Friday, June 15, 2018

3 Secrets that You Might Not Know About Korean Address Rules

Today, much fewer people worry about finding a certain location thanks to smartphone applications. When we search a name of building or simply copy and paste address found on the Internet, we are good to go! Still, when we get to the area and locate ourselves to the exact place, these 3 facts about address will come in handy.

Ongi Jongi Happy Mural Village

1. Name of Road
Roads and streets are classified in 3 different names in address: -daero, -ro, -gil. “-daero” indicates a road that refers to road with more than 8 lanes, “-ro” refers to one with 2 to 7 lanes and “-gil” indicates all the rest of roads.

2. Building Numbers: Odd vs. Even
Each building in Korea is numbered. From the beginning of a road(-daero, -ro, -gil), the number of a building will increase as the road approaches the end. One big tip is all buildings on the left side of the road receive odd numbers whereas buildings on the right get even numbers.

3. Distance Between Buildings
One easy way to estimate distance between buildings is simple subtraction. How far is between building #1 to #3? It’s about 20m.  For building #50 to #100? The distance is 500m. A digit difference between building number indicates 10 meter. 

What can you infer from the following address?

88, Gongpyeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

This place is located on the right side of the road that has 2-7 lanes. It is about 880m from the beginning of Gongpyeong-ro.