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Bundang, Korea

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Bundang, 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 Bundang?

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

"Bundang, a district in Seongnam, South Korea, is a popular destination for expats due to its modern infrastructure, high standard of living, and proximity to Seoul. Before moving to Bundang, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture, language, and customs to ensure a smooth transition. Firstly, learning basic Korean phrases and etiquette is highly recommended. Although many Koreans speak English, especially in the business sector, daily life can be easier if you can communicate in the local language. Korean society is based on respect and hierarchy, so understanding how to address people properly is important. Bundang is known for its high cost of living compared to other parts of Korea. The district is filled with upscale restaurants, shops, and housing. Expats should be prepared for these costs and budget accordingly. The district is also known for its excellent public transportation system. Buses and trains are reliable and efficient, and many people use them for daily commuting. Owning a car is not necessary, and can even be inconvenient due to heavy traffic and expensive parking fees. Bundang has a high standard of healthcare with numerous hospitals and clinics. However, expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance as medical costs can be high. The district is home to many international schools, making it a popular choice for expats with children. These schools often have long waiting lists, so it's advisable to apply as early as possible. Korean cuisine is a central part of the culture and can be quite different from Western food. Expats should be open to trying new foods, and be aware that vegetarian or vegan options may be limited. Lastly, South Korea has four distinct seasons, with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Expats should be prepared for this climate change and pack accordingly. In conclusion, moving to Bundang can be an exciting adventure. With proper preparation and an open mind, expats can enjoy a comfortable and enriching life in this vibrant district," remarked one expat living in Bundang, Korea.

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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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