I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I left Cheonan! I never really took the time to decompress and write about my year living in Cheonan, because I had to move and start work in Busan so quickly, so I’d like to talk about it.
My year living and working in Cheonan, Korea
First off, I moved to Cheonan
because I couldn’t get a job in Seoul, but I wanted to get a little closer. Cheonan is a nice mid-sized city, don’t get me wrong, but Seoul has more of the things I’m into. Cheonan has a lot of transportation options. It’s connected to Seoul by subway, but the trip is long and uncomfortable. There is a bus, but you have to go downtown to get to the bus station. There are two train stations: the normal (mugungwah) train, and the KTX train. A ticket on the KTX from Cheonan to Seoul will cost you about 13,000 won, but it will get you there in about a half an hour to 45 minutes.
For greater ease using the city bus, download the phone app, 천안버스
Now, there are things for a foreigner to do in Cheonan. Most of the activity is centered around the Shinsegae department store downtown. There are three foreigner bars right across the street from it: Banana bar
, and Dolce
. Almost every foreigner in Cheonan hangs out at those places. Besides that, there’s the bus station in the Shinsegae, the Arario art gallery
, an excellent English-speaking hair-stylist at Sunny’s hair salon
, a language exchange
that meets up at the Nescafe cafe, a billiard room
, and a boxing gym
. A lot of the community communicates in the Facebook group, Cheonan People
If you’re looking to study Korean, I recommend my old teacher, Jung Youn (최정윤)
. She works with all levels and is highly qualified.
Cheonan is a transportation hub of sorts and it’s really easy to travel to other cities in Korea by train or bus. There’s plenty to see within the city as well.