South Korea is a country swathed in green, and Koreans are a people obsessed with nature and mountains in particular. Wherever you travel, you’ll see Koreans out in the open air, clad in the latest adventure fashions, pushing ever onward and upward.
Where is a good place to live in South Korea? It’s still a question to be discussed since South Korea has a large number of place fit to be worthy of living in. People have lost interest in Seoul because as it seems too big a place to live in .I’ve heard Pusan it is indeed a wonderful place to be in. Mountains, plenty of parks, beaches and more over the transportation is good.
Busan is a place that attracts people attention. This place has plenty of mountains, good beaches. It’s less westernized than Seoul, but you may find that preferable anyway. The downside is the rainy weather in summer. There seems to be rumors that Seoul seems to be more like Toronto and Busan more like Vancouver. Many how ever disagree to it.
Changwon is a wonderful place that comes to mind with mountains all around, nice parks, and only 40 min by bus from Busan. Cleaner air, tighter foreigner community, more stores, services, and access to goods. Bundang is in a way similar to Changwon in its way, but quite a bit bigger, newer, clean air, and it has a much better parks system, and plenty of mountains around as well. If one is familiar with Vancouver, Bundang is fairly reminiscent of False Creek, or the Quay in New West. It’s close to Seoul as well, which is a draw since Seoul does have its usefulness. Public transportation in any city is quite good, buses are plentiful and cheap, as are taxis. Seoul, Busan, and Daegu have subways; Gwangju was working on one, I’m pretty sure its running now, it is hard to leave such a wonderful place with many beaches, but I’ve heard that “island fever” sets in after about 4 – 6 months.
The Daegu area is very central, easy access to anywhere in Korea you would want to go, but it has (supposedly) the hottest and most humid summers. There are a couple of smaller cities nearby like Gimcheon, and Gumi, which seemed like a pretty cool little town. SEOUL & BUSAN are both very big cities.Busan is not much different that too has beach in plenty, but when I lived in the city of Busan there seemed to be a lot of traveling to get to the city.
Many like being in Manhattan. Imagine climbing a mountain only to be in a line like being in a supermarket or imagine going to the beach and feeling like you are in a rock concert.. it has them. But they very crowded. And they still take time to get to even if you are in that city mess of Busan.Having said that some of my fondest memories have been taking a bus to Hyundai Beach in Busan, drinking all night at the beach with co-teachers and friends and just plain hanging out, but the probably five or six days that that happened didn’t quite compensate for the other 360 days in that city of staring people who freaked out at foreigners.
Seoul is much better in my opinion. If you want beaches and mountains Cheju-do perhaps have a number of beaches .You’ll still get lots of tourists but you’d be out of a city like Busan. I think both Seoul and Busan are much more like Manhattan in New York. Andong is also a wonderful idea . So beautiful…. So clean….Everything in Seoul is in Andong. These are some of the options of places to live in South Korea.