Crime Rate & Women's Safety in South Korea

Safety index

Moderate
3 /5

On average women living in South Korea raises moderate concerns about women's safety. Based on collected reviews South Korea has a safety index of 3.

Crime index

Very Low
1.3 /5

On average women living in South Korea consider the crime rate in South Korea to be very low. Based on collected reviews South Korea has a crime index of 1.3.

Violence against women

41.1%

On average 41.1% percentage of women in South Korea have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at some time in their life, according to OECD Data.

Safety

Safety walking alone after dark:

Not enough data

Safety using public transport:

Not enough data

Worries

Worries of being sexually harassed:

Not enough data

Worries of being sexually assaulted or raped:

Not enough data

Worries of being physically attacked:

Not enough data

Worries of home broken and things stolen:

Not enough data

Worries of being mugged or robbed:

Not enough data

Worries of being kidnapped or murdered:

Not enough data

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How safe is South Korea?

It’s generally pretty safe but being a woman, this is always something to remain cautious about. Korea is safe for transit, though you may find the occasional brush against you in a crowded subway. This has happened to me but with older men. I’d say older men gawk quite a lot, so be mindful of this. There’s a lot of fetishization and sexualization of foreigners here so be careful on dating apps and with sharing too much information about where you live, etc. A common phrase is for men to ask “do you live alone”, and it’s best to always say you live with someone.

Posted: April 14, 2024
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Is South Korea safe to travel?

4.8 /5

Based on 11 experiences

Kamatham

Kamatham

India

Group travel experience

South Korea was very safe, we went to only major tourist places like Seoul, Busan and Jeju and didn’t feel unsafe anywhere. We would definitely recommend using public transport in Seoul, can use a little bit of taxis as well in Busan as they are a little less expensive than in Seoul, and use a personal cab or hire a cab, driver/guide in Jeju as public transport there is a little difficult and the places are sparse so it might feel unsafe at night with no one around, waiting hours for a bus.

Posted: March 7, 2024
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Rebecca

Rebecca

Netherlands

Solo travel experience

I lived in South Korea for 4 months as part of my exchange semester! I studied in Daegu and lived in my dorm on campus but I did plenty of trips to Seoul and Busan where I stayed in airbnbs with my friends. I also visited Pohang, and regret not taking the time to see more places! I felt very safe overall, except be careful when you go clubbing as Korean guys often see foreigners as ‘easy’ and won’t hesitate to try something with you such as literally dragging you along to a motel. Be careful! Otherwise I’d say it’s even safe to walk alone as a woman at night. My personal favourite city was Busan and I’d recommend anyone to go hear. It’s a mix of the calmer Daegu and more touristy and busy Seoul + beautiful beaches. For transportation, get a T-money card at a convenience store or station. You can load it with cash. Taxis are relatively cheap too in my opinion, so if you ever need it, wave one over or call a Kakao taxi. Try as many different foods whilst you’re here! I loved the jjimdak, dakgalbi and also fried chicken here is amazing. Nothing can compare to the kbbq here (duh). Noodle dishes are great. There’s plenty of safer options with food you’re used to as well, so try their spin on it if you want. Also the cafe culture here is amazing. And if you’re ever in a hurry, go to a convenience store. My favourite: banana milk!

Posted: February 5, 2024
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Is South Korea worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 11 experiences

lou-is

lou-is (42)

Taiwan

Solo travel experience

When I lived in hostels in Seoul city, I got to know a lot of people and felt very happy. I also enjoyed the local food, as Korea is considered to have the healthiest diet in the world. Wearing traditional clothes in the palace was an interesting experience. Overall, living in Korea was quite enriching.

Posted: April 20, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Family travel experience

Beautiful country with amazing nature and people! I spent two weeks travelling with a friend but didn't feel I saw enough so I've already planned to go back! Only thing I struggled with was being vegetarian as a lot of meals contain meat but overall the best place to visit!

Posted: January 3, 2024Experienced: April, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in South Korea

Mykela

Mykela

About Me

I love hiking and the outdoors and would welcome a hiking partner! I'm also a huge animal lover (I've raised animals most of my life!) Aside from that I enjoy eating a delicious brunch with good conversation!

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Olivia

Olivia

About Me

exchange student in seoul looking to make the most of the travel opportunities

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Crime in South Korea