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Whether you are navigating through the streets of South Korea on foot or using transportation, you will encounter many signs that guide and warn pedestrians and drivers throughout the country. Many of them provide instant communication for both Korean and English speakers, however, there are also signs that appear only in Korean.
Are you ready to test your knowledge of some of the roadway signs in South Korea? Can you look at the following pictures and guess what kind of information each one conveys?
How about this sign? Can you figure out what this sign represents?
10. 보행 중 스마트폰 주의 (Its direct translation is “watch out for a smartphone while walking”)
You will see this sign near the crosswalks downtown. It is urging pedestrians to pay attention to the road while they are walking or crossing the street. This sign is also warning the drivers to watch out for smartphone zombies around the crosswalk.
While exploring many streets and roads in South Korea, you will see many visible signs in red, blue, yellow, white, etc. colors. These simple signs with pictograms and words provide effective communication tools not only to Koreans but also to foreigners in Korea, helping to overcome the language barrier. Simple signs can say more than words in order to keep you safe and help you to navigate through the country effectively.
감사합니다! (Thank you!)