Osong, South Korea

“Osong? Where’s that?”

That’s the most common follow-up question I get from people when they ask where I live, and that includes when coming from bemused looking Korean citizens!

“Osan? You mean, Osan Airbase?”

“No, Osong, Oh-SONG, near Cheongju, near Sejong City. The one with the lake and stuff.”

“Ahhhhh, right…”


While Seoul is fairly famous globally these days, and even Busan has some international recognition with its annual film festival, beyond that, if you’re not a Korean national, then most people don’t know anywhere else in Korea. Maybe, at a stretch, Jeju?

Osong is technically a village, with a population of under 30,000 people, and in my view, it is one of the nicest parts of Korea I have seen and where I currently live.

Basically everything is brand new, built as the special technological bioresearch area of Korea as part of its economic development plan. Osong is conveniently positioned bang in the middle of the country with excellent infrastructure links, 15 minutes to Daejeon (yeah, I know – another place you’ve never heard of!) and 45 minutes to Seoul via the KTX or SRT. A reasonable under two-hour drive to Incheon airport.

I like new buildings, I like quiet places, I like parks and lakes. Osong has those boxes ticked. I like Osong.

There’s a lot to like about the place and I’m glad to live here. Quite quiet and peaceful. Good with the little ones.