Internet Access

With the world's fastest connections and one of the highest rates of internet usage, you'll find abundant free internet access, either via a computer or wi-fi in cafes, public streets, guesthouses, hotels and tourist information centres.

  • Some motels and nearly all hotels provide computers with broadband access.
  • Major phone companies offer USB dongle devices (known as 'pocket wi-fi' or a 'wi-fi egg') to rent, in the same way as mobile phones, to connect all your devices to the internet from your own portable wi-fi hotspot. If you are travelling outside Seoul or major cities, make sure your device plan covers the whole country. Reliable services are available from Pocket WiFi Korea (www.pocketwifikorea.com) and Package Korea (www.packagekorea.com) and charge from ₩7150 per day. Link Korea (www.linkkorea.co.kr) rents pocket wi-fi devices (US$5 per day) that you can pre-order and pay for online, then pick up at airports or Hongik University station in Seoul.
  • If you just need internet access on your (unlocked) phone, a Korean SIM geared towards foreigners might be a cheaper option, with one-month plans for 1GB data starting at ₩34,900 with Korea Telecom (www.roaming.kt.com), widely available from stores aimed at tourists in Itaewon and Hongdae in Seoul, and some convenience stores such as at the entrance to Gimpo Airport subway.