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Should I start my own business in Korea?

Powered by RedCircle Entrepreneurship can be a scary proposition for many westerners here in Korea. Jack and Ryan talk about business ventures, outside of teaching, that they have delved into and the outcomes they experienced. You can find The Seoul Patch Podcast listed on Feedspot’s 25 Best South Korea Podcasts. Check it out here: https://blog.feedspot.com/south_korea_podcasts/ Intro/Outro …

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The Big Six Zero!

Powered by RedCircle Powered by RedCircle RedCircle Well, we made it to the 60th episode! In this week’s Seoul Patch, Jack and Kevin discuss the government’s plan to create a Champs Elysees in the center of Seoul. The guys also talk about the 1,000 won increase in the base rate for taxis. Most importantly, we …

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52. How to Grow a Salad on Your Veranda with Teacher Sean

This week, the guys are chatting with urban farmer, weekend hiker, and all around good guy, Teacher Sean. In addition to being an English instructor at a university in Seoul, Sean is also very passionate about sustainable agriculture and urban farming. The guys thought it would be a great idea to sit down and pick …

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51. A Marvelous Chat with The Intrepid Global Citizen

In this week’s Patch, the guys talk to George AKA The Intrepid Global Citizen. George is an English lecturer here in South Korea, but he’s also an avid biker, hiker, and all around adventurer. Did I mention he has a YouTube channel? Smash that subscribe button to follow George as he partakes on different journeys …

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50. The Hagwon Chronicles Bonus Episode: Don’t Micromanage Me Bro!

We’re opening the vaults and giving you a special bonus episode of the podcast. In this episode, Jack is flying solo as he interviews Teacher Doug about working conditions at a school where the boss had a hard time delegating responsibility to the teaching staff and spent a lot of time micromanaging things. It’s a …

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46. The Hagwon Chronicles: Know Your Rights!

In this week’s episode of The Seoul Patch Podcast, we give you another installment of The Hagwon Chronicles. This time, the guys interview two seasoned English teachers: Jake and Nick. Unfortunately, Jake and Nick experienced problems early on in their teaching careers. These problems ranged from getting paid late each month to being dressed down by the …

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45. The Hagwon Chronicles: Everything Went Sideways with Frank

When Frank first arrived in Korea, things were looking up. The director picked him up from the airport and helped him get settled into his new apartment, his schedule wasn’t overwhelming, and things at the school seemed to operate smoothly. But all of that would change very quickly. Within the first week, everything had gone …

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44. Oops, I Did It Again!

In this week’s episode, the guys talk about those unavoidable cultural faux pas we all make when visiting or living in foreign countries. Jack went to the Facebook well again to gather comments from fellow expats about their own experiences with cultural faux pas. We appreciate our Facebook friends and their insightful comments!

Seoul Patch Reviews: D.P.

In this week’s episode, Jack talks about the Korean Netflix drama D.P. Listen and find out what Jack thinks about it. If you like K-dramas, you won’t want to miss this episode of Seoul Patch Reviews!

Seoul Patch Reviews: The Red Sleeve

In this episode of Seoul Patch Reviews, Kev tells Jack about the historical Korean drama The Red Sleeve. Watch the series to find out about the Great King Jeongjo and his Royal Noble Consort Seong Deok-im. According to Kev and his wife, it’s a real tearjerker, so get that box of tissues ready!

38. Teaching in U.S. Public Schools vs. Korean Hagwons with Guest Ryan Custodio

In this week’s episode, we welcome teacher Ryan Custodio to the Patch. As a former public school teacher in the USA and a current hagwan teacher in South Korea, he provides some very interesting insights into the differences in education in America and Korea. Ryan discusses some of the challenges as well as the benefits …

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37. Don’t Be Metaverse Averse!

In this week’s episode, Jack and Ryan talk about the metaverse. They explore the possible advantages a classroom in the metaverse might offer teachers which the actual universe cannot. It’s an interesting conversation you won’t want to miss!

35. Why We ♥ Seoul

In this week’s episode, the guys discuss their appreciation for the city of Seoul. While Ryan and Kev still reside there, Jack has been marooned in the outskirts of Gyeonggi, longing to return to the motherland, Seoul proper. Despite Jack’s displacement, the guys still talk about the aspects of the city that they love and …

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34. Why Are Tattoos Illegal in Korea?

The guys discuss a BBC article (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-59662783) about the illegality of tattooing in South Korea. The guys talk about the current laws regarding tattooing and share some of their experiences getting inked. We’re talking about tattoos in South Korea on this week’s episode of The Seoul Patch Podcast.

33. The Seoul Patch Cancelled in North Korea!

Ryan and Jack talk about the Kim Jong-nam assassination at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 2017. It’s a crazy story of espionage, palace intrigue, and murder. Give it a listen and let us know what you think: podcast@theseoulpatch.com. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Kim_Jong-nam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xca_uEBHd8 https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55940440 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/01/how-north-korea-got-away-with-the-assassination-of-kim-jong-nam

Bonus 03: Why Is Everyone Sitting on the Floor?

Jack and Kev try to answer an age-old question about Korea in this week’s Stache: Why is everyone sitting on the floor? In this episode, Kevin and Jack talk about “ondol,” which is Korea’s traditional floor heating system (and means ‘hot-stone’ as Kevin realizes!). They discuss the architecture involved and why it was such an …

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31. K-TV

In this week’s Patch, we’re a man down, but don’t fret because Kev and Jack are there to guide you through the enigmatic world of Korean television. The guys talk about some of the different popular television genres in Korea. They also discuss some of the programs they have enjoyed throughout the years. Let’s channel …

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29. Konglish Makes It into the Oxford English Dictionary!

In this week’s episode, the guys discuss several Korean words that have recently made it into the Oxford English dictionary. They talk about the ways English is used in Korean and how some words have retained their meanings while others have not. It’s a metalinguistic good time at The Patch, so why don’t you join …

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28. Korean Shamanism

In this week’s episode, the guys do a deep dive on Korean shamanism. We discuss the different kinds of shamanism practiced on the peninsula. We even include shamanism on Jeju Island!

27. Friendship in Korea

In this week’s episode, the guys discuss friendship in Korea. They use Bernard Rowan’s article Cultivating Friendship (koreatimes.co.kr) as a reference point for the discussion. The guys share some laughs as Jack stutters and stammers his way through the intro.

26. Traveling in Korea: No Plans, No Problem!

In this week’s episode, we’re one man down, but we’re still bringin’ it! Ryan tells Jack about some of his experiences traveling domestically within Korea, focusing especially on the different types of accommodations that are available for fellow wanderers. The low costs at many of these places might surprise you.

25. Kakao Friends

In this week’s episode, Kevin gives Ryan and Jack some background information about the behemoth SNS platform Kakao Talk. The guys discuss its many applications and some of its spinoff businesses. They all have a good time discussing the company, and Ryan is right there to offer some useful tips too. He’s even got a Kakao …

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24. Brave New Cyworld

In this week’s episode, the guys talk about the once mega-popular Korean SNS platform Cyworld and its current attempt at a comeback. If you’ve ever wanted to know what a Mini-home-py, an Ilchon, or a Dotori are, you won’t want to miss this one. 

22. Korea’s Amazing Bicycle Paths

In this week’s episode, Ryan tells Jack all about the hundreds of kilometers of well-manicured bike paths that span the length of the country. If you are thinking about getting a bicycle here in Korea or just like two-wheel adventures, you’ll want to listen to this episode.

Bonus 01: Old Haunts

It’s time to twirl The Seoul Stache and give you a bonus episode! Today’s topic came straight from one of our listeners. We want to extend a heartfelt thanks to this listener for the support and encouragement. In this episode, Jack and Ryan discuss how certain hot spots in Korea have changed over the past …

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