Living in a Small City in South Korea

Living in a Small City in South Korea: How to Keep Busy

If you’re not looking to be placed in the heart of Seoul or Busan and are open to other areas in South Korea, you may end up living in a small city in South Korea. While you may not be in the bustling city, there are many things to love about rural life. It’s possible to have a great life in this type of position. Check out some tips below to learn how to stay busy and happy while living in rural South Korea.

Get Outside

In the more rural parts of South Korea, the views tend to be breathtaking. If you enjoy spending time outdoors and like to be active, hiking is a great way to keep busy. There are many hiking trails that are waiting to be explored. This can be a great way to keep in shape and it can also allow you to feel accomplished. If you’re not into hiking, consider purchasing a bike so that you can explore your area more and take in the incredible views.

Spend Time with Other Expats

While there may only be a small group of expats in your rural town, they understand what you’re going through and can be a great resource. Planning regular get-togethers or outings can be a fun activity for all and can allow you to keep busy in your free time. It can also give you something to look forward to as you go about your week. Looking for ideas? You may want to organize a board game night or you may want to meet up at the bowling alley. These are fun and affordable options that everyone will enjoy.

Try Something New

While living in a small city in South Korea, you may find you have a lot of time to spare. Why not use this time to try something new? If you’ve always wanted to take an online class, learn a new language, or learn a new sport – now is the time! You can devote your evenings and weekends to learning a new craft or hobby. You may wonder why you didn’t take the time to do so sooner.

Explore Nearby Communities

Luckily, transportation is easy and affordable throughout Korea. If you’re living in a small city in South Korea, it can be fun to explore the surrounding communities. This can make for a fun weekend adventure alone, or with friends. Make it a point to see a couple new places each month. Before you know it, you will have explored a huge part of South Korea.

Get More Involved with School Life

One of the many perks to living in the country is that there are fewer temptations, so you will likely find yourself going out less. Since you’ll have more free time, you may find it beneficial to get more involved with your school. Participating in extra events and activities at your school and within the community can be a great way to better immerse yourself in the culture as well as a great way to get to know your students and fellow co-workers. This can also help to make your overall experience more enjoyable.

Living in a Small City in South Korea

Living in a small city in South Korea can be an amazing opportunity. Take the above tips into consideration so that you’re able to have fun and keep busy throughout your time abroad.

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By Natasha Gabrielle

Natasha is a travel blogger, ESL teacher, adventurer, and sometimes runner—currently living abroad in South Korea. She blogs about living and teaching in Korea as well as her travel adventures. Find out more about her and her travels at

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