Is there anything good about living in Seoul as an expat?
May 29, 2008 9:54 AM Subscribe
Is there anything good about living in Seoul as an expat? Looking for first-hand experience to counter my (largely unfounded) negative impressions.
posted by 8k to Society & Culture (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My husband might be able to get a transfer to Seoul which would almost certainly provide a big step forward in his career and, more importantly, involve work that he finds very interesting. I might even be able to line up a job there myself (in fact I would have to, as it doesn't sound cheap).
My problem is that Korea is one of the few countries that I have consciously thought I wouldn't enjoy. Admittedly my experience of it is limited to transferring at Seoul airport about 12 years ago, but from overhead it seemed an ugly city, and I didn't sense that people are very warm towards strangers. I like the food and I used to know a couple of lovely Korean women several years ago, but they were pretty demure and from what they said it seems a very conservative culture; at least where women are concerned.
I'd like to be optimistic about possible this move but am finding first-hand descriptions of living in Seoul rather difficult to track down on the internet - and what I have found is mostly limited to young ESL teachers living on the cheap, which we are not.
Can anyone tell me what it's like living there? Things like weather, culture, meeting people, entertainment, eating out, getting out of town - good, bad or indifferent.
Links to decent info about cost of living would be very welcome too - estimates I've found range dramatically, presumably because they're polarised between young teachers and rich executives; we would be somewhere in between.