Seoul has several international districts. The growth in the number of international residents is expected to increase further with plans for foreign investment zones around the city. The following is a short list of some of the prominent foreign communities in Seoul.
Itaewon was and continues to be the largest expatriate community in the country.
Hannam-dong has a significant number of foreign diplomatic missions. As many foreign nationals live in Hannam-dong as in Itaewon.
Ichon-dong is widely recognized as a predominantly Japanese residential district.
Seodaemun-gu is a popular residential district among foreigners. Numerous universities are located in this district, and hence many foreign students and professors reside in the area.
These areas are among the representative shopping and business districts of Seoul.
Expensive villas and luxury houses line Pyeongchang-dong and Seongbuk-dong.