Jeanne Marie Joubert

Jeanne Marie Joubert

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Living in:

South Korea Seoul, South Korea

Joined:

July 2011

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    In travel throughout China, is it better to use US dollars or the Yuan for tipping purposes?

    You can use Yuan. I never took out my USD, ever. Always have a few small Yuan notes on you for tipping (and bus rides!). Anything between 5-10 Yuan ($1-2) is fine when you're having a cheap meal. about 8 years ago

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    Thinking of moving to South Korea. What's the best part of the country to live in?

    It all depends what kind of place you are looking for: city or "rural". I live in Busan and am loving it. It's the second biggest city in the country with all you could need just around the corner: markets, clean and efficient public transport, bars and clubs, beaches, mountains, a lot of foreigners to hang out with. It's more chilled than Seoul in the north and the weather is more bearable in summer (less rain and floods) and winter (not snowing 24/7) than the north. There's also an international airport on the west side of the city as well as a major KTX train (the fast train) stop you can take for a weekend to Seoul. Intercity buses to absolutely everywhere in Korea departs from the north and west side. As for Seoul, it's bigger, faster, maybe a bit more western cultural things thrown in the mix, than Busan. Some people love it, others like it just for a weekend. There are more and a bit higher paying jobs here than in the rest of the country, but do be weary about the hagwons (private schools). As for "rural" - it's Korea. There are buses absolutely everywhere and the country isn't that big, so you won't get stuck in some forlorn valley. Living in a small village/city is not that bad, especially if you are looking to experience more of the Korean culture. People tend to look after the foreigner a lot more than in the bigger cities. Neighbours know each other and you'll occasionally find yourself getting a bucket full of kimchi from a random person on the street. The middle and south west part of the country is concidered as more rural, with Seoul in the north and Busan and Daegu in the south, being the bigger cities. On the east coast you will find the Gyeongsambuk-do province just north of Busan, with a lot of foreigners being placed in this area, meaning it can't be too bad living here. All-in-all, doesn't matter where you end up in Korea, you'll find yourself managing, fitting in and finding friends. Korea is a great, easy place to live in. about 8 years ago

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    Is everything still safe to eat in South Korea?

    Yes, no problem. The government, as far as I know, is still testing for possible radiation poisoning in the waters in SK and has issued no warning to date. Like Original Nomad said - only thing you need to watch out for is the chillis. about 8 years ago