So you’re thinking about moving to Suji, Korea. This small city South of Seoul can be best described as a suburb of a suburb. If you’re looking for a quiet experience in Korea, while still being able to head into the bustling metropolis once in awhile, then I would definitely recommend Suji to you.
Places To Eat
There are a huge amount of restaurants, take-out places, and cafes in the Suji area. The only thing to watch out for is that like in most of Korea, your favourite place will be there one day, and gone the next. Businesses tend to get replaced at a breakneck speed.
Jukjeon Cafe Street
If you’re looking for the perfect place to sip a coffee, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere – I would definitely recommend the Jukjeon Cafe Street. While a little on the expensive side, when wandering these few blocks of cafes, restaurants, and stores, it’s easy to forget you’re in Korea.
For the best of the rest (fried chicken, barbeque, traditional korean food, western food) I would recommend the downtown area. You’ll find the international chains like you do everywhere else nustled up against mom and pop places selling delicious fried chicken and all the kimbap you can eat.
Transportation from Suji is relatively easy. There are two main subway stations, as well as several buses that take you into Seoul or anywhere you need to go.
Suji-Gu Office Subway Station
Located on the new Shinbundang Line, this train is the fastest way to get into Seoul. With only about 25-30 minutes to get to Gangnam, this subway station makes you feel like you live in the city. It costs about 1000 krw (approximately 1 dollar) more than any other subway line, but the convenience is well worth the price. If you want to get anywhere else in Seoul, estimate about an hour subway ride station to station (Itaewon, Hongdae, Yeoido, Jamsil).
Jukjeon Subway Station
Until Suji-gu Office station opened in early 2016, this was the only subway station serving Suji. Not used too much anymore (unless you live close to it) this station is located on the Bundang line. Use this if you want to get to the nearby city of Bundang, or if you want to head into central Suwon. This station also links up with the Shinbundang Line at Jeongja station – just a few stops to the North.
While I generally try to stay off buses as much as possible, there are plenty that will take you to Gangnam, Myeongdong, and any other part of Seoul you’re looking to go to. These buses depart just a bit West of the downtown area.
There is an airport bus (8852) that departs approximately every 20 minutes from Jukjeon with a few stops throughout Suji. At about 50 minutes to Incheon (without traffic) this is the fastest way to get to the airport.
Staying Social – Making Friends
While there’s a fair amount of expats and English-speaking Koreans in Suji, it almost seems that not too many are keen to make friends outside of their work. I found it difficult to meet others in the city, as there aren’t too many events planned specifically for Suji. If you’re looking to make friends, I would recommend doing the following.
Join the Bundang Social Club and head to any events they advertise.
Join the Bundang Board Gamers Club and get your butt kicked every Sunday.
Attend as many meetup groups as you can in Seoul and the Suji area. This is where I met most of my friends in the city.
Obviously there’s a lot more that I haven’t thought of – so if you have any questions please feel free to comment, and I’ll try my best to answer.