How to use Naver Map app (update: July 2015)

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.
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