Changwon is an under-rated Korean city that’s completely unknown to most westerners. Located on the southern coast of Korea, just west of Busan, Changwon was the first ‘planned city’ in the country. The city’s grid style infrastructure is a unique feature within Korea.

Living & Working in Changwon

A Quick Look

Changwon is a wealthy city that boasts one of the largest foreign communities (per capita) in the country. Many streets are lined with trees and park areas are plentiful.

The city recently amalgamated with two of its neighbors Masan and Jinhae to make its new total population close to 1.2 million people. The metropolitan city boasts a number of busy entertainment districts and lots of interesting outdoor activities.

Due to its southern coastal location, Changwon residents get to enjoy very mild temperatures in the winter and beautiful weather in the spring, summer and fall.

Cost of living in Changwon

Living expenses in Changwon are on par (average) with living costs in other parts of the country.

Foreigners in Changwon

Changwon has a pretty large foreigner community, especially for the size and population of the city. It's a wealthy area, and because of this, there are lots of private English schools.

Transportation in Changwon

Changwon doesn't have a subway system, however, the city is the only ‘planned city’ in the country and bus routes, trains and taxis are very efficient. It's one of the only Korean cities to use a grid system, making it easy to get from point A to point B.

Changwon Entertainment

Changwon has lots of entertainment options including; movie theatres, modern sports complexes, lots of cafes and restaurants, karaoke rooms and numerous festivals and events throughout the year.

Shopping in Changwon

Changwon has an abundance of department stores, outdoor markets and street shops. Daegu and Busan are also right next door, both of which have massive shopping districts.

Changwon Nightlife

Changwon is quite famous for it’s adult entertainment districts. There are 2 primary entertainment areas downtown which are host to countless bars, karaoke rooms and Korean nightclubs. There's also a few western bars which are quite popular with local English teachers. A quick bus ride (40–50 minutes) to Busan is also an option for western dance clubs.

Changwon Landscapes

Changwon has a lot of urban parks and tree lined streets within the city center (unique for Korea). Local mountains offer excellent hiking trails and there are a number of decent beaches in both directions. Ferry rides to Goje Island are also easily accessible during the summer months.

Polution in Changwon

Changwon is a very clean city. Many of the streets and parks are relatively new and the city does well at picking up litter and trash. Air quality in Changwon is also decent due to the winds coming off the ocean and bringing fresh air into the city center.

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