Public Transportation and Taxis in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul has developed one of the world’s most extensive and efficient public transportation networks, which makes bypassing the city’s hair-raising traffic a breeze. Author Jonathan Hopfner covers the basics of getting around Seoul by subway, bus, or taxi.

Foreigners in South Korea

In many place outside Seoul, non-Koreans are a relatively rare sight. Author Jonathan Hopfner educates visitors and prospective expats about the social climate, and he shares some history to explain South Korea’s relationship with foreigners and foreign nations.

Moving to South Korea: Bringing or Buying a Pet

It may sound callous, but it’s worth thinking carefully before deciding to bring a pet to South Korea. Author Jonathan Hopfner talks about pet ownership abroad, including considerations like available services and housing restrictions.

Korean Superstitions

An infographic featuring illustrations of a brush with red paint, running shoes, and a pig in coins. Excerpted from Moon Living Abroad in South Korea. Infographic by Carrie Hirsch.

Behind South Korea’s modern veneer there are a number of beliefs handed down from antiquity that continue to hold sway. Here are some common superstitions to be aware of—and though they might seem irrational, so is discomfort with the number 13 or black cats.

Cost of Living in South Korea

“How much does it cost to live in South Korea?” is one of those questions like “How long is a piece of string?”—the answer is, it depends. Here’s a look at typical monthly expenses from expert Jonathan Hopfner.

Understanding South Korean Customs and Etiquette

The basic Korean rules of conduct could almost be viewed as opposite to the Western ones. Read on to develop an understanding of how Korean customs and day-to-day etiquette differs from what most Western travelers or hopeful expats are accustomed to.

Moon Living Abroad in South Korea

Jonathan Hopfner has made the move to South Korea—twice. His experience as a journalist, investor, and homeowner has taught Jonathan the ins and outs of living in South Korea—from the banking and business realities, to the immigration and business procedures. It is this firsthand experience and advice that Jonathan brings to Moon Living Abroad in […]

Excursions from Seoul

Seoul can be a captivating place, but it’s always a good idea to set aside some time for a trip outside the capital if possible. South Korea’s hyper-efficient transport network makes venturing farther afield easy, and there are a number of destinations within a day’s reach of the city that would warrant far longer journeys.