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Korea ranks second on the global education index

Notorious for the amount spent on higher education, Korea reaps the rewards ranking second out of 50 countries by Pearson Education on a new global education index called the Learning Curve.


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As you’ll quickly come to learn, food is an enormous part of Korean culture. Every town is “famous” for its own dish and Koreans will proudly share their encyclopedic knowledge of each delicacy.

Most of the food is fresh, healthy, full of flavour and best of all it is cheap. The dishes are generally spicy but it is always possible to find milder tastes. All meals are served with rive / noodles, a soup and side dishes consisting of a variety of Kim Chi, fish or meat.

Kim Chi is the national food, it is a mixture of poignant fermented vegetables made with varied seasonings. Koreans are very proud of Kim Chi so be prepared to hear a lot more about this delicacy!

You will realise that it is just as cheap, if not cheaper to eat out in Korea as it is to cook for yourself. Take away restaurants deliver healthy dishes packed full of fresh vegetables costing £2-£4 ($4-$8) per meal. If you do decide to cook for yourself you can buy the usual amenities such as bread, milk, cereal and fresh fruit and vegetables from the numerous grocery stores and local markets. These supermarkets sell more varied products and you’ll usually be able to find a foreign food section. There are also several Costcos in Korea which are well worth a visit if you are looking for some home comforts.

Koreans love to eat out. The restaurant culture consists of sitting around a grill and cooking your own meat or fish. The Korean way of dining is extremely sociable as everyone shares the numerous side dishes whilst taking turns in grilling the meat. The service is exceptional, at the push of a button your waitress will come running like her life depends on it. You can expect to pay no more than £6-8 ($12-16) for food AND beer, leaving the table with a full stomach and a light head. That is providing you have polished up on your chop stick skills!

If you are an adventurous eater then you are in for a treat moving to Korea. Koreans will eat almost every part of the animal, from the intestine of a pig to the ass of a chicken, nothing is wasted when it comes to preparing food. You may also be wondering about Korea's infamous relationship with dogs.Do not worry, dog meat will not end up on your plate unless you go looking for it!

It is worth noting that mineral water is provided free of charge and there is no tipping in Korea!

If  you live in a smaller city you may find it difficult to find a large variety of Western restaurants. Most cities have a McDonalds, KFC, Subway, or Burger King and it is always possible to find a pizza joint, whether it is independent or a chain such as Pizza Hut, Dominos or Mr Pizza. There are also steak houses and all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants that serve Western food, but these tend to be expensive by Korean standards. In the larger cities it is possible to find more diverse cuisines. Koreans also like to eat fried chicken so you won’t go short of greasy food!

For more information on Korean food check out

Cooking for yourself

Kim Chi - the national dish

Eating Out

Western Food

Korean Food

Eating out together