Basic Korean #3 – Asking for Directions

Asking for Directions is often the major problem when foreigners visit Korea by themselves. Equipping yourself with some of the most basic direction vocabularies will definitely help you along the way.

For a start, approaching young people and asking them in English will be the very first option to try out your luck. If they understand your question and then reply you with what you want to know, good for you. If not, it is time to try asking them in Korean, using what you know.

First of all, greet them with a smile.

  1. 안녕하세요 Annyeong Haseyo (Hello)

Then, you can ask them to direct you to the location which you want to go. Say for example, you are lost and you want to go to the nearest Metro station. You can say:

(지하철) 어디에 있어요?
(Ji-ha-cheol) o-di-eh issoyo?
Where is the (Metro Station)?

OR

(이태원 역) 어떻게 가요?
(Itaewon york) ot-toh-kkae ga yo?
How do I get to (Itaewon Station)?

Some of the words that you can look out for while they are answering:

  1. 여기 Yorgi (Here)
  2. 저기 Chorgi (Over There)
  3. 왼쪽 Wen-Jok (Left)
  4. 오른쪽 Oren-Jok (Right)
  5. 쭉 Jook (Straight)
  6. 뒤 Dui (Behind)
  7. 앞에 Ah-Ppeh (In Front)

If you think that asking for directions from foreigners is not for you, then it will be best to do a thorough research on the attractions that you will be going. Buy WIFI egg or SIM Card the first thing you reach Korea Airport. Then install apps to help you navigate through the Metro and the attractions.

One of the Metro app that is worth downloading is “Korea Subway“.

  • This app support 6 languages : English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Malay.
  • You can choose the starting point (where you are currently) and ending point (where you want to head to). After which, the app will show you the fastest route, as well as the number of transfers (if any) and number of stations to reach your destination.
  • You can also know the estimated time to reach your destination.
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