Seoul is generally a tourist-friendly capital. Public transportation and stations have English translations. Major tourists areas have information centers where you can get free maps and assistance from English-speaking personnel. There’s also the 24-hour English translation service hotline. Not to forget the city is highly wired with high speed 4G connections all over (some stores don’t bother with passwords anymore and just leave it open).
But when you’re shy or not up to setting your mobile device on roaming, here are some helpful apps available for offline use. These are available on both iOS and Android, hooray!
1. XE Currency Converter (4.48mb) [developer: XE Com Inc] – Sometimes we make ourselves very obvious to tourist traps. While prices in Seoul are generally higher than in the Philippines, it will be good to know if what you’re paying for is worth the price. Update the exchange rate for the day before you leave the hotel for offline use.
2. Visit Korea 3.0 (35.33mb) [developer: Korea Tourism Organization] – Provide yourself with a handy tool about transportation, travel news, recommended tours, top tourist destinations, and best food places. The new version comes with a route finder! (I used the 2.0 version during my trip.)
3. Smart Tour Guide (27.35mb) [developer: Korea Tourism Organization] – Download audio files for offline use about Korea’s cultural and historical attractions.
4. K-Books (10.73mb) [developer: Korea Tourism Organization] – save the hassle of opening a huge map that screams “TOURIST!” with this app that features more than 30 publications of maps, brochures, and guides.
5. Seoul Walking Tour (29.79mb) [developer: Korea Tourism Organization] – This app gives you a mini-itinerary of walking tours in Seoul.
6. Subway Navigation (4.97mb) [developer: Oriznal] – The subway is the best form of transportation in Korea – clean, fast, and everywhere! This app gives you information on exits, line transfers, ETD, and current position.
Another thing I love about Korea is the abundance of information. Plus, there are plenty in ENGLISH too! The government really puts a lot of effort and BUDGET in maintaining and promoting their tourist destinations. Clap! Clap! Clap! All apps are free! Though, the XE Converter has a PRO version if you easily get annoyed by ads. Make sure to test drive all apps since some require updating or downloading information before you can use them offline. I hope these apps will make your Seoul trip easier. Enjoy your apps and let us know how it helped you in your trip. Did I miss some apps or do you know of better apps? Let me know, below~ Noticed the screencaps for the apps? Yep, I’m doing this at 4 in the morning. I can’t sleep T_T