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Korean Language Phrases


Answers to Client Questions and Other Translation Project Considerations


Korean Translation Tips 

Other Collections

Professional Writings

Korea Business Advisor (Seoul Magazine)

Korea Business Central (Online community created, moderated and curated by Steven Bammel)

Nojeok Hill: My View from the Top (This is the blog you’re looking at right now.)

Seongpo-Dong Photoblog: Images of Seongpo-Dong, Ansan and Elsewhere in Korea


Examples of Translation Jobs Handled

In the Media

December 10, 2012 – Steven S. Bammel Interviewed and Featured

Korea Herald – “Foreigners should not expect ‘freebies’: The Korea Business Central community fills in gaps on doing business locally” (Visit the related discussion on Korea Business Central)

(Read full email interview related to this article.)

October 29, 2012 – Quotes by Steven S. Bammel

Korea Herald – “Opaque, top-down system leaves some expats bitter”

(Read full email interview related to this article.)

August 2012 – Interview with Groove Magazine

Read full email interview.

June – July 2012 – Interview with Business Network Korea

Read full online interview on Business Network Korea.

Read full online interview on Korea Business Central.

October 13, 2011 – Steven S. Bammel Interviewed

1013 Main Street, TBSeFM 101.3Mhz – “Essential Tips and Information for Doing Business Here in Korea”

October 3, 2011 – Steven S. Bammel and Family Featured

KBS2 – 아침마당 – “<명물열전! 당신이 최고야> 나라는 달라도 우리는 천생연분”

July 21, 2011 – Brief Quote by Steven S. Bammel

Korea JoongAng Daily – Expats blaze new trails in business

July 2011 – Steven S. Bammel Featured

Gongjon (Korea Immigration Service) – > 외국인차별 NO! 모두가 기업하기 좋은 한국 꿈꿔요

March 10, 2011 – Steven S. Bammel and Family Featured

조선일보/The Chosun Ilbo – “내 도움 필요한 곳이면 어디든 OK” / “I’m Just Happy to Help Anywhere I Can”

December 20, 2010 – Brief Quote by Steven S. Bammel

The Korea Times – “Chinese Investor Pulls Out Due to Tension”

August 13, 2010 – Featured

The Korea Times – “Website Offers Info on Korean Businesses”


About the GyeongGi Province Experience

Telling the Story of GyeongGi Province

 After being appointed an official FDI advisor to GyeongGi Province by Governor Kim Moon-Soo (see photo above), one of the first things I did was set up this weblog. But coming up with original content which would also be relevant to investors was harder than I expected since various agencies within GyeongGi Province, as well as other Internet-based information sources, are already doing such an excellent job producing English-language materials about opportunities in GyeongGi. (For links to a wealth of information, check out this post or click on the links in the right and left columns of this weblog.)

Sure, investment decisions are based on data; business information is crucial in this process. But numbers without context often lack the ability to motivate or underpin a sense of excitement about what’s possible. 

6a011279704a5b28a40133ee99880a970b-800wi  I have been based out of Ansan City, GyeongGi Province (click photo at left), during my entire Korea experience (Click here for my story.) and have developed a unique perspective on what it means to live, work and study here as a non-Korean. It is the subjective side of experiencing GyeongGi to which this weblog and my work in the province focuses; thus, my goal here is to help potential investors and others doing business in GyeongGi gain insights that go beyond printed brochures, business meetings and visits to production sites. 

The posts categorized under the “GyeongGi Province Experience” are, in a sense, a commentary on some of my travels within the province. But this “travel log” takes an organic view, looking at snippets of GyeongGi Province and linking them to the greater context to which business is connected in order to tell a story which is more compelling than mere facts and figures alone.

The GyeongGi Province Experience is a Real, Customized Tour

6a011279704a5b28a4013481caeb49970c  This is also more than just a weblog series; it is the basis for a customized tour of the areas of the province on which I can guide you in person. Contact me before your next trip to Korea and if you can break way from the business meetings for one day, we’ll plan an itinerary for a small enough geographical area that we can get to it all within the constraints of your schedule. 

During your very own “GyeongGi Province Experience” tour, we will visit places and meet people to complement what I share with you about business, politics, economy, culture, history and more. In other words, we won’t just sit down around a conference table to talk about Korean business; we’ll learn and discuss the context for understanding business in GyeongGi Province as we visit significant locations together. 

Imagine standing in the middle of the Korean War battlefield at Chipyongni to discuss Korean modern history (click photo at right); or sitting with officials of the GyeongGi Provincial government to learn about the Korean political system and how it relates to business. How about lunch at a place your Korean hosts probably wouldn’t have thought to take you? Or drop in on a Buddhist temple (click photo above) that’s just down the road from North Korea… and the massive LG Display industrial complex (click photo at left)!

To really see and understand GyeongGi Province on a new level, give me a day to take you around. You’ll see why local politics, the economy and Korean history and culture influence the total investment equation of doing business here. More than that, once you get to know me, you’ll be glad that you’ve got a resource here who understands, is connected and relates to the overall picture which you see.

This is what the GyeongGi Province Experience is all about!

Directions to My Office

By subway, take line #4 (the blue line) toward Oido (오이도) and get off at Chungang Station (중앙역). Chungang Station is about 60 minutes south from Seoul Station (서울역) and about south 40 minutes from Sadang Station (사당역).

As you approach Chungang Station, look to your right (north side) to see the following view. My office is in the building shown by the red box.

To reach the office, exit Chungang Station on the north side, walk through the underground walkway which crosses below the main road and come out from the #3 exit. You’ll then find yourself in front of a lot of buildings. Walk back amongst the buildings and look for the really tall building… Walk toward it… 

When you get there, take the elevator up to the 24th floor and knock on this door:

Knock, and if I’m there, I’ll welcome you in:


And here is the full, official address in English and Korean:

#2406, Chungang Heightsville, 23 Ansancheon-Seo Road, Danweon-Gu, Ansan-Si, Gyeonggi-Do 425-868

경기도 안산시 단원구 안산천서로 23 중앙하이츠빌 2406호 (우: 425-868)

About Nojeok Hill and My Connection to It

Nojeok (pronounced: “No-juck”) Hill is located in Ansan, Korea:

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Note: All the graphics on this page can be enlarged by clicking on them. 

There’s not a whole lot about Nojeok Hill that’s particularly remarkable. But I’ve had a connection with it for 15+ years since I first moved to Ansan to teach English back on December 28, 2003. Though Nojeok is pretty short (I can climb it in less than 10 minutes), the top still gives me a view of most of the places I’ve lived, worked and studied during my time in Korea:

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Here’s a map of Ansan showing another perspective of the location of Nojeok Hill in relation to important places for me in the area:

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Because of Nojeok Hill’s proximity to wherever I’ve lived in Korea, and because it’s been developed into a very nice park, I’ve been a frequent visitor over the years. I can still remember back in 1997 when they were first putting down the walking trail which circles the hill, we thought it was a road and so Myunghee and I drove clear around it one afternoon. At the time, nobody else was on the trail; today it enjoys a steady and daily stream of people.

Though Nojeok Hill is notable for its ordinariness, its view of Ansan means that my vantage point from the summit gives me a window into understanding and explaining a good bit of modern Korean history.

A couple weblog posts of note that show the area around Nojeok Hill:

I’ve also got here a 13-minute video showing the walk from my office to home (shown in the maps above). This isn’t quite the Nojeok Hill area, but it connects with “A Drive Around” video above at the final intersection before reaching our apartment complex.

Finally, for an overview and birds-eye photos of Seongpo-Dong, the neighborhood in which Nojeok Hill Park is located, as well as where we live, click here.