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Wanting job in 'dream' coastal city. Ideas?

 
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Stine3



Joined: 30 Dec 2017
Location: Gwangmyeong

PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:32 am    Post subject: Wanting job in 'dream' coastal city. Ideas? Reply with quote

I lived in Gangneung a few years ago and really, really loved it. Now I live outside of Seoul and can't wait to leave it.
Looking at cities all over the SK coast and it's hard to tell what life is really like there. I need 'the hive' mind for advice! If you know of an awesome coastal city, could you let me know the name and answer the following questions?

Just a heads-up, I'm not looking for a big city. Sorry Busan lovers! I like that small(ish) town feel. Smile

1. How accessible is the beach?
2. How accessible are the mountains/hiking?
3. What is the foreign community like?
4. How is the nightlife? This includes foreigner friendly and Korean bars.
6. How are the attitudes towards wagooks, generally speaking?
7. From your experience and other foreigners you know, how would you describe your living situation (aka: apartment)?
8. One cool thing you discovered in the city

Any help would be much appreciated! I've searched through many posts, but haven't been able to find one that is general enough for just 'coastal.' Plus, Korea changes so fast, so an updated post may be nice for other wanderers out there too!

Thank you kindly!
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schwa



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: Yap

PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sokcho! Similar to Gangneung but nicer. I spent 15 happy years there.
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Stine3



Joined: 30 Dec 2017
Location: Gwangmyeong

PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:55 pm    Post subject: Thanks Schwa! Reply with quote

Thanks! I've been going back and forth about Sokcho for years. I always said that if I ever moved back to Korea I would move to Sokcho. Then I thought I should give more of chance to the southern side. Cool
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SuperfuzzBigmuff



Joined: 12 Mar 2017

PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeosu - the Naples of the Orient!

I've spent a decent amount of time there. Lots of hikes, decent beach, beach camping, islands to explore and camp on, a few bars but the locals seemed pretty backwards and anti-foreigner, but that was probably due to being with a K woman. Milder winters than the rest of Korea and it stays warmer for longer after summer.
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wonkavite62



Joined: 17 Dec 2007
Location: Jeollanamdo, South Korea.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:17 am    Post subject: About Coastal Cities Reply with quote

I used to live in Yeosu. I liked some aspects of it, such as the beautiful scenery, especially in the spring. It is possible to go on hiking trips from Yeosu, and there is a famous temple on one of the islands or peninsulas nearby. Notice, it is also possible to go on a trip to some of the further away islands from the ferry terminal. Some of these islands have beaches. Yeosu also boasts a number of good seafood restaurants, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
However, I had been in Korea before. I had lived in a small city in Chungcheongbukdo, and made friends with Koreans and locals. In Yeosu, the locals were just not really communicative. I think it was a case of family, family,, family. The western people (at that time) were not very communicative at all, except for 2 individuals. I ended up spending weekends away.
I sometimes wondered if people were less friendly because Yeosu was so very spread out, and there were logistical issues.
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