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Ulsan, 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 Ulsan, 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 Ulsan?

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

"Ulsan is a city in South Korea known for its automotive and shipbuilding industries, and is home to the world's largest automobile assembly plant and shipyard. The city is located on the southeast coast of the country and is known for its beautiful beaches and mountains. The official language is Korean, and while English is taught in schools, not everyone is fluent, so learning some basic Korean phrases can be helpful. The cost of living in Ulsan is relatively high compared to other cities in South Korea, but it is still lower than in many Western countries. Housing can be expensive, especially in the city center, but there are more affordable options in the suburbs. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, including buses and taxis, and it is also easy to travel to other parts of the country by train or bus. Ulsan has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, including hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. The city is also prone to monsoons in the summer and occasional typhoons. The food in Ulsan is diverse and delicious, with a variety of local specialties to try, including seafood and Korean barbecue. There are also many international restaurants and grocery stores for those who prefer Western food. Healthcare in Ulsan is of a high standard, with many hospitals and clinics offering services in English. However, it is recommended to have health insurance, as medical costs can be high. Ulsan is a safe city with a low crime rate, but it's still important to take basic safety precautions, especially at night. The city offers a variety of recreational activities, from hiking in the nearby mountains to enjoying the local beaches. There are also many cultural attractions, including museums, art galleries, and traditional markets. Finally, it's important to respect Korean customs and traditions. This includes removing your shoes when entering someone's home, bowing when greeting someone older or of higher status, and avoiding direct eye contact with elders as a sign of respect," wrote one member in Ulsan.

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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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