Before visiting Korea, it can be helpful to know a bit about Korean supermarkets and convenience stores. These stores sell basic items that you might need during your travel, as well as popular souvenir and food items like Korean laver and snacks.
Top 3 Supermarkets in Korea
The three most representative supermarket brands in Korea are Lotte Mart, E-mart and Home Plus. All of these large-scale retail businesses, located throughout the nation, house a diverse range of general items and luxury goods, where customers can find almost everything they need. The stores have different operating schedules depending on their location, which can all be found on their website. Typically, most stores in Seoul are closed on the second and fourth Sunday of each month; however, the closed days can vary by region. As this is not a fixed rule and is subject to change, it is recommended to check their website to avoid any inconveniences.
Shopping at these supermarkets will save a significant amount of time and money, as discounts and many promotional events are happening almost every day. Visitors can experience the local shopping culture while browsing for the freshest food ingredients, fashion items, electronic goods and gifts!
Convenience Stores in Korea
Convenience stores in Korea are living up to their names as they are open on a 24/7 basis, and provide essential items such as food, medicine, ATMs and package delivery. These stores can often be found near subway stations and in residential areas, and the most prevalent are GS25, CU, 7-Eleven, Ministop, and emart 24. Also, many of these stores hold promotional events and sell popular items and newly arrivals at discounted prices.
Some convenience stores even have a service for charging your phone battery, and pre-paid Tmoney and Cashbee transportation cards. However, be aware that Tmoney and Cashbee reloading service is only available at locations with "Tmoney" or "Cashbee" signs.
This page was last updated on October 28, 2020, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.