What are the best hagwons in Korea? Or maybe you are wondering where the greenlist is? Have you read some of the horror stories about teaching English in Korea? You don't want to end up on a blacklist somewhere right?

I get it I was there once. I taught in Korea for 3.5 years after Taiwan and before China.


Not trying to be Debbie Downer, but here's why you probably won't find the "best" hagwon in Korea

The best hagwon jobs are going to spread by word of mouth. Teachers tend to work in those positions for a long time. So when someone leaves they usually refer a friend to the position, so the school never has to advertise.

The other thing is you probably don't have experience. Most schools prefer teachers with experience and especially experience teaching in Korea.

But what about the companies???


So what are the "best" hagwons to work for in Korea?

Do you want to teach in Seoul? Busan? Or somewhere else?

There are many hagwons in Korea and most of them are hagwon chains. These are chain schools just like chains in your country. In the USA we have chains called Target, Pizza Hut, Ace Hardware, etc.

In Korea some of the biggest hagwon chains are called YBM, Pagoda, G'n'B, etc.

The key to remember is that you have judge the hogwan or chain on an individual basis because they are run by different people. 

Don't assume anyone chain is better than the other.

People have different experiences and all those chains are run by different people.

What about green or blacklists?

You can look at those things, but they aren't very reliable. You don't know who wrote the review. You don't know the whole situation.

Maybe the teacher wrote it in an emotional state and exaggerated it. Maybe the school wrote it pretending to be a teacher. Maybe it's 100% true, but how do you know? I read some statistic that said 30% of all online reviews are fake.

Hagwons change hands and what was a bad hagwon last year might be a great one this year. The same can happen the other way around.

So if blacklists and greenlists don't work then what do you do?

A far more reliable way to find a good job is by communicating with the foreign teachers who are working there in the school that you are applying to.

I wrote another article about where you can find out what the 4 best questions to ask is or you can take the advanced course which includes 6 more questions plus a whole lot more about teaching in Korea that will get you a lot more prepared than you are now.

The real greenlist is a list of questions to ask the school.