How To Register With The Health Service In South Korea

South Korea provides an extremely high standard of healthcare, ranked second in CEOWORLD’s 2019 Healthcare Index. By comparison, the United Kingdom came thirteenth, and the United States came thirtieth. South Korea is recognised for its pioneering medical research, especially in the field of cosmetic surgery.The South Korean healthcare system is highly developed, with modern facilities … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In South Korea

Note: This article assumes a normal state of affairs and cannot predict future developments concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus. As long as the coronavirus crisis continues, always check official government guidance before travelling.The best way to keep health insurance costs low is to join the national health insurance (NHI) scheme, which is mandatory for anyone living … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In South Korea

Note: This article assumes a normal state of affairs and cannot predict future developments concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus. As long as the coronavirus crisis continues, always check official government guidance before travelling.If you want to keep fit and healthy in South Korea, then you can start by taking precautions before you enter the country. No … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In South Korea?

Note: This article assumes a normal state of affairs and cannot predict future developments concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus. As long as the coronavirus crisis continues, always check official government guidance before travelling.If you are planning to have a health procedure in South Korea, the chances are good that it will at least be up to … Read more

How Does Cancer Care In South Korea Compare With The USA

Cancer care in South Korea The South Korean healthcare system is highly developed, with modern facilities, and provides an excellent standard of care. Both private and public facilities are staffed by highly-trained and experienced medical personnel. South Korea is a popular destination for medical tourists, not only for cosmetic surgery and alternative therapies, but also … Read more

Dental And Ophthalmic Care In South Korea: How To Find The Right Options For You

Note: This article assumes a normal state of affairs and cannot predict future developments concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus. As long as the coronavirus crisis continues, always check official government guidance before travelling. Dental care (chigua oui-sa) Most forms of dental care are available in South Korea, from emergency treatment to cosmetic procedures. If you are … Read more

Complementary Therapies In South Korea And How To Access Them

In many parts of the world, complementary therapies and alternative medicines (CAMs) are understood to improve wellbeing, by alleviating stress and the side effects of conventional medicine. Complementary therapies range from physical therapies, such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, massage, Reiki and acupuncture, to homeopathic and herbal remedies.As well as visiting the country for conventional Western medical … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In South Korea

The banking system in South Korea is advanced. The banks there are comparable to typical Western banks that many expats are familiar with, and they are considered to be much more simple and user-friendly. The main issue, when it comes to banking in South Korea for expatriates, is that of accessibility, and this frequently comes … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In South Korea

South Korea is an East Asian nation that makes up the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. It’s known for its heavily militarised borders with the infamous North Korea, but also for its rolling hills, ancient temples, sub-tropical islands, and futuristic high-tech cities, such as Seol. South Korea has a wonderful, welcoming culture, fantastic food, … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In South Korea

South Korea has visa waiver arrangements with a number of countries, including the USA, the EU, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, then you do not require a visa to visit South Korea for tourist purposes or for simple business meetings. If, however, you … Read more

How To Find A Job In South Korea

South Korea is not the easiest place on the planet to find work, but for the more adventurous expat job seeker, who wishes to experience Asian culture, there are possibilities worth exploring. Your biggest chance of employment will be in English language teaching (TEFL). In saying this, there are a number of multinationals that have … Read more

An Expat Guide To Finding A Job In Seoul

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a bustling metropolis with deep historical roots. The city is famous for several things including its N Seoul Tower and Incheon International Airport, which has a golf course and skating rink, and is often named the world’s best airport. Seoul is a city that never sleeps, with restaurants, … Read more

Marie, Gyeongju And Seoul

Who are you? My name is Marie, I’m 24 years old from Belgium.I’m totally in love with travelling and I’m a designer and the blogger behind Be Marie Korea. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved abroad for the first time when I was 20 years old. While doing my bachelor degree … Read more

Raquel Rodriguez, Jeongseon-eup

Who are you? My name is Raquel Rodriguez, a born and bred 25 year old New Yorker from the heart of Manhattan. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Korea, because it seemed like the perfect time to step outside of my comfort zone whether that be short or long term.My … Read more

South Korea – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at South Korea and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Linda Goes EastFacebook Page | Twitter … Read more

Dominic Dinkins, Incheon

Who are you? I’m Dominic Dinkins who was born and raised in Detroit, and has been living overseas in South Korea since 2009. I’ve always wanted to live overseas at some point in my life, and kind of mistakenly got lead to Korea by a friend, and ended up loving it. I also met my … Read more

Nichola Gwon, Seoul

Who are you? My name is Nichola Gwon. I’m Australian and I’m an artist and blogger / YouTuber and also a webtoon artist (for the international version of Naver Webtoons). My husband Hugh is Korean. We run a blog and YouTube channel called ‘My Korean Husband‘ where we make comics and videos about being an … Read more

Lindsay Nash, Gyeongsan

Who are you? I’m a mid-30s American expat and marketing professional. I live in Gyeongsan, South Korea with my husband and two young children: Finn (6) and Poppy (2). We love living abroad for the opportunities it presents every day to experience a different culture.Where, when and why did you move abroad? My husband Whit … Read more

South Korea – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at South Korea and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.What Am I Doing With My Life? www.dorisv.com American Doris has … Read more

Laura Bronner, Global Nomad

Who are you? My name is Laura. I’m a blogger over at Collecting Labels and I’m originally from New York. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved abroad just over five years ago. I graduated from college and wanted to spend a year traveling. My boyfriend and I started in New Zealand … Read more

Top Ten Insider Tips About South Korea

South Korea’s capital city, Seoul, is a sophisticated destination full of skyscrapers and modern buildings. Juxtaposed with them, however, is a mass of ancient temples, museums and palaces. This mixture of old and new is a prominent characteristic of the country. Expats in South Korea can expect a high standard of living – the transportation … Read more

Brock And Tanj, South Korea

Who are you? We are Brock and Tanj and we run the travel blog A Travelogue by Brock and Tanj. We are a husband and wife who are adventurers and visual storytellers who love to see the world together. We document our expat lifestyle through photographs – big or small, even the mundane or the … Read more

A Brief Guide To The Main Religious Beliefs In South Korea

The religious atmosphere in South Korea is rather complicated, and is also surprising to most expats. Contrary to what many expect, indigenous or traditional local religious beliefs do not account for the majority of the population’s religious affiliations. Instead, the largest religious groups are followers of what can be considered to be religious imports, in … Read more

A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In South Korea

South Korean food may be an acquired taste, but once you get used to it, it can be pretty addictive. The food here displays definite influences of Chinese and Japanese cuisines, but it still retains its unique flavor palette of spice and garlic combined with mild flavored ingredients such as raw fish. Some amount of … Read more

Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To South Korea

South Korea is an interesting mix of old and new. Rapid modernization in the recent decades has led to the springing up of many factories, advanced medical facilities, large department stores and modern restaurants. But the country also retains its ancient charm with its street markets, traditional herbal medicine shops and temples. The following books … Read more

5 Things Expats in Korea Need to Know

So you plan to pack up and move to Korea? Great! Just remember, everything might not go according to plan. I had planned to go for one year, and told everyone I’d be home soon. Seven years later, I finally left. I also met people who didn’t last a year, and returned home after 6 … Read more

The Korea I Know: Life Through the Expat Lens

by Lindsey Coulter Most new expats arriving in South Korea will do so via Incheon International, a sprawling complex of futuristic terminals and expansive runways. Incheon International is about as technologically advanced as an airport can get, a theme repeated across the country from classrooms to supermarkets. When this modern, user-friendly Korea is an expat’s … Read more

The Current Situation for Expats in Seoul

Upon the late 2011 death of North Korean despot Kim Jong-Il, and the ascendancy of his son Kim Jong-Eun to the leadership of the so-called “hermit kingdom”, commentators throughout the free world began to speak hopefully of the possible reforms and fresh outlook that the “Great Successor” (and world’s youngest head of state) might bring … Read more

Lindsey Coulter, Incheon

Who are you? My name is Lindsey Coulter and I’m a 30-year-old from Denver, Colorado. However, for the past two years I lived in Incheon, South Korea. As a freelance writer whose life revolves around travel, photography and the great outdoors I am almost always on the move and have also been a resident of … Read more

Janice, Daejeon

Who are you? I’m Janice, a 37 year old Canadian. I have a BA in Communication Studies, and am working on my MA in Applied Linguistics. I’ve taught ESL in China, Korea and Thailand. Where, when and why did you move abroad? In February, 2003 I left Canada to move to Daejeon, South Korea. It … Read more

Sue Meldrum, Seoul

My name is Sue Meldrum. I have a husband named Guy and two children – Jacques who is 10 and was born in London and Sophie who is 6 and was born in Sydney. I currently live in Seoul, South Korea. My husband moved here in August 2008 but my children and I didn’t relocate … Read more

Brijesh Bolar, Seoul

I am Brijesh Bolar, an Indian Software Engineer. I just wanted to be out of India and was looking for an international exposure in my career. That is when I came across a job offer in Seoul through my friend who was working here and I grabbed it with both my hands. I moved here … Read more