Seoul is the capital city of South Korea. With 10 million residents in the downtown area, and a whopping 24+ million people in the metropolitan region (a.k.a. Seoul Capital Area), Seoul is one of the world’s largest mega cities.

Living and Working in Seoul

A Quick Look

To put the sheer size and scale of Seoul into perspective, roughly half of the Korean population lives within the Seoul Metropolitan Area.

The land mass of Seoul has been inhabited with a substantial population since 18 B.C. (over 2000 years ago!) and to this day it remains the economic, cultural and political center of the country.

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Cost of living in Seoul

As one would expect, Seoul has the country’s highest cost of living. Day to day living expenses in Seoul are marginally higher than the other major cities in Korea.

Foreigners in Seoul

Seoul is home to a large population of western expats. Many Western English teachers, Western engineers, American military personnel, etc. live and work in Seoul.

Transportation in Seoul

Seoul has a world class public transportation system. An elaborate subway network accompanied by countless bus routes, high speed trains, light rail and taxis keep the city mobile on a day to day basis.

Seoul Entertainment

Where to start! Seoul has a ridiculous number of entertainment options for westerners to enjoy. Great restaurants, a thriving arts sector, professional sports teams, theatres, museums, boat cruises, restaurants, cafes and music rooms are just some of the exciting entertainment options that Seoul has to offer.

Shopping in Seoul

Seoul is quite famous for its shopping areas. The city is home to an abundance of high end retail shops, massive department stores, indoor and outdoor markets, street vendors, warehouse outlets and more.

Seoul Nightlife

Seoul has a number of popular entertainment area’s that remain busy all week long. These area’s (Hongdae, Ittaewon, Jamsil and Apgujeong specifically) are home to an endless array of nightclubs, karaoke rooms, whiskey bars, soju tents, etc.

Seoul Landscapes

Seoul is a concrete jungle in every sense of the term. Although there are a number of small mountains sprinkled throughout the city, the large majority of Seoul can be described as a massive concrete metropolis that expands for miles in every direction.

Pollution in Seoul

Seoul has the highest pollution levels in the country. Due to the sheer size and density of the city, air quality and pollution levels are quite noticeable, especially during the hot summer months.

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