Review of VPS hosts in Korea

Popular providers like DO, Linode and Vultr all have presence in Japan… but not in Korea, the country with the fastest internet connection on the planet, which is a shame.

And due to the language barrier, it’s pretty hard to find info on Korea-hosted VPS on the internet. This post aims to solve that

Straight to the point –

Cafe24

Probably the most popular host in Korea. They host websites, wordpress installation, bare metal server and of course… VPS. Here’s the price

Starting from $5.5 for 1GB RAM to 33$ for 4GB RAM, per month

Pros

  • You get 8 cores regardless of the plan
  • VMWare Virtualization
  • One dedicated IPv4 address
  • The best price you’ll get of any reputable provider
  • Select between Linux / Windows (costs more)
  • Pretty fast disk (twice as fast as Vultr)

Cons

  • Setup fee 22$
  • Pretty limited bandwith, 300GB per month at the worst case
  • Crappy CPU, the cores are really slow (I think they are second-gen Xeons), with most of the CPU extensions disabled… so they are only good for one thing: serving web pages (and no, they can’t do THAT thing you are thinking about when you read “8 cores” 😉
  • Of course you must speak Korean to register or contact support
  • Require a Korean ID

You can register for them here

Somagu (mud fish)

Cheapest provider I could find that have servers in Korea. Pretty simple interface. Prices

Starting at $2.57 permonth for 512GB RAM

Pros

  • Korean hosted
  • English support
  • Automatic activation
  • Cheapest of anything you can find in Korea
  • Don’t require a Korean ID

Cons

  • You get to share IP
  • Your shared IP is used by Chinese spammers… you’ll see a lot of IP change request in the support forum. I don’t know why but for some reason Chinese spammers love themselves a Korean address

You can find them here

iwinv

Price

From $4 per month for 1 core / 1GB RAM

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Free IP

Cons

  • Korean only
  • Requires Korean ID
  • Limited bandwidth

You can find them here

Amazon lightsail (Seoul region)

Available countries

Recently made available in Seoul, cheaper than EC2, a good choice if you are already tied into the Amazon ecosystem

Price starting from 5$ for 512MB RAM

Pro

  • Reputable
  • Easy to use
  • All in English
  • Don’t require a Korean ID
  • Generous bandwidth

Cons

  • More expensive compared to other options

Find ’em here

Amazon EC 2

Pro

  • Like lightsail
  • Much more versatile

Cons

  • Way way too expensive, unless you are a corporate user

You know where to find them

PHP school

Starting from 4,900 won for 512MB RAM

Cons

  • Pretty slow… can’t open their homepage at the time of writing

Find them here

Naver cloud

Starting from $13 for 1GB RAM

Pros

  • English support
  • Reputable company
  • No bandwidth limit

Cons

  • Expensive like EC2

You can find them here

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