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Gyeongju, Korea

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 17, 2023

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

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

"Gyeongju is a city rich in history and culture, known as the museum without walls due to its many historical sites and artifacts. Before moving to Gyeongju, expats should familiarize themselves with the Korean language, as English is not widely spoken outside of the tourist areas. The cost of living in Gyeongju is relatively low compared to other Korean cities, but expats should still budget carefully as imported goods can be expensive. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, including buses and trains, making it easy to get around. Gyeongju has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, so expats should pack a variety of clothing. Healthcare in Gyeongju is of a high standard, with a number of hospitals and clinics available. However, expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance as medical costs can be high. The food in Gyeongju is a highlight, with many traditional Korean dishes to try. However, those with dietary restrictions may find it challenging as vegetarian and vegan options can be limited. Gyeongju is generally safe, but like any city, it's important to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings. Expats should also familiarize themselves with Korean customs and etiquette, as Koreans place a high value on respect and politeness. Finally, expats should be prepared for the fast-paced and hard-working culture of Korea, as it can be a significant adjustment from other countries," wrote one member in Gyeongju.

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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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