There are many things that I enjoy about living in South Korea. But when asked about what I love the most, the following three things come to mind.
Korea is a very safe country.
In fact, I have never felt more safe living in a place. There are no guns and people at large mind their own business and aren’t trying to harm you. Children can play without parents having to worry about someone coming along to kidnap them. When I first moved here, I was taken aback at how very young kids use public transportation alone and walk home late evenings on their way from studying. But now I, too, will walk to my neighborhood store or mart anytime day or night without much thought of anyone causing me harm. This probably has a lot to do with South Korea being a surveillance society and Confucianism.
Korea has one of the fastest Internet speeds in the world.
Not only is the Internet super fast, but Korea is one of the most connected societies in the world. You can freely enjoy WiFi everywhere, including up on a mountaintop or in a village, the subway, trains and bus stops. So much so, I have even enjoyed my smart phone without having an actual service plan. Is that not insane? I haven’t paid for mobile phone services in months.
Korea has an excellent public transportation system.
You can easily travel all over South Korea using its public transportation system. Korea has an assortment of buses, subways, trains, express trains, commuter trains, and taxis that will take you anywhere. In addition, it is almost always faster to get to somewhere using its public transportation system. For example, I live about 35 miles from the heart of Seoul. It seems like a short drive; however, there is always traffic and it can easily take two hours to drive to Seoul at peak times. My husband and usually hop on a commuter bus when we travel there without the kids. It is much quicker and once there, we use the metro system and taxis. In this way, we save time, money on fuel and parking fees.
Whenever I think of leaving Korea, these are three things I know I will miss the most and that are some of the factors taken into consideration whenever we’re weighing where to move to next.