Over the past 2 years or so, the statistics are showing that a lot of Koreans are coming to visit the Philippines! I see it everywhere I look too. I see many Koreans out around town. I see a lot of Korean Restaurants popping up everywhere you look. It seems that the Philippines has become a favorite destination for Koreans!
Do you know what one of the biggest draws is of the Philippines for Koreans? They come here to learn how to speak English! The Philippines, I guess is the nearest English speaking country to Korea. Also, it’s inexpensive to study here! You can go to a school to learn English for just a fraction of what the education would cost in Korea. On top of that, the Koreans who come here to study can enjoy lovely warm weather, visit the beaches and such, and generally live very well on a limited income! Learning English is an added bonus for them too! I am also seeing Japanese coming to the Philippines to learn the language here (English language that is), but not yet in the numbers that the Koreans are.
A number of American, British and Australian Ex-Pats are also getting into the business of teaching English too, so the increased visits of Koreans coming to learn the language could be have a positive impact on English speaking ex-pats living here too!
So, if you are in the Philippines and see a group of Koreans, give them a wave or a nod, say “HI” and be friendly to them!