About Keith

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Keith hanging out in Hokkaido

Eyebrow like The Rock

I am a Korean-American (a gyopo). I grew up in New York and attended Stuyvesant High School and Binghamton University (short stint at University at Buffalo too). Immediately after graduation I went to teach English in Korea for one year. I went to live in Japan for two years and worked at and became the Director of Operations for the podcasting company. I came back to Korea saved some money and partied for a few years. I saved up enough to quit my jobs and work on a few ambitious projects. Currently I am in working on, a Korean culture and Korea travel tip site. Wish me luck!

About This Blog

This blog is to record my life as a Korean-American entrepreneurial bachelor living in Seoul, Korea. Follow me as I record my efforts to try to create my own website ( and explore dating in Korea!

Free to contact me anytime:

gyopokeith [at]
Facebook Fan Page
My YouTube Videos


25 Responses to “About”

  1. Frank Du July 23, 2011 at 8:37 AM #

    nice work! you are really cool!

  2. Doug ้™€ๆ„š February 14, 2012 at 7:47 AM #

    Hi Keith,

    I am one of your fans from KClass101. I started learning Korean about 6 months ago, so you probably had already left by then, but I do enjoy your podcasts from then quite and bit, and they’ve helped me (a total newb) into speaking Korean a little better. I enjoyed your witty banter and easy-going explanations.

    Wishing you the best in Korea. Me? I’d like to visit, but may not be able to do so for a while. Hopefully by then I won’t sound like such a newb. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Keith Kim February 14, 2012 at 4:24 PM #

      Hi Doug, thanks for leaving a comment. I’m glad you enjoyed my previous work ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m not planning on teaching Korean via podcast again for a while, but we’ll see what the future has in store!

      • Doug ้™€ๆ„š February 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM #

        Well, best of luck in all your endeavors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rahayu Ayu Susanti February 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM #

    wahh… im a big fan of soul and keith ๐Ÿ™‚
    i always enjoy to study korean with you two

    so? you’re not teaching korean again? will you be back? you and soul is a perfect partner ๐Ÿ˜€

    wondering are u too dating also ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Keith Kim February 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM #

      Hi, thanks for stopping by and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚
      No, I don’t work on that website anymore.
      And no, we’re not dating! haha. She’s actually married. We’re both really good friends.

  4. Jee hee May 23, 2012 at 11:44 PM #

    So interesting !! Good luck to you !

  5. ์ˆ˜๋ฏผ July 25, 2012 at 3:16 AM #

    I have a question are you the same Keith from K Class 101 ?

    • ์ˆ˜๋ฏผ July 25, 2012 at 3:17 AM #

      Nevermind I should read before I comment ๐Ÿ™‚ but I got my answer now after actually reading the About post ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. C. September 16, 2012 at 6:58 AM #

    hi, I was wondering if you could help me out here.. I’m planning on moving to Seoul soon. I’m a little worried that I have no Korean friends besides family friends. could you give me some pointers on how to make friends when you don’t know anyone? also some good places to live?

    • lynnyoochun September 26, 2012 at 8:14 AM #

      I second that cause me and my friend are planning to go to seoul soon. Keith any suggestions?

      • Keith Kim September 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM #

        Sure, but could you be more specific? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Keith Kim September 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM #

      Sorry for the late reply! I think making friends anywhere is the same everywhere. Just gotta put yourself out there ๐Ÿ™‚ Join an interest group, or go out and meet lots of people through friends.

      What kind of place do you like to live? Really depends on what you’re lookign for

      • C. October 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM #

        Let’s see..I like an area that’s lively but not trashy.. with a good indie music scene..not bouji but not ghetto either. oh and it needs to be safe enough for me to go on a walk whenever.

  7. Hacienda November 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM #

    Cool blog.

  8. DRG_Dragon November 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM #

    interesting blog*))) thanx)))

  9. Harry March 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM #

    Hey Keith, Big fan of your work, your are the reason I’ve been enjoying my Korean studies so much, funny and talented, keep up the good work, Cannot wait to come to Korea! So excited! This is Harry from Australia

  10. Kevin March 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM #

    Hey Keith! I really love your work! Thanks for the all the helpful tips. Especially for me cause I am also a Gyopo Korean. I immigrated when I was 5 and I pretty much had to relearn Korean. So as a Gyopo Korean I felt kinda lost not knowing where I belong but then I found that we aren’t too rare and there are more of us than I thought.
    Thanks to you, I have Gyopo pride!!!

  11. Fabiana Kim August 11, 2013 at 9:23 PM #

    ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ ์ง„์งœ ์žฌ๋ฏธ์žˆ์–ด์š”!!! ์ฝ์œผ๋ฉด์„œ ๊ณ„์† “์˜ค! ๋งž์–ด ๋งž์–ด”๋ผ๊ณ  ํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋˜์š”~~ ์ €๋„ ๋‚จ๋ฏธ๊ตํฐ๋ฐ์š” ์‹ฌ์‹ฌํ•˜๊ณ  ๋ญ”๊ฐ€ ์ด๋Ÿฐ ํ™ˆํŽ˜์ด์ง€ ์žˆ๋‚˜ ์‹ถ์–ด ํ˜น์‹œ๋‚˜ ํ•ด์„œ ๊ตฌ๊ธ€์—์„œ ๊ตํฌ๋ž€ ๋‹จ์–ด ์ณ๋ดค์–ด์š”~~ ์ด์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ๊ฐ€ ์ฒซ๋ฒˆ์งธ๋”๋ผ๊ณ ์š”… ์—ฌํŠผ!! ์ž˜๋ณด๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”!!! ^^

  12. Ellie August 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

    I’ve been listening to KoreanClass101 podcasts, watched the Seoulistic videos and then it clicked that you’re the same Keith! Keep up the good work. I’m a Korean Australian adoptee and I’m about to go to Korea for the first time since I was born and your stuff is helping a lot. Cheers ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. asiana1126 September 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM #

    Hi Kieth,

    I was home one day browsing thru the web and came across your site and just loved reading your blogs.
    I think i felt an immediate connection to you because I am also Korean American born and raised in New York, currently living in Queens. Just want to say keep up the great work. Hope when day when I visit Korea again, we can come across each other; would love to meet you in person one day.

  14. Eleonore Reev November 19, 2013 at 6:45 AM #

    You kind of dashed my hopes, Keith, after about 3 minutes of watching your video I stumbled upon by chance. Cause there I was almost jumping up and down with delight at the thought that Korean people speak English THAT good. and then you mentioned New York and it all came into place. But anyway, thanks for seoulistic, I’ll definitely explore it “from cover to cover” before coming to Seoul *thumbs up*

  15. Wayne McKenzie December 31, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

    I was reading through your blog and it motivates me to travel even more. One of my plans is to teach English in South Korea for a while. Recently, I applied through the JET Program and will not know if I’ll get in until April. However, I have one problem. I want to teach in public school but would have to wait until August of next year. I am really interested in coming there soon, but don’t want to wait. For me, an alternative would be to teach English in a hagwon for a year and transfer over to public school. Would you anyone that went through this process? Also, would they know know any reputable hagwons that can recommend to me if possible?

  16. 絶対低価格 国内即発 November 26, 2015 at 1:42 PM #

    段落書き込みもある興奮、あなたがあれば、あなたがそうでなければ書くことができますない場合 複雑に書き込みます。
    絶対低価格 国内即発


  1. Thank you! - November 12, 2013

    […] Seoulistic was such a great place to learn basics and even lots of quicks about Seoul, and Korea in general. ย Jon even used the blog’s author, Keith Kim’s Podcasts, Survivalย to learn some key phrases to help us along the way. ย ย Thanks, Keith!ย  […]

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