Which travel card is best for your trip to Korea? Convenient NAMANE CARD Recommended

23 Jan 2024
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All in One Travel Card, NAMANE CARD! How to Use A to Z๐Ÿ’œ 

Korea has a cashless culture, with many stores not accepting cash. Kiosks are widely available, requiring payment through machines instead of interacting with cashiers. If you only have cash, it can be inconvenient. Of course, you can also use an international credit card, but there are issues with skimming when using international cards, and some stores don't accept international credit cards.

That’s why many travelers are interested in getting a travel card in Korea and are comparing before they buy. Among them, let's learn more about NAMANE CARD!

  1. What is the NAMANE CARD?

  2. How to Start NAMANE CARD

  3. How to charge NAMANE CARD

  4. Convert between Pay Balance ↔ Transit Balance?

  5. Special Feature: "NAMANE Transfer"

1. What is the NAMANE CARD?

  • It is a rechargeable prepaid card in Korea that anyone, including foreigners, can make.
  • No need for identity verification such as passport authentication during issuance.
  • Easy balance recharge and checking through the NAMANE app.
  • Create your original card with a design of your choice.
  • Divided into two balances: Pay Balance and Transit Balance, each serving specific purposes.

๐Ÿ’ธPay Balance: Usable at various merchants, including restaurants and shops that accept credit cards, including taxis.

๐ŸšƒTransit Balance: For public transportation such as buses, subways, and trains.

The significant advantage of the NAMANE CARD is the ability to easily convert between these two balances using the NAMANE app.

๐Ÿ’กIf your payment didn't go through?!

Please make sure you have enough balance left for the right purpose.

For example.) If you're shopping and you only have money left in your transportation balance, the payment won't work.

2. How to Start NAMANE CARD

If you want a custom design, start by designing it in the NAMANE app.

*Alternatively, you can scan the QR from the NAMANE kiosk's main screen to design it. Choose your preferred method.

(1) Download the NAMANE app (or scan the QR code).


(2) Select 'Design Your Card(Kiosk)' and design with your favorite image.

(3) Capture or save the Design QR code.
*valid for two weeks

Now you're all set!

(4) Find the NAMANE kiosk location.

You can get detailed kiosk location information by clicking the link.

NAMANE machines are not only located at famous tourist attractions in Korea, but also you can find the kiosks.

  • Incheon Airport Terminal 1 : CU Branch 1, CU Branch 4, AREX Terminal 1
  • Incheon Airport Terminal 2 : AREX Terminal 2
  • Gimpo Airport : 7-eleven S gimpo Airport Station Branch

(5) Scan your design QR on the kiosk and check out, then you’re done!

*Payments can be made with cash, international credit cards, and digital payments, and can also be made with QR vouchers purchased in advance from klook, kkday, creatrip.

For more information on how to make a NAMANE CARD, please check the service manual or NAMANE YouTube channel.

Our YouTube channel supports these subtitles below.

  • English
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Vietnamese
  • Spanish
  • Indonesian
  • Thai 

3. How to charge NAMANE CARD

Various methods are available.

  • CASH
  • Credit/Debit Card (including international Cards)
  • Digital Payments

We offer various charging options so that you can choose based on your preferences and travel style. 

Personally, we recommend international credit/debit card charging!

This is because the NAMANE app is currently offering discounts service fee for international credit/debit card(VISA, MASTER, JCB, Union Pay) and international digital payment(Touch N Go, DANA, GCash, Alipay HK, Truemoney) recharge.

Click to go to the promotion detail page.

*It's until ~January 31.

4. Convert between Pay Balance ↔ Transit Balance?

If you charged through the app, it goes into the Pay Balance. Let's transfer it to the Transit Balance!

(1) Press the ↔ button and scan your card.
*Please scan the card as shown in the picture below. 

(2) Set the balance direction and amount to be converted.

(3) Scan your card again. DONE!

Click to go to the service manual about conversion.

5. Special Feature: "NAMANE Transfer"

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to send money to a Korean? In small street food stalls, such as those selling fish-shaped buns(๋ถ•์–ด๋นต), fish cakes, and cup rice cakes, cards are often not accepted. In such cases, the NAMANE CARD's Pay Balance Transfer feature comes in handy.

(1) How to Transfer with Korean bank account no.

(2) How to Use NAMANE QR Transfer Feature?

[Final Summary]

NAMANE CARD is recommended for those who:

  • Want to get an original card with a design of their choice
  • Wish to freely convert between Pay and Transit balances
  • Want to send money to someone in Korea without a Korean bank account
  • want to accept multiple payment methods