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If you're lost in Seoul and seeing red, it could be a good thing. 'Red Jumpers' of the Mobile Tourist Information Service in South Korea's capital city want you to spot them in their red jackets, so they can help send you in the right direction. The pavement-pounding guides, which currently number 72, are typically fluent in one or more of three foreign languages most often spoken by the local tourists: Japanese, Chinese and English. Guides usually situate themselves near tourist attractions or busy intersections.
Tourists will sometimes ask for restaurant recommendations. But Chang Hye-yoon, a Japanese speaking guide, said they “are not allowed to recommend certain restaurants.” Instead, “we recommend those streets where tourist restaurants are clustered.” And it's not always fun and games, or shopping and eating; “In some cases, we escort sick tourists to drug stores or get them prescription drugs from clinics," said Kim Kwui-jin, a guide fluent in Chinese, Japanese and English. Kim, a team leader, said the service is special because “we can help tourists on the spot, making it unnecessary for them to come to information centers.” Read the full article.