Must have Smartphone apps while in Korea

Smartphones have undoubtedly changed the way we live. In some cases it has made our lives easier and more convenient, like a personal assistant. Several apps are available that can make your life much easier. Here are some must have apps that will improve your stay in Korea.

Note: All of the following apps are available in both Apple’s App Store and Android’s Play Store, all free!

Smartphones have undoubtedly changed the way we live. In some cases it has made our lives easier and more convenient, like a personal assistant. Several apps are available that can make your life much easier. Here are some must have apps that will improve your stay in Korea.

Note: All of the following apps are available in both Apple’s App Store and Android’s Play Store, all free!

1. Kakao Talk

Almost everyone has this app in Korea, and it’s the go-to messaging and also calling service for any smartphone user in Korea. This will be especially useful for if you’re travelling to Korea and relying on wifi. It has unlimited messaging and calls, so communicating with your friends and family back home won’t be hard (and expensive) anymore.

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2. Seoul Subway & Seoul Bus

2.1 Seoul Subway

Seoul Subway app covers all of Korea’s major cities and their subways and stations, it also gives detailed information about routes from the time you have to transfer in a station to the particular doors you should be at for your needed transfer or exit. Great isn’t it?

2.2 Seoul Bus

Getting around by bus can sometimes be convenient and inexpensive. It works the same as the Seoul Subway app and the most impressive part is that it’s really accurate, constantly updating if a bus gets delayed in traffic.

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3. Google Maps / Naver Maps / Daum Maps

These apps are the three top hits for navigation apps. Google’s coverage of Korea seems to work quite good, however Naver and Daum, which are both Korean companies, have more accurate and detailed maps. But the downside is that the latter two require you to be able to read more Korean than Google, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking them out.

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4. Wingspoon

It’s always a tough decision, especially if you’re a foreigner in Korea, to find a restaurant to eat in. So instead of just going in blind to any restaurant, download this app and browse Naver’s database by city, area or even type of food for meals that’ll pick your interest. If you’re craving galbi in Hongdae, search! Best thing is the reviews that come with every restaurant, which will tell you what everyone else thinks about the restaurant.

(This app comes in Korean only, but a rudimentary ability to read the location names should be enough. You can also help with pictures and starred reviews).

5. Google Translate & iTranslate

Google Translate and iTranslate are in my opinion one the best translating apps, both work similarly with the difference that iTranslate does a spoken translation. Sometimes Google can have a bit strange translations, so I recommend to use both apps to get a reliable translation.

We hope these apps will ease your stay here!^^