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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, the dream country of Koreans

  • Simon A Panggabean


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 28 2009   /  02:02 pm

Shin Don-cheol, a South Korean artist, got to know Jakarta for the first time in the middle of the 1990s when his plane from Bali to Seoul was grounded in Jakarta for 24 hours due to engine trouble. A friend who happened to live in Jakarta took him around to see the city. He liked the city very much and later decided to return to make a living as an art teacher. He remained in the city despite the political troubles following the economic crisis. He first taught the children of South Korean expatriates and over time his school also attracted students of various nationalities. He and his family enjoy living in Jakarta despite its traffic jams, heat, etc, calling the city their "second home". Shin is one among tens of thousands of South Koreans who have been living in Indonesia for years, doing business in the country, introducing South Korean culture and hard-working ethics...