One the most stressful things when you move to a new place is losing your old friends. Psychologists also refer to it as displacement anxiety . If you are a foreigner and are struggling to make new friends in Korea, don’t worry. You are not alone. Every member of the international community has faced this struggle at some point during their time here. Today I will discuss some of the methods I have used to find friends while living in Korea.
Koreans are a friendly bunch of people in general. So, as long as you put yourself out there you should have local pals in no time. Friends always bring a different energy level and light up your life with their presence. So in order to make good Korean friends, you must know where to find them. AOnce you do, you will get to know that making friends in Korea is not a big deal!
One of the easiest ways to make friends, particularly during the pandemic is to opt for virtual friend groups.
*Please note that especially for women, meeting people using these methods may not always be safe. Be sure that you are completely comfortable with the person before meeting in real-life and always meet in public spaces.
If you are an extrovert like myself, you may find that the best way to make friends is to meet in person. Here are a few methods I have used to find friends that are still respectful of South Korea’s introverted culture.
One of the best platforms to find food tours and local amature sports teams you can join is MeetUp.
Learning Korean enables you to interact with local people more easily and makes friendships more equal. Plus, plenty of Koreans are happy to simply sit down with you and exchange languages and cultures. This type of relationship develops a sense of caring for one another and leads to mutually beneficial friendships. You could also make friends by attending university, which you can attend for free what a scholarship.
Korea has a great attraction for tourists. However, visiting touristy-places doesn’t make you a tourist. it’s a right of passage. Visiting tourist spots helps you learn about Korea’s culture and history which is a point of pride for most Koreans. Knowing basic history is essential for making Korean friends. Plus, many Koreans also visit popular tourist destinations. Some of the best places to visit in Korea are N Seoul Tower, Bukchon Hanok Village, Myeong Dong, Lotte world.
Another efficient way of interaction and making new friends is by joining different volunteer organizations. You’ll find yourself working with people who share similar values. These activities will surely help to improve your bonds with the local people.
Hobby classes are a great way of making friends in Korea. They bring people with similar interests together. This enables the foreigners to interact with locals who share the same interests as them. Plus, you can make friends while also learning a new skill.
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