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.
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," commented one expat who made the move to Gyeongju.
How do I find a place to live in Gyeongju?
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 Gyeongju?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Gyeongju?
- What is the average cost of housing in Gyeongju?
- How do I meet people in Gyeongju?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Gyeongju?
- What should I pack when moving to Gyeongju?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Gyeongju?
- Will I be able to find a job in Gyeongju?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Gyeongju?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Gyeongju?
- What is the social scene like in Gyeongju?
- What advice to expats in Gyeongju have about housing?
- What are medical services in Gyeongju like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Gyeongju?
- Is the cost of living in Gyeongju high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Gyeongju?
- Why do people move to Gyeongju?