Seoul Guides

Seoul guides covers more serious topics about life in Seoul. The cost of living in Seoul, the experience of studying at a Korean University, and discovering whether Seoul is the right city for you are all covered here. If you are interested in moving to Seoul or learning about the city then these guides are for you!

  • The Best Fine Dust Masks

    Fine Dust Masks – What You Need to Know

    The wrong fine dust mask, or one worn incorrectly, is only a waste of money. I recently published an article discussing the air quality in Korea and how to deal with it. After sharing the post on Facebook, a lot of people disagreed about the usage period of disposable masks. Many people said that they use them for a few days in a row, and that they are still effective for a few days of heavy pollution. I realize there is a lot of confusion out there as to how specifically the masks work, and I want to discuss which masks are the best, how long they last, and more, in…

  • The Sunset Over Seoul

    Why Seoul Is the Best Student City

    Somehow, Seoul has sneaked into the top 10 student cities list for the three consecutive years. Yet why is it that Seoul is hardly ever considered as being a good place to study? Korea often isn’t the first place that comes to mind for study abroad options. I want to add Korea to people’s minds though – especially considering Seoul has currently rated as the 10th best student city in the world. So why is Seoul rated so highly? The Topuniversities rankings account for affordability, employer activity, desirability, student mix, rankings and student view. The reason that Seoul is rated so highly becomes quickly apparent when you sort the rankings – It…

  • Seoul Air pollution

    The True Dangers of Seoul Air Pollution

    Today Korea’s AQI reached over 250, an amount considered very unhealthy by the American Environmental Protection Agency. ‘Everyone may experience more serious health effects’ to the effect of smoking over ten cigarettes. Even a normal day has an equivalent health toll as smoking 3 cigarettes.¹ This is everything you need to know about Seoul air pollution. However, rarely does anyone talk about the air. Sure, it is covered by the media at times, but the seriousness of the issue is often avoided. In fact, until recently, coal power plants were still being built. Coal and oil power plants are set to shut down partially when pollution reaches PM2.5 50 µg/m3,…

  • Seoul Cheongryangri

    First Things to Do After Landing in Seoul

    Moving to another country is no easy task! However, with planning, this process can be made painless. This in-depth guide is created to help make your transition as easy, and as smooth as possible. These are the first things to do after landing in Seoul! The Ultimate Guide to Moving to South Korea Cost of Living in Seoul Guide to Housing in Korea Things to Know Before Coming to Seoul Is Seoul the City for You? Things to do on Arrival (this post) This guide today is aimed at people who have already moved to Seoul or who are planning on being in Seoul soon. It will cover the important…

  • Korean Cafes

    The Unique and Surprising Cafe Culture of Seoul

    There are many countries that are famous for coffee cultures – Italy, Brazil, and Ethiopia to name but a few. These countries are infamous for coffee. Who doesn’t have fantasies of sitting under the Italian morning sun and enjoying the atmosphere of a bustling street corner (albeit while standing)? Cafe Culture of Seoul As with everything though, there are also some overshadowed experiences that are barely ever discussed, despite arguably being as great. Korea, and more specifically, Seoul, has a coffee culture that is one of these. Not as established, not as traditional, and definitely not as famous, but worth experiencing. In this post I want to look at the…

  • The Heart of Seoul

    Is Seoul the City for You?

    If you want to live somewhere peaceful and quiet, then Seoul is probably not the place for you. It’s a loud, fast, and stressful city. However, for many people it is also the perfect place to live. Is living in Seoul for you? Seoul is becoming more popular among foreigners every day, with Korea’s emigration exponentially increasing. For many reasons, but probably mostly due to Hallyu, Korea has suddenly appeared on many people’s radars. I’ve seen a lot of people say that Seoul is their dream city without ever having actually experienced the city. However, how is it to actually live in Seoul? What are the ups and downs, the…