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  • sorala
  • Adventurer

    • 41

    • November 13, 2011, 08:49:56 pm
    • Korea
How to find bus route
« on: July 31, 2012, 11:10:33 pm »
I checked the website here http://topis.seoul.go.kr/eng/ and http://bus.congnamul.com/SeoulRouteWebApp/view_english/map.jsp to find bus route from my place to my workplace but neither site works for me. It just said loading and never actually loads the map. I tried different browser and still the same result. Can someone see if it works normally or it's just my computer? Does anyone know another way to find out bus route online?


  • mycombs
  • Veteran

    • 115

    • September 03, 2010, 06:39:03 am
    • Seoul
Re: How to find bus route
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2012, 11:43:47 pm »
I use maps.naver.com
Next to the search bar, there are 2 buttons. Toggle the 2nd one (길찾기) now you have teardrop-shaped pins just under the search bar. The left one (출발) is the start. Drop in into the map. Then drop the other pin, and it calculates a route. It will default to car directions, I think. But you will see an icon for a Bus, and just click that. And that will sometimes show a subway route, so choose the 2nd tab (버스) in that window to select only buses.
It's not as confusing as it sounds! And it's really useful. Reading a little hangeul will help immensely.
Good luck!
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  • SpaceRook
  • Expert Waygook

    • 814

    • November 18, 2010, 11:54:36 am
    • South Korea
Re: How to find bus route
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 05:48:45 am »
Daum Maps is another good one (http://local.daum.net/map/index.jsp), but it is all Korean.  For directions, click 길찾기.   The red flag (출발) is the starting location and the blue flag (도착) is the ending location.

Google Maps is also decent if you only know English.  If you don't know how to type in the name of your destination and location, you can right-click on the map and choose "Directions to Here" and "Directions From Here".

In my experience, Google Maps will usually show less information than Naver and Daum.  But it's usually good enough when you don't want to deal with Korean.


Re: How to find bus route
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012, 10:04:41 am »
I checked the website here http://topis.seoul.go.kr/eng/ and http://bus.congnamul.com/SeoulRouteWebApp/view_english/map.jsp to find bus route from my place to my workplace but neither site works for me. It just said loading and never actually loads the map. I tried different browser and still the same result. Can someone see if it works normally or it's just my computer? Does anyone know another way to find out bus route online?

That Congnamul map site is really good for people who don't have enough Korean to make use of either Daum or Naver Maps journey finder tools.

I suspect the problem you've had getting it to work is the usual problem people face when the equation is Internet + Korean site. Notably that (1) the only chance of it working is if you use Internet Explorer AND (2) you also need to install yet another activeX or other add on to get it to work.

Indeed with Congnamul, just open it up in IE and then install the "Twinkle Little Star" add on it asks you to. Once you've done that, it will work.

I very much second the advice given by others to use Daum or Naver if your Korean is up to it. Also with both of those, if you zoom in close enough you get bus icons indicating individual bus stops and if you click on those it will show all the buses that stop there and even (for many cities) real time info about when the next one is due to arrive.

If your Korean doesn't even stretch to reading place names, then I guess Google Maps is a fair enough option to use if you want some kind of map of where you are in Korea. However, for Korean map coverage Google is way, way, way behind Daum or Naver. It has a fraction of the map tools they offer and Google is very, very slow to update its Korean maps.


  • sorala
  • Adventurer

    • 41

    • November 13, 2011, 08:49:56 pm
    • Korea
Re: How to find bus route
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2012, 08:46:43 pm »
thanks for the useful info everyone. I think I got it figured out.