It can be tough adjusting to life in a foreign country, especially when you don’t speak the local language. Living in South Korea is no exception. For your reference, we have compiled a list of the must-download apps if you plan on living in South Korea!
- KakaoTalk Messenger
KakaoTalk is THE messaging app in South Korea. Out of the 8 apps listed in this article, this one is arguably the most essential if you plan on staying in the country for an extended period of time. It has all the features of any other messaging app you’ve probably used so far: you can send messages, create group chats, send photos and videos, and even share your location! Guaranteed, you will use KakaoTalk on a daily basis if you live in Korea.
- Naver Dictionary
Google Translate can be helpful at times, but it definitely has its limits. In Korea, Naver Dictionary is likely the better alternative as it provides several translation options instead of just one that may not necessarily suit the context you have in mind.Naver Dictionary also has an audio option, which is extremely helpful for those who are trying to learn better pronunciation.
- Seoul Public Bike 서울자전거 따릉이
If you live in Seoul, one of the nice things you can enjoy is that you can use the city’s bike-sharing system as an alternative to public transportation or for leisure ride. Seoul Bike utilizes stations across the city so you can conveniently rent and return bikes for as little as 1,000 KRW per hour. This app is also available in English and has an option for foreigners.
For more information on Seoul Bike (서울자전거 따릉이) and how to use it, see “How to Use The Seoul Citywide Bike Rental System“.