Korea is hot, no doubt about it! Visiting Korea is exciting and more people are doing it by the year. What’s more, some people have even began to consider moving there. Heck, we did it about five years ago and haven’t looked back.
Not to brag or anything like that, but our life in Korea is a good one. The economy is strong at the moment for most people. Living conditions are comfortable. Food is delicious! I like the university where I’m studying, and Richard really does love his job. We are fortunate, and there are many others who have come to Korea who might share a similar sentiment.
Not surprisingly, more young people from around the world are starting to take notice of this little country wedged in between China and Japan that is now exploding onto the map.
So when we read Melanie’s question about whether or not we could give advice to someone who is very, VERY interested in living in Korea, we jumped right on it!
We’ve been living and working in Korea over four years now, and now I’m a graduate student. If you’re going to come here and make a go of it, unless you have loads of money and just want to explore the country on a tourist visa, you have to figure out what you’re going to do for a living. There are actually many options for foreigners (who don’t have Korean passports) coming to Korea to work, but they tend to fall into several major categories: Teaching, studying, business/corporate work, becoming an entrepreneur, and entertainment. Each one of these options could be a good one for you depending on what your interests are, and what you are looking to accomplish.
For example, if you’re looking to come to Korea to live and you’d like to learn Korean language fluently, a good way to accomplish this would be to immerse yourself amongst Koreans where most of them don’t speak English well. This could be accomplished in the countryside. Working further away from cities is an excellent way to get a feel for a more traditional style of life. As well, less people tend to need English (or any other language for that matter) in their life so living in a more rural area will force most people to attempt to converse and communicate in Korean. It’s an excellent approach for learning Korean in our opinion.
There are so many other things to consider when moving to live in Korea. But don’t just take our word for it, come here! This place is awesome! We love it! ☺