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Miss the Korean expat community
« on: May 18, 2021, 09:45:17 am »
I've been living in Japan for the past 3 or so years teaching here and it feels like a completely different environment compared to Korea. I was invited out to many places by Koreans and even into homes frequently. The expat community in my area was close knit and did a lot of things together.

In Japan I feel isolated from other foreigners and Japanese people. What is it? Anyone else live in Japan and Korea? Anyone else experience something similar?


  • CO2
  • Waygook Lord

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    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2021, 09:54:20 am »
This is total conjecture, but maybe Japan attracts a lot of weebs who aren't the most social people.
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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2021, 09:54:54 am »
Only weirdos go to Japan....,


Just kidding. But Iíve heard they are much more in keeping to themselves. So not surprising there. As for the expats I have no idea.


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  • The Legend

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2021, 09:57:40 am »
I honestly felt the opposite way when I lived in Japan.
I made Japanese friends to do things with pretty easily, we took turns traveling to each other to hang out, or meeting somewhere between us.
I never hung out with the foreigners much though, they kinda, went on to do their own thing and never bothered to stay in touch.

In Korea, I've felt the people to be very helpful but, I struggle to make friends to hang out with.
When I do make friends, they often live in Seoul, and will never make the effort to travel out of Seoul to hang out, it's always kind of expected for me to travel up there.
For the most part, it's often on me to initiate conversations too.
The foreigners in Korea have been more willing to meet and hang out as a group (not so much during covid, understandably).


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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2021, 10:17:08 am »
will never make the effort to travel out of Seoul to hang out,
"AnYaNg, IsNt tHaT CoUnTRySiDe?"
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  • The Legend

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2021, 10:28:56 am »
"AnYaNg, IsNt tHaT CoUnTRySiDe?"

I don't understand this joke. :o


  • Lazio
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    • January 27, 2018, 03:56:10 pm
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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2021, 10:35:37 am »
I don't understand this joke. :o

Anyang is a city of 600k 30min. outside of Seoul. Yet many people living in Seoul don't even know where it is located and/or consider it '"지방".


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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2021, 10:43:11 am »
Lazio is correct. I can't count the number of times that I've heard Seoulers, Korean and Wayg alike, say that I must live in some rural wasteland.

Like, bro, we have two of the subway lines, we literally touch Seoul (seperated only by Gwanaksan), we have 600 000 thousand people and the third highest pop density in the country.

Like............. sorry we don't have an amusement park? Or an opera house? That makes it rural? I'm pretty patient with people, but people who say Anyang or Suwon are countryside, rural wastelands are complete morons, no exceptions.

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    • April 01, 2011, 03:01:41 pm
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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2021, 11:31:15 am »
I had a good friend that moved up to Sinsa area and then HBC.  He would frequently say he missed my company because we had gone months without meeting up.  I would point out to him that the subway runs both directions.  I don't mind if I have to be up there for some other purpose dropping in on wing night at Route 66 or Workshop, or grabbing a burger at one of those joints, but HBC is not the attraction the people that live there think.  As much as it has some good shops and restaurants I do not envy people living there.  Other than some food shopping and a haircut I don't need that part of Seoul for much. 


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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2021, 02:24:03 pm »
Lazio is correct. I can't count the number of times that I've heard Seoulers, Korean and Wayg alike, say that I must live in some rural wasteland.

Like, bro, we have two of the subway lines, we literally touch Seoul (seperated only by Gwanaksan), we have 600 000 thousand people and the third highest pop density in the country.

Like............. sorry we don't have an amusement park? Or an opera house? That makes it rural? I'm pretty patient with people, but people who say Anyang or Suwon are countryside, rural wastelands are complete morons, no exceptions.



I live in a rural wasteland.  None of you punks have got anything on me.  Well, actually, I have lived in a regional provincial city for years.  So, not as rural as before.  I rarely get up to Seoul.  Since covid 19 hit in Jan 2020, I haven't been back up there.  I did take a detour to Pohang the first time last summer.  Nice little town.  If you speak some basic Korea folks are nice and surprised.  Not sure what kind of foreigners they have there for that.  But decent.  I got to get another car in a few months.  So, sadly can't make it back this summer.  I love the East Sea now that I have seen it.  I'd love to get my ass to Gangwon do.  How rural is that?


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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2021, 02:55:18 pm »
I love the East Sea now that I have seen it.  I'd love to get my ass to Gangwon do.  How rural is that?
To put this in perspective

Gyeonggi has a pop density of 1170/km2

Gangwon? 90! Other than the tri-city area on the coast and Chuncheon/Wonju on its Western border, there's nothing there. Over half the population live in Wonju/Chuncheon and Gangneung, and those aren't exactly huge cities either.
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Re: Miss the Korean expat community
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2021, 03:07:21 pm »
I'd love to get my ass to Gangwon do.  How rural is that?


When I was in Korea I was in Gangwan-do. It's the least populated province in the country and I highly recommend hiking Seoraksan!