Korea Lounge

Making Friends in Korea

It can feel a little daunting to be alone in a foreign country and culture with no idea how or where to meet people.  Although it can seem intimidating at first, there is no need to feel lonely in Korea.  There are tons on clubs, events, festivals and groups around that you can always find something fun to do and get a chance to meet new people – both other foreigners and Koreans.

Making friends with Koreans is not as difficult as it may seem.  A lot of Koreans are shy about using their English, so don’t mistake their reticence as dislike.  Try using some Korean and show an interest in something they are doing and they will open up.  Once you break the ice, Koreans love to share their culture and customs with foreigners.  Koreans make excellent friends who are very considerate, passionate and active.  The following are a list of places or methods for meeting new people in Korea.

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Cost Of Living

The cost of living in Korea is very reasonable.  Korea is the kind of country where you can save a lot of money to pay debts or get a car or house when you go back home.  Korea is also the kind of country where you can spend your entire salary on a single night out, so it’s up to you to control your spending or enjoy yourself, as you see fit.  As a base line, someone who controls their spending can have a comfortable life using only around half of their salary on expenses.  Obviously the choice of how much you spend and how much you save is up to you.  The following chart will you give you the basic idea of what it can cost for the basic expenses in your life here.

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Korean Co-Workers

One of the first things you will notice about your Korean co-workers is how quickly and frantically they do everything.  You may even hear the word “balliballi” come up again and again.  This custom in Korea means to do everything as quickly as you can or as soon as humanly possible, from the smallest task to an on-going group project.  Koreans also work late.  You won’t see your co-workers punching out at the end of the work day.  In Korea, the end of the work day is usually when you try to catch up on things or in some cases they have to wait for the boss to leave first before they can call it a day.  Co-workers are usually referred to by their titles or status labels.  Learning these will be easier and faster for you than trying to remember everyone’s name.

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