Panoramic Picture near City Hall in Seoul (click on picture to enlarge)
We have been in Seoul now for a little over a year and truly have fallen in love with this city. It is amazingly efficient, modern and yet has elements that reflect its culture and history in every corner. Korean people are hospitable, polite and family-oriented.
Seoul Tower has a great view of the City
It is common to hear in the news back home about how connected and technologically savvy it is in Korea. It is another thing to be living in it and see how it relates to your every day life.
Let's start with internet. My internet connection usually clocks at above 80 mps download and upload. In previous homes we were lucky to reach 20 mps and often much lower. We are able to easily stream movies with HD quality without any hiccups. Koreans are truly connected everywhere whether on the subway, walking, or at home.
Then, there is transportation. The public transportation is ultra efficient and the city is easily blanketed with the subway and bus system. The subway is by far the best one we have seen with multiple lines covering most of the city. You can download a handy app on your phone and tell it where you are going and it will show you exactly which lines to take, where to transfer and what time the next train will arrive. Pretty cool.
Subway train station
Seoul is a very safe city. We feel safe letting our kids go on their own and our oldest one is now an expert on taking the subway to go with friends. Overall petty crime is very low and most expats feel very safe here.
There is much history to be discovered in Seoul. There are beautiful palaces to discover and many Buddhist temples to see. We have barely scratched the surface and continue discovering every day.
I love Korean food and could easily live on this diet the rest of my life. It is a perfect combination of spices and healthy taste. The emphasis is on moderate amounts of meat with many surrounding dishes to accompany the meal.
And finally, the people. As mentioned above, people in Seoul are friendly, polite and overall have been very accommodating despite our ignorance of their language and culture. We look forward to several years here at this great city.