- Learn the language. Try to take Korean lessons prior to your move. It will make life so much easier! Or, find language lessons ASAP, books, cds, whatever
- Contact other foreigner groups on Facebook located in the city where you will reside
- Buy an International iPhone in the US and get the SIM card switched ASAP upon arrival. Start downloading subway and bus apps and a translator and a map (Naver). Conversely, buy a phone here but they are expensive you have to sign a two year contract; there are no "free phones" Cheapies are $300. But Samsungs rock!
- Learn to LOVE Korean food. It's nutritious and healthy.
- Don't be a typical close-minded American. You are no longer in America. Open your mind and accept cultural differences without denigrating them! (Pardon my language, but: Don't be an asshole!) There's nothing worse than a negative attitude and bitching about the culture, people, or food. If you don't like it here, get on an effing plane and go home!
- Check out iherb.com. http://www.iherb.com?rcode=WSF825. Good stuff from home, $4 to ship! (Use my code WSF825 - you get $10 off your first order, and I get a small % discount on my future orders.) I buy tea, peanut butter, cereal, cosmetics, toiletries, herbs, spices, vitamins, health food, soy, vegan stuff, gluten free stuff, not so healthy food, snacks... that I don't want to do without here in ROK. Shipping is only $4!!! Many of these items are very expensive in Korea, or they don't have them. I order from iHerb every two weeks, still save $$ and get everything I need/want shipped Korea! And, NO customs/ duty if you stay under $120 and 15 lbs. per shipment! It's awesome!