experiences in south korea

have you traveled to or lived in south korea? share your experiences

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south korea - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/14/13.

What brought you to South Korea? Where were you before?

I came here mostly for graduate school, but also partially because I liked the idea of living in another country surrounded by a different culture. Before this, I lived most of my life near Washington DC.

Describe the city you live in in South Korea and your impressions of it.

Daegu, South Korea is one of the biggest cities in the country. Korean cities are very interesting in that there are very modern and developed areas alongside very old and run down areas. The downtown area is really neat, with several blocks of clothes stores, cafes, restaurants, movie theaters, etc. I was much more impressed with Seoul, though. Seoul is the most modern area I have ever seen in all my travels. Everything from the transportation systems to the buildings themselves seem amazingly organized and designed.

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in South Korea? What drew you to the city you live in over other cities in South Korea?

Daegu is one of the bigger cities, but it is somewhat older and less grand than Seoul or Busan, as I mentioned previously. I came to this city specifically because it is where my school...

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south korea - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/24/13.

How much time have you spent in South Korea?

I was in South Korea for 2 years, from December of 2010 until February of 2013. I also went back for a week recently for vacation.

How old were you when you came to South Korea? Where were you before?

I’m from Ohio, USA. When I left I was 24. I was still living with my parents up until the time I left.

What brought you to South Korea? What made you choose South Korea over any other place you could've gone?

I went to SK to teach English. I originally chose it because of the possible locations (China, Japan, etc.) it was listed as one of the best places to start and had really good pay by comparison. The goal was to pay off the student loans.

Describe the city you lived in in South Korea and your impressions of it.

I lived in Cheongju, which is pretty much in the middle. There is a common saying in Cheongju: “People that move here never leave.” Cheongju has a very home-like feel to it. It’s small by comparison to other cities but still has a few outs for entertainment and western goods. The foreign community is very tight there because we aren’t very large. Everyone knows everyone by face and you can make some amazing...

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south korea - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/17/13.

How much time have you spent in South Korea?

I have been in Korea since the summer of 2011 so it is accurate to say around 2 and half years.

Which best describes how old you are/were while in South Korea?

I was in my early 20s when I first decided to live in Korea in a long-term timeframe.

What brought you to South Korea? Where were you before?

I was born and lived in New York city for my entire life. After finishing my second year of college, I re-evaluated my life values and decided to start anew in a country that I've never been before and have a chance at a "new life" with a fresh start.

Describe the city you live in in South Korea.

I currently live in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. The population density gets somewhat getting used to as it is more crowded than the typical New York City suburbs that I am accustomed to.

What are the the people of South Korea like?

At first I was surprised at how homogeneous Korea was. I went from living in the most diverse city in the world to a city and a country that was over 95% Korean. Being from Korean descent, I fit right in visually but it was still an unfamiliar feeling.

Was making friends and meeting...

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