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Mokpo, 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 Mokpo, 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 Mokpo?

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

"Mokpo is a city located in the southwestern tip of South Korea and is known for its rich history, culture, and beautiful landscapes. Before moving to Mokpo, expats should be aware that the primary language spoken is Korean, so learning the basics of the language would be beneficial. The cost of living in Mokpo is relatively lower compared to other major cities in South Korea like Seoul or Busan. The city offers a variety of housing options, from apartments to detached houses, and the rent is generally affordable. Mokpo has a well-developed public transportation system, including buses and trains, making it easy to navigate around the city. The city is also connected to other parts of the country through the KTX high-speed train. The city has a subtropical climate with four distinct seasons, hot and humid summers, and cold winters. Expats should be prepared for this weather variation and pack their clothes accordingly. Mokpo is known for its seafood, particularly its fresh fish, so seafood lovers will enjoy living here. However, if you're not a fan of seafood, there are also plenty of other dining options available. Healthcare in Mokpo is of a high standard, with several hospitals and clinics available. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage as medical costs can be high. Mokpo has a slower pace of life compared to other Korean cities, which can be a welcome change for those looking for a more relaxed lifestyle. However, it's worth noting that the city may not offer the same level of nightlife or entertainment options as larger cities. The city is home to several cultural and historical sites, including the Mokpo Modern History Museum and the Gatbawi Rock, which are worth exploring. Finally, Koreans are known for their hospitality and friendliness, but it's important to respect their customs and traditions. Learning about Korean etiquette and culture before moving can help expats integrate more easily into the local community," explained one expat living in Mokpo, 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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