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.
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108 Comments

  1. Naomie Cherisme says:

    Hi I’m Naomie! Going to Seoul at the end of May. I speak no Korean unfortunately but would love to make Korean friends and hang out. Male or female is OK as long as you’re not creepy lol. Please email me if you would like to hang out ☺

  2. JASUDA says:

    Hello everyone
    I am Jas (19 yrs) female and I arrived at Seoul few days ago. But my korean isn’t good and I don’t have any korean friends to talk to. So is there any korean who can hang out with me and help me with the language? Thankyou so much. My email is [email protected]

  3. sonia says:

    Hi Guys,

    I’m planning on coming korea for one weekend! I’m currently in Qingdao doing an internship… If anyone is free to show me around on friday and saturday?? M

    Sonia 🙂

  4. Tenzin says:

    My friend and I are in Seoul! Would love to hang out with more locals and/or foreignness alike! Pease email me [email protected].

  5. Alina says:

    Hello everyone.
    I am from Romania, I plan to travel to Seoul next year to visit the city and who knows to make friends.
    Feel free to write me: [email protected]
    I admire coreean people for originality and I like coreean movies and some k-pop bands.
    Have a nice evening!

  6. Mee Ok says:

    Hi I am a 37 year old adoptee with serious health issues returning to Seoul to search for my birth family. I want to do some healing with spas and find a mudang. I would love to learn about original culture as well and would love to have a friend. I will be there for the month of September.

  7. Murathan says:

    Wow hey everyone im murathan if you want to hangout or have a meal around seoul especially hongdae or sinchon contact me! kakaotalk= murovy

  8. Fatin says:

    Hi everyone! My name is Fatin. I’ll be going to Seoul soon & sadly, I’m having hard time learning Korean language. Hence, I couldn’t speak Korean. Otherwise, I’m so hyped for my trip and up to making new friends to learn more about Korea!

  9. Yujin says:

    Hello,
    I’m Yujin (25yo) from Toronto. Anyone travelling to Seoul late October? Or a local looking for a friend?
    I can speak a bit of Korean but would love a travel buddy to check out the city with; specifically night market shopping/bars/clubbing or just eat.
    Please email me if you’re interested!

    • Minho says:

      Hi Yujin
      I’m Minho 25years old male, a local living in Seoul right now but moving to Toronto in December.
      I’ve been in Korea for only 4 years. I haven’t really explored much of Seoul or anywhere else
      because of work and preparing for Canada. I would love to be your travel buddy!

      My kakaotalk is minho1993 or you can email me at [email protected]

    • Jamal says:

      Hello Yujin
      I am Jamal, I will visit Seoul from 12 until 28 of October and I would like to meet travellers and locals to explore the city and hanging out and party, if you are interesting please contact me on my email arabibat at yahoo.com
      Regards
      Jamal

  10. fitri rizki says:

    hi i’m fitri, i will going to Seoul at 12th october – 19 october. i’m travel alone 🙁 . would love to hangout with new friend female/male as long as normal person :)). we can strolling around or go to cafe together. please send me an email if you get can hangout with me

  11. Robert says:

    Hi, I’m Robert from USA.
    I’ll be in Seoul in October 15-19.
    I can probably meet you.
    Or anyone else who is normal 🙂
    If you’re vegan/vegetarian, even better! (I don’t much like cruelty to animals)

  12. Robert says:

    My email: [email protected]
    Just spell it backwards

  13. Emily says:

    Hello my name is Emily and I’m from Singapore!
    I am currently living in Seoul to learn korean and I would like to make some local friends!
    Please email me if you’re alright to hang out together! ^^

  14. Jamal says:

    Hello
    I will be in Seoul from 12 until 28 of October, I would like to party and clubbing on 13 and 14 of October so if any one of you guys is interesting to join us he is more that welcome email me on arabibat at yahoo.com
    Regards
    Jama

  15. effah says:

    hello everyone i’m effah (female) from Brunei and travelling alone on November if anyone want to hang out for unique cafe hoping i would be trilled, i don’t speak any korean but would love to learn , please email me [email protected]

  16. lia says:

    Hi!

    Planning to go to korea next month Nov 2017. I don’t know anyone. I’ll be traveling alone.

    anyone interested to show me around. feel free to email me at [email protected]

    I am really interested to have korean chingus. 🙂

  17. Harald says:

    Hi my name is Harald! (24 korean years)
    I am in korea 2 november and i will be traveling alone.
    Anyone interested to hangout with me?

  18. itsmeatlanta says:

    Greetings! I will be South Korea from December 7 to 17 and would like to have some local company. Anyone who can hangout and travel within South Korea for sight-seeing are very much appreciated. Please leave a comment to connect. Thank you.

  19. Naila Clarke says:

    Hi my name is Naila i’m going to go to Korea next year may but i’m not good at speaking Korean
    fell free to send me an email if you are willing to help me:) : [email protected]

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