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Pyeongtaek, Korea

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Pyeongtaek, Korea. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Pyeongtaek?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Pyeongtaek, they said:

"Pyeongtaek is a city that is rapidly growing due to the expansion of the United States military base, Camp Humphreys, which has brought an influx of foreigners to the area. The city is located in the northwest part of South Korea, about an hour south of Seoul, the country's capital. The official language is Korean, but English is commonly spoken due to the large number of American military personnel and expats living in the area. The cost of living in Pyeongtaek is relatively low compared to other major cities in South Korea, but it's rising due to the city's growth and development. The city has a mix of traditional Korean culture and modern amenities, with a variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. Public transportation is widely available and reliable, with buses and trains connecting Pyeongtaek to other parts of South Korea. The climate in Pyeongtaek is temperate, with four distinct seasons, including hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Healthcare in Pyeongtaek is of a high standard, with a number of hospitals and clinics that offer services in English. Korean food is a staple in Pyeongtaek, with many local restaurants offering traditional dishes like kimchi, bulgogi, and bibimbap. Pyeongtaek is known for its annual festivals, including the Pyeongtaek International Central Market Festival and the Pyeongtaek Port Festival. The city is also home to several parks and recreational areas, including the Pyeongtaek Lake Tourist Complex and the Pyeongtaek City Natural Ecology Park. While crime rates are relatively low, it's still important to take standard safety precautions, such as avoiding walking alone at night in unfamiliar areas. It's also important to respect local customs and traditions, such as removing your shoes before entering someone's home and using both hands when giving or receiving items. Finally, it's recommended to learn some basic Korean phrases, as this will make daily life easier and help you to integrate into the local community," said one expat who made the move to Pyeongtaek.

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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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