Crisis puts squeeze on Koreans in RP

MANILA, Philippines–For years South Koreans have flooded into the Philippines, finding it one of the cheapest places in Southeast Asia for recreation, study and investment.

From Baguio City in the north of this sprawling archipelago to Davao in the south and all major cities in between, distinctive communities have risen with Korean restaurants, grocery stores, beauty parlours, hotels, resorts and bars.

Even Korean television dramas have become popular among Filipinos, having first been dubbed into the local language.

An estimated 75,000 Koreans now study in the Philippines, mainly learning English. It has also become a popular destination for retirees seeking year-round warm weather, cheap golf courses and apartments to live in.[Continue Reading...]

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