For those planning to teach English in South Korea, Gyeongju is a great place to live, or to spend the weekend with your friends if you are teaching English in another region.
Gyeongju is the second most populated area in the province of North Gyeongsang. One cannot truly admire and discover Gyeongju’s charm without taking several days to stroll upon its historical roads that speak of the older days.
Gyeongju has the most beautiful and exquisite monuments in the country. Some of its historic treasures include Gyeongju Yangdong Village, Cheomseongdae (A 7th century observatory), ancient burial mounds, and the Bulguksa Buddhist temple. Last but not least, numerous flowered hills are scattered across the land, adding a colourful touch.
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Gyeongju experienced a period of constant invasions and wars after the fall of the Shilla Dynasty. It wasn’t until the 20th century that its cultural revival began and the government of South Korea continues to preserve and restore the beauty of ancient buildings up to this day.
Besides its rich historical legacy, Gyeongju has played a major role in shaping contemporary South Korean culture with great economic, demographic, and social contributions. The major economic contributor to the region is tourism, while industrial centers continue to rise at a steady pace. Rail and highway networks connect Gyeongju with the rest of the country.
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Every year, more than 1,000 teachers are hired in South Korea to teach English. Teachers are hired either for the nationwide public school program EPIK, or a private language school. On average, teachers earn $2,500 per month plus accommodation, airfare, and other benefits. For this reason, South Korea is one of the best places to teach English.