Top 7 Wholesale and Supermarkets in Korea!

In this article, we will share to you the best 7 wholesale and supermarkets in korea that you can find to get whatever it is you need as you travel or living in South Korea. Make sure you read this article until the end to get the most out of it.

As Korean wave immerge and korean culture becoming more and more popular in the eyes of the whole world, many people all over the world start planning their way to travel to South Korea, some of them even plan to stay in South korea for good.

Korean drama and KPOP with a lot of beautiful korean idol has really attract a lot of attention from the people all over the world. Here I want to share the best supermarkets in korea you can find as you travel south korea.

Any tour is just incomplete without shopping. So, If you are scheduling a visit to Seoul or other place in Korea, you must know about the top supermarkets in Korea from where you can purchase various products at discounted prices. In this article, you will come to know about some tremendous facts and some unique features about Korean supermarkets.

Korea has a vast majority of grocery store where you can shopping easily. These include E-Mart, Home Plus, Lotte Mart, Ikea, Costco or traditional markets and convenience stores such as Seven-eleven, ministop, CU, GS25 and other anonymous mart. These makes life and shopping so much simpler than it used to be. 

Alright, let’s dive right to our best 7 wholesale and supermarkets in korea that you can find as you travel or move to South Korea. Here it is.

1. E-Mart

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E-mart is the most famous supermarket brand in Korea. It was first inaugurated in 1993, and since then it is giving a tough competition to the other brands of the market. It is also the oldest supermarket chain among its two competitors in the market, ”Lotte mart and home plus.” Shopping at E-mart will save your crucial time as well as money as they provide their customers with discounted deals throughout the year. E-mart also introduced its pocket-friendly brand named “No Brand” and they aim to provide high-quality products at a reasonable price. Moreover, an amazing feature they offer is a one-day delivery service, 쓱배송 in Korean that you can even choose the time you want to get. It’s free when you order over 40,000 KRW.

Address of Yeoksam Branch (near Gangnam): 310 Yeoksam-ro Gangnam-gu Seoul
Open hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Phone: 02-6908-1234
Web: https://store.emart.com

2. lotte Mart

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Lotte mart includes in the top three supermarkets in Korea. This mart is also known as a discount store as they said, “ Don’t be too shy about buying items here” they also offer to refund an 8% tax for foreigners.
From household stuff to clothing and cosmetics to toys, everything is easily available at Lotte mart. They also have some unique Korean food and snacks. Some food items are only available at Lotte Mart, not even at the big supermarkets located in big metropolitan areas.

Ps: they also have food courts in their stores.

Address of Seoul Station Branch (near Myeongdong): 405 Hangang-daero Jung-gu Seoul
Open hours: 10:00 – 24:00
Phone: 02-390-2500
Web: http://www.lottemart.com

3. home plus mart

It is also one of the major supermarket chains in Korea. Always include Home plus mart in your list, because there is not a single Korean product that is not available at the mart. It’s also famous for grocery shopping because of their reasonable prices; we can say it is a Korean wall mart.

Ps: must buy Korean noodles from there, because they have so many yummy and spicy flavors!

Address of Hapjeong Branch (near Hongdae) : 45 Yanghwa-ro Mapo-gu Seoul
Open hours: 10:00 – 24:00
Phone: 02-6938-8800
Web: http://www.homeplus.co.kr

4. costco, seoul

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Costco is the famous US chain of the supermarket; it has stores in different countries and South Korea as well. Costco has a total of 16 stores all over SouthKorea. It’s a wholesale store; you can buy items in bulk at satisfactory prices.

Address of Yangjae Branch : 159 Yangjae-daero Seocho-gu Seoul
Open hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Phone: 1899-9900
Web: https://www.costco.co.kr/

5. ikea seoul

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Ikea has become the world’s largest seller of Swedish furniture. And recently launched its largest store in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do. Apart from providing high quality one or two-person furniture It also offers other food items, like the Swedish meatballs and the kimchi bibimbap. That is a mixture of rice with a spicy staple side dish of Korea served in restaurants at Ikea.

Ikea has also got specialties in bed linen, quilts, pillows, canopies, cushions. Or blankets, baby rugs, curtains, drapes, towels, washcloths, and sleeping bags. So, you can get almost any household item that you need. And if you have spent a few hours in Ikea, you can just dine in and not have to worry about your next meal.

Address of Gwangmyeong Branch : 17 Iljik-ro Gwangmyeong-si Gyeonggi-do
Open hours: 10:30 – 21:00
Phone: 1670-4532
Web: https://www.ikea.com

6. convenience store

Korea has hundreds of convenience stores nationwide. These are small retail trades that stock a variety of everyday stuff such as coffee, groceries, snacks, foods, and desserts. Convenience stores in Korea are also approved to have alcohol and meals for sale. Besides, these stores provide extra services such as top-up T-money card for public transportation, ATM machines, and post-delivery.

GS25

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GS25 is the second largest store in Korea. It has nearly all food items starting from on the spot cooked food items and vegetables to fruits and other ingredients. As a result, a variety of people make use of GS25 food items. Housewives frequently buy ingredients from GS25. Students get their snacks to eat, and workers get immediate food.

CU

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It is a Korean store owned by BG Retail. And the purpose of establishing this store was to bring the Korean style in the market offering an immense variety of goods to the public. A 24 hours convenience store it’s easy to locate because it has several different stores in Korea. The famous food of CU is fire dumpling, CU mochi roll, and CU snacks.

7. traditional market

Everyone suggests the big mart’s chain to shopping but, if you want to witness the life of local Koreans, you must visit the traditional markets of Seoul. Shopping from traditional markets are always fun because unlike supermarket they don’t have fixed prices and you can easily do bargaining with the seller. Traditional markets are also famous for street food. Here, I am listing some of the famous traditional markets which are also famous for tourist attraction.

Namdaemun market, seoul

namdaemun market in seoul

This is the oldest market located in Seoul. This market is famous for the traditional Korean style metal bowls, Gangnam style socks, and pillows of Korean style.

Gwangjang market, seoul

gwangjang market in seoul

This 100 plus years old market is the largest one with a total of 5000 stalls. It also contains a textile market; you can buy bedsheets of silk, satin, and traditional clothing of Korea (Hanbok). Though this market is famous for its fabrics, its street food also attracts tourists.
They have lots of food stalls, but there Mungbean Pancakes and Mayak Gimbab are highly addictive.

Tongin market, seoul

It is the smallest market in Seoul town consists of 75 stalls but it is famous for its food stalls. So, if you’re a foodie, this is the perfect place for you. As it’s located near Gyeongbokgung Palace, it would be good to visit for lunch after sightseeing.

P.S: Must visit ( Lunch box café ).

Here are all the list I can share to you about supermarkets in Korea. Which one is your favourite when it comes to shopping and supermarkets in korea? let us know in the comment sections below!

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