Moving to Seoul

As the political, cultural, financial and educational hub of the country, it is hardly surprising that Seoul is the most popular choice for expats moving to South Korea.

A buzzing metropolis situated on the Han River, it combines fast-paced, high-technology living against a rich historical background of palaces, fortress walls, royal shrines and single storey wooden hanok houses. At the same time, the city is the birthplace of K-Pop and the epicentre of the Korean Wave, exporting the country's culture around the globe.

With a wide range of accommodation options, international schools and quality healthcare, expats will have all the essential amenities to make their stay as safe and comfortable as possible.

The options for public transport in Seoul are vast and efficient, and taxis are numerous and cheap. There are huge shopping malls throughout the city as well as a large selection of both local and international restaurants.

Seoul is South Korea's major business hub and produces a fifth of the country's gross domestic product. The biggest industries in the city are information technology, electronics, finance, tourism and retail, providing headquarters to major corporations such as Kia, Hyundai, Samsung and LG Electronics.  

It is also the centre of the English teaching industry that has attracted hundreds of thousands of expats from around the world.

Although its big city reputation can be intimidating to some, Seoul has a cultural charm that can even be endearing to people who are uncomfortable in a cosmopolitan urban environment. Parks and rivers abound, teahouses can be found nestled between skyscrapers, and cultural festivals are the norm.