What should I bring to Korea?

What to bring to Korea


Korea has four distinct seasons.  Spring and fall temperatures are moderate; summer is very

hot and humid, with a monsoon season in July; and winter is cold but without a lot of snow. The climate is similar to the midwestern states in the US. Some of the older school buildings are not centrally heated and you may find them cold and damp in winter.  You will want a wardrobe for all these conditions.

You may wish to mail off-season clothing.


Generally speaking, westerners have difficulty finding larger sizes and proper sleeve lengths

when shopping in Korea.  As in the west, the fashion industry is geared toward the young and

thin.  Women’s undergarments seem to fit differently, so bring lots from home.


You will be expected to dress professionally and conservatively in the classroom.  A suit, while not strictly necessary, is not a bad idea.  Dress shirts and pants are a must. From the Spring 2018 Employment Policy Handbook


2.6.5  Dress Code

As representatives of Woosong, teachers should be well groomed and professionally dressed on campus. The exceptions is when passing through campus grounds including going to the gym or other social events.

It is important to realize that the role of teacher is highly respected in Korean culture, and a certain level of dignity is expected.  If you do not dress the part, you cannot count on that respect.


MEN                                                                                                                                  WOMEN


Suit                                                                                                                         Pants/Skirt Suit

Short/Long Sleeved Dress Shirt                                                                                  Shirt/Blouse

Tie                                                                                                                                          Dress

Closed Shoes                                                                                               Dressy Sandals /Shoes

Dress Socks                                                                                                    Stockings (Optional)

Jacket                                                                                                           Jacket/Dressy Sweater

Short Sleeve Polo Shirt                                                                                       Short Sleeve Top

Dress Pants                                                                                                                  Dress Pants

Neat Casual Pants                                                                                             Neat Casual Pants

Skirt / Culottes

Summer Dress with Sleeve or Jacket

Unacceptable attire in the classroom or Woosong offices includes: shoes such as flip flops or similar, sneakers, cargo pants, hats, sunglasses, sleeveless tops, T-shirts, pajamas, sweat suits, hoodies, shorts, jeans, overalls. Any clothes which are dirty, torn, etc.



If you have large or wide feet, you may have difficulty buying shoes.  You are advised to bring

a  selection of conservative and comfortable shoes. Good shoes are not cheaper here than at home. Sports shoes are readily available.

It is the Korean custom to remove shoes at the door for homes, some restaurants and other businesses. Slip-on shoes are a lot more convenient in this situation.



While you can buy most things in Korea, when you cannot speak / read the language, it is

sometimes difficult to communicate what you want.  Bring your favorite products to last several

months.  Antiperspirant, and vitamins are not readily available.



Korean bedding is a different style and is packaged in sets, therefore, bring at least one

pillow case and flat, double sheet.  If you have room for a sleeping bag, it could double as a

blanket and save you buying one here.  Your favorite bath towel / face cloth and a few

hand / tea towels / dish cloths will spare you some shopping on arrival as well.



University housing has 220 volt outlets. Some off-campus housing has both 110 and 220 volts.

Converters are very cheap (under$10.00 US).  You can buy any appliance easily here except

answering machines (which they tend not to use) but they are a little more expensive than in

the US.

There are internet cafes everywhere in Korea and it is very cheap to use them.  You will also

have access to a computer in your office.  For these reasons, it is suggested that you not ship

computer equipment.  If you bring your lap-top, carry it with you.



Your apartment is only semi-furnished and there are no dishes or pots / pans.  You may wish

to bring a knife, fork and spoon at least and a few kitchen utensils to save the trouble of buying

them.  You will not have an oven in your housing but can buy a toaster oven here.  You may wish to bring a small saucepan or kettle and a plastic mug or glass to use upon arrival. However, kitchen utensils can easily be obtained for a good price in Korea should you wish.




There is not a great selection of spices.  Bring your favorites with you.  Herbal teas are also

different.  Taco seasoning, gravy mix, etc are all good.  If you have a favorite dish, learn to cook it… it may be hard to find a restaurant that serves it here.  If it requires any uncommon ingredients, bring them with you (provided it isn’t restricted by border controls).



Chances are, your phone from home won’t work in Korea.  Once you have your ARC card, you will be able to get a phone with a Korean carrier.  Some people choose second hand phones, some choose new phones, which usually come as a package with a contract.  Contracts come in one and two year increments, with more benefits going to the two year package.



Previous voltage warnings apply.  Mac support used to be hard to come by, but is becoming more common.  In general, computers are cheaper in your home country than they are here, especially Macs.  One more thing… internet banking is not supported on Macs here, so be aware of that.  The good news is that internet is blazing fast, relatively cheap, and easy to set up.  Upon arrival, you will be able to send emails either from your office, or from a PC café, which is very cheap.



Bring a travel alarm clock, sewing kit, razors.



There is a no-pets policy in university housing.



There are many resources available at the language institute for use in preparing lessons.  Major bookstores have English sections with a good variety of ESL books.  However, posters, pictures and visual teaching aids are not as easy to find.



When mailing personal items, we suggest you use the term ‘used’ or ‘personal’ on customs forms. For higher priced things, bring your receipt with you.


You can mail your packages to:


Your name

c/o Woo Song Language Institute

196-5 Jayang-dong, Dong-gu

Daejeon 300-831

S. Korea


Make sure your family has this address, as they will be able to send packages there while you work at Woosong.  We will keep your packages in secure storage until your arrival.  If you plan on sending a large amount, please clear it with Woosong staff before doing so.  We do not recommend sending valuable items ahead, as we cannot take responsibility for them.


**We can not be responsible for any problems which you encounter with mail or other methods of

   shipping when forwarding your belongings to Korea.




If you have any concerns which are not addressed here, send them to hiring@woosong.org