Lost in Seoul

Written by admin on October 22, 2008 – 4:03 pm -

Ever wish you had the guts to drive and explore a new city or go for a roadtrip without fearing getting lost? Especially if you couldn’t ask for directions due to the fact that the local populace don’t speak english.

What you need is a GPS navigation unit. For starters GPS service is free of charge. GPS or Ground Positioning System is a a system that works by triangulating a user with a GPS receiver with the use of satellites. These satellites are owned by the U.S. military and were primarily developed over a decade ago to determine the position of their ships, aircraft and personnel. This technology has now spilled over to the civilian market and we now enjoy turn by turn directions to our chosen destination. 

In S. Korea, GPS navigation has been available for quite some time now but the major problem for foreigners like me was that the verbal and displayed directions, maps and language were only available in Korean. These days english turn by turn instructions as well as map displays are available by a simple update from the internet. 

The unit I purchased was an XROAD Season 2 GPS. You may opt for other brands but make sure you get one with the Mappy system as they have english updates. One thing I really like about the GPS units here in Seoul is that they provide real-time traffic information. This helps me navigate through the grid locked streets of Seoul especially during the rush hours. I’ve included a video of this in action. Traffic info is displayed for both directions in either flashing red for heavy bumper to bumper traffic, yellow for moderate flow and green for the all clear. Other bells and whistles include the DMB, and PMP.

So if you’re itching to go on the roadtrip without the anxiety of getting lost head over to your favorite electronics retailer and grab yourself one. It’s relatively cheap nowadays with prices ranging from W200,000-350,000 depending on the features that you want.

 


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8 Responses to “Lost in Seoul”

  1. By hiphopjunkie on Oct 23, 2008 | Reply

    hi, i have a cowon Q5 with mappy on it, but i didn’t know i could get english updates. i can change the map names to display in english, but not the mappy program itself. if you have any info, can you email me, please? thanks a lot, and keep up the good blogging!

  2. By admin on Oct 24, 2008 | Reply

    @hiphop, same here… I can only update the map and the voice but not the mappy program itself.

  3. By Paul on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    Where can I find one of these?!?!!? I need one soooo bad!

  4. By admin on Dec 11, 2008 | Reply

    @Paul, its available at most electronics shops at Yonsan, Technomart and Gukjae Center in Seocho

  5. By karel on Dec 26, 2008 | Reply

    Hi, nice tips, i also got the Xroad V7 S3, working fine sofar. Did you however managed to get the mappy instructions somewhere in english translated ..?? try and error in korean takes a long time to discover all options.

  6. By admin on Dec 27, 2008 | Reply

    @karel, its more of a trial and error affair for me. My colleague also helps me with the more complicated settings.

  7. By Leo on Apr 4, 2009 | Reply

    Hi
    Appreciate Yr information regarding GPS device
    It happens to me to be losted in some places in Korea and will be grateful to You for advise regarding step by step instruction for fools to finding in internet software with map and voice for xroad season 2 or 3
    Best Regards
    Leo

  8. By admin on Apr 6, 2009 | Reply

    @ Leo, I brought my XROAD Season 2 to the A/S center and they uploaded the maps for me as well as the english voice pack.

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