Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year)

Friday, January 31st is known in Korea as Seollal (sounds like Solar.) It is the Korean New Year and school will be closed Thursday January 30th and Friday to observe this holiday. This means we have a 4 day weekend. The tradition is to go visit your grandparents, or just family, and to eat together and play yut nori. Apparently it is such a big holiday that you should not travel on the roads on Friday or Saturday.

Sarah, Rin and I are all going to Seoul Thursday and Friday to enjoy the break.

Also, Episode #10 Itaewon Land Part 2 will be up on Friday, January 31st.

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Stay tuned!

Christmas in Korea

Christmas was a few days ago but I wanted to take the time to gather all of the pictures together of my take on how Korea celebrates Christmas. This Santa Claus is next door to Indigo where we teach. When you walk by it, the Gangnam style song plays and he dances. I have video that will be a future conleys overseas episode.


In my classes we talked about Christmas and had the students do crossword puzzles and worksheets. We also discussed the differences between Christmas in America and Korea. There are a few things but overall it wasn’t too much different.


I let the students write what they wanted for Christmas on the board.


Sarah had her students color christmas lights and put their names on them.


My students did a lot of Christmas worksheets that helped build their vocabulary words, and I put them up in my classroom.


Here is the tree that is up in the lobby:


The day before Christmas, we had a Christmas party and the students made Christmas cards.


The students also played a bunch of games like jenga and ate snacks.IMG_20131224_161355

Some students colored these and gave them to us.


There were various decorations around the school.

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Today was our last day of work before the break!

No school until January 6th!

Stay tuned for more!