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How I Saved $3k By Going To The Dentist In South Korea

I have saved over $3,000 in Korea. No, it’s not from penny pinching and transferring money home (although I do that too), no, it’s because I went to the dentist.

Yup. The dentist.

Dental care in South Korea is cheap. It’s not insanely cheap, no, but it’s much cheaper than back home in the United States, and the standard of care here is phenomenal. The offices are clean, the procedures well done, and everything is just all around a lot more inexpensive.

I hadn’t been to the dentist in seven years. That’s right, seven years. It was too expensive in the USA, even when I was covered under insurance. It was completely impossible to even think of going when I had to leave my mother’s insurance when I came of age, so I just didn’t go. Yes, I had cavities, but I monitored them and never had any pain, so I figured everything was okay. And more or less things were.

However, I knew I needed to get a bit of work done, so when I was thinking of making the move to Korea I looked up how much dental care was there. To my surprise it was a lot cheaper than even I had been expecting, 1/3 if not lower than USA prices WITH insurance. It was a no brainer for me. I stuck it out and waited until I was settled in Seoul before heading to get my teeth fixed.

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Photo: A+ Dental Clinic

On the recommendation of a co-worker and friend, I went to A+ Dental in Apgujeong. Not only do they have a dedicated English speaking coordinator, but he gave a glowing account of how they worked. The prices there are a tad more expensive than other dentists in Seoul, but I was willing to pay a bit extra for the piece of mind of actually knowing what was going on in my mouth.

So I priced it out. What I needed done would have cost over $5,000 in the United States. Absurd, right? The dentist I did have back in the day I never liked. He always did unnecessary things, had hidden charges, and did kind of a shitty job. I found this out when my dentist here told me some of my old filling had broken and needed to be redone. He tutted when I told him my dentist back home did them a number of years ago. He was not impressed, and neither was I.

I’m not saying all dental care in the USA is subpar and unnecessarily expensive… I just had some bad experience myself. Medical tourism is a thing, and now I completely understand why. Even with a plane ticket and accommodation, it’d still be cheaper to come to South Korea to get dental work done. That’s kind of insane, isn’t it?

I did not need to get any root canals or extractions or implants, which will of course run higher, but for fillings, inlays, and a crown I saved over $3,000 by going to Korea to get them done. I’ve gotten about half of the work done so far and am VERY pleased with the results. Everything is natural looking, fits great, and they took wonderful care of me.

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A+ is great because all the staff speak at least enough English to explain to you what they’re doing. There’s also none of that awkward staring up at the dentist as they have a sheet they cover your face with, just leaving a hole for your mouth. As someone who always felt awkward laying there with her mouth open and not sure where to look or if I should just close my eyes, this was a godsend. Also it was a bit relaxing. I felt more at ease at the dentist than I had ever been. Though if you’re claustrophobic, probably not great, though I’m sure you could ask to not have it. Most dentists in Korea have shared rooms, there multiple chairs and examinations going on at the same time. However, it seems most of the rooms a A+ are private, which is also nice.

A+ also makes sure to check up on you, sending you texts to remind you of your appointment and see how things are feeling. Their English Coordinator, Joyce, is insanely lovely, and she’ll help you work out a payment plan. I did 50% on one visit and 50% on the next, no problem. They’re also open on Saturdays if, like most expats here, you work during normal business hours.

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In short, I cannot recommend them enough, so if you go, tell them I recommended you! You’ll get a discount (I did because of my friend!).

On a side note, I don’t understand why Korean toothpaste doesn’t have fluoride in it though… so definitely bring your own, else maybe you’ll be going more often than not!

A+ Dental Clinic

Address: 636-7, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-896

Phone: 02-3442-7616



I’ve received no endorsement or sponsorship from A+, I just think they’re awesome.

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Make Your Own Soap At Innisfree Jeju House

Vacations are definitely earned in Korea and I just spent the most wonderful five days on Jeju Island, South Korea’s own little Hawaii. Volcanic beaches, white sand, clear water, rolling mountains, and tons of tangerines and green tea. It was pretty much paradise and rest assured, I’ll be writing a lot about it.

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I mean… look at that.

To kick things off, I want to let you all know about one of my favorite things we did on the island. Did you know you can make your own soap on Jeju?

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Best Attractions At Disneyland

So first: big news! Alston and I are going to Shanghai Disney!! Yes, that mega park that just opened; we’re going! Our Disney Adventures continue around the world and I can’t wait to share the experience with you all!

I am especially looking forward to the new rides! The TRON Lightcycle is like a roller coaster you have to power (well, partially) and race against other teams!


Credit: Disney

Sora is bound to be jealous, because there’s a new Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai as well!  Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure!

Set sail for seafaring fun that takes you on, over and under the deep blue in search of Davy Jones’ sunken plunder—all while crossing paths with pirates, mermaids and even the savage Kraken.

In honor of this, and to continue our magical adventures around the world, I thought I’d highlight the best attractions at the original Disneyland. Naturally these are just my opinions and such, but maybe you’ll agree?

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Between The Sheets: Sheraton Grande Walkerhill

This edition of Between the Sheets will be a little different. The majority of the time when I travel it’s by using hostels and the occasional budget hotel. This is typically because I am generally destitute and the fact I see my accommodations as a place I simply sleep; I don’t intend to hang around and so why would I waste money on amenities? Well, sometimes you need a staycation and a random hostel won’t cut it. So if you’re looking for comfort and luxury in Seoul… you should head to The Sheraton Grande Walkerhill.

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Haunted Disneyland

“People DIED on this ride!”

It’s a phrase I would say to the camera over and over again on our Disney Adventures. Apparently I’m rather macabre because death at Disney, ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ fascinates me.

And just to start this off, this is meant in no way to be disrespectful of the people who have died at Disney. RIP.

Did you know you can’t actually be declared dead on Disney grounds? Okay,that’s not wholly true, it’s more of an urban legend… but the fact such a legend exists is a testament to the almost cultish life that Disney embodies. As with many places of note in the world, there are always rumors of hauntings, ghosts wandering the corridors, and weird happenings. Disneyland in Anaheim, California is no exception.

So next on our Disney Adventures, Alston and I explored a bit of haunted Disneyland. If you’re easily spooked… you’re in good company.

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Learning Korean With Talk To Me In Korean: Hangeul


It’s coming up on two months in Korea. It feels like two years and at the same time only two weeks. Moving to a new country, especially one that speaks a different language, is a stressful time. Even visiting a country where you can’t read or write the language can be a nightmare. That’s why I really wanted to dedicate myself to learning as much Korean as I can. So I’ve partnered up with the amazing folks at Talk To Me In Korea to do so!

I cannot stress enough the importance of learning Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, before coming to Korea. It has been a lifesaver; not only will you be able to actually read everything you see, but you’ll be able to sound out words, making learning them a lot easier.

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Sounds of Seoul: Bongeunsa Temple 봉은사

Sounds of Seoul is a series for Curly In Korea where I’ll be making short soundscapes of locations around the capital. First up is Bongeunsa Temple, a Buddhist temple in the heart of Gangnam; a surprising oasis of calm.

Please feel free to listen to the soundscape as you read.

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Seoul’s New Foreigner Only Off-Track Betting Lounge

When I was invited to go check out some off track horse racing betting facilities that had just opened up, my mind sort of froze. I had never been to a horse race before, I had never bet on anything other than the clunky slot machines at a resort’s casino; I had no idea what it even entailed. So as I joined other Korean expat bloggers at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill one cloudy afternoon, I had literally no idea what to expect. Tucked away in the mountains just a stone’s throw from Jamsil, the hotel was immediately beautiful and lush and any pre-conception of grimy betting rooms with grumpy old men in stained t-shirts shouting at the television were immediately wiped away.

This was nice.

Off-track betting lounge at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill. Lets Run CCC. The Nerdventurists.

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My KPOP Concert Experience – XIA (Kim Junsu)

So something magical happened: I went to my first KPOP concert here in Korea.

It was loud, bright, full of flashing lights, screaming fangirls, and one very charming and goofy singer with a killer voice and the ability to out dance all his back-up dancers. Yeah, I went and saw XIA aka Kim Junsu (김준수).


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How To Conquer Disneyland & California Adventure in 24 Hours

When I mentioned I had never been to the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Alston was so aghast that Disney Adventures was born. From just that statement, that hole in my childhood (or really, life in general), a grand adventure began.

Disneyland actually comprises of two individual parks: Disneyland and California Adventure. While the first, opened in 1955, is the original happiest place on earth and a legend in its own right, the latter was completely new to me. Likewise, it’s rather new to the world, having only been opened in 2001.

It’s sort of like a Six Flags in that it’s much more of the roller coaster and boardwalk sort of park rather than the theme park aesthetic of Disney. It’s still Disneyfied, sure, but it was miles away from Fantastyland or Adventureland. It’s all old Americana with carnival rides, cotton candy, and a giant Ferris wheel that terrified me (and I refused to go on because why would anyone want to be stick in a tiny metal box that SWINGS as well as goes around in a giant circle at a snail’s pace??)

California Adventure is actually entirely dedicated to California, but after the initial idea failed to really kick off, Disney added a lot more ‘Disney’ rides and built the ginormous (and awesome) Cars Land. While still not nearly as popular as Disneyland, it’s now more visited than when it initially opened. It was a nice break from the crowds anyhow.

But enough of that! You want to learn how to conquer Disneyland and California Adventure in only 24 hours! Well, you can’t, the park isn’t open 24 hours (it’s just catchy for a title), but we did spend 16.5 hours between the two parks and THIS is how we did it and got on all the big rides!

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