The city of Pyeongtaek lies roughly 35 kilometers south of Seoul in South Korea. The city was founded in the year 940 during the Goryeo dynasty and grew to become a city in the late 1900’s. Pyeongtaek is home to a number of tourist facilities, an arts and cultural center, and restaurants that serve a variety of Asian cuisine enjoyed by many of the expats living in Pyeongtaek. The city is part of the Gyeonggi province, which is the most populated in South Korea. The region is home to mountain ranges, many rivers, including the Han River, and beautiful rural areas. If you are an expatriate living in Pyeongtaek, be sure to visit the beautiful national parks nearby, and consider joining the largest global network for expatriates to meet, network, and socialize. With more than 1 million members, the InterNations community is connecting expats in Pyeongtaek and beyond.
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The easiest way for expatriates to travel in and around Pyeongtaek is by car, however, there is a bus terminal via which you can reach Seoul and travel around the city itself. The city and its expats have greatly benefited from the introduction of the Pyeongtaek Harbor, which has developed the local economy significantly, and also sees a number of travel and tourism ferries leave its docks each year. The nearest airport to Pyeongtaek is the Incheon International Airport - this is South Korea's busiest airport, and main international gateway through which most expatriates moving to Pyeongtaek are bound to arrive in the country. The province is currently investing heavily in its education system, opening a number of reputable high schools and universities which is ideal for future expats in Pyeongtaek who are relocating with children. If you are thinking of moving to Pyeongtaek, take a look at the InterNations Expat Magazine for helpful tips and advice on planning, moving, and living in a new and foreign city.
Pyeongtaek is pegged to grow in leaps and bounds over the coming years as the government of South Korea focuses in on the area. In the light of United States Forces Korea moving their base to the city, an increasing number of expats are living in Pyeongtaek its and surrounding areas, and the government plans to transform Pyeongtaek into a new, international economic hub - supporting more jobs, entrepreneurialism, and boundless growth. As mentioned earlier, the harbor is a big help to these efforts. Currently, the area has a distinct military presence and a strong background in heavy industry. Agriculture and ceramics also continue to thrive here and the province government is investing heavily in modernizing the economy and industries in Pyeongtaek and beyond. Many expats live and work at Paju, the nearby "English village" for language education. Hundreds of professional expatriates in South Korea and across the world have found each other though InterNations; check out the InterNations community forums and content section, including the Expat Magazine, for more information and advice.