Linda Goes East

Korea

Top 100 International Exchange & Expat Blog Results

The results are in for the 2016 Top 100 International Exchange & Expat Blog voting and OMG was I happy to read:   Dear Linda, Many congratulations: your blog Linda Goes East was voted among the top 100 international exchange and expats blogs in IX16 on bab.la! We love your blog and so did your […] Read more…

5 Romantic Places In Korea You Must Visit

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Do you live in Korea and are looking for something special to do on Valentine’s Day? Jeongsu and I are getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day and are looking for some romantic places in Korea to visit. Whether you’re alone or with your partner in crime, the following five places are worth checking out for this special […] Read more…

How to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Korea

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I love local Asian traditions and customs like no other and was especially happy about spending my first Seollal 설날, Korean Lunar New Year, with my fiancé Jeongsu and his family. I stayed with the family, living in a small countryside village, for a few days and took part in their traditions for the Lunar […] Read more…

Themed Cafes in Seoul: Princess Diary

Seoul is full of fun and interesting things to do. One of the many things I love about the city are its many themed cafes! There seems to be a cafe for everybody’s taste: Hello Kitty cafe, cat cafe, dog cafe, raccoon cafe, doll cafe, and for the girls: a princess cafe. This is exactly […] Read more…

How to See Seoul in 48 Hours

Now that I live in Cheongju, it’s quite easy to take a 1.5 hour bus ride to Seoul and enjoy the beautiful capital of Korea. Seoul has many beautiful spots and must-see historic places you just have to check out when in town. If you only have a limited amount of time, here’s my go-to […] Read more…

SpaLand Busan: Korea’s High-End Jjimjilbang

I was a declared jjimjilbang (Korean bathhouse) virgin and even skeptic. I didn’t like the idea of getting into a pool with naked women I didn’t know or having my entire body scrubbed for half an hour while being butt-naked. After a visit to Busan’s SpaLand, everything has changed. You can now call me a jjimjilbang […] Read more…

Spectacular New Year Ceremonies in Busan

I actually didn’t plan on going anywhere for New Year’s but rather travel during the Christmas holidays but I’m so glad that I switched and traveled to Busan for New Year’s! The second largest city in Korea offers spectacular ceremonies to welcome the new year – completely free to everyone!  There are two major New Year’s […] Read more…

Studying Korean at the YMCA in Korea

Soon after I moved to Cheongju in May, I started taking Korean classes at the local YMCA. Now, 6 months later I am very proud of how much I have accomplished and want to share my experience at the YMCA in Korea. Where? Luckily, there is a YMCA almost everywhere around Korea. When you check the […] Read more…

메리 크리스마스 from South Korea

A belated “Merry Christmas”, “메리 크리스마스” or “圣诞节快乐” to all you around the world! As you know, this year was a very special Christmas for me. Not only was it, like the title says, my first Christmas in South Korea but more importantly, it was the first Christmas Jeongsu and I got to spend together. […] Read more…

My Year 2015 In 12 Instagram Photos

I’m slowly getting used to saying “bye bye 2015” and am looking back on what happened this year. I got to live in China, travel around the country, see Luang Prabang in Laos, Fukuoka in Japan and moved to South Korea! I achieved a lot of great things and was very active on social media about it, […] Read more…

Top 5 Christmas Gifts from Korea

The holidays are around the corner and expats are getting ready to send gifts for friends and family back home. It can be quite hard to find unique and interesting gifts. However, the following list is going to make it a lot easier to find affordable presents that are also suitable for a longer transit overseas. […] Read more…

Engaged For A Year!

It’s our 1-year engagement anniversary! On December 6, 2014, Jeongsu proposed to me while we were in Beijing for a weekend trip. It was super romantic since he had come just for the weekend to spend time with me when we were still in a long-distance relationship. Things have been tough at the time, but […] Read more…

5 Things To Adapt To in South Korea

Living in South Korean isn’t all Kpop and Drama, it also means to adapt to the local culture. If you have been living in Korea for a while, you probably noticed that some of your habits have changed. This is mostly due to the daily routines you get used to in order to fit in […] Read more…