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Sokcho, Korea

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

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

"Sokcho is a beautiful city known for its stunning natural landscapes, including mountains and beaches. Before moving there, expats should be aware of several things. Firstly, the official language is Korean, and while some locals may speak English, it is beneficial to learn some basic Korean phrases to help with daily life. The cost of living in Sokcho is relatively lower compared to larger cities like Seoul, but it's still important to budget accordingly. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, including buses and taxis, making it easy to get around. Sokcho has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, so expats should pack a variety of clothing. The city is known for its seafood, particularly squid, so be prepared for a seafood-heavy diet if you plan on eating local cuisine. Healthcare in Sokcho is of a high standard, with several hospitals and clinics available. However, it's recommended to have health insurance to cover any medical costs. Sokcho is a safe city with a low crime rate, but like anywhere, it's important to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings. The city is also home to Seoraksan National Park, a popular destination for hiking and outdoor activities. Finally, South Korea has a unique culture and customs that may be different from what expats are used to, so it's important to learn and respect these to integrate into the local community," commented one expat who made the move to Sokcho.

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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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