it was business trip in Busan. Flight duration was 6-6.5h to Seoul Incheon airport followed by another 1h flight time to Busan Gimhae
10 mil people. If we include Seoul and the fringe provinces (known as Seoul
National Capital area), they will add up to close to half the entire S.Korea
population. Busan is the next largest city with 3.5 mil people.
due to the many more beautiful beaches and mountains in Busan.
changes I witnessed is the command of English. Most people today especially the
younger generation are fluent in English than in the past. When
I was in Seoul in the 1990s, people walked very fast and bum in others without
apologizing. Now the walking pace slows and the South Koreans are generally
very courteous and service level is high. Streets are cleaner now compared to
more than a decade ago. There are laws to ensure smoking is only allowed in certain
location even in open areas on the streets. Nightlife is still buzzing in Korea. I was told most Korean people have short sleeping hours due to the vibrancy of the night. Many drinking sessions only
start after 11 pm even on weekday.
10% goods and service tax applied across. For mid-tier restaurants and cafes in
cities, I estimate Korea to be 10-15% more expensive than Singapore. However I
reckon their quality, portion and service level is much higher than us. My taxi
fare of approximately 15km to the airport cost S$17.
due to the limited livable area in a mountainous country. Most housing are privately
corporation owned, typically 2-3 bedrooms 100 sqm just like Singapore. Housing
apartment outside city centre say 100 sqm is approximately S$500-550k +/-.
comfortable Samsung brand car my agent is driving is approximately $30-35k with
ownership for life.
for cost of living in Korea.
cheaper than Singapore, but these are figures aggregated across all cities. In
Seoul and Busan, it is likely to be higher. Furthermore, car and housing costs
tend to slant up Singapore’s cost of living.
are born in 1990, you are not 16 years old but 17 years. On the streets, you can also see that Koreans are very fashionable especially the younger generation. Korean gals are very particular about their looks with almost most women dolling themselves up before going out on the streets.
with 6 years of elementary school followed by 3 years middle school and 3 years
high school before matriculation into Universities if qualified. My agent
complain about the expensive education university fees of 6.5-7 mil KRW (~S$8-8.5K)
per annum, about 25% more costly than us.
just like in Singapore unless you are in certain courses/cases postponing the
National Service. In my hotel I also saw many US soldiers. In fact I spoke
to two US soldiers over breakfast. The United States had
substantial contingent of troops in South Korea since the to defend South Korea in case of East Asian military crises. There
are ~28,500 U.S. Military personnel stationed in
Korea most of them serving one year of unaccompanied tours.
birth. Refer to a Bloomberg news article here.
but it went extremely well. I was accompanied by great people with beautiful
weather albeit a bit hot at 26-32 degC. Food and leisure were well balanced
Not mentioned and unsung here. The fact is we were with so little sleep leaving hotel as early as 0630h and meetings after meetings.
Time to go… Bye Bye!