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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 05, 2023

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Busan, Korea. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Busan?

What is it like to retire in Busan?

"Life for a retiree in Busan can be quite vibrant and fulfilling. The city is known for its beautiful beaches, hot springs, nature reserves, and festivals such as the Busan International Film Festival. There is an active expat community in Busan, with many retirees from different parts of the world. This community often organizes social events and activities, providing a great opportunity for retirees to meet new people and make friends. Cultural attractions are abundant in Busan. The city is home to several historical sites such as the Beomeosa Temple, the Busan Modern History Museum, and the Gamcheon Culture Village. These sites offer retirees a chance to immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of Korea. Recreational activities are plentiful in Busan. The city's beautiful beaches offer opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Hiking enthusiasts can explore the trails of the Geumjeongsan Mountain. For those who enjoy golf, there are several golf courses in and around Busan. Busan also has a vibrant nightlife. There are numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants that cater to a variety of tastes. The city's seafood is particularly renowned, and dining on fresh seafood is a must-do for any retiree living in Busan. The Nampo-dong street food market is a popular spot for both locals and expats. In terms of healthcare, Busan has several modern hospitals and clinics that offer high-quality medical care. Many doctors and medical staff speak English, making it easier for expats to communicate their health concerns. Overall, life for a retiree in Busan, Korea can be quite enjoyable with its mix of cultural attractions, recreational activities, and vibrant expat community," commented one retiree living in Busan, Korea.

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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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