China. In one year, I can likely visit nearly all over the country. South Korea is only 39,000 square miles yet is home to more than 50 million people. That’s roughly the same size as the state of Indiana with the population of California and New York combined.
From my limited knowledge and research, each public and private school in Korea hires a native English speaker. Koreans have put a huge emphasis on education, especially English education, which means there is a huge need for native English speakers as English teachers. That’s where I come in.
Q: What do you need to be hired as an English teacher in Korea? 
A: 1) Be a Native English Speaker
2) Hold a Bachelor’s Degree – doesn’t matter if you studied micro-biology as a once thought pre-med candidate or walked away with a four-year hangover and a liberal arts degree.
Q: How long are you going for? 
A: One year. I signed a contract for October 2013 to October 2014.
Q: Can you get out of your contract? 
A: Yes. there are a few ways to leave:
1) Midnight Run. This is exactly what it sounds like. Pack up your things quickly and quietly and leave. This will cost you – a plane ticket home and a poor reputation in Korea and the ESL community.
2) Your school breaks the contract; thus, they owe you a plane ticket home.
3) You break your contract, and you could owe them the cost of a round-trip ticket.
Good news is the school wants you to stay, and they want to enjoy the stay. It’s the school’s job as well as the recruiter’s job to help you and guide you. They want you to tell  your native English speaking friends positive things about the school and the experience so they, too, want to teach English in Korea.
Q: What’s a recruiter? 
A: A korean recruiter is similar to headhunter. It is their job to hire native English teachers. The recruiter conducts the initial communication (emails you to set up interview, conducts the interview, passes along your information to the school and sets up an interview with the school). Once a school wants to hire you, your recruiter will send you an official job offer from a school along with a job contract. You will conduct all communication with your recruiter – that’s their job.
I ended up using Solon ESL Networks and I have only good things to say about my recruiter, MiHye. Feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions.
Q: Did you get hired by a private or a public school?
A: A private academy. (Called a Hagwon in Korean).
Q: What’s the difference?
A: I am NO expert, but from what I understand, a public school is similar to what we call school in America and runs  from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Public school jobs offer more days off with less pay, so depending on your priorities, a public school is a great option.
A private school/academy (Hagwon) is typically held in the afternoon/evening. My working hours will be 3:30-10:30 p.m. My students will go to school in the morning, and then come see me in the evening. The upside of a private academy is that they pay more while offering two weeks vacation. The internet and TESL blogs will warn you that Korean private academies are more likely to breach contract and possibly screw you over (they could not pay you the agreed amount, not pay you on time or fire you during the last 60 days to avoid paying for your return flight).
Q: Why would you accept a job at a private school after the warnings?
A: Back to what I said at the beginning, I wanted to go as soon as possible and private academies hire year-round. While public schools typically hire twice a year in August/September and again in February.
Secondly, not all hagwons are bad.
Q: But how do you know the school you choose will abide by their contract? 
A: A high school friend was working at the school I was hired at. He had had a positive experience and recommended the academy. The school director is kind, they pay on time, and things are great, according to him.