NB Clinic: English-Speaking Skin Clinic in Samsandong

By , January 23, 2015 11:41 pm


We get asked a lot of questions over on our facebook page and aside from the usual “where can I find an English-speaking dentist?” there is usually a question with regards to health. NB Clinic (Natural Beauty) is a skin clinic located in Samsandong, next to Outback Steakhouse and offers a wide range of services.

photo by  NB clinic

photo by NB clinic

Now, I can understand if you are wondering “Why would a regular foreigner in Ulsan go to a Korean skin clinic?” the truth of the matter is that NB clinic does more than just aesthetics. Both owners are experienced medical doctors, so you can be assured that you are getting the best possible treatment for any skin problem that you may have. However, if the condition is serious they will direct you to a hospital.


Skin Care

NB Clinic offers a wide range of services to help with your skin problems. If you have problems with acne, allergies, and other skin conditions they can give you the proper medicine and treatment to take care of it.  The doctor also mentioned they also offer a solution to reduce the appearance of moles and freckles as well.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

What NB clinic doesn’t just specialize in skin care. They also offer sophisticated laser hair removal. Which was also mentioned before on Ulsan Online. This is a great solution for both men and women who want to be a little less shaggy for the summer season. While there are many places around that can do waxing, NB clinic gives a semi-permanent solution. While the hair may grow back, according to the doctors, it will grow back slowly and much thinner than before.

only at NB clinic

only at NB clinic

Hair Treatment

For those like myself who are not so concerned with hair removal but rather keeping the hair that they have, NB clinic has one of the best hair treatment facilities in Ulsan. They have some highly specialized equipment to help regrow or transplant hair.

These services are some of the best in Ulsan. Some of the equipment used in the clinic is not available anywhere else in Ulsan. Which is why many people head there rather than the usual “high-mo” places that you see advertised around town.


Other Services

Finally, they offer a whole host of other services ranging from botox to obesity control. While this may not appeal to everyone in Ulsan, we come from all places and backgrounds and thus I am putting this out there. NB clinic has a wide variety of services that may help solve some problems that you may have been dealing for a while now but had no idea where to go.

NB Clinic offers state of the art anti-aging treatment on site as well. From non-invasive facelifts to collagen stimulators design to take years off your face. They also can remove crows-feet and wrinkles with relatively painless laser treatment. All of these procedures are done using clean, safe and state-of-the-art equipment.



NB Clinic is extremely clean and super professional. I had a chance to tour the clinic before writing this article and from what I saw, there is not speck of dust in the entire place. Also I noted that the equipment is all relatively new and extremely well maintained.

The changing area is also worth noting. There are lockers for you to put your clothes and belongings in, should you need to. They are clean and look almost like a dressing room for a celebrity. To be honest, much of the clinic looks very clean and upscale.

Doctor Kim Soo Mi

Doctor Kim Su Mi

Owner Park Min Woo

Owner Park Min Woo

Booking an Appointment

As stated in the article on the hair removal, they are comfortable with foreigners calling and booking appointments. Should there be any problems, ask for Kim Su Mi who is the female doctor and co-owner. She speaks English well and can help you out. To book an appointment call 052-261-7553


Location and Hours

The NB clinic is located on the 6th Floor in the building right next to the Outback Steakhouse in Samsandong.

They are open weekdays from 10am – 7pm. Tuesdays and Fridays 10am – 9pm. Saturdays only 10 am – 2 pm.


Bus and Taxi Information

Buses: 246, 407, 507, 702 The bus stop is in front of where Bennigan’s used to be from there you will see the building.

Taxi: “Samsandong Outback ka-ju-sey-yo” is the best thing to say. All taxi drivers know outback and there is a taxi stand across the street from the clinic for your return trip. Most taxis will also be parked in front of the clinic and outback as well.


Old Downtown is Ready for Christmas

By , December 16, 2014 8:18 pm


Over the next few weeks, I encourage you to take a walk in Seongnamdong or “Old Downtown” as many expats call it. For the longest time it was the hangout of middle school students and old people. However, like most things it has been making a comeback in many ways. For the most part the old charm of the area still exist. Dank alleyways with interesting shops still exist but are slowly being replaced with trendy cafes and fashionable shops and restaurants.


These days it has more charm as the city is taking steps to improve the overall look and feel of the “old downtown” However, not to be outdone by Busan, the city of Ulsan has put up their own Christmas tree and  it does make the area a little more festive. Some may say “tacky” but I for one feel that we need more Christmas lights around town.


During my walk through the area, there was a band playing some familiar Christmas tunes. It was a great evening to be out and about. The gangs of middle schoolers still prowled the walking street making it a hassle to get through. However, the smell of fresh roasted coffee from one of the 20 or so cafes along the street and the glow of the lights kept me feeling festive.


If you are driving, the best time to go is Sunday night as the underground parking lot near the library (just up from JJ’s Bar) is free and most people don’t even realize it is there. For the rest, just walk past Shigaetop heading away from the river and the Exordium towers. Just follow the lights.


For coffee suggestions, I would highly recommend cafe 57 as it has some great coffee and fresh roasted beans. It is located at the far end of the street, closest to the library and parking mentioned earlier. If you are down in the area on a Thursday, pop in to Toolbox for their special! Get a bacon cheese burger, fries, and a beer for 10,000 won. You can’t beat that kind of a deal.

I have Lived Today

By , December 11, 2014 8:31 am


Former Ulsan resident Steve Moore has come out with his first book called “I Have Lived Today” and we couldn’t be happier. According to Moore, the book started out as a project while he was teaching here in Ulsan and then was finished later on. Steve was a fixture at the Mugeodong Ediya Cafe during this time but has since moved on from Ulsan to the bright lights of Daegu.

Sadly, the novel has nothing to do with life in Ulsan but everything to do with a dark and tragic tale of self discovery and human cruelty. Many have noted Moore’s writing style to that of the legendary Charles Dickens. The book does have a similar dark feel to it.  The main character “Tristan” suffers his way through this brilliant novel and eventually comes to a life changing realization. Here is Moore’s synapsis of the book.

England. 1960s. A cold, harsh autumn. On an isolated island, an abusive man forces his wife to run for her life. Their son Tristan, young and afraid, also flees the island and sets out into the world to escape his demons and find his mother.

Hitchhiking beneath the backdrop of a wild and loveless November, Tristan encounters every possible character, from the genuinely kind to the inherently wicked. Beaten, robbed and stripped of even hope, Tristan finds himself on the gritty streets of London’s East End, where everything he thought he knew about life starts to shatter and crumble around him. With all hope seemingly lost, a young boy even questions the futility of life itself. But when he learns that there are others who share his torment and understand his pain, can Tristan find the courage to make it through his darkest hours?

Tristan’s tale is a grim exploration into his own conscience. As he discovers the unique ability of humans to do such heinous things both to themselves and to one another, it’s all he can do to keep control as his passage of internal discovery takes one dark turn after another and sends him to the edge.

“I Have Lived Today” can be purchased online at Amazon and 10% of the royalties will go to the NSPCC Children’s Charity.  For those looking for great reads this is a book that you surely do not want to pass up. Not to mention that you would be helping a lot of children as well.


You can keep up with Steve’s adventures over at his blog “The Twenty First Century Nomad” and his author site here.

A New Editor For Ulsan Online

By , November 29, 2014 3:45 pm


Hello Ulsan! My name is Jason Teale and I am sure many of you have seen my name pop on this site or on our Facebook page. I have been involved in the Ulsan community for a long time and I am extremely happy to take over Ulsan Online to make sure that it continues to help the foreign community here.

Ulsan Jason Teale

Photo Credit: 울산곳곳

Over the next few months, you are going to see a few changes with the site. My goal is to drive more traffic back to the main website. As popular as the facebook group is, the Ulsan Online site offers a ton of great information. Granted questions cannot be answered as fast as they possibly can on our facebook group, but I hope that the with fresh content, the site will be just as useful.

I have started going through and updating articles or deleting ones that are no longer relevant. Many people have told me that their biggest issue with the Ulsan Online site is that there is a lot of out-dated information. This is something that I hope that I can take care of very soon. I want to keep the website as relevant as possible.

The site will be getting a bit of a facelift as well and I hope that you will like the more updated look and feel. I will be keeping many of the feature of the site and trying to fix ones that people have complained about. Namely the bus routes and interactive map will hopefully get updated in time.

My overall goal with Ulsan Online is to make it more than just a facebook group with a website attached. I want to get it back to what it was; a great website and resource for the Ulsan expat community. This will not be an easy task nor will it be a quick one. I only ask that you be patient with these changes.

I am extremely grateful for the hard work that was already put into this site and I am hoping to make it even better. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to post them below or email them at mail@ulsanonline.com

A New Chapter at UlsanOnline

By , October 10, 2014 4:24 pm

It is with mixed emotions I write this note.

My time here as Editor in Chief of UlsanOnline has come to an end. In the next few weeks I will be starting a very big personal project that is likely to eat up all of my time and energy for a while to come. Because of this, I have been working with Jason Teale so that he can take over running the site and the Facebook community group.

Jason has been involved in UlsanOnline since before it even existed; he was a founding member of its paper predecessor, the Ulsan Pear, and also worked with the short-lived Ulsan Sun magazine. He’s also well known in Ulsan for his stunning, vivid photography, and runs his own website and photography blog, so he knows a thing or two about websites. I hope you all join me in welcoming Jason as the new Editor in Chief!

He has some exciting ideas for updating and improving the site, so watch out over the next few months for some streamlining and tidying.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the site during my run – in particular, my former tech crew, Carl Schreep (who put together the Interactive Map, among many other tasks) and Veena Srinivasan (who did the movie updates, re-did the drop-down menus, and a multitude of other work); my editor David Alexander (news updates, restaurant reviews); Jake Corre for his numerous restaurant reviews; and Marty Martinez, who took on the movie updates after Veena moved home. I’d also like to thank the moderators on the Facebook group that were not already mentioned above, for helping keep a check on the spam postings and inevitable random fights that break out over the oddest topics – Hazel Smith and Meg Sheppard.

And of course, a big thank-you to Fin Madden and Marty Rehder who started it all, and then trusted me with their baby when they both left for new adventures in other lands.

Finally, thank-YOU. Thanks to the readers of the website and the members of the Facebook group who have created such a vibrant community in Ulsan, both online and off. It has been a pleasure to be involved.

Unfair Firings: One Teacher’s Story, and What You Can Do if it Happens to You.

By , October 8, 2014 12:46 pm

This piece was requested by UlsanOnline.com after a recent unfair firing in which the teachers actually stuck around to take the process through the Labor Board. Too often, for various reasons, people who are fired late in their contract, often for suspicious reasons, decide to leave Korea rather than fight for their rights, which unfortunately leads the bad hogwan owners untouched, and ready to do it again to the next unsuspecting teacher. Often known as the “11-month firing”, as some owners prefer to save the severence and airfare they’re due to pay upon completion of a 12-month contract, if this happens to you, please consider taking the time to file with the Labor Board – they will help, and if the same owners show up again and again, perhap they can actually do something to protect other workers in the future. – Ed.

Special thanks to the author of this piece:

My Hagwon contract was supposed to be finished in November. How is it that I’m enjoying coconut milk from a coconut on a beach in Phuket, Thailand in mid October? No, it’s not Chuseok; I was fired from my Hagwon.

This article will hopefully give you some insight on what you can do if you were unfairly fired from your school. It is all too common for some schools to fire their foreign teachers for budget cuts, or ways to avoid paying the severance and flight bonus. If you’ve been fired, whatever the reason stated, there’s a chance that you’ve been fired unfairly.

I came to Ulsan in September of 2013 hoping to save for a Masters in Education, something I am currently working on. I was joined by my life partner and we thought we found the perfect school to grow with, and for me to work on my master classes with the guidance of a strong leader and director. After our first month working at the school, we rarely saw our director, even though we had a lot of questions. He was never around to give assistance like he said he would do, and after working for 8 months in the school, with no warning, he called us into a classroom.  Our director began to scold us for not teaching in the way he wanted us to. We were perplexed and asked him to explain and to tell us what he wanted. He talked to us in circles and concluded the meeting with these words “I must finish you contract”. I was crestfallen, my classes were starting soon and I was supposed to be teaching while enrolled.

We asked why we both had been terminated, and our director (and owner of the academy) said that we were “bad teachers”, but gave no specifics (this is a common 11-month firing tactic. You may also hear, “A mother complained”, again without any specifics. If there are specific reasons, consider the fact you may actually be a bad teacher, and this firing may be legitimate – Ed). This is when we started to ask other friends around us what we should do? Our boss had made up an arbitrary reason to get rid of us, so we had to get ready for what was next.

My partner and I asked a friend to help us translate our trouble to the labor board. The first advice I can give to anyone who feels they were unfairly fired is to find a translator and go to the labor board (see below for details on this –ed). I can tell you from experience, after our boss decided to fire us, the following month was hell. His wife verbally attacked me in the teacher office one evening. A few days later, he gathered all the teachers into his office to yell at the two of us in front of everyone, trying to get us to agree with his decision for him to keep our last month’s paycheck.

My second piece of advice is to not agree to anything and record everything. Take your phone into any meetings and record proof of your boss’ supposed claims. Be ready for anything, and I mean anything.  When we made our claim with the labor board, our former boss made a rebuttal saying I have dyslexia and am unfit to teach – something he had no problem with when he hired me, or for the first 8 months of work. We had to provide the labor board with medical information on dyslexia proving that it does not affect one’s ability to teach. We had to prove that every lie our former employer made was, in fact, a lie. Our former employer made up so many things about myself and my partner, and he even had current employees making up things about us as well. We were not protected by the slander laws as foreigners.

The best thing to do is to stay honest and to keep it to yourself. Do not say anything about your drama at the bars, and DO NOT put the school on the blacklist until you leave the country. Korea has INTENSE slander laws, so even if it’s true you may still get in trouble for it. Play all your cards very close and be very careful who you trust. People you once thought of as friends may turn on you in order to keep their own jobs.

If you want another job in Korea, get a release letter AS SOON as the firing happens. This will allow you to get another job at another school.

Once you leave the country, make sure to blacklist the school ANONYMOUSLY. Stand up for yourself; if you take your school to the labor board for firing you unfairly, the bad school owners and directors will learn that we are not their toys, we are real people and we deserve respect. As long as you are being a good employee, your school should be a respectful employer. When they are not being respectful, if someone crosses a line, stand up for yourself and do not be afraid.

At the Labor Board

The labor board is a big building on the main road in Okdong (the location is pinned on the Interactive Map, under Government – Ed) . We walked in with our translator and waited to speak with the next officer. When the officer and our translator spoke, our translator explained that we had been fired with no cause. The officer explained that to be fired in Korea from your School, public and private, you must receive three warning letters and a month’s notice to arrange for what is next in your life. You must also receive a release letter, in order to find work at a new school. Without the release letter you will not be able to work at a new school. We went to the labor board after every incident with our school, keeping our translator very busy. It’s important to report everything to the labor board officer.

After we made our initial claim, we had to return to the labor board office after our last day of work. We submitted our claim in full, and the officer then faxed our claim to the offices in Busan.

After our claim went to Busan everything became foggy. We moved out of the school-provided apartment and in with some friends. For a lot of the paper work we filled out, we needed an address and our friends generously provided us with that. The process took about two and a half months and we received a little less than a month and a half compensation. (This time frame, and the fact that most teachers are living in a school-provided apartment until they’re fired, is part of the reason why many people don’t bother sticking around to go through the Labor Board process – something the bad hogwan bosses rely on when unfairly firing foreign staff. It can be a tough decision to make, but to follow through not only helps yourself, but helps future teachers coming to Ulsan. Please consider this if this situation should happen to you – Ed).

We had been told that we would receive many different amounts of compensation at different times, but walking away with something was better than nothing at this point. Our school put up a dirty fight, our former employer lied on official paper work, saying awful and untrue things about myself and my partner. This, unfortunately, made an impact with the Busan Labor Board. My partner and I had to prove all our former employers claims were indeed lies. This became such a nightmare and a financial drain that we were really hoping to make an out-of-court settlement as much as we wanted to make a public trial.

We could have ruined our former employer, we could have destroyed the school’s reputation with a public trial, but we didn’t, we took the settlement of a little less than a month and a half pay each, and went on our way. After the dust cleared and we had received our settlement, our former employer asked if we could come in and sign a document saying that we would not black list the school. Upon hearing this news from our translator we declined. Our translator urged us to consider the generosity of our former employer in his settlement, but the nightmare of working at that school was too real and too harsh for us to hide the truth. I feel it is my duty to black list this school in order to help future English teachers coming to Korea. We signed no paper and went on our way, never to return to Korea.

If you have any questions, please contact me, I’m offering this article to help and my email is here (greenteathug /at/ yahoo.com) if you need advice or have any questions. Be safe globe trotters!

Angle Magazine’s First Birthday Party

By , September 23, 2014 7:37 pm

On the night of October 4th Angle Magazine promises an audiovisual feast at Ulsan’s Sticky Fingers in honour of our first birthday celebration.

Over the past year, Angle Magazine has worked at showcasing the work of the tremendous talent and creativity that, although abundant, is at times overlooked in the southern regions of the peninsula. It was started by Philip Brett and Joshua Hanlin in Ulsan, with the hope of providing a platform to expose this work and to improve and increase the creative community in the south. Whether connecting musicians to their audience, connecting artists with artists, or in one case, connecting musicians with a spoken word artist for an impromptu collaboration, the work that we have been fortunate to feature has inspired people to go see some shows and to create their own art, and that has been truly rewarding.

(November on Earth – Photo by Stephen Elliot at Big Day South)

The one year mark boasts a trail of events that have shared a sentiment Angle strives to promote, that of an inclusive, dynamic, creative culture that gives a sense of community to locals and foreigners, appreciators and creators alike.

BIG DAY SOUTH _ April 26th. from rainmaker on Vimeo.

We have four musical acts performing on the night. The Elsewheres have been a staple of the Ulsan music scene over the last few years, and as their recent victory at the Daegu Battle of the Bands shows, they’re starting to play more shows around the country before recording their debut album. Fellow local act Swanny will begin the night with the infectious guitar melodies of his British songwriting style.

(The Elsewheres – Photo by Stephen Elliot at Big Day South)

From Daegu we welcome post-rock band November on Earth who recently took part in the Round Robin event in Seoul hosted by Super Colour Super, and are gaining plenty of international attention online.  Also from Daegu are Drinking Boys and Girls Choir, who bring a burst of skate punk swagger!

(Drinking Boys & Girls Choir – Unknown photo credit)

On the visual side we have our friends from Moim who will be offering Projector Portraits for 1000won, with all proceeds going to the Ulsan Parents of Child Cancers. The portraits involve standing in front of a screen while an artist draws around you via an overhead projector. A quick picture later and you have a one of a kind image which will be available from the Angle Magazine Facebook page.

(Moim Launch Party by Lee Younghan)

There will also be visuals playing through a projector all night, and a wall for for the crowd to draw or write on, and create your own mini-masterpieces.

Make sure you come out on October 4th to help us celebrate our first birthday, and to help us support a growing and thriving arts scene here in the south! Hear some new music, watch some live art, and help out a good cause.

Doors open at 9pm and 5,000 won gets you in and access to four musical performances, back-dropped by visuals and interactive art.

For more information, visit our website at anglekorea.org or come say hello on facebook.com/anglemagazine

Ulsan World Music Festival – Oct 2-5, 2014

By , September 23, 2014 4:13 pm

Arguably the best festival held in Ulsan, the World Music Festival brings musicians from different countries and different musical genres together in a weekend of great music. It takes place this year from Thursday, October 2nd to Sunday, October 5th at the Ulsan Culture and Arts Center (울산 문화 어술회관 – Ulsan Moon-hwa Aw-sool-hwee-gwan for a taxi driver) in Namgu (the location is pinned on the Interactive Map under “Culture” and “Cultural Center”), next to the Namgu-cheong office (Namgu-cheong also works for taxi directions).

The website for the festival doesn’t seem to have an English page or a very user-friendly navigation this year, so I’ve written out the UWMF line up below.  All venues are in and around the Culture Center. There are usually lots of tents with food, beer, souvenirs, and lots of other stuff to check out.

For a preview of the musicians, check out this awesome YouTube playlist put together by Tyson Monk!

King Theatre

10.2 – 19:30 – Palsandae – Traditional Korean drummers

10.2 – 21:30, 10.3 – 20:30 – Myele Manzanza & the Eclectic – Funk, Soul – New Zealand

10.3 – 18:30, 10.4 – 21:00 – Lau – Celtic, Folk – Britain

10.4 -19:00, 10.5 – 19:30 – Maya Kamaty – World Folk – Reunion Islands

10.5 – 17:30 – Arifa – World Jazz – Romania, Greece, Germany, Turkey/Netherlands

Small Theatre (this information isn’t on the website, but is on the schedule as posted to their Facebook page – all bands are Korean, I believe)

10.2 – 18:30 – Yi Sung Yol

10.2 – 19:50 – Sun Woo JungA

10.2 – 21:10 – Baraji

10.2 – 22:30 – Uhuhboo Project

10.3 – 18:00 – Bidulgi Ooyoo

10.3 – 19:20 – Electric Samulnori

10.3 – 20:40 – Idiotape

10.4 – 18:20 – The Tune

10.4 – 19:40 – Acoustic Ensemble Jebi

10.4 – 21:00 – Juk Juk Grunzie

Open Stage

10.2 – 20:00 – Jambinai – Post Rock – Korea

10.2 – 22:00, 10.3 – 20:00 – DakhaBrakha – Contemporary Folk – Ukraine

10.3 – 22:00, 10.4 – 21:00 – Abby – Electronic Rock – Germany

10.4 – 16:30, 10.5 – 18:30 – Depedro – Latin Rumba – Spain

10.4 – 18:30, 10.5 – 16:30 – Dino D’Santiago – World – Portugal, Cape Verde

Party Tent

10.2 – 20:30 – Jin Geum Soon – Traditional, Folk – Korea

10.2 – 22:30 – Wadada Sound – Roots, Reggae – Korea

10.3 – 19:00 – 4 in Nori – Traditional, Folk – Korea

10.3 – 21:00 – Kim Ban Jang & Han_Madangs – Roots, Reggae – Korea

10.3 – 22:30 – Hoarang, feat. Ahn Ji Suk – Roots, Dub – Korea, France

10.4 – 18:00 – Ji Chang Soo – Traditional Performing Arts – Korea

10.4 – 20:10 – Funkafric – Soul, Funk – Korea

10.4 – 20:30 – DJ Soulscape – Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop – Korea

Cheoyong Madang

10.3 – 21:00, 10.4 – 21:00 – Busquito’s – Jazz, Gypsy – Netherlands


To read up on the bands, go to the Website, and click the purple button on the picture of the man (행사일정펴), then

Click the purple button on his butt.

Click the purple button on his butt.

on the next page, under “Events” click the fourth option (UMWF is in brackets) – that will take you to the full line up with descriptions of each act – the link for the page just takes you to the main web page again, sadly.


Click the fourth option under Events – (UWMF)

This page! Scroll around! Read about the music!

This page! Scroll around! Read about the music!

Your Rights When Being Stopped By The Police

By , August 13, 2014 2:30 pm

What if this happened to you?

Police Officer: Hello, could you please stop? I need you ask you some questions.
Subject: (startled) What? Okay, what?
Police Officer: Please show me your ID. There’s a protest scheduled nearby, and you’re suspicious.
Subject: What? No, I’m late for work already, I can’t stop and answer questions.
Police Officer: In that case, please accompany me to the police station.
Subject: ?!?!?!!

In Korea, as anywhere, the police may have need to stop and question individuals. Their responsibilities – and your rights in the situation – are outlined in Article 3 of the Act on the Performance of Duties by Police Officers (경찰관직무집행법). As foreigners, we have the same rights and responsibilities under the law as Korean citizens, with one exception.  According to immigration law, foreigners must carry identification at all times and show it on demand.

In short: Police have the right to stop people (even for no apparent reason) and ask them questions. As foreigners, we must show identification when asked. However, when randomly stopped by police, like anyone we also have the right to refuse to answer questions, and the right to refuse going to the police station.  Please remember, even with this right, you don’t have to refuse. After all, the police officer does have the right to ask you and they might very well need your help.

In the case above, the subject would have the right to refuse, and could continue to work without penalty.  The police officer didn’t identify himself, the protest nearby is not a valid reason to arrest someone, and refusing to answer questions isn’t a reason to go to the police station.

Aside: If you see a crime being committed, according to Article 212 of the Criminal Procedure Act, anyone (not just a police officer) may perform a warrantless arrest. Even as a civilian, you may temporarily arrest such a person until police arrive. You must also inform the arrestee of their rights.

Translated by the Korea Legislation Research Institute:

Article 3 (Police Questioning)

(1) A police officer, by using reasonable judgement from a suspicious act or surrounding circumstances, may stop and ask a person questions when he has a considerable reason to suspect that the person has committed or is about to commit a crime, or when the person is believed to have knowledge of a crime already committed or to be committed.

(2) When it is deemed to be disadvantageous to the person or interfering with traffic flow, to ask questions at a certain place as referred to in paragraph (1), the police officer may demand him to accompany to the police station, area patrol unit, substation or branch office (hereinafter referred to as “police agency”, which includes a district marine police agency) in the vicinity to ask questions. In this case, such person may refuse the demand of accompanying the police officer.

(3) When directing questions to the person as referred to in paragraph (1), the police officer may investigate whether or not he carries any dangerous weapons with him.

(4) When a police officer asks questions or demands the person accompany him to the police agency under paragraph (1) or (2), he shall present to the person credentials indicating his identity, disclose the agency to which he belongs, his name, and explain the purpose and reason thereof, and when accompanied, disclose the destination to the person who he is accompanying.

(5) When accompanying the person to the police agency under paragraph (2), the police officer shall notify the person’s family or relatives, etc., of his identity, the destination to where the person is being accompanied, and the purpose and reason thereof, or offer the person an opportunity to make such contact immediately, and advise him that he has the right to receive an attorney’s assistance.

(6) When accompanied under paragraph (2), the police officer may not have such person stay in the police agency in excess of six hours.

(7) In the case as referred to in paragraphs (1) through (3), such person shall not have his body bound without recourse to the laws governing criminal procedure, and he shall not be compelled to answer any question against his will.

In short:

1) A police officer may stop, question, and ask for ID from a suspicious person whom the officer has reason to believe has either committed a crime, or is about to commit one, or has knowledge about the same.

2) Once stopped, a police officer may ask them to accompany them to the police station in two cases. Either it would be disadvantageous to the person, or interfere with traffic flow if they were questioned on the spot.

3) Once at the police station, the police officer must notify the person’s family about exactly where they’re being held, and for what reason. They must inform them of their right to an attorney.

4) And once held at a police station, such a person may not be detained for more than 6 hours.

5) All of these requests – stop, answer questions, go to a police station – can be refused without penalty, regardless of whether the stop was lawful or not. However, foreigners must carry their foreigners’ ID card and present it.

In fact, if the police do not inform the person of their right to refuse, that is a considerable breach of their rights.

And in the case of traffic stops, a vehicle may be stopped only to test for drunk driving, if there’s suspicion of driving without a license, or if there’s suspicion of driving under extreme exhaustion.

For more details, and example cases, please visit the K-Law Guru’s article on the subject.

Counseling Resources

By , August 7, 2014 4:41 pm

As many people already know, counseling resources can be hard to come by in Korea. Mental health issues, which have a large stigma attached to them in Western cultures, are even less discussed here than at home. But this is starting to change, slowly, and more counseling resources are becoming available to those who need them, both Korean and foreign. This is information that has been gleaned from our Facebook group members in the past few months in regards to English counseling available in Ulsan. If you are struggling with Depression, Anxiety or other health issues, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It is available.

In Ulsan, there are a few psychiatrists around town. One is based at Ulsan University Hospital in Donggu, which has an English speaking receptionist to help foreign patients, as well.

Another is at Mother’s Hospital in Samsandong, behind Lotte/Bus Terminal (052-270-7090). Though the psychiatrist here (Dr. Kang) speaks English, the reception staff don’t, so you may want to either go in person, or have a Korean-speaking friend make an appointment for you.

There is also a doctor who speaks English at this address  (한양신경신과 (Hanyang Singyeong Singwa) Office:052-224-9649 Location: 울산광역시 중구 성남동 95-3 2층 (Ulsan, Junggu, Seongnamdong (Shinae)).

And this website, though no one was clear whether this doctor spoke English or not –  http://www.minddr.co.kr/

There are also a few religious leaders around, both native speakers and English-speaking Koreans who maybe helpful. There are several churches and the local Islamic center pinned on the Interactive Map.

Finally, there is this service available from Seoul – Counseling Korea, which offers Skype, phone, and email counseling.

There may be more English speaking psychiatrists in town, so please, share them with us if you know. You can annonomously add information to our Where to Find section if you prefer.

One tip I read online is that if you pay for the psychiatrist through your health insurance, the information may be available to your employer, which may bring about problems with your employment situation due to the stigmas around mental health here. If you want to be assured of confidentiality, you can pay out of pocket instead of through the insurance plan.