Living and studying in South Korea
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 26, 2012 12:37 PM Last Post By: jclw95
Nov 25, 2012 1:48 PM
Living and studying in South KoreaSo, I've been thinking of studying in Korea, more precisely in Seoul, this next summer and wanted to know if it's a good place to live and study, if it's a safe place for a 18 year old to live in and if there are any issues I should expect. I plan on learning Korean, so I don't think language will be a major problem... Any experiences of living in Seoul or something that would help? Thanks
Nov 25, 2012 3:56 PM
1Seoul is very safe & lots to see in and around the city. Even Busan is only around 3 hours away by KTX train. Dozens of places to see throughout Korea & public transport is awesome. Buses run almost everywhere & are frequent & cheap. eg Seoraksan, Danyang, Beopjusa, Jikjisa, Tapsa, Jeju (best reached from Mokpo if you live in Seoul: there's a high speed train there from Seoul, then the fast catamaran from the harbour, which took around 3 hours), Baengnyeongdo, DMZ, Gyeongju. Lots of street markets and lively districts in Seoul. Insadong is a favourite.
Nov 26, 2012 12:17 PM
2Safety is not an issue.
Just a minor note. in summer the weather is very (!) humid, hot and rainy (in July).
Regarding language. travel out of Seoul, visit not main tourist destinations only so you can apply your Korean skills.
Transportation is many, easy and cheap mostly bus but train on selected routes.
Try all kinds of Korean food, listen to various Korean music, dance (not K-pop only).
Nov 26, 2012 12:37 PM
3Wow, thank you guys, that really helps!
I'm Brazilian, so I'm used to the hot and humid weather haha
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