Festivals in South Korea: Cause for Celebration

South Koreans never need much of an excuse for a party, and the country’s calendar is crammed with festivals celebrating historical events, esteemed local produce, and even just the existence of a few places. Here’s a list of a few of the higher-profile annual events.

The Geography and Weather of South Korea

Located on a peninsula bordered to the north by the tightly sealed Demilitarized Zone, South Korea is effectively an island itself. Author Jonathan Hopfner talks about the lay of the land and the seasons of South Korea.

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.

Air Quality and Other Environmental Factors in South Korea

Thanks to innovations such as natural-gas bus fleets, the designation of greenbelts, and tighter restrictions on factories, South Korea’s air quality has improved, especially in larger cities such as notoriously smoggy Seoul. Read on to learn about the country’s air quality, water quality, sanitation, and more.

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.