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With the rapid rise in prominence of K-culture, and especially K-pop, around the world in recent years, it’s no surprise that South Korea has become an attractive destination for travelers.
Whether you’re a fan of BTS and BLACKPINK, K-dramas, or delicious Korean food, it’s easy to see why you’d be drawn to bustling Seoul or the natural wonders of volcanic Jeju Island, which is one of many World Heritage Sites. from UNESCO. Sites in South Korea.
For digital nomads, the country has a lot to offer as well, and Busan, a city tucked away on the southern coast of South Korea, may be one of the best places you can find.
Here are 5 reasons why Busan is the perfect place for digital nomads.
It is conveniently located
The surroundings of Busan offer a variety of things to see and do, including the picturesque Gamcheon Cultural Village, Haedong Yonggung Templeand Jagalchi Marketfor all the fresh seafood you can eat.
While you can make Busan Beach your base, there’s no reason to miss out on experiencing the rest of the country while working remotely in Busan.
Trains to and from Busan run regularly, and you can travel the 417 kilometres/259 miles between Seoul and Busan in less than 3 hours on a high-speed train. Tickets are as low as $35, and with 76 trains a day, it’s an incredibly convenient ride.
enjoy the culture
As mentioned above, Korean culture has taken the world by storm in recent years, so what better way to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors you’ve come to love?
If you’ve been jamming with any of the 300+ K-pop groups currently making music, the Busan One Asia Festival this October should probably be on your list.
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Of course, the festival will offer the opportunity to see your favorite idols live, but it will also host meetups and the chance to receive music lessons from industry professionals!
A trip to South Korea will not only give you a chance to immerse yourself in the culture immortalized in K-dramas, but you’ll also get to visit some of the places you may have seen on the big screen.
Busan has been the filming location for many popular K-dramasincluding squid game.
By now, it’s pretty well understood that Korean food is synonymous with delicious. Bibimbap, bulgogi, Korean fried chicken – mouth watering yet?
Convenient visas are coming soon
While US citizens can currently enter South Korea without a visa for 90 days as tourists, the South Korean government wants to attract more visitors in the near future. actually calling 2023 and 2024 as « Visit Korea » years.
To that end, the country plans to launch two new visas to encourage travelers. Be on the lookout for Coming soon K-culture visa and Workcation visa!
The K-culture visa is expected in 2024 and will be aimed at those who want to immerse themselves in Korean content and culture and want to learn more about the country’s « content creation system, » as reported on korea times. This visa will allow people from all over the world to train and work in the entertainment industry in South Korea.
The Workcation Visa is essentially a digital nomad visa for those who want to stay long-term, as it will allow visitors to stay within the country for up to two years. It’s expected in the second half of 2023, so it could be any day!
Access the Best Internet in the World
Throughout all of South Korea, you will find some of the the fastest internet speeds in the worldand WiFi is freely available in major cities and in most cafes.
And if you want the peace of mind of having your own internet connection, “Pocket WiFi” or “WiFi Eggs” They are common throughout South Korea.
These are small, cost-effective devices (you can pick them up at the airport) that provide personal connectivity for your devices.
If you opt to use public WiFi, most cafes offer free fast internet, and it’s culturally acceptable to stay for hours, as long as you order a drink. If you need a little more privacy or structure, you can also find many local and international coworking spaces.
Enjoy a convenient and affordable lifestyle
While Busan may be more expensive than other countries in the region (if cost is an important factor for you, check out Thailand or Vietnam!), it is definitely less expensive than Seoul by about 15% to 30%.
As with any place, prices will vary depending on what you choose to do, but you can expect to spend a couple bucks on a latte and anywhere from a few bucks for dumplings from a street food vendor to $5 a $10 for a typical meal that’s not very fancy.
In addition to a lower cost of living, Busan also offers a variety of activities for every type of traveler.
The longest beach in South Korea, Haeundae Beach is easily accessible within the city of Busan and is surrounded by an almost endless diversity of dining options, from a quick beach snack with chips and beers to the infamous Eel Alley, where fresh seafood and casual restaurants serving traditional dishes abound.
Busan also has a variety of spas ranging from hot springs to luxury experiences where you can enjoy soaking in water of different temperatures, massages, and skin treatments of all kinds.
Hiking trails to suit all preferences and skill levels encircle Busan, making it easy to get out of the city for some exercise and stunning views.
While the delicious food and catchy K-pop beats may have initially drawn you to South Korea, the city of Busan has much more to offer and would be the perfect hub for any digital nomad looking for a new destination.
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