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I am trying to go back to Korea but so many Korean people want to go out of country?
is it really that difficult to live in Korea?
- Anonymous2 months ago
Yes, it's a very difficult place to live indeed. The cost of living is ever increasing - real estate prices are absolutely ludicrous, yet wages have barely gone up in years. Korea boasts some of the most expensive supermarket prices in the world. People pay ₩15,000 for tomatoes here. Why? Because the Korean government would rather subsidize Korean farmers than to make trade deals with other countries that would enable people to buy produce at reasonable prices. People work 60 hours a week to earn less than ₩40,000,000 per year and the average price for a modest apartment hovers around half a million dollars. The birth rate is in the toilet. 30 years ago there were 25 kids in a class, 15 years ago there were 15, these days it's under 10 in many places. They've consolidated classes to ease the problem, but in some cases entire schools have had to consolidate. Drive around in the countryside and you'll see plenty of abandoned schoolhouses. Fewer kids in school means a smaller workforce. A smaller workforce means a smaller base from which to draw taxes. A smaller base from which to draw taxes means higher taxes. Higher taxes means less disposable income. Less disposable income means the entire economy suffers. People are living longer. That means that they require more benefits for longer periods of time. When people die at 75 they only require 15 years of elder care. Nowadays people are living into their nineties. And the system isn't designed to accommodate them so their families are expected to foot the bill. Older people are living on as little as ₩300,000 a month here. The air quality gets worse by the day. You've got an entire generation of young people who have been discouraged from playing outside because of ultra fine dust particles. Koreans are internet addicted. Barely anyone reads books. They're all glued to their smartphones. The drinking culture is out of control. People drink to excess to relieve stress, but it's also a huge part of the business culture. Korean culture in general is a mess. The Confucian philosophy of life is incompatible with the modern world and Korean culture is ageist and sexist. Manners don't exist here. There's zero consideration for anyone else. The selfishness is inconceivable. The materialistic nature of Korean society has led to debt slavery. The average Korean household is ₩50,000,000 in debt. Two income families are often shelling out over ₩2,000,000 a month per child for extracurricular academies. That's nearly ₩25,000,000 per year or more than half the average wage. There's a reason why Koreans call this place "Hell Joseon." I can certainly understand why Koreans want to get out of here. What I can't understand is why anybody would want to get in.
- Anonymous2 months ago
It's just the usual incitement by the media. South Korea is still a wonderful country, and living is still in easy mode.
- ?Lv 72 months ago
I would not worry about it...