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For many generations Korea has been known as the” land of the morning calm”(Lee, 2010, p. 1). During this paper, I have described some of the interest encounters that a family would encounter of city life in South Korea. Further, I have provided good precautions security precautions to reacting to anti-Americanism threats.

Moreover, I have also covered school and employment opportunities for family members who wish to work in South Korean peninsula. Last, the subject areas, which I have covered below, are resulted of personal experiences from living in South Korea.

City Life In South Korea

Living in Korea will be a wonderful experience. The city life there is quite modern as many cities you would find in the United States like Los Angles, New York and Washington D.C. By nature, Koreans have no concept of personal space because the land mass of South Korea is the size of California. This is something that you will be able to adapt to in a short time, last, the transportation here is the best where trains buses, major airports and taxi are all interlink. This makes traveling throughout South Korea quite cheep.

South Korean Diet

Rice remains the basic favorite dish for most Koreans. However, among the younger generations; many prefer Western-style food. Diverse side dishes, mainly seasoned vegetables, soup, pot stew, and meat have usually joined with Rice. A long established Korean meal is always not complete without kimchi, which is a mixture of various pickled vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, radish, green onion and cucumber. Specific sorts of kimchi are made spicy with the addition of red chili pepper powder, while others are prepared to lack red chili peppers or are immersed in a tasty liquid. Nevertheless, garlic is used in kimchi to supplement to its aroma. Sometime in late November or early December, Korean households used to prepare enough kimchi to last a whole winter. Last, then kimchi was kept in large clay pots not entirely buried to maintain temperature and retain flavor (HoyaEnglish.com, 2010, p. 1).

In present-day Korea, homemakers often do not possess the time to make kimchi or have the outdoor space needed to warehouse large amounts. Nevertheless, kimchi is still a crucial part of the Korean lifestyle: firms making the fermented dish and others marketing special kimchi refrigerators rejoice in vigorous sales, Baechu Kimchi and Bulgogi, Korea's mainly sought-after beef dish. In addition to kimchi, doenjang (soybean paste), with its anti-cancer qualities, has appealed to the notice of contemporary nutritionists, Koreans at one time made doenjang at home by boiling yellow beans, drying them in the shade, immersing them in salty water, and fermenting those in natural light, last, even so, only a handful of families go through this routine anymore; instead, a majority buys their factory-made doenjang. Which is among the meat dishes, seasoned bulgogi (usually beef) and galbi (beef or pork ribs) are favored by both Koreans and foreigners (HoyaEnglish.com, 2010, p. 2).

Family Adjustment

The adjustment or problems that you and your family may have to contend with are the usually weather patterns that come to Korea. For instance, during the summer we have a monsoon rain, which on occasion creates major flooding. During the winter months, the weather here gets quite cold with freezing weather that comes with snow in the northern region of the country. Another adjustment is the air quality standards, which are not as superior as the United States? Since Hangul is the national language, most Koreans do not speak English. Last, you may find traveling throughout the city and country to be a bit difficult until to you adapt to changes in language (Korea.net, 2010, p. 3).

Arrival To South Korea

Upon your arrival to Soul Korea, there are numbered of head start programs that you and your family are encouraged to enroll in at Soul University. The head start program at Soul University is a four-week program that teaches you about the best way to live in Korea during your long stay here. During these classes, you will be given the opportunity to learn some of the Korean language. Learn to travel on the city transit system. Last, you will also learn the rich customs of this country, which will give you a better understanding of the Korean culture. There is a website, which you can access on your own to learn about South Korea, culture that is located in appendix a. of this paper (Korea.net, 2010, p. 1).

Security Precautions

Even thou North and South Korea have been in a state of war for the last fifty years. The country is one of the safest places to live. In major cities of South Korea, there is a strong police presence. This presence offers a good deterrent that keeps the crime rate low. As for guidance for criminal activity in South Korea, see (Appendix A.) for the website on State Department Travel. Another good aspect of living in Korea is the low threat of terrorism. Ever person who comes and goes from Korea, whether they are a native or a foreign national, they are track on a database. This database acts like a good instrument in stopping people who want to do harm to the country. Therefore, any extra security precaution is not required (Kim, 2003, p. 120).


In part of Soul Korea, we do have political demonstrations that come from the Universities. These individuals demonstrate against the American occupation and promote for unity between North and South Korea. If you happen to come across one of these demonstrations, it is best to walk away. This is because of occasions these demonstrations have been known to become violent when a student tries to gain unauthorized access to some of these installations. See (Appendix A.) for the website for Travel State Department on South Korean. Last, when this event occur tear gas and riot squads are used to maintain the peace (Kim, 2003, p. 115).


Since you will be residing in Seoul, South Korea, your children can attend Yongsan International School of Seoul. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Association of Christian School have accredited this learning institution for higher learning from kindergarten through High school. All classes instructions are done in the English language. Further, the school ground's aesthetics views provide for your children a pleasant atmosphere for learning. Last, admission requirements can be found from their website at (Appendix A.) of this paper (Seoul, 2010, p. 1).

Employment Guideline And Opportunities

In South Korea, there are many job opportunities. For instance, in South Korea there are a number of U.S government installations where your spouse will be able find work. Further, there are jobs in the education sector that are looking for qualified educators who have English and Korean speaking skills. Furthermore, within Soul, South Korea business district there are various businesses that need qualified people whom able to speak English in order to interact with their parent companies within the United Kingdom and United States. See (Appendix A.) a website for jobs. Most importantly if your spouse is thinking about working in South Korea. They will need a work visa before entering the country. Last, the guidelines for finding employment within South Korea comes from the Ministry of Labor, which can be found on (Appendix A.) of this paper (Labor, 2010, p. 1)

Health Care

In South Korea, having health insurance is mandatory. Business that employs over five hundred people have to provide health care insurance for their employee. Further, there is a government-funded program run by the private sector that provides health care insurance for people who are unable to attain health insurance. Their health care system is based on the health care system from Japan. Last, medical care is South Korea is comparable to the most hospital within the United States. A good health care insurance company Bupa International is a recommended a health care insurance company for South Korea in (Appendix A.) of this paper. (Jong, 2002, p. 1).

Cultural Shock

When you arrive at South Korea, you will be amazed by the large numbers of people who are able to habitat in small communities. Further, because of tension between North and South Korea, you will discover a large military presence that you would not see within urban areas of the United States. After a period such as a thing, will become a common place as you begin to embrace the peaceful serenity of the Korea culture and society. An example of Korean cultural or society is the full harvest moon festival. Furthermore, known as, (Chuesok) occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, and is similar to the American Thanksgiving holidays. The day before 14th and 16th of the 8th lunar month is also holidays, giving a total of three days off to allow people time to visit their hometowns. As the most important of all Korean holidays, during this period people are jam up the highways, so they can visit their hometowns and family members. Last, similar to the lunar new year holidays, family members pay respect to their living relatives and visit the graves of their ancestors. Family members exchange gifts and play special games. A website for Korea holidays is located in (Appendix A.) of this, paper (Adoption.com, 2010, p. 1).


A good way to prepare for a long stay in Korea is to be up to date with all of your shots. Further, you should secure a copy of your medical records before making your trip to South Korea. Another good preparation is to study Korean language and culture before you depart on your trip. Moreover, if you have a point of contract that is supposed to help you to settle in. Find out what type of elect outlet are used so you do not reunion you electric appliances. If you do not have a point of contact to help you settle in. Then it will be proactive to have one family member travel in advance as far as arranging housing for your family, this could take weeks to attain. Normally, after a few weeks in Korea coming down with a respiratory infection is a common occurrence because of the industry waste that is dumped into the air. Another medical infection this is quite common is tuberculosis in Korea. Therefore, it would be wise to have cloth surgical mask made during flu season in order to reduce the chances of becoming infected by tuberculosis. Enclosed to (Appendix B) is a checklist for your trip to Korea.


Inclosing, living in South Korea for a long period can be a great experience for those who plan. The checklists from (Appendix B) are good guidelines or directions as far as what a family, need to do in order to plan for long-term stay in South Korea.

Anyone who comes to Korea will overwhelm by the difference lifestyle and culture. In order to adapt it is good to learn about the language and culture before you depart from your country of origin. Last, this will help a family to be proactive as far as reacting to any bad situations that may occur during their stay in South Korea.

Appendix A

Internet Sources:

South Korean Culture


Yongsan International School of Seoul


South Korean Ministry of Labor


Bupa International Health Insurance https://www.bupainternational.com/quoting/personalDetails.do?init=init&userType=bupa

Korean Holidays






Travel State Department South Korea



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