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What do I need to know before moving to Seoul?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Seoul, they said...

"Before moving to Seoul, expats should familiarize themselves with the language and culture of Korea. It is also important to research the cost of living in Seoul, as well as the availability of housing and transportation. Additionally, expats should be aware of the visa requirements for entering and staying in Korea. It is also important to research the job market in Seoul and the availability of healthcare services. Finally, expats should be aware of the cultural norms and etiquette in Korea, such as the importance of respecting elders and the use of honorifics," remarked another expat who made the move to Seoul, Korea.

"Live close to work. Life is hard enough without a 1-2 hour commute--especially if it's on a bus, subway or (for the purely insane) driving your own car here. For an expat, who should be thinking of a compromise between their home culture/lifestyle and their adopted one, getting a smaller place that's closer to work may be better than a large apartment (no houses here, unless you're way out of town or really loaded) that is far away may be the difference between happiness and h#ll," explained one expat living in Seoul, Korea.

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