Just south of Seoul and linked to the South Korean capital by Line 4 of its subway, Ansan is a medium sized city on the edge of the Yellow Sea. The large and well-known Daebu Island is not far from the city. Human settlement on the site goes right back to the Stone Age, with various prehistoric dolmens and middens for expats living in Ansan to explore, but the modern city's history is far more recent. It was only in 1986 that a number of towns were incorporated to become Ansan (the name borrowed from a nearby fishing village). It has since grown rapidly to a city home to more than 700,000 people, various universities and a thriving expatriate population. Ansan's efforts to invite global minds have led to it being declared a multicultural zone and a number of international events are held annually, welcoming expats and the international community to the blossoming city. With a growing economy, futuristic infrastructure planned and a thriving cultural life, it's no surprise that it has already been dubbed 'The City of Abundant Hope'.
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As the local authorities have made a concerted effort to welcome expats moving to Ansan, you can expect to find a warm welcome and a global minded city with a taste for the international. It's well connected to both idyllic Yellow Sea islands and the country's capital, Seoul, making Ansan an exciting destination. To get to grips with the rapid change in culture, InterNations have a great collection of articles, tips and forums in which you can exchange information with other members. The Expat Magazine is also a useful resource, with articles for expatriates on a range of travel-related topics. Whether you're wondering about expat finance or insurance, cultural shock or working abroad, a perusal of the Magazine should give you plenty of food for thought as you prepare for life in this youthful city.
Ansan is an exciting business destination and the city's future growth prospects look bright. Expats working in Ansan will find the city's level of organization impressive, with the Ansan Smart Hub and planned industrial zones contributing to a strong manufacturing sector and a bullish business atmosphere. There are also plenty of cultural events to enjoy, such as the Street Arts Festival held every May since 2005. Expatriates in the city may, of course, want to socialize with the local expat community – and InterNations' discussion groups, private communications and forums are a great way to get in touch with other expatriates. With a growing network of such expats and an international mindset, it shouldn't be long before you manage to meet up with some of the other professionals and global minds who have been attracted to this blossoming city.