Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Ilsan, Korea. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Ilsan?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Ilsan, they said:
"Ilsan is a planned city in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, known for its high standard of living, cleanliness, and expansive parks. It's a satellite city of Seoul, meaning it's close enough for convenient travel to the capital but far enough to have its own distinct culture and atmosphere. Before moving to Ilsan, expats should know that the city is well-known for its focus on arts and culture, with numerous festivals held throughout the year. The most famous of these is the annual Ilsan Lake Park Flower Festival, which attracts visitors from all over the country. The city is also home to a large expat community, so newcomers will have plenty of opportunities to meet people from all over the world. There are several international schools in Ilsan, making it a popular choice for expat families. Ilsan's public transportation system is extensive and efficient, with a subway line that connects directly to Seoul. However, the city is also very walkable, and many residents choose to get around by bicycle. The cost of living in Ilsan is relatively high compared to other parts of South Korea, but it's still affordable by international standards. Housing can be expensive, especially in the more desirable areas near the lake. Korean is the official language in Ilsan, and while many residents speak English, it's beneficial to learn some basic Korean phrases. This will not only make daily life easier but also help you connect with the local community. Healthcare in Ilsan is of a high standard, with a range of public and private hospitals and clinics available. It's advisable for expats to have health insurance, as medical costs can be high. The food in Ilsan is a highlight, with a wide variety of restaurants offering both Korean and international cuisine. The city is particularly known for its bakeries and coffee shops. Finally, expats moving to Ilsan should be prepared for the city's climate. The summers can be hot and humid, while winters are cold with occasional snowfall," remarked one expat living in Ilsan, Korea.
How do I find a place to live in Ilsan?
About the Author
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Ilsan?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Ilsan?
- What is the average cost of housing in Ilsan?
- How do I meet people in Ilsan?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Ilsan?
- What should I pack when moving to Ilsan?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Ilsan?
- Will I be able to find a job in Ilsan?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Ilsan?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Ilsan?
- What is the social scene like in Ilsan?
- What advice to expats in Ilsan have about housing?
- What are medical services in Ilsan like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Ilsan?
- Is the cost of living in Ilsan high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Ilsan?
- Why do people move to Ilsan?