This is bound to get interesting. Whenever you compare to cities, you run the risk of stereotyping and oversimplification. It’s complicated, we know. We asked a bunch of people living in Busan to give us their opinion of Seoul. Some people might have gone a little overboard, but you’ll get the idea…
1. I. CAN’T. BREATHE.
Seoul is too busy! Busan has fresh air and the sun reflects off the cold, blue water. Nature is accessible and feels like it’s just… closer. I feel like I can breathe here.
2. You mean, there are no waves?
Sure, the water isn’t too far from Seoul… but you won’t find a beach with waves like the ones we have in Haeundae. This definitely increases my quality of life in Busan.
3. That’s the cost???
The cost of living is way lower in Busan! Seoul is very class-based. Clubs and bars in certain areas (Gangnam, Apgujeong, Itaewon) can be pretty expensive.
4. Too cold!
Busan is the warmest city during Korea’s freezing winters. Seoul is too cold for me.
5. Wait, I can actually speak English here?
It’s always crazy how many people speak English in Seoul. The people are generally more conservative and English is not as widely spoken in Busan.
6. How am I suppose to read this subway map?
Busan isn’t as big as Seoul, so it’s a lot easier to get around here. The subway in Seoul is huge – I’m sure people living there get used to all the different transfers, but it’s just more simple down here.
7. Too many people!
Sure the beaches get pretty crazy during the summer down here, but Seoul is crowded all the time. There are just too many people for me.
Here’s more on what people from Busan think of Seoul: what would YOU add?