As the second-largest city in South Korea, Busan is a popular alternative to fast-paced Seoul. The city’s good weather and beaches make it an even more alluring prospect for expats who can’t face the extreme winters the northern provinces suffer through.
Busan houses the country’s largest port. This generates a booming economy which has lead to a healthy job market. Though many expats find work related to shipbuilding or logistics, the city is also one of the most popular choices for young expats moving to Korea to teach English.
Public transportation options in Busan are vast and efficient. Expats will find it easy to navigate the city’s subway and bus systems. Taxis are also widely available and affordable. This makes it easy for expats to visit the various sights that are spread across the city.
Even though Busan is best known for its beaches, it also hosts numerous festivals and cultural events throughout the year, making it a cultural hub. Expats with children will find the city child-friendly with many attractions, like the Haeundae aquarium, that will keep children entertained.
The lifestyle in Busan is surprisingly diverse. The city has a mix of huge shopping malls and traditional street markets. Expats will be able to eat Korean food quite cheaply at local restaurants. There are also a wide selection of international restaurants.
With the city divided into 15 distinct “gu” districts, expats will have many expat-friendly neighbourhoods to choose from when it comes to accommodation. Friendly locals, low crime rates and great amenities make Busan a comfortable destination even for first-time expats.