Explore Korea with Naver Map app

Explore Korea with Naver Map app

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

Whether you’ve been in South Korea a few days or a few years, you may have quickly realized that Google Maps does not function as seamlessly here as it does in the States. The reason behind this is due to the government’s strict policies regarding the distribution of GPS information to foreign companies like Google.

But don’t worry! There are many alternative apps available. My favorite is the free Naver Map. This app is starting to gain steam and bringing competition to KAKAO Map, which has been dominant in the GPS app market for years.

Like the mapping apps you use back home, Naver Map helps you find the best route whether you’re driving or figuring out public transportation. The great thing about this app is that it also supports walking and cycling routes.

Looking for somewhere to grab a bite or a cup of joe? Naver Map does that, too! For foodies, it offers detailed info such as price, photos of the food and the menu of each restaurant. In addition, the app features a star rating system, which allows you to somewhat assume the evaluation of picky diners without translating a Korean review.

Download this handy GPS-based travel app that is available both iOS and Android and give this a try next time you head out for an adventure.

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