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Living in South Korea

Living in South Korea gives you an insight into a nation with a rich heritage. The lifestyle in South Korea is defined by countless possibilities and a can-do attitude. Read our guide to living in South Korea and learn about healthcare, the apartment search, and local etiquette on InterNations.
Make sure to explore all of South Korea's different regions.

The Different Regions of South Korea

Seoul, South Korea’s capital located along the Hangang (Han River) has grown into a huge metropolis and the center of life in South Korea in recent years. While it is home to many foreigners, there are other regions and districts throughout the country which are worth a visit.


Gyenggi-do is located in the west of the Korean peninsula. The Hangang divides the region into a mountainous north and open fields in the south. Gyenggi-do has countless bays and coves, capes and islands. This is also where Ganghwado (Ganghwa Island) is located, Korea’s fifth-largest island, which is rich in history and natural beauty. Namyangman and Asanman Bays are also worth a visit while you are enjoying your life in South Korea.

The Eastern Region

Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province) is located in the central eastern region of the country. Most of this area is covered with thick forests and scenic spots. At the same time, however, you will find fewer residential areas here than in other provinces. Remote mountains and small towns along the coast characterize the eastern region. The eastern coastline may be rugged and mountainous, but you will also find the most beautiful beaches while living in South Korea’s east. The eastern region may not be a top expat destination, but it is definitely worth a visit.

The Central and Southwestern Region

Daejeon is located two hours south of Seoul and is a major traffic hub. Expats living in South Korea will probably stop here on their way from Seoul to Busan or from Gwangju. The area has also developed into a major science and technology center. On the other hand, temples, national parks, hot springs, and natural wonders are located here as well.

The provinces of North and South Jeolla are located in Korea’s southwest. This region is very flat and is known for its jagged coastlines and small harbors. One of its highlights is the close proximity to Namwon and Mt. Jiri National Park where you will also find the second-highest mountain peak in the country.

The Southeastern Region and Jejudo Island

The provinces of North and South Gyeongsang are located here. South Korea’s southeast is mostly known for tourist attractions, cultural assets, and historical places. However, the most outstanding natural resources of this region are the Hallyeosudo Waterways. Busan, South Korea’s principal port and second-largest city, is located here too. Andong, on the other hand, is a treasure trove of Confucian tradition and one of the last vestiges of traditional life in South Korea.

Expats living in South Korea’s island province Jejudo are truly in luck. Not only is Jejudo the best preserved place in the entire nation, it is also often referred to as “Little Hawaii.” The beaches, waterfalls, and hiking trails make it a popular honeymoon destination. Nature enthusiasts will also feel right at home in Jejudo. After all, the island is home to over 2,000 different species.


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