If I ask you to think of Korea, you will probably think about the tall buildings, high-tech gadgets, facilities and equipment, the vibrant life that you can usually in Korean dramas. However, Korea has over 100,000 sqm land area and it has more to it than the life that you could imagine in its capital – the city of Seoul. When I was a frequent traveler to Korea, I usually stay in Seoul because of its accessibility to various key Hallyu location points and other advantages. But when I moved to Korea, I suddenly found myself living in one of its countryside areas outside of Seoul. As someone who was born and has lived in the city for almost 30 years, living in the countryside is quite new to me and a bit challenging. But I can say that it also has some advantages which make it a unique experience to me. So here are some of the perks of living in Korea’s countryside areas:
Proximity to Nature
One of the awesome perks of living in Korea’s countryside areas is the proximity to nature. In the city where I currently live, we are surrounded by mountain thus there are trees everywhere. There is even a lake nearby my place. Hence, if you are a nature-lover, you might want to try the countryside life.
Lesser Pollution and Clearer Skies
Being close to nature also means lesser pollution and having clearer skies. Whenever I travel from Seoul to the countryside, I could immediately notice the difference on the pollution, particularly in the air. When you live in the countryside, you will have clearer skies above you.
Another perks of living in Korea’s countryside areas is lesser noise in your surroundings. Of course, it will still greatly depend on the community that you belong to. But generally, compare to larger cities, the surroundings will be more peaceful. The only noise that you could probably hear would be from the animals in the farm or nearby mountains.
Slow Pace of Life
And because of the more peaceful surroundings, you could also feel the slow pace of life in the countryside. Sometimes it would make you think that the time is even slower compare when you are in larger cities.
Cheaper Cost of Living
If you want to save on your cost of living in Korea, then consider living in the countryside. In large cities like Seoul, the minimum cost of a single meal ranges from 7,000 to 10,000 KRW. But in the countryside, you can find restaurants selling full meal for as low as 5,000 KRW, with unlimited side dishes too.
Aside from cheaper food, you can also save from cheaper transportation cost. Most of the countryside areas do not have a subway and it’s also not that easy to call for taxi. Thus, you would have to use the bus most of the time when commuting. But using either bus or taxi is still cheaper in the countryside than those in larger cities. Moreover, since the traffic is also lighter you could be in your destination faster than your expected travel time.
More Open Spaces
And lastly, living in the countryside also gives you access to more open spaces like parks, gardens, arboretum, and the likes. And most of the time, you visit those places for free or for a minimal fee only.
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