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Grocery, Furniture and Appliance Stores in South Korea

A guide to shopping in South Korea; information on supermarkets, department stores and where to buy electrical appliances and furniture...

Typical shop opening hours in South Korea are from 09:00 to 19:00, though some shops are open 24 hours a day. Many shops are open on Sunday.

Below is a guide to where to shop including advice on supermarkets, where to buy furniture, DIY goods, electrical appliances and the main department stores in South Korea.

Supermarkets
  • E-mart is the largest retailer in South Korea and was the first discount store in the country. As well as groceries, most stores also sell electrical and home goods, and clothes. The products on offer are broadly similar to those in a major western supermarket
  • Costco is a membership warehouse club selling a variety of products at very competitive prices. They sell processed and fresh foods, outdoor and home products. Most stores have a bakery and fresh meat counter, as well as a pharmacy and photography store
  • Lotte Mart sells groceries, toys, clothing and electrical goods. They offer a wide range of fresh produce
  • Homeplus is run by Tesco and offers a comprehensive range of groceries, beauty products and clothing. Stores usually have a delicatessen and a bakery, and often stock a number of popular British staples
Department Stores
  • Shinsegae is a major chain of department stores in South Korea. They offer branded clothing, accessories, beauty products, sports kit and items for the home. Their stores have food halls, which include fresh produce, as well as beauty salons and restaurants
  • Hyundai operates 13 department stores in South Korea, which sell clothing, including many designer ranges, lingerie, jewellery, groceries and flowers. The shops provide nursery facilities as well as restaurants, cafés and food halls which serve Asian and western cuisine
  • Lotte department stores can be found throughout South Korea. As well as comprehensive clothing and accessory ranges, the stores also stock furniture, electrical appliances and sportswear. There are also restaurants, and some stores also have an events hall and cinema
  • Galleria department stores sell luxury fashion lines, cosmetics, accessories, fine wines and furniture. The stores have restaurants and cafés and some offer a children's lounge and buggy rental
Furniture Stores

People from throughout South Korea visit Seoul to buy furniture on Nonhyeon Furniture Street. This street in Gangnam-gu has more than 100 dedicated furniture shops and showrooms. There are shops selling all types of furniture in both traditional and modern styles. Some shops sell standard factory-produced furniture. Others sell high quality hand-made pieces. There is also a wide selection of furniture for the office. Most of the shops are open daily between 09:00 and 20:00, except on the first Sunday of the month.

Electronic and Appliance Shops

The Yongsan electronics market in Seoul is an area of 20 buildings, which are home to more than 5,000 shops selling every type of appliance. It is the largest market for electronic goods in Asia and prices are often significantly lower than in the rest of South Korea, particularly for Korean brands.

The shops sell computers, stereos, appliances, telephones, office equipment, electronic games, software, lighting equipment and CDs. The market is located at Yongsan station on subway line one. The different shops have their own opening hours, with the larger ones generally open from 10:00 to 20:00.

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