Pics That Prove Koreans Live in the Future

Pics That Prove Koreans Live in the Future


Unless you’re a K-drama fan, you probably have no idea that South Koreans enjoy a far better standard of living than anyone else because they’re light years ahead of the rest of the world in virtually everything.


With green living, clever design, smart technology, and digital everything thanks to the genius powerhouses LG, Samsung, and Hyundai — plus doors that magically open just like Star Trek — daily life in Korea is like living on a spaceship.


This is a giant photo essay of near 100 snaps showing clever Korean tech, gadgets, and design, and how they make life safer, easier, and more convenient.


As if all this isn’t exciting enough, there’s also tasty Korean food everywhere, alcohol that’s a health elixir, convenient apps to use, and the incredibly inspirational BTS.


Yes, they really do have it all.




fastest internet In the world

South Korea internet speed
Korea is #1 in the world for fastest mobile speeds by Speedtest, at 95.11 megabits per second, soon to be 5 to 10 gigabites per second. For comparison, the US averages just a fraction at 18.7 megabits per second.

aRtificial intelligence robots

Korean AI airport robot
Get airport assistance from artificial intelligence robots who give navigation, schedules, and advice.

AUgmented REALITY INformatioN

AR display
Find giant digital display screens featuring touchscreen augmented reality that show historical sites in the exact location as they would look today.

Cctv everywhere

Korean cctv
Cctv is virtually everywhere, inside and outside. Nobody’s getting away with anything. Goodbye, crime!

Korean Instant Messaging

Kakao talk
Korea’s instant messenger, Kakao Talk, is just one of many Kakao services like maps, metro, bus, taxi, and it’s very own contactless mobile payment system, Kakao Pay.

Noise pollution control

Noise pollution control
New construction promises to not cause additional noise pollution, displaying digital decibel monitors.

Pc bang Gaming cafes

Korean pc bang
Pc cafes offering state of the art computers and sound systems, ergonomic chairs, and food and drink delivery ordered via the screen, are the perfect environment to use the fastest internet in the world to play live LAN multi-player games.

karaoke rooms - norebang

Korean norebang karaoke room
Korea takes karaoke to a whole different level. You rent private soundproofed rooms, play with a state of the art video and sound system, and get food and drinks delivered to you while you sing your heart out. It’s the most fun you could ever have.

Giant Led display screens

Korean advertising display
Walking around most cities, you’ll see massively large display screens everywhere airing news or commercials. It’s a really fun distraction while waiting to cross the street.

Airport guide maps

Airport guide maps
Never lose your way at an airport with giant interactive digital display guides.

aircraft row boarding

Aircraft boarding by row
Quickly and easily board airplanes according to row, so there’s no hassle, less waiting, and flying is a breeze.

NO carry on liqUid restrictions

No airport liquid restrictions on domestic flights
On domestic flights, there are no liquid restrictions on sizes or amounts, and you don’t even have to take out liquids when going through airport security.

Ultra clean airports

Korean airport bathroom tidiness
No airports anywhere care this much about cleanliness.

Restroom lightlocks

Korean lighted bathroom door lock
Airport bathroom door locks instantly turn on an illuminating red light to signal the stall is in use.

Street guide maps

Tourist guide maps
Never get lost with easy location maps citywide.

Rechargeable smart cards

TMoney card
Tmoney is a rechargeable smart card to pay transportation fees and shop. It can be used for buses, subway, taxis, and convenience stores countrywide, and also has an app to use instead of the card.  

Electronic bus inFo systems

Electronic bus display board
Find electronic real-time bus informations systems to easily and accurately monitor bus arrivals. Also free wifi, phone chargers, and heated seats! And as if that’s not futuristic enough, Korea plans to have autonomous bus services by 2022.

Live bus tracking & seating

Live bus tracking
Track exactly when the bus is arriving down to the second, plus real time seat availability.

Live TRAFFIC displays

Traffic display
Quickly check traffic status with a glance while driving.

Live Transit time displays

Transit time displays
Real-time travel calculations are displayed to inform you of transit time.

Traffic safety warnings

Traffic safety warnings
Reminders to drive carefully display yesterday’s accident tolls.

car Dash cams

Dash cam
Cars have front and rearview dash cameras installed so all traffic is recorded in case of a scam or accident. Goodbye, road rage.

Wireless toll payments

Korean hipass rearview mirror
Rearview mirrors hold a chip card inside that allows wireless toll payments to be instantly read and charged without slowing down the car.

Car door Guard stickers

Car door guard stickers
Cushions protect everyone’s doors from dings.

Automated vertical parking lots

Automated vertical parking lots
Computerized buildings move your cars up to store them automatically.

Local booking apps

Korean hotel booking
Instantly book and pay for a luxurious yet inexpensive local hotel room with just a few clicks on an app.

Unmanned hOtels

Unmanned hotel
Check yourself into a high tech unmanned hotel hotel by simply paying at a machine that will unlock your door for you. Check out by pressing one button and you’re done.

Super cheap Luxury hotel rooms

Korean hotels
Stay in 5 star luxury hotel suites complete with flat screen TVs, computers, free toiletries and a stocked fridge, all for just a fraction of the value. This one is only $30 per night.

Automatic doors

Korean touchscreen doorknob
Enter any cafe, restaurant, or shop simply by tapping your hand on a touchscreen button and the glass door instantly slides open and closed like magic. It’s as cool as it sounds.

Wireless call Buttons

Restaurant call button
While out for Korean cuisine, when ready to order, you press a small wireless button at the end of your table that silently calls the server.

WIreless bill buttons

Wireless call bill button
In private rooms in bars and restaurants, push an instant button to order and to get your bill.

Wireless BuzzErs

Cafe wireless buzzer
Korea’s coffee culture is beyond epic. With so much demand for the beans, cafes use wireless buzzing pager systems to alert you when yours is ready for pick up.

Digital order pickup

Starbucks digital display
Grab your coffee at Starbucks with a digital panel that displays your order number and corresponding drink number location.

Self ordering Systems

Restaurant self ordering systems
Order and pay for your meal in seconds on self order systems at restaurants.

vending cafes

Vending cafe
Unmanned cafes are vending machines where you can order, pay, and get your coffee all from a machine.

Robot Cafes

Robot baristas
Unmanned coffee pods have robot baristas with 5G AI enhancement that can communicate with you while making your cup of joe in record time with perfect accuracy.

App food delivery 24/7

Korean food delivery app
Quickly and easily order food anytime with an app, and a scooter will be on its way in minutes.

Solar powered traffic signs

Solar powered traffic sign
Illuminated traffic signs have their own solar power supply.

Wind powered Street lights

Wind powered street light
Street lamps come with their own wind turbine power supply.

Electric car charging stAtions

Electric vehicle charging stations
Electric vehicle charging stations are everywhere so driving gas-free is super easy.

Public Bike rentals

Bike rentals
Easily rent city bikes for greener transportation.

Solar poweRed cell chargers

Korean solar cell phone charger
Public benches come with free solar powered wireless cell phone chargers.

Air quality MoniTors

air quality monitor
Helpful displays show the current air quality along with a cute faces for easy readability.

Regular city disinfections

Clean zones
Seoul performs regular outdoor city wide clean zone disinfections.

outdoor closed smoKing areas

Outdoor enclosed smoking areas
Avoid cigarette smoke because smokers can only smoke in enclosed spaces outside.

Free Outdoor gyms

Outdoor gyms
Free state of the art gym equipment is located in natural parks so you can skip the gym membership and exercise outside.

free filtered water everywhere

Water dispenser
There’s free filtered water dispensers for hot and cold water.

RecyclinG & waste DiSposal

Korean recycling
Stations everywhere collect recycling and waste disposal, including plastic bags, glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, plastic film, styrofoam, fluorescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs, broken glass, textiles, batteries, and food waste.

Recycling explained

Recycling station
Look at the cool way recycling is explained with a flow chart.

Diy food Waste Disposal

Korean trash incinerator
A computer will help you weigh and dispose of food waste.

Limited waste allowed

Korea garbage bag
Since you can recycle and compost everything, you should make very little waste, especially because you have to pay for special designated garbage bags.

Energy-saving windows

Double windows
Windows are installed in double sets of locking pairs to insulate and save energy. Not only a barrier against weather, temperature, and noise, the glass is also shaded to prevent solar radiation transference.

Energy-saving lighting

Motion sensor lighting
In busy spaces like foyers, hallways, vestibules, and stairwells, lights are instantly motion sensor activated and deactivated to save energy.


Plant information signs
Learn more about the plants around you with easy little information signs and QR codes.

Video intercom - front door

Korea Video intercom
State of the art video intercoms allow restricted entry only into residential buildings.

Video Intercom - apT door

Korean smart home
More serious video monitoring at the apartment door. Goodbye, robbery!

video intercom - inside apt

Korean video intercom
Inspect everything including the pores on your potential visitor’s face with this giant video display screen tucked safely inside your apartment. And if your visitor is Korean, good luck even trying to find pores.

Touchscreen Digital door lockS

Korean digital door lock
My absolute favorite gadget - digital door locks. These make daily life completely keyless and super safe, because nobody’s getting in unless you want them to.

Fingerprint door locks

Fingerprint door locks
Open your door with your fingerprint!

vacuum & moPping robots

Korean robot vacuum
Talking robot vacuums can sweep and mop entire apartments and then automatically dock to recharge.

Air purifiers

Air purifier
Smart air purifiers silently clean the air inside the home.

Apartment air PURIFIER systems

Apartment air purifier systems
Homes comes with air purifier systems installed, including vents, monitoring system, and wall control panels.

High tech ELECTRONIC ToilEts

Korean Electronic toilet
Electronic toilets are a treat for your senses and your butt. No more cold seats.

Magnetic soap

Magnetic soap
Bathroom soap stays clean and dry attached magnetically to its holder.

touchscreen refrigerators

Korean smart refrigerator
Reach-in panels and digital touchscreen displays make Samsung fridges awesome.

Touchscreen lightswitchs

Korean light switch
Who has time to be pressing buttons or flicking switches when this cool touchscreen will turn your lights on and off instantly instead.

Kitchen multimedia systems

Korean kitchen multimedia
Because any chef knows that you can never have too many gadgets in the kitchen. Answer the door, watch tv, play music, and more.

Water heated mattress pads

Water heated mattress pad
Hot water circulates inside a mattress topper to ensure warm and cozy sleep.

Floor heating

Korean temperature control
Easy smart control panels to instantly adjust floor heating and keep your toesies warm.

room heating & cooling

Korean Ac
Dual air conditioning and heating units are installed in the ceiling, per room, with smart wall controls. More efficient than central air, because you only use AC in the room you need it in.

Electronic Drying racks

Korean drying rack
Save energy, money, and your clothes, with a ceiling mounted electronic drying rack with a remote-controlled retractable rack.

EnErgy-saving outlets

Korean outlet
Smart power saving outlets offer standby mode to save energy and money.

Covered oUtlets

Korean outlet cover
Clever designed covered outlet panels prevent prying kid fingers and hide the eyesore.

Covered smoke detectors

Covered smoke detectors
Smoke detectors are hardwired and covered in safe design panels.

EleVator call buttons

Elevator call button
Why wait for the elevator? A touchscreen call button will call the elevator for you as you leave your home.

Eye soft pAper

Eye soft paper
Even the paper is printed with specific luminosity and saturation for eye health while reading.

Bpa-free receipts

Bpa free receipts
Safe BPA-free receipts prevent contact with the carcinogenic chemical.

Clean skincare and cosmetics

7 free skincare
Korean skincare products are free from 7 harmful ingredients.

High tech heAlthcare

Korean high tech pharmacy prescription
Korea has high quality, high tech, ultra modern healthcare at affordable cost. Prescriptions are automatically sealed into individual doses to ensure patients take their medication correctly.

Automated defibrillators

Automated external defibrillators
Get instant emergency assistance with easily accessible wall mounted automated external defibrillators.

Home Gas detectors

Gas detector
This smart device monitors the house for kitchen gas leaks and alerts if danger.

Touchscreen Utility shutoffs

Korean utility shutoff
Instantly disconnect the power and gas to your entire apartment with one tap.

Manual gas valves

Gas valve
Manually turn off the gas with a t-valve so gas isn’t constantly flowing into your apartment.

Emergency Intercoms

Emergency intercom
Instantly call for help with a touchscreen hardwired emergency assistance panel.

STairwell safety lights

Stairwell safety lights
Helpful stairwell lights display the connecting floor numbers, illuminate the landing, and point you to safety.

stairwell blind safety

Blind landing sign
Special markers nearing stairwell landings alert the blind to be aware.

Fire hydrants & extinguishers

Fire safety hose hydrant
In residential buildings and hotels, fire safety is taken extremely seriously. Find multiple alarm panels, emergency flashlights, water hoses and fire extinguishers on every floor.

Spray cAn fire extiNguishers

Spray can fire extinguishers
Skip the bulky hose fire extinguishers by using an easy spray can.

FirEproof doors

Fireproof door
All homes have thick, sealed, secure fireproof front doors.

StAirwell Anti-Fire shutters

Fire shutter
And even more seriously. Anti-fire shutters will close off stairwells in the event of fire.

Descending life lines

Korean fire safety
Yet even more seriously. Find emergency descending life lines to rescue you out of a burning building.

Safe zone Boxes

Safe zone
In case of danger, find a safe zone box, push one button, and you’re instantly enclosed inside, and monitored on camera, while the police are on their way to rescue you.