Before we came to Korea, we were really curious about what sort of housing arrangement we would end up with. We searched around online and watched a few other apartment tours, but each apartment is of course going to be different. We have friends working here who totally lucked out with a two bedroom place, while others get crammed into studios the size of a closet. We were a bit nervous that we would be unhappy with the housing arrangement our school gave us, and when we first moved into our apartment, we were a bit shocked.
From all the research we did, we noticed that couples who come over to teach in Korea typically get a larger apartment, or officetel. These places either have a lofted bedroom above the kitchen/living room or at least a small separate bedroom. However, when we moved into our assigned place back in February, we were very surprised to see we had been given a smaller single apartment. It is a studio sized place, that is usually given to single teachers. Furthermore, for the entire first week, the hot water was broken. This meant freezing cold showers in the middle of winter and sleeping with our winter coats on since Korean homes are heated through hot water running under the floors. We were jet lagged and honestly really upset with the situation.
Nonetheless, after the first week was over and our hot water was fixed, we started to ease up a bit and really enjoy our new home. Though small, on the entire back wall are three big windows with an amazing view of the mountain behind our building. It makes the small space seem larger than it is with all the light that it lets in. Moreover, one of the windows opens up to a huge balcony that stretches the whole length of the building. Balconies of any kind are unheard of in Korea, and ours came with a bench right underneath our window which is great for sitting and drinking coffee in the mornings.
We have lived here for six months now, and after cleaning up, decorating, and settling in we have come to love our little abode. Comfy and cozy and not too bad after all! Hope you all enjoy the pictures and video and stay tuned for more next week!