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Seoul at a Glance

Living in Seoul

Your expat life in Seoul will have both a traditional and a modern flavor to it! No wonder: people living in Seoul take great pride in their centuries-old city. Our article guides you through the metropolis, with info on housing, schools, and more!

The locals in Seoul like to refer to their city as “the miracle of Han”. This expression is not completely unjustified. After all, not only did Seoul survive the Korean War without major damages, the historical city has also developed into a booming 21st-century metropolis.

The government is making a great effort to make Seoul, the 600-year-old capital, an attractive place to live for all. Not only did they add a little green to daily life in Seoul with parks and recreational areas, they have also planned new buildings and residential districts within the city. New projects are, for instance, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park and the eco-friendly new city hall.

Finding a Place to Live

When preparing for your time in Seoul, looking for accommodation will become inevitable at some point. You should know that housing space is often measured in pyeong (1 pyeong = 3.3 m²). Please note that the total area listed often includes common areas including the hallway in front of the apartment, the elevator, the parking garage, etc. These common areas are added up and divided by the number of apartments in the building, meaning that your actual living space may be smaller than what is advertised. Depending on your individual income, preference and living situation, there are many different options to put a roof over your head in Seoul:

Popular and International Neighborhoods

There are several districts in Korea’s capital which are exceptionally popular among expatriates in Seoul. Some of them offer nice and quiet areas which are ideal for families, while others are within easy reach of public transportation and important business facilities.

The most popular international neighborhoods and districts are:

All of these districts have something different to offer: parks and green spaces, clubs and restaurants. Please refer to our article on moving to Seoul to learn more about the various international districts.


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