Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pension Office

A visit today to the National Pension Office was slick as a whistle, to borrow an expression from my grandpa. 

In fact, the NPS Songpa branch in Jamsil may just be my all-time #1 experience at a Korean government-run office, which is saying a lot considering how much I enjoy going to the post office here.

I love the NPS motto hanging up on their office walls. It's hard to read in the photo, but it says:  Deeper Love, Better Service. Can you imagine seeing that at your local IRS or USPS branch?!

The Songpa NPS branch is very close to Jamsil Station. Exit gate 8, and walk about 200 meters, then turn left. It's directly across from the giant Tesco.

taken in front of the NPS office, facing out -Tesco's in the background

For those who may also be leaving Korea soon, visit the NPS website^ to look up your local branch office; then, make sure you bring the following items with you:
  • passport
  • alien registration card
  • one-way plane ticket out of Korea (departure date must be within 1 month of filing with NPS)
  • your Korean bank info (bank book)
  • your foreign bank info (voided check or bank statement)
^NPS English site:


  1. hi Jennifer, are you planning to leave Korea? :(

  2. Hi, Andy -yes, I am. It's very bittersweet. I have many special memories and friends in Korea; at the same time, I'm excited for what's ahead...

    Hope you're well and that we can meet up/keep in touch.