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Posted by hannahleex AKP STAFF Sunday, June 17, 2018

10 apps you must download before you go to Korea

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1. MangoPlate
MangoPlate is a great app for searching up tasty restaurants to try out. Similar to Yelp, it allows you to search restaurants by city, type of food, and rating. You can even browse through the curated lists of the top food spots in Korea!
2. KakaoMap
If you're unfamiliar with the streets in Korea, KakaoMap is a must when searching up directions. It will show you the fastest routes in Korea by car, public transportation, walking, and bicycle. After tracking your current location through GPS, it provides easy to follow instructions to get you to your destination as fast as possible.
3. KakaoMetro
Subways are a great way to travel in Korea because of their efficiency. It may be a little overwhelming to use Korean subways as a first-time traveler to Korea, but KakaoMetro will provide information for all of the major subway systems to help you get to your destination. Even if you happen to miss a train, KakaoMetro will show you alternatives. You can even let your loved ones know your estimated arrival time through KakaoTalk.
4. KakaoBus
Buses are another great mode of transportation in Korea. They are cost efficient and a great way to navigate through Korea. With KakaoBus, you can check information on buses nationwide including bus arrival times, traffic information and remaining seats. KakaoBus even lets you know when you should get off, which will make traveling by bus in Korea much easer.
5. KakaoTalk
After a long list of Kakao apps, here is the one that started it all. A preferred method of communication for many local Koreans is KakaoTalk. KakaoTalk is a free app that allows you to communicate with others in Korea. Because so many native Korean people use the app, it can be a great way to get in touch with people you want to meet up with. Similar to other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, you can send photos and videos, create group chats and even video chat with other people!
6. 미세미세 (Misemise)
Fine dust in Korea can be a health hazard, so it is crucial to check this app and monitor the air quality. Misemise will let you know when air quality levels are at dangerous levels. Maybe you need to change your plans for the day!
7. 배달의민족 (Baedal-uiminjog)
Like the app's name, Korea really is "baedal-uiminjog," which means a nation of delivery. Ordering food is extremely popular in Korea and a convenient option for the days when you don't want to go to a restaurant or cafe in the sweltering heat. Baedal-uiminjog allows you to order food quickly using a variety of payment methods and features special discounts. All you have to do is sit back and relax while your food is being delivered to you.
8. Speak & Translate
Don't worry if you're traveling to Korea and are still unfamiliar with the language. Speak & Translate is an instant text and voice translator that will allow you to communicate in Korea without having to actually learn Korea. Once you say a phrase in your preferred language, the app will automatically translate your speech into Korean. You can also type in your preferred language and Speak & Translate will show you the translation in Korean.
9. Visit Korea
If you're wondering what to eat or where to visit, download Visit Korea, an app created by the Korea Tourism Organization. It offers lots of information on all of Korea's attractions, restaurants, festivals and shopping centers. You can also use its map service to get directions to your destination.
10. Eggbun
Eggbun is a popular way to learn Korean. You can practice your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills by simply chatting with a tutor. Eggbun offers more than 550 Korean lessons that you can access anytime, anywhere!

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