& What the Small City-ish Town Has to Offer
Living in Anjung Pyeongtaek was … okay.
Anjung is a tiny little city to the west of Pyeongtaek City.
Actually, I’m honestly not quite sure what it is- a town, a city, a city-town. I’d say it’s somewhere in the middle.
There were tons of buildings and countless stores.
P.S. – if you see this button when crossing the streets, it is not for the crosswalk!!! I know this picture has it written in English, but most of them in Anjung Pyeongtaek DID NOT. So, yes I pressed it once or twice thinking it was for the crosswalk and then the light would turn. I later realized that the lights for pedestrians turn automatically LOL.
To get to Anjung from Pyeongtaek City, where AK Plaza Pyeongtaek is, you can take the bus, taxi; whatever your heart desires.
Usually, I’d just have Naver guiding me the whole way since I had unlimited data through this company called Smartphone Solutions for Foreigners in Korea. My friend found it on Facebook. I highly recommend it- it’s cheap and reliable.
After getting familiar with the area and bus routes, I was able to just hop on the 80 to get to the center of Pyeongtaek.
Anjung does have its own bus terminal, which was nice because they’d have buses going to and from Seoul quite often. The buses did however take almost two hours, which was fine by me. The tickets were only ₩7,600 and brought me right to SouthSeoul terminal which was super convenient.
There’s a Homeplus, Daiso, Hanaro Mart, No Brand, a dunks, convenience stores, and countless cafes, of course. On the way to Homeplus, I’d see an outside gym. I LOVE outside gyms. I’ve seen them in Costa Rica, Thailand, and South Korea. I wish they had more here in the US… or maybe we do and I just haven’t seen a lot?
There was also a Dominos and Pizza Hut. The Dominos was close to the PC cafe that I went to a few times. I’d cross the Pizza Hut was on the way back to my apartment from Daiso. I tried both. Dominos was okay, I got it twice.
There was this one pizza from Pizza Hut that was scrumptious. It had shrimp, pineapple, garlic, and sweet potato cheese crust or something. Yum.
Everything usually closed at 10 pm. Not sure if it was just cause of Covid or if that was the norm in the small city.
They had everything; from electronics, to groceries, to pet fish. They also had clothes and cooking supplies.
If you look closely you can see the cutie turtles.
Homeplus was about a forty-minute walk from my apartment building, which I didn’t mind walking. It was walking home that I struggled with. Which I think I did only once out of the three times that I went there. The other times I just took a bus. That was after I became more familiar with my surroundings and getting my Tmoney card.
Daiso is basically like a dollar store; just a cheap store that has basically everything.
Daiso was about a fifteen-minute walk from my apartment. Sometimes I’d go on the way home from work when I got out at 8 pm on Wednesdays. I got these wicked cute earmuffs so my ears wouldn’t freeze off.
No Brand was my go-to. It was a fifteen-minute walk from my place and it had everything that I needed. It was open from 11 am to 10 pm so I’d have just enough time to go there before work started at 2 pm. This was another place that I’d go to after work on Wednesdays. They even had bagels!!! I probably spent half of my money that I earned in Korea there. Kidding….I think.
At the tiny No Brand in Anjung, they had groceries, cooking supplies, even bedding, and electronics. It was a convenient little setup. Walking back to my apartment from No Brand, there was a Tous Les Jours which always had fresh bread and other bakery items.
There was also this delicious restaurant that had gimbap/kimbap. The lady was very sweet and was patient with me when I tried to order in broken Korean.
I went to Hanaro Mart once. It was expensive but had a bunch of fruits and veggies and a whole stand for seaweed, which I loved.
(the face masks were cheaper at Daiso).
Right near the bus stop that I’d usually hop on to go to the center of Pyeongtaek, was a PC cafe. There were PC cafes everywhere, not just in Anjung but all of Korea LOL. Since most of the buildings were tall and had multiple businesses inside them, sometimes there would be 3-4 PC cafes in one building. Insane.
I had to print out a few documents when I was in Anjung and had so much difficulty looking up places on both Kakao and Naver. Luckily, there’s a blog called The South of Seoul Blog. They helped me out multiple times. They also have a Facebook page which is how I’d usually contact them.
They told me that most PC cafes have printers which was a huuuuge relief. I mean, I feel like that is kind of self-explanatory but I had never needed to go to a PC cafe before so it didn’t cross my mind.
I spotted one of the PC cafes one day when I was waiting for the bus and decided to run inside. For 45 minutes it was only ₩1,000 and then on top of that per page that I printed out it was ₩300 since they were just black and white. Not too bad.
My apartment was right near Tous Les Jours and Paris Baguette. I survived off of Paris Baguette for the first couple of days when I left quarantine because I didn’t know of anything else.
Once I ventured out more, I went to other restaurants and stores. I tried Mekong Thai, which was a Vietnamese and Thai restaurant. It’s a chain in South Korea. Let’s just say I’ve had better Thai food outside of Thailand.
I was also only a 15-minute walk from school, which helped during the cold winter days and nights. It was more of a dry rough cold than I was used to being from Boston.
On the walk to school, I’d pass a pharmacy, 2 CUs, and multiple restaurants and bakeries.
There was also a 7-eleven and GS25 right near my apartment depending on which way you walk. I’d usually get my Soju at the 7 on a late Friday night after work.
I made it a mission for me to try all flavors. I think I did pretty well (some aren’t pictured). My two favorites were lemon and grapefruit.
The Anjung hospital wasn’t too far from me. I’d always see it when I was on the bus going to AK Plaza. I had to get a Covid test there when the government made all of the foreigners get a test in Gyeonggi province.
Living in Anjung Pyeongtaek was an interesting experience. I did like how everything was so close to my apartment but I disliked that I was 40 minutes from Pyeongtaek City and didn’t have any close foreign friends. I think that if I was closer to the city and closer to my friends, it would’ve worked out better for me. But hey, it was still an experience, right?!
I guess now I know that I don’t like living in suburban areas.
Here are some other random snacks I tried while living in Korea: