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South Korea Workation Guide: Top 5 Cities for Digital Nomads

January 15, 2024

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January 15, 2024

In the post-pandemic era, remote work has emerged as the new norm, prompting many individuals to leave traditional office settings in search of alternative workspaces. This shift has given rise to the digital nomad lifestyle, where individuals experience a balance between work and life while working remotely. South Korea is gaining popularity as a prime destination for digital nomads to embark on workations, owing to its safety, robust IT infrastructure, and rapid trends.

Workation: The new way to balance work and travel

What is a Workation?

A workation, short for work and vacation, is a rising trend that seamlessly blends work and leisure. It is a new way to balance work and travel. It involves working remotely from a travel destination, providing people with the flexibility to transform their environment beyond the confines of the traditional office. Rather than being tethered to a desk, people carry their work with them, allowing for a refreshing change of scenery that effortlessly integrates professional tasks with the pleasures of exploration.

What are the benefits of a Workation?

For the past three years, I've been living as a  digital nomad, working for content creation and event organization in the company. It's my first venture into remote work, allowing me the freedom to work and travel across numerous cities. I saw this opportunity as a gateway to a better life. Now, let me share what I've gained from the wonderful benefits of workation.

3 wonderful benefits of a workation:

  1. Improved Work-Life Balance: Workations have uniquely allowed me to maintain a healthy work-life balance by seamlessly blending vacation experiences into my daily routine. It's a situation where I don't have to make an either-or choice. Whenever I felt the need to refresh my mind, I could choose to work on the beach, soaking in the stunning sunlight that stimulated my senses for better ideas
  2. Increased Productivity: A simple change of environment can give a significant boost to creativity and productivity. Breaking away from the monotony of the same routine helps generate fresh perspectives and ideas and leads to focused concentration at work.
  3. Networking Opportunities & Personal Growth : While working remotely in various destinations, you'll find yourself in coworking spaces and staying in coliving accommodations. This creates the perfect setting to meet numerous digital nomads from around the world, all in one place. Through networking with them, you can gain valuable insights into different work styles, how they maintain a balance between work and travel, and the efforts they put into living their dream lives. It's an opportunity to broaden your insights into different worlds. This can potentially lead to valuable connections and collaborations for your next project.

Why South Korea is the Best Place for Workation?

Being a digital nomad involves seamlessly intertwining work and travel into your everyday life. The key to a successful life as a digital nomad lies in choosing your destinations wisely. Working from places like mountains or deserts with no internet connectivity is impractical.

In this context, South Korea emerges as the ultimate destination for remote workers, providing a mix of high-tech infrastructure, rich culture, and natural beauty. Here are the top five factors contributing to South Korea's popularity among digital nomads:

  1. Safety and Cleanliness: South Korea consistently ranks among the world's safest countries. With CCTV cameras on every street and store, coupled with a cultural mindset emphasizing personal responsibility ('Why take something that is not mine?'), you'll observe locals leaving their laptops on tables while going to the restroom in cafes. The overall cleanliness of the streets and the remarkably low crime rate contribute to a secure environment, allowing digital nomads to focus on their work without unnecessary concerns
  2. High-Speed Internet & Free Wi-Fi: From the moment you step off your plane at Incheon Airport, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the incredibly high-speed internet in Korea. Korean culture values efficiency, making South Korea a top country for advanced infrastructure. Moreover, in most places such as cafes and restaurants, you can enjoy high-speed internet for free. This accessibility ensures you can stay connected to your work at all times, enabling quicker completion of tasks. South Korea proves to be the perfect place for combining work and travel seamlessly.
  3. Efficient Public Transportation: For digital nomads managing work and travel in a day, time management is crucial. In South Korea, the efficient and extensive public transportation system allows you to reach any destination swiftly even to mountains, and rivers. This accessibility not only saves a lot of time but also provides convenience for exploring various regions and enjoying the country's diverse landscapes.
  4. Thriving Co-Working Culture:  South Korea has experienced a rise in co-working spaces designed specifically to meet the requirements of remote workers. These spaces not only offer a professional environment but also cultivate a sense of community among digital nomads.
  5. Quality of Life:  South Korea offers a high quality of life, featuring excellent healthcare, a robust education system, and a well-developed infrastructure. Digital nomads can relish a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle while actively engaging in their professional pursuits.

Urban Workation Spots in South Korea : Seoul, Busan

When you first visit South Korea, Seoul and Busan are the must-visit major cities during your stay. These cities never sleep, as the lights shine brighter than day. Experience the vibrant atmosphere filled with locals, tourists, and digital nomads, capturing the energetic essence of these bustling urban destinations.

Seoul: A Vibrant City of Tradition and Modernity.

Seoul, the bustling capital of South Korea, provides an array of excellent choices for those seeking remote work locations. Opt for a unique business experience at TEC Co-working Center in Yeouido, paired with a stay at the Connoisseur. For a vibrant digital nomad scene, Hoppin House in Hongdae offers a creative and cozy atmosphere. Let's explore some of the top options available for you.

1) Workation Offices in Seoul

TEC Co-working Center – Hana Securities Building

Concept: Luxurious, Contemporary Style, professional

Facility: 4 meeting rooms, gym, wellness rooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, etc.

Availability: Monday to Friday, 09:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Address :  Level 19, Hana Securities Building, 82 Uisadang-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul 07321, South Korea. (1 min walk away from Yeouido Station)

Who will like:

-If you are working on a project that requires a lot of concentration, the TEC Co-working Center would be a good choice. It provides premium flexible office and coworking spaces in Yeouido, with convenient access to luxury retail and five-star hospitality.

-It is located in the heart of Yeouido, the hub of Korean finance. also, it is just a 1-minute walk from Yeouido Station.

-You can take a break and rejuvenate your mind by strolling through Yeouido Park, one of Seoul's largest parks, located right next to the office, along the picturesque Han River.

Google Maps / Website

Hoppin House Coworking

Concept : Cozy, Friendly, community

Facility: 14 seats, meeting room, 2 phone booths, Wi-Fi, office amenities

Availability: Monday to Friday, 1:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m. (24/7 for members)

Address :  14 Seongmisan-ro 26-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (14min  walk away from Hongik University Station)

Who will like:

-If you prefer working in a warm and inviting atmosphere, consider choosing Hoppin House Coworking. Founded and run by a passionate host, this space is perfect for those seeking a friendly community of digital nomads, fast Wi-Fi, friendly staff, and positive vibes.

-It is located in a quiet residential area that provides a serene atmosphere, but it is only a 10-minute walk from the hipster's district called Hongdae, popular among young Koreans for its trendy restaurants, bars, and shopping streets. It is the perfect place to explore Seoul

-There are many power outlets, making it very convenient to charge my devices anytime.

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2) Accommodations for Workation in Seoul

The Connoisseur

Concept : Clean, Convenient, Comfortable

Room Types: Standard double, deluxe double, executive twin, etc.

Address : 24 Gukhoe-daero 68-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul(5min  walk away from National Assembly Station)

Who will like:

-If you prefer to stay in a calm and clean accommodation, The Connoisseur is a good choice. The rooms come equipped with almost everything you need for your stay, such as a kitchenette, washing machine, clothes dryer, microwave, and more, making you feel at home.

-It is just a 5-minute walk from Yeouido Park and the Han River, allowing you to enjoy nature in the heart of Seoul and refresh yourself."

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Hoppin House Coliving

Concept : Cozy, Warm, Friendly

Room Types: Private room, shared room (bunk bed, single bed)

Address :14 Seongmisan-ro 26-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (14min  walk away from Hongik University Station)

Who will like:

-If you're into a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, I highly recommend considering Hoppin House Coliving. The interior is cozy, and they've got everything covered, from shampoo and conditioner to body wash, handwash, towels, a washing machine, a drying machine, a drying rack, and even a hairdryer. The nice lighting adds a great touch. It's undoubtedly a top choice for a coworking and workation spot in Seoul.

-Just a delightful 10-minute stroll away, you'll find the vibrant Hongdae district—a hotspot with great restaurant options for both your lunch and dinner experience.

Google Maps / Website

Busan: Best Beaches and Seafood Delights

If you love beaches, water sports, and seafood, Busan is the perfect destination for you. Workation hubs such as the Busan Workation Hub Center and The Hyuil X Desker Workation Center offer a delightful work setting with a stunning sea view. And, of course, don't miss the chance to indulge in the renowned fresh seafood during your dinner in Busan. Let's head to Busan for a fantastic workation experience!

Seoul to Busan by Train (KTX): Approximately 2.5 hours from Seoul Station to Busan Station.

1) Workation Offices in Busan

Busan Main Workation Center

Concept: A Sea-wide View, Modern, Spacious

Facility: Co-working spaces with city and ocean views, terrace lounge, event lounge

Address :24F, Asti hotel, 7-8 Jungang-daero 214beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan((5min  walk away from Busan Station)

Availability: 08:30 a.m. to 08:30 p.m.

Who will like:

-If you're searching for a workspace with a fantastic sea view right from your desk, this is the dream location for you. No matter where you choose to sit, you can soak in the beautiful seascape of Busan.

-Connect with numerous local startup enthusiasts, allowing you to work and travel alongside locals during your vacation—a perfect way to immerse yourself in the local culture.

-The location is ideal, just a few minutes away on foot from Busan Station.

Website

THE HYUIL X DESKER WORKATION CENTER

Concept: Supportive, Local, Calm

Facility: Mobile desks, laptop desks, seminar rooms, free internet access

Address : 6F, 46beon-gil 46, Daegyo-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan  

Availability: Monday to Friday, 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

Who will like:

-If you're a remote worker seeking a peaceful and focused environment, this local workspace is the ideal choice.

-With comfortable motion desks allowing flexibility in your workspace and printing services for added convenience, you can enhance your concentration on tasks.

-You'll have the opportunity to meet and connect with passionate local startup entrepreneurs who share a love for Busan, all while enjoying the authentic vibes of Yeongdo Island's streets.

Website

2) Accommodations for Workation in Busan

LaValse Hotel

Concept: Harbor view, Modernity,  Convenient

Room Types: Standard ocean, corner city, corner ocean

Address : 82 Bongnaenaru-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan

Who will like:

-If you're searching for accommodation with stunning bay views at a reasonable price, this is the perfect place for you.

-Most rooms feature clean and modern interiors with tasteful decorations, providing an ideal setting for capturing photos.

-The location is excellent, offering easy access to subway stations, trendy cafes, and local food street stands.

Google Maps / Website

Hotel Adela

Concept : Modernity, Convenient, Cost-effective

Room Types: Standard twin city, deluxe twin harbour, deluxe double city

Address : 45 Taejong-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan

Who will like:

-If you enjoy exploring famous tourist places such as Gukje Market, Kkangtong Market, and Jagalchi Market, this is the perfect place for you.

-Most rooms are clean and equipped with soft blankets to ensure a comfortable rest at a reasonable price

-The location is excellent, providing easy access to subway stations, various restaurants.

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Rural Workation Spots in South Korea: Jeju Island, Yangyang, and Yeosu

Each city in South Korea possesses its own unique beauty, especially when it comes to nature. Each city offers a distinctive charm that allows you to appreciate its natural allure. Opting for a workation in a smaller city provides a more serene and comfortable experience, surrounded by beautiful natural elements such as the sea, rivers, mountains, and forests.

Here are three exceptional rural workation destinations: Jeju, Yangyang, and Yeosu. Enveloped in nature, these locations offer high-speed internet, a safe environment, and an abundance of cafes featuring special local cuisine. This setting allows you to delve deeper into the South Korean experience.

Jeju Island Wonders: A Unique Nature Retreat in Korea

Jeju Island holds a special place in the hearts of Koreans, cherished for its unique and captivating beauty. Surrounded by clear emerald seas, the island boasts diverse landscapes, from lush forests to the picturesque Hallasan National Park, each exhibiting its own charm throughout the seasons. Indulge in the satisfaction of fresh seafood and local cuisine during your workation. Explore the scenic Jeju Olle Trail, a walking path that winds along the coast. Discover workation offices and accommodations across this expansive island.

Seoul to Jeju by Flight: About 1 to 1.5 hours from Gimpo International Airport to Jeju International Airport.

1) Workation Offices in Jeju

Sagye Fishing Village Co-Working Office

Concept: Local, Nature, Peaceful

Facility: Open lounge, 4-person tables, Wi-Fi, business desks, power outlets

Address: 13-1 Hyeongjehaean-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Availability: Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Who will like:

-If you're a digital nomad seeking a serene environment surrounded by beautiful seas and mountains, this is the ideal destination.

-Experience Jeju's unique local diving activity, immersing yourself in the culture of Jeju Haenyeo (women divers) and fishing on a boat.

-Conveniently located near the beach and mountains, you can enjoy trekking along Yongmeori Beach and the Sanbangsan Yongmeori Geo Trail.

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Jilgeurang Center

Concept: Local, Comfortable, Beach

Facility: Free parking, dual monitors, personal lockers, OA services, on-site café

Address: 46-9 Sepyeonghang-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Availability: Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Who will like:

-If it's your first time visiting Jeju Island and you're looking to work remotely near the beautiful beach on the east side, I recommend this spot. It's close to Sehwa Beach, one of the stunning beaches on the eastern coast of Jeju.

-The space offers a cozy atmosphere with soft blankets and towels. With the soothing sound of waves from Sehwa Beach, you can concentrate on your work.

-Surrounding Sehwa Beach, you'll find numerous famous local cafes and restaurants, offering delights like Jeju carrot juice, carrot cake, seafood, and Galbi (marinated grilled ribs).

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2) Accommodations for Workation in Jeju

Grand Mer Hotel

Concept: Cost-effective, Peaceful, Calm

Room Types: Standard room, family room, junior suite

Address: 460-1 Haye-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Who will like:

-If you're traveling on a tight budget, this place offers rooms at a reasonable price.

-Experience a calm and peaceful atmosphere away from crowded areas, surrounded by the soothing sounds of birds, Jeju orange trees, and the sea.

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Playce Camp Jeju

Concept : Trendy, Activity, Convenient

Room Types: Double room, twin room, deluxe double, deluxe twin

Address: 20 Dongnyuam-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Who will like:

-If you often feel lonely when traveling to a new place, you can easily make new friends here. This place offers various activity classes such as yoga, cocktail making, Jeju night walking, Hallasan snow trekking, and more.

-Enjoy trendy cafes, pubs, and convenient stores in the accommodation.

-Located near the famous tourist spot Seongsan Ilchulbong (Seongsan Sunrise Peak), highly recommended for witnessing the beautiful sunrise in the morning.

Google Maps / Website

YangYang: South Korea's Surfing Haven

Yangyang, a rapidly emerging city in South Korea, comes to life in the afternoons as surfers from all over the country gather to ride the perfect waves. As night falls, the beach transforms into a vibrant space filled with colorful lights and lively music, creating a lively nightlife scene. Yangyang offers the perfect setting to immerse yourself in the vibrant youth culture of the local city.

Seoul to Yangyang by Bus: Around 2 to 3 hours from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Yangyang Intercity Bus Terminal.

1) Workation Offices in Yangyang

Desker Workation Center

Concept: Trendy, Modernity, Activity

Facility: Business desks, meeting rooms, phone booths, monitors, scanners, printers

Address:   64, Ingu-gil ,Hyeonnam-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do

Availability: Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.(Reopening in April 2024)

Who will like:

-This workation office is operated by Desker, a lifestyle furniture brand, offering a variety of desk styles to enhance your focus, including study room desks and open table-style desks.

-Experience a perfect work-life balance with various activity classes like craft beer, scent-making, coffee, and surfing.

-Benefit from collaborations with numerous brands, allowing you to enjoy discounted prices at cafes, surfing schools, hotels, and local shops.

Google Maps / Website

Wave Works Yangyang
Photo by Wave Works Yangyang

Concept: Beach, Peaceful, Cozy library with a Big window

Facility: Workation concierge, wireless internet, OA services, micro-library

Address: 10-9 Du-ri, Hyeonnam-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do

Availability: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Who will like:

-Ideal for remote workers seeking regular mental refreshment during work, this office features large windows offering a beautiful view of the waves whenever you lift your head.

-Soft orange lighting creates a calm and cozy atmosphere to enhance productivity.

-Post registration is available through the Gogo Yangyang app or on-site.

Google Maps / Gogo Yangyang App(Android, IOS) / Instagram

2) Accommodations for Workation in Yangyang

Corallo by Chosun

Concept: Modernity, Clean, Trendy

Room Types: Deluxe, pet-friendly, grand deluxe, duplex, suite

Address: 10 Ingujungang-gil, Hyeonnam-myeon, Yangyang, Gangwon-do

Who will like:

-If you're in search of a newly built hotel offering a warm temperature pool, terrace, and trendy rooms with stylish interiors, this is the place for you.

-Traveling and working as a digital nomad with your pet? No worries, this hotel provides pet-friendly rooms.

-Just an 8-minute walk away, Ingu Beach is renowned for its consistently clean waves.

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Karuna

Concept: Emotional, Stylish, Calm

Room Type: Standard

Address: 36 Ingu-gil, Hyeonnam-myeon, Yangyang, Gangwon-do

Who will like:

-For digital nomads who appreciate stylish interiors showcasing the host's refined taste in interior design and handicrafts, this accommodation is a perfect choice.

-The pleasant scent permeates every corner, and a private pool allows you to unwind and enjoy your day, whether it's watching movies with a projector in your room or simply relaxing.

-Begin your day by witnessing the beautiful sunrise right in front of the beach.

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Yeosu: Romantic city with unforgettable night sea in South Korea

Yeosu, situated in the southwest of Korea, is renowned for its breathtaking sea views and a multitude of charming islands that offer diverse seaside experiences. Amidst your workation, relish the delight of fresh seafood, especially in the Pocah street next to the beach (also known as Korean street food or market). Yeosu invites you to immerse yourself in local village life by the sea and indulge in various water sports, such as jet boating, fishing, and more

Seoul to Yeosu by Train (KTX): Approximately 3.5 to 4 hours from Seoul Station to Yeocheon Station.

Seoul to Yeosu by Flight: About 1 to 1.5 hours from Gimpo International Airport to Yeosu Airport.

1) Workation Offices in Yeosu

Darakhyu Yeosu Office and Yeosu Workation Center are located near each other. If you need to start working as soon as you arrive in Yeosu, these are the perfect places. Located right near Yeosu Expo Station, you can start your work right after getting off the train. The offices are cozy and not crowded, allowing you to easily concentrate on your work while enjoying the beautiful sea in front of you.

Darakhyu Yeosu Office

Concept :  Calm, Small, Cozy

Facility: Tables, seats, library, internet, printing and copying facilities

Address: 1 Bangnamhoe-gil, Deokchung-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do

Availability: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Yeosu Workation Center

Concept : Calm, Small, Cozy

Facility: Personal seats, communal tables, relaxation areas, open lounges

Address: 1 Bangnamhoe-gil, Deokchung-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do

Availability: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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2) Accommodations for Workation in Yeosu

Walkerhill Darakhyu Yeosu Branch

Concept: Cozy,Cost-effective, Comfortable

Room Types: Ocean view (double), standard (double)

Address : 1 Bangnamhoe-gil, Deokchung-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do

Who will like:

-If you're a budget-conscious digital nomad, this capsule hotel is an excellent choice. It features well-equipped rooms with a built-in audio system, a lounge offering a good sea view, and a basic yet delicious breakfast.

-Conveniently located next to Yeosu Expo Station, finding the hotel is easy, even if you arrive late at night.

-The atmosphere is generally calm, making it a perfect place for meditation or enjoying a book while overlooking the South Sea.

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Utop Marina Hotel & Resort

Concept: Clean, Beautiful Sea View, Accessible

Room Types: Double, twin

Address : 61-15 Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do

Who will like:

-If you're a remote worker looking to make the most of your time, this hotel is an excellent choice. Enjoy various facilities, including a warm water pool with exciting DJ music.

-The location is accessible to famous tourist spots like Odongdo, Cable Car, Pocha street (Korean street food), and fishing sites.

-Well-managed and clean rooms with a sea view.

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What To Know For Visiting South Korea

Is South Korea a hot or cold country?

South Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Each season offers its unique charm and activities.

  • Spring and fall are the best times for outdoor activities due to their warm and moderate weather. In spring, you can enjoy cherry blossoms that adorn many streets in Korea. In fall, the mountains turn red and yellow, creating a festive and picturesque atmosphere. Various festivals take place in cities throughout South Korea during these seasons.
  • Summer and winter have more extreme temperatures. In summer, you can engage in water sports along the Han River in Seoul. In winter, you can enjoy activities such as snow trekking and skiing. South Korea's four distinct seasons provide a wide range of options for a rich and diverse experience during your stay.

What is the average cost in Korea?

Cost of Food

South Korea, renowned globally for its exquisite cuisine, offers a diverse array of food options, from the sizzling delights of Korean BBQ to comforting rice or noodle dishes and the freshest seafood. To provide a clearer understanding of food costs, let's delve into some specific examples.

  • Starbucks Café Latte: 5000 won($4) / McDonald's Big Mac SET:6900 won($5.2)
  • Gimbap: Quick and Nutritious
  • For those seeking a quick, nutritionally balanced option favored by locals, Gimbap is a popular choice, ranging from 3500 to 5000 won.($2.7~$4)
  • Regular Korean Meal
  • A standard Korean meal, complete with rice, soup, and various side dishes, typically falls within the range of 11000 to 15000 won($8.3~$11.3). This showcases the average cost of a more traditional dining experience.

Cost of Transportation

Exploring Seoul during your workation is made convenient by its extensive public transportation network, known for being both fast and cost-effective. Whether you're commuting within the city or heading to hiking trails, public transportation is easily accessible.

For Seoul, the subway fare starts at 1,400 won(with an additional 500 won per 5km), and the bus fare is 1,500 won.($1.2)

NomadHer Local's Special Tips for Your South Korean Adventure

Prepare to be pleasantly surprised when you visit South Korea for your workation  with these handy tips from the locals:

  1. Ensuring Belongings' Safety : In South Korea, the café scene offers diverse concepts, and here's a surprising safety tip: locals casually leave their laptops on tables when heading to the restroom. If you drop your wallet on the street, there's a high chance it will still be there when you return. The locals' respect for personal belongings minimizes the risk of theft, providing a secure environment for your possessions.
  2. City Convenience: South Korea stands out for its unparalleled convenience. Affordable, efficient, and impeccably clean transportation, along with 24/7 accessibility to restaurants, shops, cinemas, laundromats, jimjilbangs, libraries, and more. The city truly never sleeps.
  3. Wi-Fi Wisdom: Before discarding receipts in a cafe, check for Wi-Fi passwords. This small gesture ensures you stay connected while enjoying your coffee.
  4. Korean Barbecue Delight: Don't miss trying Korean barbecue at least once during your stay. It's not only affordable but also comes with bottomless free side dishes. Service is quick, and there's no need to tip.

The 4 Essential Apps for Your Workation in South Korea (Download for Free)

As a local, I've selected essential apps to make your trip and stay in Korea much easier. I highly recommend checking them out and downloading them before your departure to South Korea, ensuring they're ready to go upon arrival. These apps are fundamental and will undoubtedly enhance your travel experience in Korea! Explore this list for a more convenient trip. Let's get started!

What app do I need to travel to Korea?

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NomadHer app (Finding female travel buddy)

If you're a female traveler seeking trustworthy, like-minded women as travel buddies, then NomadHer is the perfect app for you. NomadHer is a global travel community dedicated to empowering women through travel. Whether you're looking to meet locals or fellow travelers wherever you go in Seoul, NomadHer has you covered. It's especially renowned for helping you find the best travel companions to make your journeys even more enjoyable. The app is free, and after completing the verification process to become a member, you gain access to all the functions for finding travel buddies, asking questions, and participating in travel camps.

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Naver Map or Kakao Map (Transportation)

If you're visiting Korea for the first time, you'll quickly realize that Google Maps is not as effective here. For navigation in Korea, Naver Map and Kakao Map are your best choices, serving as the Everyday Navigator for locals as well. Simply input your destination, and they will instantly provide the best routes and transportation options. These apps also estimate costs, helping you choose the most economical route and save money. Additionally, you can share your location, save important places, and check reviews, operating times, and pictures of your destination. Both apps are ideal for anyone planning a trip to Korea.

Naver App on IOS & Andorid / Kakao App on IOS & Andorid

Kakao T (Taxi)

If you're searching for an app similar to Uber in Korea, Kakao T is the go-to for taxi services. Most taxi drivers use this app, making it convenient for you to hail a taxi. It's a simple process—just set your starting location and destination, and you're ready to call a taxi. To use the app, download KakaoTalk (Korean messenger) to obtain your ID.

Kakao T App on IOS & Andorid

Naver Papago (Langauge)

Think of it as the Korean Google Translate. With this app, seamless communication with locals is at your fingertips. I highly recommend downloading it before your trip. Plus, it's got a setting for honorifics to ensure respectful conversations, although Koreans are generally understanding towards foreigners nowadays. When faced with a Korean menu, quickly translate it into English with simple steps—just snap a picture, and it instantly translates the content, saving you from the hassle of typing in Hangeul(Korean language).

Naver Papago App on IOS & Andorid

*Plus tip: *Preparatition inadvnace can help your travel budget. You can buy sim card or pocket wifi before you get on the train and pick up them frmo the airport.
4G Pocket WiFi (KR Airports Pick Up) from KT

South Korea 4G Prepaid SIM Card (KR Airports Pick Up) from KT

*Pro Tip: Planning ahead can save you money on your travels. Consider purchasing a SIM card or pocket WiFi in advance. You can conveniently pick them up at the airport before boarding the train(Click for SIM card or pocket WiFi)

Digital Nomad Community in South Korea

If you're diving into the digital nomad lifestyle, South Korea welcomes you with vibrant communities and valuable resources. Platforms like Digital Nomads Korea offer insights, workation programs, and even visa guidance. These communities serve as a hub for individuals with similar interests to connect, exchange experiences, and seek support while immersing themselves in the diverse landscapes and workation opportunities South Korea has to offer.

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More about NomadHer :

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Writer :

Soyeon has always sought freedom. After spending seven years confined to an office, she embraced the digital nomad lifestyle in 2021. Now, she is building her remote career in content creation and event organization. While New York holds a special place in her heart, Kenya has left a lasting impression. Soyeon's next wish is to explore the vast beauty of Northern European countries, immersing herself in the wonders of nature.

#This is a sponsored article by Digital Nomad Korea

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