Posts Tagged ‘Gwangju’

Excellent eye doctors at Balgeun Eye Clinic 21, Gwangju

febrero 7, 2010

I had a problem with my contact lens and received excellent care from an eye doctor at Balgeun Eye Clinic 21. I highly recommend them for all your eye care needs; they have many doctors who speak English. They are across from Shinsegae in Gwangju. Their phone number is (062)364-0080.

Gwangju Homestay Program

febrero 2, 2010

If you are visiting or living in Gwangju, staying with a host family is an excellent way to learn more about Korean culture and improve your Korean. Homestays are available for short or long term periods. For more information, contact the Gwangju International Center.

Slippery pedestrian bridges in Gwangju

diciembre 26, 2009

Several days after it stopped snowing, the pedestrian bridges in Gwangju still weren’t cleared. Several friends have mentioned to me that it must be because Korea is not used to snow so when it does snow, they have no idea what to do and do not have salt or sand on hand to melt the snow quickly so that sidewalks, etc do not become slippery. However, from talking to Koreans, snow is not a rare occurance in Gwangju so I don’t understand why sidewalks, pedestrian bridges, etc aren’t better maintained. Perhaps like some cities in the US, Gwangju is also facing budget problems and as such doesn’t have the money to maintain public areas?

Volunteer Opportunities in Gwangju

diciembre 24, 2009

Volunteer opportunites in Gwangju

1. Sung Bin Orphanage – Volunteer on Sat from 1:30-3 PM

Long term volunteers who can volunteer two Sat. a month are preferred.

It seems like a good organization and I am thinking about volunteering with them; however, when I asked about volunteering during the week, the guy said that it would be better to volunteer on Saturdays at first and then maybe in March switch to volunteering during the week. However, usually on the weekends I like to go hiking or snowboarding and whle I would like to volunteer it would be preferable to volunteer in the morning, so that I could still do my activities. It seems to be good for people who like to sleep in on the weekend though. So I will probably continue looking for other places to volunteer during the week and will then post them. I’m a bit curious to know what life is like for the orphans and was told that during the week they’re usually busy and I had assumed was because they were busy working but it is because they are lessons such as tae kwon do or music, etc lessons. I was quite surprised to hear that as previously I had volunteered with children in Mexico and they were from poor families and when not in school, mostly they were working and many time they could not go to school because they had to earn a living. So it was encouraging to find out that although the orphans have a difficult life, they’re not forced to work and can attend school and after school activities.

2. Gwangju News Magazine


Gwangju International Center needs volunteers to mail out Gwangju News once a month.

Nepalese/Indian food in Gwangju

diciembre 14, 2009

From Chungjang 3 which is the street McDonald’s in on, walk straight, turn right at the post office and walk straight until you see a Mini Stop. A few buildings down from the Mini Stop on the left on the second floor is First Nepal.

The website is

Below is a photo of the Non Veggie Thali set which includes lamb or chicken curry, a lentil dish, rice and salad for 10,000 won. They also have lunch specials and there are many dishes for vegetarians.

Gwangju bus station

diciembre 13, 2009