Internet is fast, roaming internet is pretty cheap. Cost of living is okay compared to Hong Kong. I personally think food in korean >> hong kong. ymmv.
No uber, so local taxis may be a bit of headache, but they do offer free translation service. Kakoataxi is okay substitute for uber..
Take taxis Japan, starts at about $5 then $1 increments. Korea $3 and smaller increments.
Internet is top 3 in world and services are excellent.
Transport is simpler, cheaper.
I'm certain rent is also less but haven't looked at JP for a long time
Eating out you def get more for your money in Korea, Japan every extra is added to the bill.
Here's a breakdown but Busan is also significantly cheaper than Seoul:
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Food was ace... I love Korean BBQ and there's loads of chook based stuff too. Hardly anyone can speak English but they have this number 1330 you can call and someone translates for you... it's awesome!
Food in Seoul is also easily 20~30% more than other places, depending on the type, and the quality, side dishes and service are less.
I found English is much more widely spoken than in the past (especially in Seoul), I was surprised when I spoke Korean and got answers in English, I would say most young people (of course depends on edu) can speak reasonable English as the gov made a concerted push towards EFL studies 12-15yrs ago.
I find Koreans are more authentic, some might say also more emotional in comparison, but easy to have a good time with, of course with appropriate servings of soju!
Of course I'm highly biased in favour of the ROK as I consider it my 2nd home