So you are moving to South Korea

Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:

  1. South Korea is one of the most popular destination among American’s with an estimated 120,000 living there.
  2. A temperate climate prevails throughout Korea, with distinct changes of season – winters are quite cold and summers can be hot
  3. Foreigners entering South Korea on a long-term visa must apply for an Alien Registration Card, also called a residence certificate, at the Immigration office nearest to the location where they will be residing.
  4. U.S. state of Indiana, ranking South Korea as one of the most densely populated countries of the world. Nearly 75 percent of the people live and work in modern cities.
  5. The official language of South Korea is Korean. It is distinct from Japanese and Chinese, but centuries of close contact with China has resulted in the absorption of a large number of Chinese words.
  6. After years of decline property prices are expected to rise in 2014 and 2015. This is thanks to a number of government policies such as increasing public development, relaxing borrowing restrictions, reducing housing purchase tax and introducing shared ownership.
  7. South Korea has become a world economic power based on a solid democratic structure. The government is determined to make the necessary - and painful - reforms needed to strengthen the South Korean economy.
  8. South Korea’s currency is the Won (W). One won is made up of 100 chon.
  9. Age and rank are of utmost importance to Koreans, as is deference to superiors. Always treat those above you, professionally or chronologically, with respect.
  10. There is continuing and unpredictable tension between North and South Korea. At times this has resulted in minor military clashes. Eight times a year the South Korean Authorities hold civil emergency drills across the country.


Once you are settled, explore the wonders of South Korea as it is a truly beautiful country and a great place for friends and family to visit! 


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Moving to South Korea: Passports and Visas
Whether or not you require a visa to visit South Korea depends on your nationality and the length of your stay…

Moving to South Korea: Climate

Temperate climate prevails throughout Korea, with distinct changes of season – winters are quite cold and summers can be hot. High humidity seems to make the extremes more dramatic…

Moving to South Korea: Finding a property

Housing is plentiful in Seoul, and most available residences are of Western style. As most listings are solely agent-based and the provided details are in Korean, engaging an agency is highly recommended…

Whether renting or buying, using serviced apartments can give you time to find the right property.

Moving to South Korea: Taking household goods

Depending on the purpose and length of your visit, you may bring in clothes and personal effects, portable professional equipment, including computers, sporting gear, etc., provided you take it out within six months…

Moving to South Korea: Choosing a school

There are several international schools in the Seoul area. Most require students to hold foreign passports, and some require entrance examinations…

Moving to South Korea: National healthcare

South Korea's government rigidly controls the licensing of all professional personnel, so standards are very high in medicine and dentistry…

Moving to South Korea: Everyday living

Authentic Korean food is both flavourful and nutritious. Like the Chinese and Japanese, Koreans eat rice, noodles, bean curd, many vegetables and bean sprouts, but there the similarity ends…

Moving to South Korea: Social environment

Expatriates tend to socialize amongst themselves, particularly those who work together. Much expatriate socialization is quite informal…

Moving to South Korea: Social customs

Other than in greeting, Koreans almost never touch others while interacting…


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