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Gangneung, 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 Gangneung, 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 Gangneung?

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

"Gangneung is a city located in the eastern part of South Korea, known for its beautiful beaches and traditional Korean houses. Before moving to Gangneung, expats should be aware that the primary language spoken is Korean, so learning some basic phrases or taking a language course could be beneficial. The cost of living in Gangneung is relatively lower compared to Seoul or Busan, but it's still important to budget accordingly. The city is famous for its seafood, particularly squid, and traditional Korean cuisine, so be prepared to explore a variety of food options. Public transportation is reliable and affordable, with buses and trains connecting Gangneung to other parts of the country. However, English signage might not be as prevalent as in larger cities, so it's helpful to familiarize yourself with the Korean alphabet. Gangneung has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. It's advisable to pack clothing suitable for all seasons. The city is also home to several cultural and historical sites, including Ojukheon House and Gyeongpodae Pavilion. Expats should also be aware that South Korea has a national healthcare system, and all residents are required to enroll. Lastly, South Koreans are known for their hospitality and respect for elders, so understanding and respecting local customs and traditions is important," remarked one expat living in Gangneung, 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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