South Korea is one of the most highly developed country in the world. It is also an amazing place filled with beautiful scenery and people. Living or visiting here is such a dream to everyone but adjusting to life here can be challenging. Since culture and language is far different from other country.
South Korea is a place that has many things to offer. From its traditional villages, huge theme parks, theme cafes, beautiful mountains, of course beautiful faces of kpop idols and korean drama actors and actresses. There is no such place in South Korea where you can’t find something interesting. You might fall in love in every angle of this place. So many have thought about living or visiting here. This place can be called as happy due to its entertainment but sad to say reality vs. expectations are far far different.
But there is no such a perfect place in the world. This country might seem to be attractive but still it has its own dark side. As an expat, I have seen the inner beauty and outside darkness of this country. This country have the fastest internet, beautiful tourists spots, unique and delicious foods, clean and safe neighborhood, have the intensive railways, highways, bus routes, ferry services and air routes that can make you travel anywhere inside the country nor criss-cross the world. These are the things I like to live here but suddenly I have some thoughts of not staying here too for the rest of my life.
Cost of Living. Living expenses is very very expensive, from clothes, foods, education, health most specially the house. Renting is very expensive. You need thousands of money before you can secure an apartment here. And honestly, korean wage is quite low compare to the cost of living. So all people here are busy, they need to work hard and earn money. Some doesn’t even have time for their family just to make a living. Whenever I go outside, I see old people who are selling on the street, some are picking up garbages like boxes and plastic bottles. Its heartbreaking actually ㅠㅠ there’s the truth that if you don’t have a work and money here you can’t live.
Discrimination. Racism here is one of the social problem. There’s a time no one even wanted to sit beside me and some even say Filipinos are bad people. But most of the times they always give a sit because of my son and old people always cheerful to greet us and have a little chit chat with me.
Drinking Culture. Drinking culture in South Korea is a big part of their life and seems like all koreans are drinking, men or women. But sad to say that this culture became a bad habit and its unlikely to quit as soon as possible. As the years go by, it became worst. Some says that drinking is just a session to build bonds with people and business. Its true actually. But now adays, drinking is a problem. Many have drunk too much and woke up in the street the next day. Some were just drinking and partying but after became violent. As the commercial says drink moderately, excessive drinking is not and not good for the health.
Smoking. South Korea have the highest rate of male smokers and have the lowest rate of female smokers. Before smokers can lit up anywhere in Korea but this time there are restricted places and they are designated places where to smoke. The common factor why men have the highest number of smokers is the low prices of cigarettes. But in January 2015 the price became doubled. The government is trying to do its best to cut down the high rate of smoking in the country.
Prostitution. Prostitution in Korea is illegal. But according to The Korea Women’s Development Institute, sex trade is in the country was estimated to amount of 14 trillion South Korean won or about $13 billion in 2007. Despite the legal actions the government and police crackdowns, prostitution is still alive in South Korea because the sex workers continue to actively resists the state’s activities.
We might see how beautiful South Korea is, but we should not forget that life won’t be balance if there is negative energy. So its our own choice to accept and just go on or escape and have a new life in a place where we can have a happier life. Or just ask yourself “Am I living in a boring heaven or exciting hell?” ♡
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