Foreign nationals either traveling or living in areas other than the capital city of Seoul tend to attract much more attention from the locals. But the number of those choosing to stay in lesser known towns or villages has also been on the rise.
Their main source of income is from teaching English to local children, which is lucrative enough to enjoy the serene life of the countryside.
The Heaslip family, with baby No. 2 coming next February, has chosen the islands of Shinan County, South Jeolla Province, as their next place to call home from next year.
"We are really looking forward to living in Shinan County as we will then have our own yard to garden, and grass for our son, Eoghan, to play on," he said.
Listing off the pros of living in Korea's countryside such as friendlier people, cleaner air, and less traffic, Heaslip also said there were cons, too of course.
"There are a lack of western amenities such as western-style restaurants and stores, as well as foreigners and English speaking Koreans, even at hospitals," he said.
The Muan Shinmun also did a story on him recently, though you have to log in to read the article.