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Pros and Cons of Living in Korea

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Aug 11, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Korea include the country's rich culture and history, its vibrant cities, its excellent public transportation system, its delicious cuisine, and its friendly people. On the other hand, the cons of living in Korea include the high cost of living, the language barrier, the lack of privacy, and the pollution.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Korea?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Korea responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the convenience of living in Korea, with its excellent public transportation system, modern infrastructure, and high-speed internet. They also enjoy the vibrant culture, delicious food, and friendly people. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the language barrier and cultural differences challenging. Additionally, the cost of living in Korea can be quite high, especially in the larger cities," remarked one expat in Korea.

"I absolutely loved living in Seoul. I would not have traded my experience for anything. Generally speaking, I had a very positive experience with working and socializing with Koreans as well as with other ex-pats. I have so many great memories of my time there from 2018 thru early 2020. I would definitely consider relocating to Korea, if the right professional situation was offered," explained one expat in Seoul.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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