Update: Since the new update changed Naver Map interface I updated all the screenshots so now you can use the tutorial without any trouble.
The next time you update Naver Map, if the interface changes again please inform me so I can update the post for you. Thanks!
It would be because of my lack of knowledge about the country or I’m just too lazy to study how address works here, either way, to me – with only name and address on hand – it’s pretty much impossible to find a place in Korea without mapping service. Even if you manage to find your way around the neighborhood, it’s rare if any local can really show you the directions unless that place is famous among Koreans or it’s a skyscraper and such. Other than that, they will still pull out naver or daum, search for the address then point you the way.
There are two mapping services people usually use here in Korea, Naver Map and Daum Map. If you can’t read Korean, Google Maps works too, but not as good when it comes to a particular address and public transportation.
And since Naver Map did a wonder for me to getting around Korea, I write this post so people without knowledge of Korean can use the app too.
(I only have experience with the Naver Map app for iPhone and it’s similar with the app for Android but I’m not sure if the web-based app is the same.
I apologize in advance that this post may turn out to be a mess with all the explanations on and off pictures ;____; )
First of course you want to install the app and add in Korean keyboard.
Some helpful words:
버스 = Bus
정류장 = Bus stop e.g: 강남역 정류장 = 강남역 Bus stop (Gangnam Station Bus stop)
지하철 = Subway
___역 = ___ Station e.g: 신사역 = 신사 Station (Sinsa Station)
8번 출구 = Exit 8
3호선 = Line 3
환승 = Transfer
하자 = Get off
도보 = Walk
What you will see when you open the app (newest version):
Your current location will appear as a red dot on the map, remember to check it to make sure you’re not going the wrong way.
You mostly will only use the Get directions option :)
As you type in, the matching results will appear below so you can choose the one you’re looking for from the list.
Or you can just put in the address, e.g for TIMES SQUARE (타임스퀘어) you just need to type in 15 영중로 (15 Yeongjung-ro).
From the result you can choose to get directions from the place or to the place directly.
When you choose By Car option the result will show you how much it might cost if you take the taxi.
As in the first result, you only have to focus on these words:
택시비 약 8,600원 = Taxi fee about 8,600KRW
약 14 | 약 9.58km = About 14 minutes driving | 9.58km
P/s: If you drive, use the GPS installed in the car. If you don’t then you probably only use this option to see how much it’ll cost to ride the taxi. (at least that how it was for me)
추천 10 = 10 recommendation routes
버스 10 = 10 routes by bus
지하철 2 = 2 routes by subway
and 버스+지하철 5 = 5 routes by both bus + subway
I choose the marked result as example (because it requires the least walking time, I will show you)
(3) 신사역 > (2) 교대역 > 잠실역 하차 = Line 3 신사 Station > Line 2 교대 Station > Get off at 잠실 Station
지하철역 10 | 약 11.96km = 10 Subway stations | About 11.96km
약 39분 (도보 5분) | 1,350 원 = About 39 minutes (5 minutes walking) | Cost 1,350KRW
Pretty easy to understand, right?
In the first box it says: (Yes, they already highlighted what’s important for you)
신사역 = At 신사 Station
3호선 승차 호, 교대역에서 2호선 환승 = Take subway line 3, at 교대 Station transfer to line 2
약 10분 | 3개 역 = About 10 minutes | 3 stations
In the second box:
교대역 = At 교대 Station
2호선 승차 호, 잠실역 하차 = Take subway line 2, get off at 잠실 station
약 21분 | 7개 역 = About 21 minutes | 7 stations
Now that will be the last direction for you and all you need to focus on is 4번 출구로 which means take exit 4.
After that there will be no direction for walking, but you can touch on the result and walk as the route on the map.
Remember to check your current location (red dot!) as you walk :)
And that’s pretty much everything you need to know, now use this as example and all other searches are similar to this. I was about to show you how to check the subway routes using Naver Map, but it seems too complicated, you should just use the stations map at the subway instead.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask away! ^^