LIFE IN SEOUL
Below are listings of organisations and services that may be useful to our members. Please note that BASS does not endorse, or have any affiliation, with these providers. Scroll down for the following:
- Emergency Contacts in Seoul
- Useful Apps
- British Consulate and Chamber of Commerce
- Other Community Groups
- Websites About Korea
- English Language News Sources
- Telephone Assistance
- Tourist Information
- Transportation / Travel
- Online Shopping
- For book stores that sell foreign language books, please see the Book Club tab under the Events tab.
Please feel free to suggest any additional information we might include.
EMERGENCY CONTACTS IN SEOUL
Korean National Police 313-0842 or Crime Reports 112
The Korean National Police operate a 24 hour, seven day a week Central Interpretation Center where foreigners can report crimes.
KakaoTalk - a mobile instant messaging app with free text and free call features, used widely in Korea.
Whatsapp - a mobile instant messaging app with free text and calls owned by Facebook, used
KakaoMetro - a must have app for navigating the extensive and efficient subway system - offers
useful information such as what carriage to ride to make transfers easier.
KakaoBus - provides real-time bus and bus stop information throughout Korea.
Subway Korea - provides the latest subway map of Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Gwangju.
Naver Map - public transportation - mixed reviews from users online. Korean version of the app is better than English version.
Google Translate - translate English to Korean or Korean to English. Has photo function. Can't read a label or bus stop sign? Point the camera in the app over the image for instant translation.
Kakao Taxi - this app is available in English. It automatically detects your pickup location or you can enter it manually. Input your destination and desired vehicle and payment method.
Yonhap News Agency - Daily News about Korea in English
Korea Times - Daily New about Korea in English
Korea JoongAng Daily - Daily News about Korea in English
British Chamber of Commerce Korea
BRITISH CONSULATE AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Papao Translation App
OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS
The Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch (RASKB) makes getting acquainted with Korea an adventure. The purpose of this non-profit organisation is to enhance understanding of the arts, customs, history, and literature of Korea.
ANZA provides members with a range of social and networking opportunities. Membership open to all nationalities. Annual social events include the Melbourne Cup luncheon and ANZA Ball.
AWC promotes friendships, social connections and unity among women of all nationalities.
A social group for Scots and those wishing to celebrate Scottish culture.
WEBSITES ABOUT KOREA
A comprehensive online source of information about life, events and everything else concerning expats in Seoul.
10 Magazine Korea
A go-to for a run-down of Korea's latest dining and nightlife scene, news about fashion, beauty, and shopping, and a guide to the best events happening.
Recommendations on the latest happenings in Seoul, restaurant reviews, fun things to do and more.
Seoul Metropolitan Government
Useful information about all things Seoul.
Seoul Global Center
Offer various services to help foreigners settle in Seoul. Various locations throughout Seoul.
Useful Article about Medical Care in Korea
ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS SOURCES
The Korea Herald
The Korea Times
Korea JoongAng Daily
Yonhap News Agency
The Chosun Ilbo
The Seoul Times
Hankyoreh - Hani.co.kr
The Kyunghhyang Shinmun
The precise name and address must be given in order to find the corresponding telephone number. Open 24 hours a day.
Interpretation Service 1588-5644
If you have difficulty in communicating with anyone here in Korea, please call 1588-5644. Translation services are available for 17 languages: English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Swedish, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Malay. Volunteers provide instant translation services.
TRANSPORTATION / TRAVEL
For info and reservations, call Taxi Centre at 1644-2255 (English and Japanese available) around the clock and online.
Online shopping mall, similar to eBay without the auctions.
Online retailer that provides same day or next day delivery of many goods, including food and fresh food. (Use in Chrome for translating from Korean to English)
Classified ad site
Online shopping for a variety of products
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