Life in Korea & Tips

Digging into Daum Maps

Hello! A few weeks after the original post explaining briefly what Daum Maps and Naver Maps are, I saw that someone wanted to know more about how to use these fantastic map services, and since I myself was no expert, I decided to spend a couple hours creating an account for DAUM, trying out all the features they offer, and translating anything I didn’t understand. This post today is a more in-detail explanation of what Daum Maps is, and how can we use it to its best. Read on, I promise you will learn new things!

INDEX:


1. CREATING AN ACCOUNT

First things first, if you want to save addresses and stuff, you will need an account. Making an account on Daum is quite easy and stress-free, since you can register with either your phone number, or e-mail. I used my e-mail, because it is the easiest option for me. We change phone numbers often (if we move around), but the e-mail kind of remains the same forever (unless you created a teenage-like e-mail that you will eventually have to stop using, ejem).

Since I know some people don’t know Korean at all (I forgive you, my Korean is horrible even after 1,5Y), I’ve made this guide step by step, as stupid as some steps may seem.

First of all, you want to enter this address on the Internet bar: http://map.daum.net and this is what you will see~

01. daum_maps

Click on the button Log-in (로그인), on the upper right corner.

02. daum login

Since you don’t have an account yet, click here on 회원가입 to register as a new member.

Choose whatever you prefer, but I recommend using the e-mail for the above stated reason.

Choose whatever you prefer, but I recommend using the e-mail for the above stated reason.

Fill in the blankets!

Fill in the blankets! After typing in your e-mail, you need to click the button “인증번호 받기”, which means to receive a verification.

Filling in the blankets, the first thing will be your e-mail. Once you write it down, click on the button next to it to receive a certification number in your e-mail. Another filed will appear, asking you to introduce, within 10 minutes, the verification code you got. After you got the code, write a name and agree with the terms and conditions and click on Next.

After clicking on the button to verify your e-mail, a new filed will appear, asking you to introduce, within 10 minutes, the verification code you got. After you got the code, write a name and agree with the terms and conditions and click on Next.

This is how the e-mail you will receive looks like. Copy and paste the code. If you can't find the e-mail, try looking in your spam or trash folder.

This is how the e-mail you will receive looks like. Copy and paste the code. If you can’t find the e-mail, try looking in your spam or trash folder.

07. final step of signup-1

Next, introduce your desired daum ID, daum password, and copy the text on the image into the blanket to prove you’re not a robot. Please check the following images for detailed information on these fields:

Name needs to be from 3~15 lowercase letters/numbers/symbols(.)(-)(_). No other symbols can be used. Also, do not use the (.) symbol at the beginning or end.

Name needs to be from 3~15 lowercase letters/numbers/symbols(.)(-)(_). No other symbols can be used. Also, do not use the (.) symbol at the beginning or end.

Password needs to be 8 or more characters. Here you can use capitla letters or lowercase, numbers, and special characters.

Password needs to be 8 or more characters. Here you can use capitla letters or lowercase, numbers, and special characters.

Last, and this will probably be the hardest if you don't know any Korean, will be to introduce the code shown. Normally these codes are numbers... but I gues daum is kind of

Last, and this will probably be the hardest if you don’t know any Korean, will be to introduce the code shown. Normally these codes are numbers… but I guess daum is kind of “racist” and wants its users to know Korean to some degree… I refreshed the code several times and the code shown was always Korean words. Type it if you can (it’s not hard at all if you have a Korean keyboard), if not, ask for help.

Done! Click on the blue button if you want to go back to the service (in this case, Daum maps).

Done! Was it hard? Haha~ Click on the blue button if you want to go back to the service (in this case, Daum maps).


2. BASICS: HOW TO GO FROM “A” TO “B”

Maybe I should have said this before, but in order to use this service, you’d better be able to type Korean because they won’t recognize addresses in romanized, only in Korean words. Even if you type “gangnam” on the search bar, it won’t give you good results (mcdonalds works, on the other hand). You’ve been warned.

Now, on the other post I already explained briefly how to search for an address and a route. I’ll paste it here again for your convenience:

  1. Go to http://map.daum.net
  2. On the search bar, type the address or keywords (in Korean) and press “enter”. The map will show you one or several pins for that query. A. Daum search pins
  3. If you press on one of the pins, you will see the following information: name of the place, address, rating, make it favorite, export, print, zoom, edit information, and these 2 words: 출발 (chulbal, departure) and 도착 (dochag, arrival) 
  4. If you want to know how to get to Itaewon from, let’s say, Gangnam station, you could just click on 도착 (arrival) on Itaewon station (pin A in the screenshot), and then with the right click of the mouse, click on the place you want to start from (Gangnam station), then select 출발. Finally, you can select whether you want to see the route by car, public transportation, or by foot. C. Daum search route from gangnam to itaewon

Also when you right click on any place of the map, this menu will show up:

daum_rightclick

  • 여기 주소 보기 (show address)
  • 신규 장소 등록 (register a new place: add a place to the map, visible by everyone)
  • 여기 정보 수정 (modify information)
  • 출발지 지정 (set departure point)
  • 경유지 지정 (set via/point in between)
  • 도착지 지정 (set arrival point)
  • 즐겨찾기 추가 (add to favorites)
  • 확대 (magnify)
  • 축소 (zoom out)

3. BASICS II: LEFT SIDE MENU:

On the left side of the main area of your map, you will see a column with 5 icons:

Side bar-1

An interesting one is the bus map. Let’s check it out:

a. Left side menuHere you see that, if I click on the bus option and type in a bus number (orange square), I will get back a list of all the bus routes with that number. The first one is the bus 406 in Seoul, and if I click on it (yellow square), the map will show me the full route of this bus, as well as the schedules.

b. Left side menu BUSIn the red square you see the bus # and the city (서울), in orange you see the starting and ending points, and in yellow you see the starting and ending times, as well as the frequency.

c. Left side SUBWAYSimilarly, there is a subway map that can be really handy. You can check the subways from the Seoul metropolitan area (수도권), Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon, respectively. On the orange square you select (by typing) the stations in Korean. Don’t worry, if you can’t type, you can just select the stations on the map (but it is also in Korean, so you’d better know how to read it). One way to do it is double clicking first on the departure station of your choice, and then on the destination. On the green you can select whether you’re travelling on a weekday, Saturday, or holiday respectively. On the blue area you can choose whether you want to do the search by departure time, arrival time, first subway available in the morning, last subway available in the night, or no setting.

d. subway click for infoAlso, if you hover your mouse over a station, you will see the name a bit bigger and an arrow. Click on the arrow and a new pop-up will appear, showing the detailed information about the station and line.

e. subway clicked for infoFor example here you see Gangnam station on the line red (if a station has more than a line, you will be able to switch lines where the green box is). No previous stop, and next stop is Yangjae (yellow boxes).Then, you can see all the scheduled and the ending of the trip depending on whether it is a weekday, Saturday, or Sunday/ holiday (purple box).

f. subway clicked general infoBesides the schedule view, you can select to see other information (blue box), such as: general use information, bus stops near the station, and first/last train times, respectively.


4. BASICS III: CHECKING A RESTAURANT/PLACE:

Another good thing about using a localized map like daum is that you are likely to see more information about places. When you input the address of a restaurant, you will find a pin with the name of the place, like this:

D. checking leftcoastJust click on the name and you will be redirected to some sort of “summary page” where you can see the restarant’s location, nearby public transportation, rating, and reviews from blogs. This way, you can find valuable information of a restaurant before going!

D2. Checking leftcoast


5. SAVING A PLACE TO DAUM MAPS

So now that we have an account, we can save places into our favorites so that we can find them later. Let’s see how to do that!

1. type an address or click the place on the map

First of all, type the address of the place on the search bar, or point it on the map if you know where it is located. Once you do this, you will see several pins. Select the right one.


2. click the star and name your favorite

With the pin selected, click on the star. A small pop-up will come up, asking you to give it a name (or just keep it the way it is).
3. click on register

For my pin, I selected one of my favorite cafes, Banana Tree, and named it Banana Tree Sinsa. Then click on the button that says “register” (등룍).4. OKThis message just means that the registering was successful. Click on “accept” to finish.

5. find it easily on your favorites

Now, if you want to find all your favorite locations, you look at the left side bar and click on “Favorites” (즐겨찾기). Just by clicking on “Banana Tree Sinsa”, my map will show the location that I had previously saved. Voilà!


6. SPECIAL MAPS IN DAUM MAPS

Besides using Daum maps to search a place or a route, you can also see special types of maps, like the typical satellite (skyview) or the streetview. You may check traffic information, the weather in each neighborhood, the topological map (to check surface elevations), the bike rails, and much more.

09. MAP overviewOn this picture I have pointed out all the small icons we will be using. First you have a red icon that says 출발 (departure), which you can drag and drop somewhere in the map to designate that point your departure point. Below it, you have icons that you can click to see the bus stops, subway stations, restaurants, lodging options and banks on the map area. We will go into this later. On the top side you can see the city, “gu” and “dong” where the map is at the moment, and also the weather in the area (I had never noticed that!).

09b. MAP overview with banks searchSo if you clicked on the icon of the Won (symbolizing banks), you will see a lot of dots with the banks in the area. Just click on any of them for more info. Note in this picture that the 5 icons unfolded into 15. That’s right, you can also find on any part of the map all the hair dressers, parkings, supermarkets, hospitals, gas stations, coffee sops, convenience stores, and culture establishments (like cinemas or theaters).

09c. MAP pizza searchWhen you see a small grey corner, it means that you can click and select a subcategory.

10a. Thematic maps_BIKESAnother useful map will be the bike path map. By clicking on the upper right 자전거, the map will show where there are bike paths. When the lines are red, it means there is a designated bike path. Blue is a bike path shared with pedestrian walks, and green is shared with cars. Now, you can plan your bike route in advance! I must say though, pedestrians in Korea like walking on the bike path, and when you beep to alert them that you’re nearby, instead of moving to the pedestrian area and leaving the bike path for you, they will do the opposite. Korea!

10b. Thematic map_geoAnother option you can check is the topographical map, which allows you to see the map with the land shape.

10c. Thematic map_WeatherLast but not least, the weather map shows… the weather per neighborhood/area. You can even select other climate-related things such as the dust!


And that’s all for now~ I think it’s quite exhaustive… or at least I feel exhausted from researching, taking screenshots and typing, haha~ Please be aware I’m not Korean myself, but I just really enjoy looking these things up and learning useful skills~ Yesterday I was looking for a veterinarian and I was about to go out for a walk to find the closest ones when I realized: hey, why don’t you try using daum maps to find the closest ones? I did, and I found 2 at less than 5 minutes walk from my place! So yes, pretty handy~

TV house

I wrote this post because my previous post about Daum and Naver maps was quite successful and I got asked for more detailed information. I hope this helps and meets your expectations. If it doesn’t, and you have questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below!

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7 thoughts on “Digging into Daum Maps

  1. Hi!

    Thanks for such an informative post! Iit helped me a great deal! 😀 I would like to ask if Daum map has an offline map feature? If so, how it woks? Would appreciate your input. Thanks!

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  2. Thanks for info. I’ve been using this app the last few weekends on my iPhone 6+ to navigate trails in the mountains. Although I can save a particular map capture within the app, I can’t figure out how to export it so that I can access it from other apps – especially Photos, so that I could then access it when I have no mobile coverage (which is quite frequent in the backcountry). I’d be grateful for any pointers! (I’ve been using screen captures, but want the denser info with scaling that the map captures contain i.e. I can zoom it to get smaller scale info which is not shown until zoomed). Thanks if u can help at all…

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  3. Thank you for posting this guide!

    Casual tourists who don’t speak any Korean: turn back now. I’m just trying to mark ‘favorites’ and it’s been frustrating 😦

    ps. I think you mean “blanks” not “blankets” in your post 😉 ❤

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    1. Actually marking favorites is easy using this guide, I should have read the entire thing, first! I’m still nervous about using this app on my own in S Korea though.

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  4. thanks for your detailed post! very helpful! now you probably need to do a guide on how to read the directions especially for the walking option 😛

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