So you are moving to South Korea
Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:
- South Korea is one of the most popular destination among American’s with an estimated 120,000 living there.
- A temperate climate prevails throughout Korea, with distinct changes of season – winters are quite cold and summers can be hot
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- South Korea’s currency is the Won (W). One won is made up of 100 chon.
- Age and rank are of utmost importance to Koreans, as is deference to superiors. Always treat those above you, professionally or chronologically, with respect.
- 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.