Suwon

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

Suwon is a major city in Gyeonngi-do province and has around 1 million inhabitants.  Traditionally it was known as “The City of Filial Piety” so if you go to Suwon to teach, be nice to parents and call your mother regularly.

For football fans, Suwon is home to the Suwon Samsung Bluewings Football Club.

Location

Suwon is 19 miles (30km) from Seoul.  It is bordered by Ansan, Yongin, and Uiwang.  It is also about 5 minutes from Osan and Pyeongtaek, two other major cities in the area.  Pyeongtaek is home to the Osan US Air Force Base (Yes.  the Osan base is closer to Pyeongtaek than Osan).

 

Grocers in Suwon

Every neighborhood will have small grocers that will fulfill your daily needs.  Some areas also have their own local street markets.

You can also look for the larger big box stores (not unlike a supermarket).

A few examples you’ll find in Suwon are HomePlus, E-Mart, and Lotte Mart.

 

Shopping

The Suwon Station/ Aekyung Shopping Mall Complex is a large shopping area right in the center of Suwon.  There are many stores and restaurants inside and around this complex, including three movie theaters.

 

Restaurants

In a city the size of Suwon you will find plenty of recognizable Western restaurants from home in addition to a bevy of other foreigner restaurants.  And, of course, Korean fare.

Try a Suwon galbi restaurant!  Galbi is “Korean BBQ” and Suwon is famous for it.

 

The Pub Scene

Here are a few places popular with the Suwon foreigners:

Big Chill
Bulldog
Crazy Duck
Sam Ryan’s - Facebook or Website
CUBA

There is also “Soju Alley,” a strip of bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, and norebong (karaoke rooms) that are popular with foreigners and Koreans.

 

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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Public Transportation Overview

Public transportation in Korea is world class and cheap.  Suwon is part of the Seoul Metropolitian Subway so you can get to Seoul and many surrounding towns and cities via this system.  Suwon also has a system of inter- and intra-city buses.

 

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 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.

 

Suwon Tourist Information Center

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_4_10_13.jsp

 

File:Hwaseong2.jpgTourism

Suwon is Korea’s only remaining walled city.  These stone walls (called Hwaseong Fortress collectively) are a popular tourist attraction for foreigners and Koreans alike and area UNESCO heritage site.  You can also see Haenggung palace.

Everland Theme Park is located in nearby Yongin.

Or, Woncheon in the Yeongtong-gu district also has the Woncheon Greenland and Woncheon Lakeland amusement parks.

 

Festivals

http://10mag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/65-suwonhwaseong.jpgSuwon is the city of festivals!  Here is a list we found from the city’s tourism website:

Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival
Royal Tomb Procession
Happy Suwon Festival
Royal Court Culture Festival
Paldalmun Street Market Festival
Kor-Cha-Jap Food Culture Festival
Suwon Summer Music Festival
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress International Theater Festival
Suwon Hwaseong Baekjung Festival
Night of Poetry and Music
Gosaekdong Kojabinori


Local Universities

Suwon has 14 universities including:

Ajou University
Dongnam Health College
Gukje Digital University
Hapdong Theological Seminary
Jangan College
Kyonggi University
Kyunghee University
Suwon Catholic University
Suwon Science College
Suwon Women's College

 

Korean Lessons

Korean language lessons are easy to find in Suwon, and you can learn more than just the language.  Our teachers have told us about Korean cooking classes and even K-pop dance classes!

The Mannam Korea Culture Club offers inexpensive, ongoing language classes.  Many of the local universities also offer free Korean language classes.  Each session typically starts with the semesters so make sure you don’t miss the starting date.

 

Hiking

Gwangyosan, the local mountain, has several hiking trails appealing to various levels of hikers.  Enjoy the all Korean past time!

 

Recreation

Manseok Park has a track around its lake that is popular for walking and running.  Manseok Park also has indoor and outdoor tennis, football (soccer) and an X-games skate park.

There are several other parks throughout the city and several ski resorts and hiking trails are within easy reach of Suwon.

In general, you can do almost anything your heart desires in Suwon.  There is Tae Kwon Do, kick boxing, ultimate Frisbee, as well as groups for running, soccer, basketball and other sports.  Ask around amongst the other foreigners and they will put you on the right track.

 

Facebook Groups

Suwon Hump Day (a popular social group)

Suwon Newbies 

English Teachers in Suwon Area

 

Current Teachers’ Emails

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

 

Link to Suwon’s Official Website

http://eng.suwon.ne.kr/

 

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