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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