Seoul Guides

Seoul guides covers more serious topics about life in Seoul. The cost of living in Seoul, the experience of studying at a Korean University, and discovering whether Seoul is the right city for you are all covered here. If you are interested in moving to Seoul or learning about the city then these guides are for you!

  • The Best Fine Dust Masks

    Fine Dust Masks – What You Need to Know

    The wrong fine dust mask, or one worn incorrectly, is only a waste of money. I recently published an article discussing the air quality in Korea and how to deal with it. After sharing the post on Facebook, a lot of people disagreed about the usage period of disposable masks. Many people said that they use them for a few days in a row, and that they are still effective for a few days of heavy pollution. I realize there is a lot of confusion out there as to how specifically the masks work, and I want to discuss which masks are the best, how long they last, and more, in…

  • Seoul Air pollution

    Seoul Air Pollution – Everything You Need to Know

    Today Korea’s AQI reached over 250, an amount considered very unhealthy by the American Environmental Protection Agency. ‘Everyone may experience more serious health effects’ to the effect of smoking over ten cigarettes. Even a normal day has an equivalent health toll as smoking 3 cigarettes.¹ This is everything you need to know about Seoul air pollution. However, rarely does anyone talk about the air. Sure, it is covered by the media at times, but the seriousness of the issue is often avoided. In fact, until recently, coal power plants were still being built. Coal and oil power plants are set to shut down partially when pollution reaches PM2.5 50 µg/m3,…

  • Seoul Cheongryangri

    First Things to Do After Landing in Seoul

    Moving to another country is no easy task! However, with planning, this process can be made painless. This in-depth guide is created to help make your transition as easy, and as smooth as possible. These are the first things to do after landing in Seoul! The Ultimate Guide to Moving to South KoreaCost of Living in SeoulGuide to Housing in KoreaThings to Know Before Coming to SeoulIs Seoul the City for You? Things to do on Arrival (this post) This guide today is aimed at people who have already moved to Seoul or who are planning on being in Seoul soon. It will cover the important aspects of settling down…

  • Korean Cafes

    The Unique and Surprising Cafe Culture of Seoul

    There are many countries that are famous for coffee cultures – Italy, Brazil, and Ethiopia to name but a few. These countries are infamous for coffee. Who doesn’t have fantasies of sitting under the Italian morning sun and enjoying the atmosphere of a bustling street corner (albeit while standing)? Cafe Culture of Seoul As with everything though, there are also some overshadowed experiences that are barely ever discussed, despite arguably being as great. Korea, and more specifically, Seoul, has a coffee culture that is one of these. Not as established, not as traditional, and definitely not as famous, but worth experiencing. In this post I want to look at the…

  • The Heart of Seoul

    Is Seoul the City for You?

    If you want to live somewhere peaceful and quiet, then Seoul is probably not the place for you. It’s a loud, fast, and stressful city. However, for many people it is also the perfect place to live. Is living in Seoul for you? Seoul is becoming more popular among foreigners every day, with Korea’s emigration exponentially increasing. For many reasons, but probably mostly due to Hallyu, Korea has suddenly appeared on many people’s radars. I’ve seen a lot of people say that Seoul is their dream city without ever having actually experienced the city. However, how is it to actually live in Seoul? What are the ups and downs, the…

  • Namdaemun Street Stalls in Fall

    Is Namdaemun Market Actually Worth Visiting?

    There are a lot of ‘must-visit’ places in Seoul, but most of them aren’t really all that great. If you are planning on shopping in Seoul, then you already know about Namdaemun. If you have looked at any lists of ‘must visit’ locations in Seoul, then you have also already heard about it. However, there are many tourist hot-spots that really aren’t as great as they are hyped up to be. On the other hand, a few of them really are must visits – places like Namsan for amazing and free views of the city, the Han River, and of course, Namdaemun Market (남대문시장). Even if you aren’t interested in shopping,…

  • Seoul at night from Namsan

    8 Reasons to Visit Seoul With Your Family

    8 Reasons to Visit Seoul With Your Family is a guest post written by Karen. For more information about her, please check out her social channels at the end of the post. It’s no secret that Seoul, South Korea has become one of the top travel destinations in Asia in recent years. With the popularity of all things “K”, K-Pop, K-Drama and K-Beauty, travelers from all over the world are drawn to Seoul, eager to experience what this metropolitan city has to offer. For families who are looking to spend some quality and fun family bonding time, Seoul is the perfect destination. From food to theme parks and travel convenience.…

  • Studying

    Studying in Korea for University

    When I thought about writing this article the first thought that crossed my mind was ‘how do I possibly answer everything in a short blog post?’. I’m still not sure how I’m going to manage that, but this particular question seems to be one of the most common questions I receive. So here I am, attempting to explain all of my experiences in a relatively short post. This is my answer to the question ‘what is it like studying in korea?’. As usual, my words aren’t definite. Most of what I say in this post won’t be facts, but rather my personal experiences. I can’t say how your experience will…

  • Yanghwa Bridge

    Things To Know Before Coming To Seoul

    Travelling to Seoul for the first time? Then make sure to check out these useful tips on things to know before making it to South Korea. This is a guest post by Marie, more of her information can be found below. 1. Climate The climate in Seoul can be quite extreme. During winter the temperatures can drop far below zero and during summer the temperatures can go up to 40°C. Seoul has a humid subtropical climate with 4 distinctive seasons. The best times to travel to Seoul or Korea are in the middle of spring (April, May) and during Autumn (September, October) unless you are looking to celebrate Christmas in Seoul…

  • Gochangeup Fortress

    Being an Expat Woman in Korea

    This is a guest post written by Gabriela Penelope Carolus, a South African woman living in South Korea. More information on her, along with her social links are included at the end of the post. Several foreigners who work and study in Korea seek a form of community. A sense of belonging regardless of nationality, sexuality or religious affiliation without discrimination. Some people are seeking advice, a space to vent, or comradery in a safe space. Online public forums offer an ideal location to speak freely about living in Korea. Expat Women in Korea (i.e. EWIK) offer a public platform to discuss “the lived experience” of being a woman in Korea.…

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