Why Gurye?

Gurye Panorama

A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog entry about why I chose to move to Suncheon.  In my usual style of writing, it was long winded and more than a little verbose. This year I get even more questions from my friends in Korea about why I chose to move to this little farming town called Gurye out in the middle of nowhere.  So this year to explain my reasoning I will keep things simple. This picture is the view from the roof of my apartment building, one story above me. That is all the reasons I needed.

7 thoughts on “Why Gurye?

    1. For a town it’s size in Korea, the bus system is fantastic. Regular buses to Seoul and Gwangju, and a bus every half hour or so to Suncheon (the nearest decent sized city) where you can catch buses to most other places in the south.

  1. Hello,

    I am possibly moving to Gurye and was wondering if you would mind answering some questions for me?

    How is living in Gurye? Is it a quiet place in the middle of nowhere? Are there places to meet up with other expats? I preferably would like a good coffee shop I am able to hang out at and somewhere I can meet other expats for a drink now and again.

    Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to offer!


    1. Hi Steve!

      I personally really like living in Gurye. It is a fairly quiet town in the middle of nowhere, but with plenty to do if you enjoy being outdoors. Lots of great hiking, camping, swimming, picnicking, and hammocking spots. There a couple pretty solid coffee shops in town, and I have the expat teachers over every no and again where I make good coffee. There are around seven of us expats in town, and we try to hang out pretty often.

      If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask!


  2. I completely agree with you even if you didn’t have that awesome view. I don’t see why people would question your choice. After living near a big city for so long, moving out to the middle of nowhere (which that doesn’t exactly look like) sounds like a good idea.

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