Top 10 Best Korean Apps to Download For Foreigners Living in Korea

Living in Korea can be very difficult, especially for foreigners.  There are many things to consider such as culture, customs, weather, shopping, eating, etc.  There are crucial must-have apps you will need to download for Korea.  These are pretty much a given and there really is no need to talk about them here.  These apps are of course Kakao Talk, Naver Maps, Seoul Subway, etc.  We focused on apps that might not be so obvious but could be useful to foreigners living in Korea.  This article will focus on Korean apps not many people outside of Korea have heard of.  However, many of the apps on this list can be very helpful and have all been started by innovative Korean tech startups.

Here are the Top 10 Korean Apps to Download for 2019

1. Zigbang

Korean App ZigbangZigbang is the top real estate app in Korea.  Most foreigners living in Korea will not have the deposit necessary to get an apartment.  The down payment in Korea is huge and you would at least need $50,000 dollars for a respectable apartment.  This is why most foreigners in Korea go for one-room villas.  Therefore finding housing is very important for those looking to live in Seoul.  The Zigbang app connects real estate agents and renters in Korea.  It is the perfect app for single-household users in their 20s and 30s who are looking for small-unit rentals.  Download the app and write your desired deposit money, monthly rent, and location and Zigbang will do the rest.

2.  SNOW

Korean App SnowKorean app SNOW was not started by a Korean startup but rather by NAVER.  It is the Snapchat of Korea.  SNOW is known for their cute localized filters, stickers, AR features, and more.  For those that love to take selfies, this app is a must.  They also have filters that allow you to take clean and beautiful pictures.

3.  Yogiyo

Korean app YogiyoYogiyo is a Korean food delivery app.  It is a great app to get Korean food delivered straight to your door.  For those looking for foreign food delivery in Seoul check out our article on Korean food delivery startup Shuttle Delivery.  Yogiyo offers a wider food directory filled with pictures and prices.  They also offer western foods as well here as well but could be difficult to navigate if you can’t read Korean.  Users can also read recommendations and reviews for every restaurant.

4.  Miso

Miso is a house cleaning and pet sitting service in Korea.  The Miso app allows users to book cleaners in Korea.  The cleaners can perform cleaning tasks for living rooms, the kitchen, laundry, and more.  Users can also rate their cleaners and check out reviews before they book.  They also have a pet sitting service for those living in Korea who are in need of pet sitters.  Many foreigners in Korea need to leave Korea for vacation and one of the biggest headaches is looking for someone to watch their pets.  Pet hotels are an option but it is less stressful for pets to stay in their homes.  Through their app, users can book a pet sitter to come feed, clean, and play with your pets.  They will give you photo updates through Kakao to let you know how your pet is doing and keep you up to date so you will have a peace of mind.

5.  Cardoc

Korean Startup CardocCardoc is a car-repair comparison app in Korea that is used to get the best estimates as well as book appointments for oil changes.  For those looking to get a car in Seoul, we would highly recommend you download this app.  Automotive repair shops in Korea can be a bit shady.  Especially if you are a foreigner, there is a good probability that you could get ripped off.  Download the app and just upload a photo of the damage to the car.  Then the user will get an instant repair estimate from auto shops in Korea.  The best part is that users can also check out reviews from other customers before making their decision.  Cardoc also offers engine oil change and premium car wash services.

6.  Radish

Korean Mobile App RadishKorean startup Radish developed a mobile fiction app that offers users a wide range of stories designed for smartphone readers.  Most traveling in Seoul use the subway or bus and Radish is a great app to keep you entertained throughout your long journey.  Users have access to over 7,000 stories and even has a community chat room.  Authors can publish their own stories on the app to build readership and monetize their work.  The stories are written and formatted with the smartphone in mind.  Radish novels are only around 1,500 words per episode.  The novels are either curated or produced by its own writers to ensure for a high-quality stream of consistent uploads.

7.  Send Anywhere

Korean App SendanywhereKorean startup Estmob is the creators of the file-sharing app Send Anywhere.  This app allows you to share files of any size with any devices or platforms.  The app is free to use, but you can upgrade for the ad-free Send Anywhere PLUS version, which allows you greater control of when the files are expired and provides you with 1TB of online storage for any file-heavy work.  Just download the Send Anywhere app and send your files using a variety of methods on the app.  You can also share links where files are uploaded for 48 hours before it goes away.  This method works best when sending files to multiple users.

8.  Spoon Radio

Korean App Spoon RadioKorean startup Mykoon is the creators of a real-time radio broadcast service called Spoon Radio.  Spoon Radio allows users to share stories, ideas, their favorite music, and more on the app.  Those that would rather listen rather than read should download this app.  Users can listen to personalized content or create their own broadcast.  Spoon Radio allows people to truly connect and share their thoughts with others on everyday, real-life issues like relationships, money, and work in Korea.

9.  Azar

Korean startup AzarKorean startup Hyperconnect is the creator of the video chatting app Azar.  The app has gotten over 350 million downloads to date.  There are Korean dating apps you can download but Azar offers you a chance to meet someone new from people of different cultures all around the world.  Users can do live video chats with any Azar user.  The best part is that Azar offers translation features.  Therefore there is little to no language barrier This is a great app for meeting new people not only in Korea but around the world.

10.  Buzzvil – Buzzscreen

buzzvil Korean mobile appKorean startup Buzzvil is the first and largest lock screen media platform.  Their app BuzzSreen puts advertisements and content on your lock screen on your smartphone.  Users get rewarded for having personalized ads on their smartphone lock screen.  Users get points which they can then exchange into vouchers, gift cards, and even cash.  They can also get discounts and deals from advertisers.