Korea Tip 109: Local Blogs, Sites, and Facebook Groups

(Yu KwanSoon - Korean Patriot from Cheonan)
You might be surprised what kind of information is out there on the net.  Usually, there is somebody somewhere writing about almost everything.  Even in Korea.  Even in English in Korea.  Here are a few of my favorite local sources of info for Cheonan.
  • Cheonan World - The management blog/portal is passed down like a local inheritance among the semi-long term foreigners of Cheonan.  It is a good way to find out the local scoop on entertainment, pool night, group meet-ups, regular events - like open mic night, and a brief overview of helpful info for expats living in Cheonan.  It has a few extremely helpful tools like a bus map and an English annotated KimBap Nara menu.
  • Cheonan - Wikipedia - This site seems to be growing every week, always adding new little bits of history and local info.  This is a must read for people who want to get a quick overview of the city.
  • Facebook Groups - I am a member of 12 different facebook groups that relate to Cheonan or life in Korea.  One of the most active groups is run by my friend Jackie.  Eating Out in Cheonan invites people to meet up for a meal at a different restaurant every week or so.  It's a great way to see new places and meet new people. 
  • Jackie's Squidoo - Jackie also posts a huge variety of articles about life in Korea, restaurants, ESL teaching, and whatever other random stuff she happens to be interested in at the moment.  If we want info on a new restaurant in Cheonan, we go to Jackie first.
If anybody out there has other local recommendations, please pass them on.