How to extend your Korean D4 Visa

Hồ sơ cần chuẩn bị khi gia hạn visa

Necessary documents

Documents that you need to prepare:

1. Passport – 여권

2. Alien Registration Card – 외국인등록증

3. Fee: 60,000 KRW 수수료

4. Application – 신청서 (You can get at the Immigration Office)

5. Certificate of Student Registration – 재학증명서

6. Attendance record – 출석증명서

7. Financial statement – 체제경비입증서류: At least 5,000,000 KRW in your bank account

8. Proof of Residence – 체류지 입증서류


Fee: You don’t hand in the fee but you need to buy service stamps at the Immigration Office, for extending visa you need to buy 6 stamps, 1 for 10,000KRW

Financial statement: If your attendance is higher than 70% you don’t need this

You can get financial statement from your bank, the fee is 2000KRW and your bank account will be frozen for one day.

Proof of Residence: If you live in school dorm you can get the paper from dorm’s officie.

If you live outside a copy of your renting contract will do.

After getting all the documents done you just need to visit the Immigration Office.
After checking your documents they will print the new 체류기간 or date of expiry on the back of your Alien card and you’re good to go ;)


Stay connected in Korea – Evergreen SIM card Review


There are few ways to stay connected to the world and, more important, your family and friends when you travel to Korea.

You can rent your SIM card from Olleh KT which requires you to stay in Korea for at least 3 days before you can apply for it and to return the SIM card at the end of your trip, before you leave Korea.

Or you can rent a phone at Incheon Airport after landing, last time I checked the price was 5000 KRW/5 USD a day. The renting-plans got me confused right from the start, but if you’re interested you can check it out here.

Me and my friend even tried to buy KT Olleh 1 day wi-fi but it just didn’t work out. The payment didn’t go through no matter how many time we do it with different credit cards so we just gave up in the end.

Before coming to Seoul I did a lot of research to find an easy way to keep me connected to the internet world throughout the trip, I came across Evergreen Mobile twitter page and decided to give it a try.

I bought two SIM cards, one for me and one for my sister, we faced some problems trying to insert the SIM card too so I hope what I share below will be helpful.

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Seoul: How to go to Cafe J Holic (update: September 2014) @ Myeongdong

As of 2017 Cafe J Holic is Myeongdong is already closed down. There is another one in Gangnam still in operation. 

Updated on 14/09/16 with the new directions :)

[Note: Heavy pictures]

If you are into K-pop, you probably have heard of Cafe J Holic before. For those of you who don’t know, the owner of Cafe J Holic is the popular singer from Korea – Kim Jaejoong (yes, that J must come from his name). And even if you don’t care a tiny bit for who he is, it still a great idea to pay this “one and only” coffee shop a little visit while you’re at Myeongdong. (You see what I did there? Well, since the cafe’s slogan is “the one and only”…)


(I wasn’t planning to put up this post at first so I didn’t take any good pictures :( Will replace all the pictures once I have change to visit Seoul again, for now just focus on how to get there first, OK? ^^)

Cafe J Holic – a newly opened coffee shop in Myeongdong.

It has a unique design with yellow as the main color for the interior. And not only the design, there are many more “unique” things about this shop, like:

+ Their signature drinks: the last time were there, my friend ordered a Dark Horse Chocolate, don’t you wonder how it taste like? (tasted good, for the record!)

+ Their washroom named Jenny for ladies’ room and Jonny for men’s.

+ They hang TV monitors on the wall and use those as clocks.

Want to visit it yet?

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How to use Naver Map app (update: July 2015)

Update: Since the new update changed Naver Map interface I updated all the screenshots so now you can use the tutorial without any trouble.

The next time you update Naver Map, if the interface changes again please inform me so I can update the post for you. Thanks!


It would be because of my lack of knowledge about the country or I’m just too lazy to study how address works here, either way, to me – with only name and address on hand – it’s pretty much impossible to find a place in Korea without mapping service. Even if you manage to find your way around the neighborhood, it’s rare if any local can really show you the directions unless that place is famous among Koreans or it’s a skyscraper and such. Other than that, they will still pull out naver or daum, search for the address then point you the way.

There are two mapping services people usually use here in Korea, Naver Map and Daum Map. If you can’t read Korean, Google Maps works too, but not as good when it comes to a particular address and public transportation.

And since Naver Map did a wonder for me to getting around Korea, I write this post so people without knowledge of Korean can use the app too.

(I only have experience with the Naver Map app for iPhone and it’s similar with the app for Android but I’m not sure if the web-based app is the same.

I apologize in advance that this post may turn out to be a mess with all the explanations on and off pictures ;____; )

First of course you want to install the app and add in Korean keyboard.

Some helpful words:

버스 = Bus
정류장 = Bus stop e.g: 강남역 정류장 = 강남역 Bus stop (Gangnam Station Bus stop)
지하철 = Subway
___역 = ___ Station e.g: 신사역 = 신사 Station (Sinsa Station)
8번 출구 = Exit 8
3호선 = Line 3
환승 = Transfer
하자 = Get off
도보 = Walk

What you will see when you open the app (newest version):



Your current location will appear as a red dot on the map, remember to check it to make sure you’re not going the wrong way.
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