September 3, 2015
While this week’s TL;DR isn’t as anecdotal and bizarre as last’s week’s video on drugs and prostitution, but it’s useful for people that are planning on coming to Korea, so we wanted to share this list with you so you can get your phones loaded and ready. We mentioned a bunch in our video, including KakaoTalk, HelloTalk (which Martina keeps making me talk out loud in Polish embarrassingly), Daum Maps, Jihachul, Seoul Bus, Yogiyo, and U+ Membership, here are a few more:
Yogiyo isn’t the only food app we use, though it’s the one we use the most because we mostly order food from home. However, when we’re in the studio, we use 배달의민족 Baedal Uiminjog. Different apps are better for different areas. There’s supposedly a great food delivery app for the Itaewon area as well, if you’re living in the Itaewon area. Just beware that food delivery apps are regional :D
Otherwise, we’re gonna list a couple more apps that we don’t use ourselves, so we can’t vouch for it they’re actually good or not, but our friends seem to like them.
Rose is a big fan of Milk Samsung Music Streaming, in which you can stream all types of music for free but it’s only for Android. We don’t have Android so boohoo to that. But we’re looking for a good streaming service for Korean music, because though we use iTunes Music and can listen to Kpop albums, iTunes radio stations are banned here. Of course they are. Korea loves banning non-Korean things.
Speaking of banned in Korea, Uber is a big one that can’t be used here. It was here for a while, and it was a godsend, because getting a taxi at night is really challenging, and for a long time they were ultra dishonest, so being able to call an Uber saved many foreigners from getting hustled. But then Uber got banned, and the CEO is wanted in Korea, I think. Since then, Kakao Taxi copied them in a slight way. I heard you can use the app to call the normal Korean taxi which is useful when you’re in a neighbourhood that has no taxis passing through, but you still have to pay for them the normal way which seems dumb to me. The reason we love Uber is because we can use it pre-paid since it’s hooked up to your credit card but maybe you can hook up Kakao Taxi to your account in Korea as well and we just haven’t met anyone who did that yet. This last Friday we were with friends who used KakaoTaxi to call a taxi, but they didn’t pay via the app, so at least we know the hailing of the taxi function works!
If you’re planning on being here a bit longer than most people, then you might want to pick up 직방 which is an app for apartment hunting. It shows you the map of available places for rent in your neighbourhood and saves you the trouble of scrubbing through nightmare real estate sites. I WISH I KNEW ABOUT THIS APP LAST YEAR. Seriously. Apartment hunting was a real pain in the ass for us. We’d go to a real estate agent, tell them our budget and what we want, and they’d show us stuff way below or way above our budget, and nothing like anything we asked for. Oh, you’re looking for a two bedroom apartment? How about this restaurant? GOT DAMN! This app would have definitely been appreciated back then.
Lastly, Kucha is a coupon app that gathers deals from all over the Korean internet and puts them together into one service. It covers lots of stuff from clothing to food to flights, but you have to sign up for the app using your real Korean ID, which might not be useful to people here as tourists. But if you do have an ID, then you should love it!
So that’s it for our list. Are there any apps we’ve missed out on? Let us know! We’re gonna get back to traveling around Finland now. We just got here a few hours ago and we’re totally jet lagged. I hope this blog post made sense. It did, right?