Expat Life in Korea

If you are an expat living in Korea, then you will find these resources a valuable asset to enjoying (and surviving!) your time here. Whether you are a beginner at living in Korea or an expert, there will be something here for you.

Got an idea for something we should add, change or delete? Just post your suggestion at the bottom of this page and we will review and incorporate it into a future update.

Free Members-Only Resources


“The Top 10 Gifts to Give in Korea to Make a Great Impression”

by Steven S. Bammel, KBC Creator


“Uncovering Korean Potential at Chadwick School in Korea’s New City of Songdo”

with Dick Warmington, President of Chadwick International

Top Information on Korea Business Central

Top Legacy Discussions

Payment Method: Credit Card vs Bank Transfer Phone Rentals
Summer Vacation Spots Permanent Residency
Insurance (Health, Car, Home, Rental, etc.) Cost of Living Calculations
Korean etiquette confusion Favorite Korean Products and Services
Getting setup in Korea (mobile phone, credit cards, bank acct, etc.) – how hard? Is Korea Really This Tough of a Place to Live?
Seoul Metro Etiquette Tips Seoul in Photos – 50 Years Ago (Then and Now)

KBC Experts Who Can Help

Experts Corner: Ask Michelle Farnsworth about Personal and Corporate Banking in Korea

Expert Commentary at Nojeok Hill: My View from the Top: Expat Life in Korea
By Steven S. Bammel and Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc.

The Korea 9.9 with Daniel

Weekly Podcast: The Korea 9.9 with Daniel

“What are some popular misconceptions about South Korea that are prevalent among the foreign community?”

Top Websites

Private Web Sites

The Korea Guide



Craig White


Jeff Lebow

Government Websites



Online communities


Other websites

Books and Other Special Resources

Culture Shock! Korea: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette
by Sonja Vegdahl and Ben Seunghwa Hur
Korea – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
by James Hoare
Looking for a Mr. Kim in Seoul: A Guide to Korean Expressions
by Sang-Hun Choe, Christopher Torchia, Michael Yoon Chen, and Selina Yoon

Got a book recommendation? Disagree with Steven’s book reviews here or elsewhere? Discuss these and other books about Korea and Korean business.

This page is based on planning and organization performed by KBC Content Integrator Youngil Loew.

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