Korean Blog List - you can't go past this if you
want to get a feel for what other folk are feeling,
seeing and doing in Korea. There is also a huge list
of blogs by Koreans outside of Korea
Galbijim - an ambitious wiki that aims to build into
a serious information resource about South Korea. At
the moment it is especially good for links on learning
the Korean language.
Korea - some useful information for expats; also stories.
Run by an individual.
Seoul City Government
Government of Korea Site
Korean Postal Service - site in English; note that Korea
Post also offers a banking service which now includes Internet
Tour Site - virtual tours by Canadian, Steven Roney
Itaewon Clubs Site -
reviews of every bar & nightclub in the district +
a photo library
Web - (now part of the family of Koreabridge.com )
the main electronic English language nerve center for
happenings in this busy city of four million plus. Asiaweek
magazine recently rated Busan** equal tenth best city
(with Seoul) in Asia for quality of life; (Tokyo and
Fukuoka scored equal best). Anyway, the place has promise.
in 2002 Pusan Web was re-born and the originator (Jeff Lebow)
took on a small voluntary team to look after individual sections.
Its events listings are generally up to date and useful.
There are very active bulletin boards for discussions and
classifieds (including jobs).
was the Writings manager until about 2006. The stories
from contributors gave a good feel for how expatriates interpreted their
Korean experience. (Nowadays, 2009, I am in China, and the Writings section no longer seems to be active).
site contains many images of Busan and South Korean life.
Pusan Web is also a useful source for other general links
and survival information.
once a month translated news stories from the Korean language
media are posted.
Spelling note : the South Korean Government has recently
amended its recommended Latin alphabet spellings for transliteration
from the native Hangeul script. Amongst the changes, the
familiar 'Pusan' becomes 'Busan'; i.e. p =>b; t=>d; k=>g].
PUSAN WEB LINKS TO BUSAN
City Hall Website - information from the official
Port - Account of the port including a (brief) history
to prehistoric times, by the Busan Port Authority.
Seoul Times - international, national and city news
as well as links. Though this clearly lacks the resources
of more established media empires, it is a brave attempt
to consolidate information of interest to resident non-Koreans,
and could also contain stuff you mightn't find in other
Web Weekly - "An independent, non-partisan,
non-profit web on all things Korean: Her history, culture,
economy, politics and military - since 1995." (says
their masthead). KWW in fact consolidates links to current
media articles on Korea. It also has some excellent links
to other Korean related matters. There is a worldwide
database of over 2000 "Koreanists", from professors to
The Korea Herald -
national English language daily [both The Korea Herald and
The Korea Times are pretty derivative, depending heavily
on syndicated material. The Herald seems to have a bit more
depth than the Times. They are both based on English language
print versions.] * ..the online version
has just gone to a subscription basis (2002). Ugh!
The Korea Times -
national English language daily
Ilbo - new English web version of a major Korean language
national daily. Tends to a conservative viewpoint on Korean
issues, but its resources and professionalism are stiff
competition for the Times and Herald. It is affiliated
with the International Herald Tribune (which in my view is one
of the world's very best newspapers).
Ilbo - another of South Korea's major daily newspapers
now has this English language web version.
Post - monthly news magazine in English; emphasis
on economics Published in Seoul.
Korean Media in the United States - from asianmediaguide.com
Korean Language Study (on-line)
Studies at Sogang - free language course (requires
Language Centre - links to language programs etc.
of Arizona Korean Language Lessons
online Korean lessons
University Korean Language Education Clearing House
links, courses, resources
Through English - free Korean Ministry of Culture & Tourism
course (mimics textbook available in bookshops).
University Learning Korean
University Korean Audio & Songs
Language on The Net Links (Russian site)
- Learn The Language
To Speak Korean Online Language Exchange
The Daisy Stories (parallel translation texts)
Eisenberg's Introduction to Korean
Historical & Cultural
DDD is not to be confused with LifeInKorea.com. Here is
their self-description : "DDD, Life in Korea explores cross-cultural
life as it is lived here. Not modern or trad culture but
both, and not your culture or their culture but our culture.
It is intended both for foreigners and Koreans.. It is honest
and edgy and often funny as it is the first of its kind that
is intended for both foreigners and Koreans: it offers bi-lingual
writing and cross-cultural material as much as it can".
Literature in Translation - a good overview by Brother
Anthony (one of the best known translators of Korean into
Korean Literature in English - Korean government listing
Korean Literature Today - online quarterly, 1996-2001,
of Korean work in English translation
National Commission for UNESCO - events, virtual library
Korea Journal Index 1961-1997 - literary
KCAF Bibliographic Database of Korean Literature
KOREAN STUDIES* (Dr. LEONID A. PETROV) "This site
is maintained for the purpose of free publication and dissemination
of analytical materials on North Korea (DPRK), its relations
with Russia and Australia, research on history and historiography,
and the problems of Soviet Koreans". It is pretty
hard to find balanced (i.e. non-nationalistic) accounts
of history and events affecting either of the Koreas.
Dr Petrov offers just that. Recommended.
Timeline - Global Korean Network of Los Angeles - includes
some historical photos
Korean History Project
- Where the Past is Always Present
Korean Nationalism Home
Institute of California - Certificate and Masters level
courses in Korean Studies, Korean language etc. ; (some
Frank Hoffman's Korean Studies pages & links (Harvard
Dave Sperling's ESL Jobs
Offered - the best source of teaching work
Korea Links - EFL in Asia
Foreign Worker's Handbook - Pusanweb
ESL Ring - Korea - A good FAQ on the risks
and sometime rewards of working in South Korea. There
are linked sister sites for Japan and Taiwan.
Marmot's Hole - A Lost White Dude in Korea -
this blog also has links to an astonishing number
of other blogs about Korea
Professional photographs of South Korea (mostly Seoul) by Stephen Bay.
PUSAN WEB LINKS FOR EXPATS
by Graph - statistical information on Korea
a major news and information site about Korea; commercially
in Korea.com -
information site, commercially run; (not to be confused
with LifeInKorea.org -> see
the cultural and historical section below).
Infogate - a large, well-organized site with many
useful survival links; commercially run
some commercial links for non-Koreans. Also for other countries.
of Korea Site
Local Authorities Foundation for International Relations -
that's a mouthful, but if you are looking for basic information
on any particular area of Korea, this is a good place
to start. They also have a provincial
map with click on links to local government statistics.
Square - independent information site on North Korea.
Travel.com korea links
Planet - SubWWWay to North-East Asia
Korea WebRings - Yahoo
EFL-Law.Com - this new site (March 2003) is a must-read
for EFL teachers in Korea, Japan and China. It
is run by professional lawyers, and deals with most of
the legal questions or problems you may encounter as a
foreign teacher in these countries. It also has
Click Asia - really a shopping mall of traditional Korean
goods priced in US$ with English explanations.
However, it also contains a great deal of good
information on Korean traditions, rituals, beliefs,
celebrations, and even cooking recipes.
Encyclopedia articles on Korea - contains extensive
notes. Be careful though! Following the wiki philosphy,
anyone can add to a wiki volume, which means that you
should double check all information for authenticity