Seoul is a fantastic city with delicious food to eat, beautiful places to visit, and fun things to do, but you can’t do them all by yourself. While dating apps are available to meet new people, it may be daunting to meet one-on-one. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to attend social meetings all over Korea. These social gatherings can create platonic friendships for long term residents, but can also be a fun activity you can do while making friends.
Technology is changing Korean modern culture. It is breaking through small impenetrable social circles, and now meeting new people from all over the world is becoming the new trend. Smartphones have allowed people to easily connect and develop larger and more diverse friendship groups. Korea is quickly embracing technology to create and enhance relationships, and you can too with the help of the following 5 free apps.
Available on the App Store and Google Play. From the creators of the Korean communication app Line, Band is an app which allows users to organize activities with friends and join other communities. Not only can you communicate with other users through this app for free, but you can also share files and videos. It was first launched in Korean, but now it has become international. This app is available in all languages, and each account can be personalised and organised by the user. Socialising has never been easier.
2. 소모임 (Somoim)
Available on the App Store and Google Play. ‘Moim’ (모임) means ‘meeting or gathering’ in Korean. This app is very popular, and has a lot of users and options to choose from. Each group is based on mutual and shared interests, like hiking, movies of just simply talking about a specific subject, so it is perfect for trying out something new or doing something that you love with new people. This app is made by and for Koreans, so users must be able to read Korean. This app will immerse you into Korean culture and people.
3. 동호회 모아 (Moa)
Available on Google Play. ‘모아’/‘Moa’ is the verb ‘gather’ in Korean. This stylish social networking service divides hobbies, activities and locations into categories. Much like Somoim, this app is a niche-interest platform that allows users to select interest groups. Korean language skills will be needed.
Available on Google Play. This app is somewhere between a dating app and a gathering app. Users are able to meet people within 1km of their location to hang out in a friendly environment, without the burden of dating. Unlike the other social apps, users are able to search friends, and meet people who they want to be friends with directly. This is convenient for people who don’t like commuting or want to get to know their local area more.
Available on the App Store and Google Play. This English language app is the most popular for foreigners in Korea, as it hosts fantastic international events. There is a huge range of groups to choose from and people from all backgrounds come together. Not only will you meet Koreans, but also people from all over the world attend, so it a great way to meet a diverse group of people and get a deeper understanding of foreign cultures.
Not ready to get out there? Apps where you can simply talk to other users are available, like Hi There which is very popular in Korea. Language exchange apps like HelloTalk are perfect if you want to learn Korean, and you can talk to people who are interested in foreign languages. A few taps on a smartphone screen can open you up to new things, so embrace the future and get connected.
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