Meeting People

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.

Parties & Clubs

   

Just like back home, parties are a great way to meet new people.  Parties in Korea are usually centered around food and drinks.  Try to go out with one of your co-workers and their friends.  Your co-worker or Korean friend will happily introduce you to other people and you will get a chance to talk to them without having to break the ice first.  House parties are not as common in Korea as they are back home.  Koreans tend to have only a few people over for dinner and some drinks, instead of a big, noisy party with lots of people.  This can also be a great way to meet and get to know new people.  You can also try festivals, special events and nightclub parties if you want to try your luck with a larger crowd.

Clubs & Nightspots
http://www.hiexpat.com/korea-directory/by-business-type/clubs-and-nite-spots

Seoul Nightlife
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/South_Korea/Soul_tukpyolsi/Seoul-1058426/Nightlife-Seoul-TG-C-1.html

Social Clubs & Groups

Korean Safari (social community)

        

There are lots of social clubs for foreigners in Korea.  You can find social groups for the various hotspots around Seoul, such as Itaewon, Hongdae and Gangnam.  Join one of these groups on Facebook and then show up for one of their regular events.  There are also groups for singles, hobby groups, sports groups, travel groups, music groups, culture clubs, art clubs, language exchanges or any other special interest people may share.  Joining one of these groups is definitely a fast-track to making new friends and being more active in Korea.  The following are a small list of some clubs to give you an idea of what’s out there.

Friends in Korea
http://friendsinkorea.com/

Itaewon Lovers
http://www.facebook.com/groups/itaewonlovers/

Hongdae Lovers
http://www.facebook.com/groups/hongdaelovers/

English-Korean Social Club
http://www.facebook.com/groups/332208378086/

Meetup Korea
http://socialnetwork.meetup.com/cities/kr/seoul

Language Exchange Café in Hongdae
http://www.facebook.com/events/404441896251976

Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA)
http://www.siwapage.com/

Canadian Women’s Club
cwckorea@live.com

American Women’s Club of Korea (AWC)
www.awckorea.org

British Association of Seoul (BASS)
http://www.britishseoul.com/

KH Toastmasters
http://khtoastmasters.ning.com/

In Vino Veritas Wine Club
http://www.invinoveritas.or.kr/

Adventure Clubs

Airsoft Korea
http://www.airsoftkorea.org

International Hiker’s Club
sihclub@gmail.com

Korean Safari
http://www.koreansafari.com/

Adventure Korea
http://www.adventurekorea.com/

Art, Music & Professional Clubs

Seoul Writer’s Workshop
seoulwriters@gmail.com

KOTESOL
http://www.koreatesol.org/

Seoul Reads a Book Club
http://www.meetup.com/Seoul-Reads/

Camarata Music Company
http://www.camaratamusic.com/

PCL Korean Language & Culture
http://www.pclkorean.com/

Association for Teachers of English in Korea (ATEK)
http://atek.or.kr/

Seoul Investment Club
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=102432535526

Sports Clubs

Seoul Survivors Rugby Club
http://www.survivorsrfc.com/

Touch Rugby
http://touchtagrugby.blogspot.com/

Badminton Club
lidellis@yahoo.com

Seoul Saturday Soccer League
soccersaturday@hotmail.com

Seoul Sunday Pickup Football League
sspfl2007@gmail.com

RMT Chiefs Ice Hockey
rmtchiefs@gmail.com

Seoul International Dart League
http://www.seouldarts.net/

Itaewon Pool League
http://www.itaewonpool.org/

Incheon Iceholes Hockey Club
http://hockeynightinkorea.com/

Seoul Sisters Rugby Club
http://www.ssrfc.com/

Seoul Synergy Running & Triathlon Club
http://www.seoulsynergy.com/

St. Patrick’s Football Club
http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=stpats

Seoul United Football Club
http://www.leaguelineup.com/information.asp?cmenuid=2&url=seoulunited

Seocho Crew Soccer
http://club.cyworld.com/ClubV1/Home.cy/52454279

Seoul Flyers Running Club
http://www.seoulflyers.com/