here are 7 best neighborhoods to live in Seoul. They are Hannam, Itaewon, Ichon, Seorae Village, Seongbuk, Pyeongchang and Yeonhui. But now days expats tend not to move to Seongbuk, Pyeongchang and Yeonhui. Those three areas used to be popular expat areas in Seoul because they are relatively close from Seoul Foreign School, one of the most popular international school in Seoul. As the surrounding facilities and transit facilities are less convenient than other expat areas, those three areas became less popular. Therefore, you can find out about Hannam, Itaewon, Ichon and Seora Village below which many expats in Seoul think the best neighborhoods to live in Seoul.
Hannam, Itaewon, Ichon and Seorae Village are popular expat areas in Seoul now days. Of course, there is Gangnam which many people know because of famous K-pop singer, PSY. Some people consider it as an expat area or some people do not consider it as an expat area. There are many expats living in Gangnam, but also many locals are living in there. Gangnam is kind of huge area. And expats living in Gangnam are mostly singles because it could be close to their work place and close to shops, bars and restaurants.
Hannam, Itaewon, Ichon and Seorae Village are close to international schools. As a result, many expats with children choose to live in those 4 areas. In Hannam, there are international kindergartens and German School. In Itaewon, there are international kindergartens and Yongsan International School of Seoul. In Seora Village, there is French School and it is close to Dulwich College. There is no international school in Ichon, but it is close to those international schools and international kindergartens. If you need more information about international schools, please look at our post here, International Schools in Seoul.
In Hannam, housing types are mostly villas and single family houses. UN Village is inside Hannam and many expats are also living in this village. Subway station is not that close from Hannam area, but people can have easy access to small groceries, bakeries and restaurants.
In Itaewon, housing types are also mostly villas and single family houses. There are many different kinds of restaurants on the main street. English speaking clinics are also on the main street. Therefore, many people are visiting this Itaewon main street everyday. There is Itaewon Station (subway line 6) on the main street, so it is convenient for public transportation. One area called “Dongbinggo-dong” is very close to Itaewon. As a result, many expats are also living in Dongbinggo-dong. “Dong” means neighborhood.
In Ichon, housing types are mostly high-rise apartments. Therefore, it feels very different from Hannam and Itaewon. There is a shopping mall called “I-Park Mall” and it has a supermarket (E-mart), department store, duty free store, movie theater, subway station and KTX high speed train station. There is also Ichon Station (subway line 4), so it is convenient for public transportation.
Many people call “French village” instead of Seorae Village. It is because there is a French School on the main street. Of course, many French families are living in this area, but also many expats with different nationalities are living in this area. There are many restaurants and popular bakeries on the main street and on the alley. Subway station is not that close, but people can get to the station easily by bus. Housing types in this area are mostly villas.
For more information about housings in the expat areas, please see out other post here, High-Rise Apartment near Subway in Yongsan Seoul, Modern Style New Villa in French Village (Seorae Village), & Villa in UN Village.