Thursday, June 28, 2012

Demerits of Living in Geoje Island, South Korea

Demerits of living in Geoje island

"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” Albert Einstein

Geoje-si being an island has its own good and bad points. Living here can be fun and as well as at times boring. I would like write some points about it.

n         Geoje-si Island is considered to be an expensive city. So if you compare the food cost, living cost and everything is comparatively expensive than Seoul and Busan.
n         Lack of Variety, you dont have much choices for restuarants as the big city.
n         Branded shops are rare, you dont find many brands here, you have to depend on online shopping.
n         Delivery of post or shopping parcels are little slow to arrive as they are directed from the main post-offices which are located in big cities.
n         There is no International High school. There is only one International school which is for the young children.
n         There is no university in this Island, only one Koje College which is of medium standards. There are few opportunities to find a job.
n         The city is not lively or energetic with young crowd. It has two major ship-building companies in this Island so generally the crowd is the employees and their families.
n         There are no subways/metro/tubes or trains and also no airport.
n         If you plan to visit Seoul, only option is bus or taxi, or going via Busan.
n         Geoje Island is not a well-developed Island. Still several constructions are always going on.
n         There is no fashion sense in Geoje as the adults are generally in their Company uniform from Morning till night and the kids or young are in their school uniform.
n         There is no night life as such, just some old man drinking and moving on the streets in their company dress.
n         Shopping is not at all a fun here, as there is not much shopping complex, there is only one Homeplus in Gohyun, otherwise we need to drive very far to Tongyeong to reach lotte and e-mart.
n         There are only two cinema halls/ theater.
n         There are few hospitals and rarely do you find the doctor speaking in English.

The list can be endless if you see the other-side of life , but these points are not to discourage or depress anyone, just some facts which need to be improved in Geoje-si. Since I have been living here for such a long time I have seen drastic improvements here, hence I am loving it.
Wait for my next blog which will potray the positive side of the living in the same place

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