Handy Smartphone Apps: a Must, When Living in Korea!

Hello dear readers!

Living in Korea or just visiting, there are a few app suggestions which will definitely make your life easier here.

I assume in 21st century and especially in nowadays technologically developed society everybody owns a smartphone or a tablet. It doesn’t matter if you are an android or an ios fan and respectively such device owner as those apps are available both on itunes app store or android market.

Here is my must have apps list:

1. Kakao Talk Messenger


If you live in Korea, well you already know how important this app is to daily life. Everyone has this app in Korea and this is the top choice for any smartphone user here. Why use up your monthly texting quota when this will do it for free as long as you have an internet connection? This will be especially useful for if you’re traveling to Korea and relying on wifi.

Tip 1: You can check if someone read your message or not. A number next to your message means it has not been read; if that number disappears (nothing there), it means the message has been read.

Tip 2: Group chat is also available.

Tip 3: “Befriend” companies on Kakaotalk and get deals and coupons.


2. Seoul Bus/Jihachul

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Having hard times funding a station? Use these apps to find out! These two smartphone apps have it all for Korea’s public transportation users. Perfectly time when you’re going to leave your house by checking the subway schedule or seeing how many minutes away the next bus is. See the shortest route between any two subway stations, or check if a bus nearby stops by your officetel. Transportation in Korea can be overwhelming, even for those who’ve lived here for a very long time. So travel like the majority of Koreans, and use these public transportation apps.

Tip: English version is available for both apps, Jihachul and Seoul Bus, but bus stops are written in Korean only.


3. Wingspoon


Where to go to eat? It’s always a tough decision, especially if you’re a foreigner in Korea. Instead of just going in blind to any restaurant and hoping they’ll have what you want, download this app and browse Naver’s database by city, area or even type of food for meals that’ll pique your interest. If you’re craving galbi in Gangnam, search! Or see what’s close by using the GPS feature. Best thing is the reviews that come with every restaurant, which will tell you what everyone else thinks about the restaurant.

Tip: Only comes in Korean. But a rudimentary ability to read Korean (location names) should suffice. Pictures and starred reviews can make decisions for you (looks good, 4.5 stars, I’m in!).


4. Hanyang University App

You will find this app very useful. Especially if you want to eat at any on the on campus restaurants, just a few clicks and you can check the daily/weekly menu.

Here are some screenshots how to change the language from Korean to English!

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Article by Jani from Bulgaria

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