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A slice of German life in South Korea

Mr Lee Byong-soo, a tour agency owner who lived in Germany for 25 years, now lives in South Korea’s one and only German Village. The 69-year-old gives South Korea Correspondent Chang May Choon a tour of his neighbourhood.
Madam Suk Sook-ja, 70, next to a plot in the cemetery near the German Village that will be her final resting place. She moved to Germany as a nurse in 1973 and returned in 2003. Visitors at a beer party held in Dogil Maeul (Korean for German Village)
Visitors at a beer party held in Dogil Maeul (Korean for German Village) in October. The village hosts an annual Oktoberfest modelled after the yearly beer festival in Munich, Germany. The event, which started out as a small beer party in 2010, has grown bigger and is one of the ways in which the village promotes its German connection. ST PHOTOS: CHANG MAY CHOON

Retirement village for nation-building migrants who returned home now a tourist attraction

As a nurse from South Korea working for decades in Germany, Madam Suk Sook-ja always missed her hometown.

So as she grew older, on hearing about South Korea building a retirement village for migrants like her on Namhae, an island off the country's southern tip, she jumped at the opportunity to return home.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 01, 2018, with the headline 'A slice of German life in South Korea'. Print Edition | Subscribe