Download these Apps to Help You Navigate South Korea

Planning to travel to South Korea? Be prepared for your trip with these very helpful apps.

Traveling is fun if you are prepared and it can be stressful if you aren't prepared. This handy guide will help you prepare for South Korea with some helpful apps for you to download. You'll be able to have quick resources on your phone that will help you find places and to communicate (if you don't speak Korean).

Kakao Maps works great in Korea because it provides you with driving & walking directions. (Screengrab by Digital Nomad Foodie)

Google Maps and Kakao Maps

Both of these handy apps should be on your mobile device. Please keep in mind that the South Korean government does not allow Google Maps to provide driving or walking directions. The only navigation functions that work are buses and trains schedules. Both of these features are terrific. They are also very accurate in terms of the scheduling and how to get to bus stops. I successfully used buses in Busan and the Korail high-speed trains when traveling around South Korea. You can still find places using Google Maps and you can also upload photos and videos plus write reviews.

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Kakao Maps is handy because unlike Google Maps, you will be able to get driving and walking directions since it's a Korean-based app. The only minor drawback is you can't add information such as new places or reviews on this app unless you have a phone plan in Korea. You'll also be able to find more places than you would on Google Maps. Using both of these apps are a winning combination.

This translator app works very well in Korea. (Screengrab by Digital Nomad Foodie)

KO EN Translator and Google Translate

If you don't know how to speak Korean or you're rusty, you'll love having both of these apps readily available. My favorite and most used translator app was the KO EN Translator app. I felt like it was much easier to use and could understand voice input more accurately than Google Translate. The only downside to this app is it's only available for Android devices.

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This app allows you to converse with the locals by either speaking or typing into it. Another added bonus is that Koreans can also speak or type into it too so you'll be able to figure out what they are saying. It's a win-win for both and I've used it successfully with some family members, taxi drivers and street food vendors.


Finally, Klook is another great app to have downloaded on your mobile device while you are traveling in South Korea. This cool app offers many products that you can rent for cheap. As a matter of fact, one of the first things you should do after you land at Incheon International Airport is to rent a pocket-wifi.

Book a day trip or reserve a pocket wifi using Klook. (Screengrab by Digital Nomad Foodie)

Since South Korea is the most connected country on the planet with super fast download speeds you'll want to rent one. You can rent a pocket wifi using Klook and it will save you time (because you can reserve it ahead of time) and some money (since it's a little cheaper vs. renting one directly from one of the many pocket wifi vendors at Incheon.

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You'll also be able to book excursion and tours around Korea using Klook. That's why having this app on your phone is so helpful especially if you get bored and don't know what to do.

Part of having a great trip is being adequately prepared especially when you're traveling in a foreign country. We live in a technology-based world so do your due diligence and download the above apps on your phone before you touchdown in South Korea. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.


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