In Korea, Dial 1330 for interpretation service

In Korea, Dial 1330 for interpretation service

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

The unfamiliar characters of the Korean language on signboards and in menus can be a huge hurdle to overcome during your time on the peninsula. But don’t let the language barrier stop you from exploring all South Korea has to offer.

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) operates 1330 Korea Travel Hotline, a 24/7 phone line as a public service for local and international travelers. Besides offering helpful travel information, callers also have access to interpretation services as well.

Are you lost or need help communicating in South Korea? Dial 1330 and their multilingual staff can provide assistance in eight languages including English.

Are you the victim of misconduct or crime such as discrimination as a tourist? The 1330 hotline offers a three-way interpretation service, where they can connect you to 112, the police dispatcher, and translate to get you help. In case of an emergency, the 1330 hotline staff can also assist will 119-emergency calls.

Download the 1330 app, available for both iOS and android, to avoid using your minutes. If using the app, a membership is not necessary. Simply tap on the language button and it will connect you with an interpreter. Use this KTO handy app or keep 1330 in mind while on your travels.

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