How to Make Korean Friends in Korea

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If you’re traveling to Korea or living in Korea, you might feel a little lost and alone. What better way to cure your sorrows than to make local Korean friends! If you’re wondering how you can make Korean friends while you’re in Korea, we have a few suggestions 😉

Note for Korea residents: Making friends in Korea is the same anywhere in the world. Most people, just like you, make friends at school, work at the gym, etc.. But if the people around you are only non-Koreans, it might be harder to make local Korean friends. So we suggest being active, and of course friendly. Join a yoga class, a salsa dance group, a scarf knitting interest group, a photography club for taking pictures of cats. Just anything to be in a position to meet people. And of course, it’ll help if you’re friendly too.

But just in case you need a starting point, here are a few suggestions:

 

TourMateKoreamakeyourtourmate korea

With Locals by Locals

TourMateKorea is an app to find local Korean friends to have real local experiences with. They’re not professional tour guides, but everyday Korean locals with schools and jobs. With them, you’ll get access to special venues, hear their stories of growing up in the city, get personalized recommendations for what you want to do and make a new friend while you’re at it. Most meetups are one on one experiences, so it’s intimate, and you’ll really get to know true Korean locals.

Click here to find a local Korean friend.

 

SeoulMate

Seoul tours and friendship

SeoulMate is one of the services we highlighted in our 10 Free Things to Get in Seoul post. They are super cool because they offer free tours of Korea’s attractions. And although they’re not professional tour guides, you can think of them as professional hang out buddies. Basically the group will hook you up with Korean college students to tour some of Korea’s awesomest sites. But in addition to tours, these people also offer their oh so valuable friendship. They’re young, outgoing and friendly. You’ll like them so much that you might even want to go to one of their reunion parties! 😀

Check out their official website and their facebook page.

 

Friends in Korea

Language exchange, partying, speed dating and unicorns… maybe

Checkout friendsinkorea.comif you want language exchange, partying, speed dating and unicorns. Their hang outs range from eating food and drinking coffee to drinking beer and going clubbing. They’ll have events that are setup for group discounts (i.e. free entrance to clubs, all you can drink beer, etc.). And although this group is geared more towards foreigners that reside in Korea, it’s still a great way for visitors to meet some Korean friends too. And to ride unicorns.

Check out their facebook page and their official website!
If you speak Korean…

 

Korean Interest Groups

모임 (moim) / 동호회 (donghohoe)

Many Korean people find friends in interest groups called 모임 (moim) or 동호회 (donghohoe) and so these groups are perfect for finding real Korean locals. On top of that, these are interest groups with activities that range from hiking, bowlingwine tastingbiking and anything else you can think of. So it’s perfect for making friends with the most local of Koreans while enjoying your favorite activities! Most of these can be found with simple searches on Daum.net or Naver.com (e.g. 서울볼링동호회 – Seoul bowling interest group). If your Korean isn’t the best, ask a friend to help you find a good one.

Obviously these aren’t the only ways to make Korean friends. There are tons of meetup groups out there with lots of Koreans. If you know of any, feel free to add to the list in the comments below!

Keith
Keith
Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

77 Comments

  1. yenny says:

    I want to make a friend that can speak in English. I can speak korean and chinese. ^^ mail please ^^

  2. yahya says:

    Hii, i ll go to Seoul next week for the 3rd time, but yet i have no korean friend.. can anyone guide me there?

  3. Sophea says:

    anyone are Korean here? i want to have korean friend for language n culture exchange and when i visit there or when they visit my country it would be nice if you had a friend in foreign country 🙂

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  5. myls says:

    I hope one day I could really visit that place.

  6. Christine Mae says:

    Hi Im Christine from philippines. Im 18
    I want to have some korean friends😊. I hope I could have some friends😊

    Here add me on facebook so I can socialize with you guys😊
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  7. Jessica says:

    Hi, I’m Jess. I have been studying Korean for a little while and I’m going to Korea for 2 weeks. Looking for friends so please email me!

  8. Jasons says:

    I am Korean male and would like to chat with anyone who is interested .
    Anyone male or female, young or old, Korean or foreigner…etc
    Email me at jskl3hanmail.net

  9. Yas.. says:

    I want to make f freind i am in seoul and i am a foreigner. I will be stay here ik korea long time any one interested pls pm me

  10. Danielle says:

    Hi, my name is Danielle. I’m planning on going to Seoul for a week during early November, and I’ll be travelling alone. Would love to meet some locals that would be willing to show me around or even non locals that would be willing to go explore Seoul with me! I don’t speak any Korean, but I do speak fluent English and Cantonese. My email is [email protected]

  11. Sam says:

    Hey my name is sam (29 yr ) and i would to meet new friends from korea or foreigners. i will be staying there during December . I do speak english and Arabic.

    please send me an email if you are interested

  12. Kristina says:

    Hi, my name is Kristina and I am also looking for a Korean friend. I am moving to Seoul in February and I would like to have someone to talk to and practice Korean with!

  13. Kavindya says:

    Is there any korean here?I want to make foreign friends. …please contact me…..I am 17 years.

  14. Ray, Lim says:

    I just wonder is this web can make foreign friends in korea? (i’m korean)
    Anyway, my name is Ray , and i’m 32years old.
    I have no problem with English.
    I really like to make foreign friends in Korea.
    I don’t mine where you from or what you do.
    just send me the e-mail with your number. then i will call you
    don’t be shy my friends. 🙂
    [email protected]

  15. Davy says:

    Hello, me and my friends are going to Korea next summer! We are 3 boys, but non of us can really speak the language. If you are interested in having a chat, eventually meet up in Korea this summer, let me know!

  16. Brian Arango says:

    Hi, I am a 21 year old American going to S Korea for my first time on February 18 through the 25th. I am going alone and I have no idea how I am going to get around. Can anyone possibly explore with me or does anyone have any recommendations?

  17. Diane says:

    Hello! interesting page 🙂 I’m currently in Seoul and was wondering if there was anyone willing to become friends with me and show me around! I’m having a hard time making friends here because of the language barrier :/

  18. Isaac says:

    Hi Guys ! My name is Isaac and I am a Korean and Student in Some Korea Univ (and 22 ). I am writing now Because I need to study English For vacation and I really want to make Foreigner friends. Although I am not good at English I can communicate with anyone by English : ) From now to 2017 Feb 28 I want to help you about Korea(Anything : culture, traveling, recommendation etc) . Without any schedule to me, I would be Okay to do with you : )

    *Send me a facebook message or mail If you are interested in.

    (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003502603917
    (Mail) [email protected]

    + We don`t have to meet if you don`t want. But I can help you by sending a message. So Don`t worry about call me.
    And I also find Foreigner resident of Korea.
    +This writing is my first time and I am not sure I will be good at. But I will try to be my best : )

  19. velicia says:

    Hi, i’m from indonesia (20 y.o). I really want to have korean friend. I think it will make my korean and english languages increase.

  20. Azim says:

    Hey, i am male,(24 years old), i am looking for Koreans who can accompany me in February 2017. i can speak English and a little bit of Chinese..Thank you 😀

  21. Seif says:

    Hello anyone can help me im new in korea seoul iteawon and i dont have friend
    I have been here 7 days and i will live here please
    Anyone can help me

  22. amani says:

    hi i’m Amani from algeria I wanna meet friend from korea ; i can speak frensh and english and ii’m 19 YO

  23. LizzyKawaiiii says:

    Hello! , im searching for help from our korean friends! i would like to play game in korean website but it asks for ipin or check from phone which is not avaiable for me.. if someone could help would you please writte me? ill give you an email :). I’m 23 years old woman who likes aloooot gaming as in mmorpgs :).

  24. ali says:

    hi, i m ali, i m planning to visit seoul in comming july, so if any korean girl want to friendship with me, so i wll improve my korean language, pls contact me on my gmail account

  25. john says:

    I’m looking for sex

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