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posted Moving with babies -negotiate package
on the Korea forum on September 09, 2014:
replied to the thread Moving to Seoul November 1, 2014
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I was just approved for my F-6-1 visa, and my wife and I will be locating to Seoul from Canada on November 1st.
I am American, and my wife is a PR in the US, and we have been living and working in Canada for the last 4 years.
My wife is Korean, and hasnt been home to live (Korea) for about 20 years, so we are both looking forward to the re-location.
Her mother and sister live in Seocho-Dong, very close to Kang-nam, so that is the area we are looking in as well.
We are looking for any assistance as to location to live and work to do, any ideas would be appreciated.
replied on September 08, 2014 with:
as for the location to live I would recommend to see where you will be working. To travel to work otherwise can be a long ride - and the place should be within your budget.
A good idea is always to make yourself known in the Korean and the Foreign Community. This way you can learn how others did it and meet people who can introduce you to possible employers and/or landlords.
For a start you can look here:
A good start are as well all Chamber of Commerce Meetings, Rotary, churches, all kind of clubs etc.
In your case I hope you will get some assistance from your family.
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looking for stores in Seoul
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Hello, I' m very interested in whether you hav found a shop which sells ebikes. I'm personally interested in high speed pedelecs. As we will move next year to Seoul and do not know the loacl situation could you help me answering the following questions:
1) is it possible to cycle to work?
2) is it safe to cycle on the roads?
3) is a high speed pedelec allowed (45 km/h)
4) what is the quality and price of local (high speed) pedelecs? Should I buy one here in Europe or in Seoul
My boyfriend has accepted a job in South Korea and we have been talking about whether I should join him over there. I am hesitant, because I am unfamiliar with the language/customs there, but do want to go. I'm just kind of unsure of what I would do there. I don't have a Bachelor's degree, which kind of limits my employment options (read: basically non-existent). I work in retail here in the US but obviously that wouldn't be a viable option in Korea because I don't speak the language. Anyone have advice? Namely: visas, employment, and things to do.
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You don't say where you are moving to or from (USA? Canada?) but if you are moving to Seoul, you will have more than enough to do! Since you are not married, you will have to enter on a 90-day tourist visa, which means that you will have to leave the country and re- enter it every 90 days to renew your visa. Lots of people make these quick, cheap, weekend 'visa runs' to Japan and the Korean govt doesn't care as long as you have a visa and a means of supporting yourself . You are right that your employment options - besides teaching English - will be limited, but most of us 'trailing spouses' find plenty to do to fill our time, and since most expat jobs in Korea come with housing paid for or heavily subsidized, most people find that they have enough disposable income to travel and enjoy exploring this part of the globe. If you are interested in teaching or tutoring English, you will probably be able to find a part-time gig, even without a degree(and if you do, your employer will provide you with a visa,unless it's something informal like tutoring) but even if you're not working, there is lots to do here and lots of support in the expat community. In Seoul, there is SIWA (Seoul Int'l Women's Association) and AWC (American Women's Club) who have coffee mornings, tours, trips, workshops, classes, activities, parties, receptions, and fundraisers - as well as British, Aussie, and many other national women's groups, many of whom do activities together (I have several American friends who are members of the British group, LOL.) The Korean government provides all kinds of low-cost or free classes and programs for foreigners to learn Korean language and culture, and you can meet people at all the activities and classes. In addition, you will find that the people at your boyfriend's company (especially the other expats) will invite you to participate in all kinds of activities. You do not need to be able to speak Korean to get around here, although it is always good to try and learn as much as you can. It is easy to travel in Korea, and even better, it is fairly cheap to travel to many countries in Asia from here. I can't give you much more information without knowing where you're moving, but almost everyone I've met in the expat community in Seoul loves living here. Feel free to ask any specific questions and I'll answer if I can. Best of luck to you!