Living in Korea can be tough if you don’t speak the language and especially if you have no one to depend on but your spouse. When I arrived in Korea, there was no decent English site to get information about the programs available for multicultural families. My husband used to call the Multicultural Center to inquire about the language programs and events for foreign spouses. Now, services got better and adjusting to Korean life has become much easier for new immigrants.
I’d like to share this portal site named Seoul Hanultari (One Fence) which was launched by Seoul City government for multicultural families to provide convenient access to information regarding their new community. This is a one-stop guide to living in Seoul. The site caters to the diverse foreign community and is available in ten different languages: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mongol, Khmer, Russian and Thai.
The site offers a lot of information about life in the city. It has six major categories: Multi-Culture, Administration, Living, Child Care, Employment and Harmony.
- Needed Information (Registration, Visas)
- Support Program
- Multi-Culture Policy
- Multicultural Family Support Center
- Foreign Support
- Health Insurance
- Law Counseling
- General Transportation
- Communication & Finance
- Garbage Disposal
- Korea Culture
- Seoul Trip
- Emergency Circumstance Support
- Phone Number Guide
- Child Birth Support
- Fostering Support
- Prenatal Training & Child Care Information
- Prevention Vaccination
- Entering School
- Job Education Institute
- Employment Information
- Activity Range
- Employment Procedures
- Labor Law
- 4 Major Insurance
- Employment Notice
As the number of multicultural families in Korea continues to grow, this portal site aims to build a bridge between foreign residents and Korean society. It aims to help and guide the multicultural families to have a convenient and happy life in Korea.
There is also an app called ‘My Seoul’ released by Seoul City to support stable settlement and improve convenience for foreign workers, multicultural families and foreign students living in Seoul. The major features are: Life in Seoul, Information Service, Chatting in Multiple Languages, Language Programs, Useful Telephone Numbers & Telephone Services, International Calls, Dasan Call Center and Wage Calculator.
You can download the app for free at Google Play Store. Click here to download. 🙂
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