For most tourists or foreigners who are coming to Korea, one of the biggest concerns would be safety. Luckily, Korea is well known as a safe country in the world. But I want to talk about it in more detail here.
Is Korea Really Safe?
If someone asks me “Is Korea really safe?”, then I would say “YES”. No pickpocket, CCTVs everywhere, No guns, No robberies on streets, A lot of 24-hour stores, easy access to the police and so on. It sounds unbelievable but it’s all true in Korea. Some days ago, I found an interesting video which a foreign tourist experiments “Safety” in Korea. Let’s see how safe Korea is together.
Well..Now you may think “Oh, it’s absolutely fake.” But it’s true. You can’t still trust me? Then let me tell you a personal story. I have never worried about any dangerous things when I go outside. In Korea, I can leave my bag, laptop or cell phone on a table at a cafe when I go to a bathroom. Why? Because literally nothing happens. Even I sleep on a bus, nothing happens. My cell phone in my hands and my bag is still next to me. No one is interested in your stuff. It’s safe even in the night so I often go to a convenient store in the midnight or drink until late at night. I know it sounds really crazy but I don’t want to exaggerate anything. I say again, it’s all true.
You should know that it’s a relative thing. Wherever you are, it doesn’t hurt to be careful. Especially if you are female, you should keep it in mind. It’s true that Korea is safe but it doesn’t guarantee that there is no crime here. I told you that I can go outside even in the night just now. Actually it depends on circumstances. If there are some people on a street and it’s a big street, I go outside. If not? Of course I don’t go anywhere in the night.
And make sure to lock up when you go to bed or go out. If you are in a danger in a public bathroom or on a street, look at a wall or the bottom of a street lamp. There is a number on it. When you call the police and tell them the number, they will promptly check your current location and come to you.
Seoul city also offers services for women. “서울시 안심이”(Seoul-si Ansimi) is that a guard takes women to their places in the night. If you make a reservation in advance on the app, a guard will take you home safely. Or you can call the police with just shaking your phone.
You can use a parcel keeping service(여성안심택배). You can get parcels to specific places, not your place. After checking locations of the places and their addresses, type them when you order something online. With this service, you don’t need to face delivery men and don’t let them know who live in your place. Here is a link for the places “여성안심택배“. But all the services are offered in only Korean.
Last one. Don’t trust your neighbors. Be careful not to expose a door password. I know now a lot of foreigners use delivery apps. Don’t let delivery men inside your house. You can just tell them to put food in front of your door.