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.

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“The Top 10 Gifts to Give in Korea to Make a Great Impression” EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcpage/executive-report-10-big-ideas-about-marketing-to-koreans]by Steven S. Bammel, KBC Creator


“Uncovering Korean Potential at Chadwick School in Korea’s New City of Songdo”EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcpage/executive-report-10-big-ideas-about-marketing-to-koreans]with Dick Warmington, President of Chadwick International

Top Information on Korea Business Central

Top Legacy Discussions

Payment Method: Credit Card vs Bank Transfer [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/choice-of-payment-method-for] Phone Rentals [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/temp-mobile-phone-simm-cards]
Summer Vacation Spots [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/where-in-korea-didwill-you-go] Permanent Residency [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/permanent-residency-in-korea]
Insurance (Health, Car, Home, Rental, etc.) [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/insurance-in-korea] Cost of Living Calculations [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/cost-of-living-calculations]
Korean etiquette confusion [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/korean-etiquette-confusion] Favorite Korean Products and Services [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/popular-korean-products]
Getting setup in Korea (mobile phone, credit cards, bank acct, etc.) – how hard? [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/getting-setup-in-korea-mobile] Is Korea Really This Tough of a Place to Live? [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/is-korea-really-this-tough-of]
Seoul Metro Etiquette Tips [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/10-etiquette-tips-in-the-seoul] Seoul in Photos – 50 Years Ago (Then and Now) [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/seoul-in-photos-50-years-ago]

KBC Experts Who Can Help

Experts Corner: Ask Michelle Farnsworth about Personal and Corporate Banking in Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/experts-corner-ask-michelle]

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?” [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/the-kbc-99-with-daniel-1]

Top Websites

Private Web Sites
The Korea Guide [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.thekoreaguide.com/]

Galbijim [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://blog.galbijim.com/]

Craig White
KoreaBridge.net [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://KoreaBridge.net/]

Jeff Lebow

Government Websites

Gateway to Cyber Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://en.korea.com]
  • Hi Korea, e-Government for Foreigners [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/]
  • Korea.net
  • Seoul City
  • vernment for Foreigners [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/]


Daegu Pockets[EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://daegupockets.com]

Craig White
  • Seoul Magazine [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://travel01.seoulselection.com/index.php/seoul-magazine]
  • Eloquence [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.eloquence.co.kr/]
  • 10 Magazine
  • Groove Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://groovekorea.com/who.html]
  • NEH [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.nehmagazine.com/]


  • Eat Your Kimchi [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/]
  • Seoul Podcast
Online communities

Korea Link
[EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1046967] (LinkedIn)

Joshua Davies
Brian Fishbone
Every Expat in Korea(Facebook)

Craig White
  • Expat Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.expatkorea.com/]
  • AFEK [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.afek.info/]
  • InterNations [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.internations.org/expats/home/south-korea/seoul]
  • Come Together Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED:http://www.cometogetherkorea.com/]
  • Adventure Korea
  • Friends in Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://friendsinkorea.com/]


  • Seoul Village
  • Idiots Collective [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.idiotscollective.com/]
    Aaron McKenzie
  • The Marmot’s Hole [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://rjkoehler.com]
  • Chris in South Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://Chrisinsouthkorea.blogspot.com]
    Chris Backe
  • Expat Blogs [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.expat-blog.com/en/directory/asia/south-korea/]
  • Ask a Korea!
  • Korea Real Time – WSJ [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime]
  • The Grand Narrative
  • Seoul Sub->Urban
  • Three Wise Monkeys
Other websites

Korea4Expats [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://korea4expats.com/]

Anne Ladouceur

Seoul Eats

Daniel Gray

Zen Kimchi

Joe McPherson

Jin Baek
Homebrew Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://homebrewkorea.com/]

Rob Titley

Daniel Behrendt
  • Seoul Expats [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.seoulexpats.com/videos/]
  • Seoul Grid [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.seoulgrid.com/blog/]
  • Life In Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://lifeinkorea.com/]
  • WorkNPlay [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.worknplay.co.kr/]
  • Korea Homestay [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://korea-homestay.com/]
  • Discovering Korea
  • Living in Seoul [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.livinginseoul.com/]
  • Expat Korea [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://ExpatKorea.com]
  • Waygook [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://waygook.org]
  • Around Seoul [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://aroundseoul.com/]
  • Busan Haps
  • Ulsan Online
  • Korea How [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.koreahow.com/]
  • Seoul Gyopo Guide
  • AngloINFO Seoul [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://seoul.angloinfo.com/]
  • Waguk [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://www.waguk.com/]
  • Seoulist
  • ICNKR [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: http://bbs.icnkr.com/] (in Chinese)

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. [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://stevenbammel.com/category/archives/kbcforum/topics/discuss-books-about-korea-and-korean-business]

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

English Radio Stations

  • 101.3 FM
  • AFN 102.7 FM
  • AFN 1530 AM

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