Exciting news, Korea’s is having its very first fair just for expats! I have been an expat here for the past 9 years, and I am so thrilled to know that companies are finally beginning to notice that we are valuable customers and an important part of the business market here in Korea. The Expat Fair Korea 2017, is being held on December 9th &10th at Coex Exhibition Center in Hall C. As part of this exciting event they are giving away free flights to LA and back from Seoul & free flights to Singapore and back. So if you ever dreamed of making it big in Hollywood or are dying to get away from this god awful cold and chilly weather, this could be your lucky day! So how do you win one of these free flights and a whole host of other prizes worth over $3,000 including flights, musical tickets, a luxury dinner? Well there actually two different contests happening, each via a different social media with different instructions.

To WIN A ROUND-TRIP, PREMIUM ECONOMY FLIGHT FROM SEOUL TO LA! You need  head over to Facebook and ‘Likethis post, and the @expatfairkorea Facebook page, then Pre-register for FREE for the Expat Fair Korea at Coex this weekend, December 9th and 10th, and finally leave them a comment under the post letting them know that you’ve completed steps 1 & 2!  The pre-registration closes Thursday December 7th at midday, so get on it ASAP.  The winners will be announced at the Expat Fair Korea’s ‘expat stage’ at 11.30am on Sunday, so be sure to be there if you want to win! Only those present at the announcement will be eligible to win the prize!

To WIN A ROUND-TRIP, PREMIUM ECONOMY FLIGHT FROM SEOUL TO Singapore, you need to head over to Instagram. All you need to do is follow the steps below and glory and an amazing prize can be yours.

  1. Follow me‘ on Instagram, and ‘Like’ this contest post here on my instagram account. Then read the instructions on my post  and click through to the next blogger Gina’s Bear Blog on the link. Find the identical giveaway post on their feed and follow the same steps, until you have ‘liked’ all posts in the loop (spoiler alert: there are 8).
  2. Head over to @expatfair_korea’s Instagram, follow, and leave a comment under the giveaway post there letting them know that you’ve completed all steps.
  3. Sign up for FREE entry to the Expat Fair Korea this Saturday December 9th and Sunday December 10th at Coex, Seoul, to increase your chances of winning! Visitor registration at expatfair.kr
  4. You’re done! Contest ends Wednesday December 6th at 9pm KST. Good luck!!!

So what can one expect to find at the expat fair? The fair will include a range of businesses and services tailored specifically for foreigners living in Seoul, including a medical tourism zone. Let’s face it plastic surgery is big business here in Korea and if you have always been curious about how much a nose job or touch of botox costs, but always worried about how to go about it, then this is your chance to find out from expats who have actually had surgery here themselves.

It being December and all, there will also be a Christmas Zone! Who doesn’t love getting in the festive mood with some seasonal merriment! There will also be International Village with giveaways and freebies from international embassies and food companies in Korea. If you aren’t familiar with your local embassy, now is the time to get acquainted. Most of the embassies I know regularly host amazing events and mixers, and the British embassy even has a pub which opens on Fridays! So if you want to find out what your local embassy can do for you, this is your chance. There will also be booths from local foreigner-led groups like SIWA, etc, allowing you to join expat communities here in Seoul and find out about running a business in Korea.

There will also be lost of Fashion brands offering clothes and shoes in foreign sizes. I think we have all be turned away from stores before by assistants saying no big size, or tried to squeeze our feet into shoes 3 sizes too small like Cinderella’s ugly sisters, or maybe that’s just me. Lastly there will be a whole host of tour companies offering discounts at vacation destinations across Korea, and lots of information in English and other languages about travel organizations that offer information about travel in Korea, travel tips and must-know information for vacationing locally.

If you like to drink and party as much as I do, then you may be happy to hear that the festival coincides with the beer festival which you are able to gain free entry to with your ticket. And if that wasn’t enough you can also free entry to Club Octagon on Saturday night to anyone wearing their expat fair bracelet that night for an after party. So if you have ever wanted to give the night club a try, here’s your excuse.

Entrance is FREE for pre-registered visitors and 10,000 KRW on the door. To register, please visit the Expat Fair website. The  Expat Fair Korea 2017, is being held on December 9th & 10th at Coex Exibition center in Hall D. For more information you can visit the expat fair website or facebook page. COEX is located at 513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seul. To get there train to Samseong Station (line 2) and come out of exit 6. Walk straight and follow the directions into exhibition hall C.