This Post deals with maps of and GPS for the Korean Peninsula to play Pokemon Go . manuals and travel guides will be on separates Posts or dedicated Pages, so irrelevant comment may be neglected, moved or deleted – Thank You .

[ iNDEX ] to inform you on the difference between maps below :

  1. SokCho City FREE Wi-Fi MAP
  2. PokeStops and Gyms in GangWonDo
  3. Korea Tech BLog’s theoretical & experimental Pokemon MAP
  4. Why Pokemon Go is limited to small area in the Korean Peninsula


FREE Wi-Fi zone map offered by SokCho City Administration – Right is North, click to enlarge

independent project mapping PokeStops (in circles) and Gyms (squares) in the SokCho area for now, to be extended to the whole of South Korea – click on map to link to actual map-site

Korea Tech BLog’s own endeavour pinning theoretically possible AND confirmed geographic locations within South Korean borders where Pokemon Go is possible :

there is already enough links to the most active area Pokemon is available in South Korea : around SokCho City in GangWonDo administrative region on the mountainous East Coast, and right up near the scary Demilitarized Zone for Christ’s sake ! although monsters rarely seem to appear over rural areas, here will try to triangulate possible borderline where Pokemon Go can be played .



independent start-up from Google and invested by Nintendo : Niantic Labs developed Pokemon Go . it was first released last Wednesday July 6 in Australia, New Zealand and the States . Then July 13 & 14 in Germany and U.K. You can play Pokemon Go by making a foreign account, but access from several countries has been blocked noteably China, Taiwan, South Korea, Cuba, iran, Sudan and Myanmar . more countries are said to be added as more server-space can be alotted . Pokemon Go is using map used on Niantic’s earlier AR Augemted Reality espionage game : ingress which is divided into diamond-shaped grids, and by excluding South Korea : two tiny areas are loop-holes left-out of the blockade . while the remote area on South-Western islands of Shin-An is yet to be confirmed, manic fans are flocking East to an old Summer beach area of SokCho, approximately two good hours by express bus from the Capital of SEOUL .

however even then, Pokemons do appear but its map (supposed to show the roads – without buildings – around you) may not – due to national security law as a still-divided country still Officially at war, South Korean map data cannot be handed-over to Google whose map is used (current Google Map uses SK Planet’s Korean map). although the Ministry of Land, infrastructure and Transport refute this is NOT the case, and Niantic Labs confident this can be solved : this is now growing to be an issue with the people vs.the government, along with a THAAD radar base to be erected in SeongJu – whose citizens are concerned with health issues – to deter recent North Korean missile tests – map below is enlarged North-East portion of the map below that .
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further-more Pokemon Go Asia hints Japan will open within two Weeks ! and if then, according to the map above : South Korea’s Port City of Busan may also be, as it shares its map grid with Japanese island of Tsushima – and as to prove this may indeed be true : few members of Korean community from just Northern Busan as well as ChangWon, Busan’s Western satellite city are reporting random showing of Pokemon roads and/or monsters themselves ! hinting neighboring Japan may be testing for their coming release 😉


( July 22 Friday Update ) Japan is now open . in doing so, bottom-right grid AS16-ROMEO-04 on Niantic map above had to be enabled due to Japan’s Western island of Tsushima . but they had to cut-off Korean Port City of Busan as they cannot neglect it like SeokCho fore-mentioned on this Post . so they cut it into 7 triangles which let a tiny portion of Korean motor city Ulsan appear Pokemons . it is a tourist area called GanJeolGot where you can see the sun rise, at South-Western end far out of actual Ulsan City .

– Korea Tech BLog –