How to Ship Things Home by Boat in Korea (Surface Mail)

Hello everyone~

So today’s post is going to be another guide with tips. As you all know, I’m returning to the USA for good in about a month or two, so today I thought I’d share my experiences on how you can use the Korean Post Office to mail things back home.

I used the Post Office to ship 2 boxes so far, filled with all my winter clothing and the clothing I’m no longer wearing. While this guide will focus on instructions/tips on how to ship your things home, this should also be helpful for anyone living in Korea that needs to send things home at any time for any reason!

Korean Post Office Shipping Methods

You have a couple of options for shipping things home. As I know, there’s three options. From fastest/most expensive to the slowest/ cheapest: EMS, Airmail, and Surface Mail (by boat/ship).

Surface mail is the CHEAPEST option, but takes the longest, anywhere from 1 to 3 months.
Airmail takes 1-2 weeks, and EMS takes 3-4 days. I’ve used all 3 methods, and I found that there’s only about a 15,000~20,000 won difference between EMS and Airmail.

I believe you can get all methods insured if you pay more.

For this post, I’m going to be focusing on surface mail, as it’s the most economical option for shipping a large quantity of items home.

Important Tips for Packing Your Boxes

Tip 1: If you’re sending a lot of clothing, I strongly recommend you buy vacuum bags/space saver bags. The boxes get really beat up by boat, and can explode and get wet. My Post Office refused to let me ship my stuff without packing my clothing into bags. These bags will also allow you to fit more into your box! More bang for your buck!!!

You can pick these up at your local Daiso, Emart, Homeplus, or Lotte Mart. You can also buy them on the internet…like my favorite place ever…Gmarket. You’re going to need a vacuum, but they also make ones you can roll the air out of. They sell these bags in multiple sizes (ie. small, medium, large).

I suggest for large amounts of clothing, 2 medium sized vacuum bags can fit into a Size 5 box (see below for details on box sizes) if you pack them up tightly. The medium sized ones are called “중형” and are usually around 70cm x 60cm. Here’s some listing (the links may die eventually…but here you are anyway…)

Also space saver bags are called 압축팩 in Korean!~~~

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Roll type space saver bags

Vacuum type space saver bags

Tip 2: Don’t wait too long to start packing and shipping out your boxes. They can take anywhere from 1-3 months to arrive. You also want to space things out, because you’ll probably be spending about 50,000 won per box. You don’t want to blow 200,000 won in one go.

Tip 3: If you live in a city I recommend packing up a large luggage bag and bringing it to the P.O and packing it there. You can pack it there, and ship it there at once. This helps a lot especially if you have no one to drive you. Supplies are free at the Post Office so you don’t need to bring anything! They have tape, scissors, markers, free bubble wrap, and newspaper.

Tip 4: If you want to save money, don’t overvalue the items in your box. Packages around $100 or more may be taxed by customs. (Customs calculates the total amount you spend going home or things you ship home).

Tip 5: You’re not really supposed to mail liquids, but the reason behind this is because the P.O worries about your liquids exploding or getting on other packages (thereby damaging other people’s packages). But if you tightly seal, tape, and ziplock your liquids it shouldn’t be an issue. Make sure you don’t tell the clerk that you included liquids in your box.

Boxes and Forms

There are basically two methods of packing/sending your things: (1) You can purchase a box at the Post Office in advance, then bring it home, pack it up, and go back and send it. Or (2) (a good method for people living in cities like Seoul, and without a car), you can bring your things you need to pack in your luggage and pack everything up and buy the box at the Post Office—killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

Unless you have someone able to drive you, it’s probably better to bring your stuff to the P.O, pack it up there, and ship it out in one go.

The Korean Post Office sells boxes sized by number: 1 through 6.

The largest post office box you can send by surface mail is Size 5 and 20kg. I made this stupid mistake and bought a size 6 box after reading posts on waygook.org, but really, surface mail max size=size 5. You can of course send smaller sized boxes.

Size 6 can only be shipped by air.

A size 5 box is about 1.5 times the size of a carry-on bag.

You will need a surface mail form to send your box home, so you need to ask for the form at the counter (it isn’t on display for you to grab). Tell the postal worker you want to send your box by boat (배) or by surface mail (선편) to America. They’ll give you the form you need. It looks like this:

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Make sure you fill out all the fields I marked in yellow! Don’t attach the form to your box, because they’ll need to fill out your information in a computer.

The itemized list section is kind of confusing; just make sure you fill it out going across/horizontally. The first time I saw it I didn’t understand it.

Also you need to check off what you want the P.O to do if they can’t deliver your package. There’s two options: Return immediately to the sender (by air or boat) or to simply give up on delivering your package. Both are kind of scary options if you ask me though…
To fill this form out correctly, see my form filled out below:

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And here’s a copy of the receipt they give you once you pay!

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Pricing

If you follow this link to the Post Office site, you can find your country and the estimated cost. They charge based on weight, not based on the size of your box. So make sure you pack and tape up your box like crazy, it’s gonna get really beat up!

Scroll to the bottom of the page and check the prices under “surface parcels.”

In the example, my box was 16.9kg which is around 37.25 pounds. I paid 54,100 won, which is close to the estimation table on the website!

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Experiences of other teachers in my program…

  • “17.84kg = 54,100₩ (surface), arrived in 1.5 months, 4.05kg = 24,500₩ (surface), arrived in 1.5 months, 11.28kg = 132,200₩ (slow air), arrived in 2 weeks”
  • “Don’t put the value of the package to be over $100 otherwise the US may tax it.”
  • “You can’t ship suitcases through surface. If they did, your bags might look they went through the wringer at the end of their journey.”
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Jeju Spring Conference 2016

Spring conference was pretty exhausting and despite the beautiful weather, I couldn’t enjoy it. Conference was short, barely 2 days total for me (half a day on Friday, Saturday, and I left Saturday morning). Renewees left Sunday, and I had an early 9:10am flight because those were the only tickets left at Daegu airport.

The conference takes place in Seogwipo, so that’s over an hour away from the airport and main area of Jeju Island. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere, and by shuttle bus, it took 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to the airport. I had to get up at 5:30 am on Sunday, and take a 6:10 shuttle. Jeju is also mobbed, I think all weekends, during the springtime. The shuttle got crowded, and the airport was ridiculous. I also heard that all touristy sites were packed with people.Sunday was exhausting…shuttle bus>airplane>shuttle back to Gumi from Daegu>local bus to my apartment.

After conference, I felt so wiped out, and taking so much transportation for such a short weekend didn’t seem worth it. We were locked in the hotel conference rooms all day, and the curtains to the beautiful outside were shut too, so there wouldn’t be a glare on the PPT screen.

Although I haven’t come down with anything and haven’t become seriously ill, I’ve been mentally and physically exhausted, and in pain actually. I accidentally sliced my finger open shortly before conference, and slammed my hand into a table and got a cut. During conference I also managed to fall down some stairs and hurt my leg, but it only has some scratches and invisible bruises (either way, it hurts so bad whenever I touch I leaned on my leg). After lugging my luggage back home from conference, my arms have become very sore.

Also, during conference, I have a small talk/lecture on Internet Shopping in Korea, and shared my knowledge with Fulbrighters. I’ll share my PPT here, so you can use it to learn as well: Internet Shopping in Korea

School Things- Preparing to say goodbye

And some of the positives are… tomorrow there’s no school, because it’s election day in Korea. A mid-week day off is perfect. I also decided to break the news of my leaving this semester to all my classes, and while generally, most classes were sad and some cute students even asked me to take them with me, and wanted to hide in my bags, one 5th grade class was actually pretty rude. I guess kids will be kids, and kids can be mean. They said goodbye to me, and asked who the next teacher will be, and even said “잘사세요” which basically means, have a good life.They’ll probably be more sad when I’m gone next semester, because I’m leaving halfway through the Korean school year.

I think kids don’t really realize how short time is, and the permanence of certain things in life, until they’re older. I mean, how can young kids reflect on a past when they aren’t that old? It hasn’t been until college that I’ve really become the type to feel super nostalgic about good times and memories that pass by. I tried to justify their behavior as just being kids, but I do think their comments were kind’ve hurtful and mean. On the other hand, the other students were asking me a lot of questions, like whether I’d come back to Korea again, and what I’d be doing in the USA. They also cried “don’t go,” which made me feel a bit better.

Decision on Renewing

Either way, sadly, today made me fully realize and firmly believe that I have indeed made the right choice in not renewing. I’m always bitter lately, and complaining, and I know I shouldn’t let this overtake or overshadow my time here. It’s been a wonderful experience, but some days are really, really, REALLY hard. And it’s because of my school situation. I got upset, again, because the 5-1 teacher messed up my teaching schedule. It’s been agreed that the 5th grade homeroom teachers will teach 1 English class a week, and we agreed on exactly what lesson period they should teach.

Last week, the 5-1 teacher taught the 1 lesson period, plus half of the following period that I had planned. Today, I looked completely incompetent in front of my students, because I tried to teach the wrap up, final chapter of the lesson, which their homeroom teacher already decided to teach. I asked the kids…why did you finish it? And they said, “oh our homeroom teacher said you’re having a hard time so we should do it with him.” Except he didn’t tell me, or my Fulbright cote, or even make one of his students come and tell me in advance.

If he was “trying to help me” he should have communicated this, so I wouldn’t have wasted my time in making materials for and preparing for the lesson HE TAUGHT. In fact, he made things that much harder for me, because I had to throw my plans out the window, and proceed to teach the new lesson, without having been able to prep it at all.

So now, my 5-1 and 5-2 classes are in different parts of the book. The 5-2 teacher did what she was supposed to and only taught 1 class period, while the 5-1 teacher decided to do whatever he wanted. Therefore, today I was left pulling together a textbook lesson for my 5-1 class today, looking completely incompetent.

Best Places to Convert Money for Travel (from Korea to other countries)

Here’s a little travel/tip tidbit post again! This time I’ll be sharing with you the best place to go to get the best rates for converting money. The place, which seems kind of obvious once you think about it, is none other than…MYEONGDONG! One of the biggest shopping areas in Seoul, and one of the biggest attractions for Chinese and Japanese tourists to visit.

Pretty much any random place in this area has better rates than any bank or airport rate. The majority of these places do not take commission, and will give you the current currency rate, or better. I got much better rates. The places that seem to always have the best rates in particular are on a side street closer to Euljiro 1-ga station (을지로입구역). Another blogger mentioned this place before as well, and I just happened to stumble upon it as I was price hunting all over Myeongdong. The conversion place is located near (across from) the Chinese Consulate.

Here’s a map and photos below for your guidance!

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Exit 6 at Euljiro1-ga (을지로입구 6번출구).
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Walk straight along this street, towards Lotte Department Store/Lotte Young Plaza.
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You’ll be making a left into this area, check the map!
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When you reach this intersection, stay left, near the Zara.
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Keep an eye out for the chinese consulate building on your left as you continue down the street
Here is the conversion place I used! The other places along this road are also very good~
Here is the conversion place I used! The other places along this street are also very good~

 

Apartment Life: How to Keep Warm + Save Money During the Winter in Korea

As a New Yorker from Long Island, I’m no stranger to the cold months and snow. However, the cold months in Korea seem to be particularly brutal…maybe the combination of walking outside often, and having drafty windows. It seems that drafty windows are a common, and particularly bad problem here.

Anyway, after surviving a year of winter in Korea, and with winter coming again…I have some tips to share with you! For you apartment people in Korea living alone, these tips will help you stay warm, but will also keep the expensive gas costs down.

1. Weather Stripping + Insulating Your Windows (외풍차단 + 외풍차단비닐)캡처1캡처2

I actually got this tip from previous EPIK teachers living in Seoul, and from my parents. After watching some Youtube videos, I decide to get some. This is a major money saver. I got 2 sets for 2 big windows in my apartment for about 6,000 won (~$6).  You buy the kits in store, or online (online is much, much cheaper. I got mine for 1+1).

They come in multiple sizes, depending on your window size, so measure your window and check the sizes. I think a lot of Korean windows come weather stripped…but they aren’t very effective. Either way, check if your window is. If it is, just insulate it. If it isn’t, both weather strip and insulate.

It’s totally worth it. It keeps the breeze out, the warmth in, and also reduces noise levels, and keeps the bugs out. I did it recently, and my room is significantly warmer and quieter.

2. Electric Blanket (전기담요)

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These can either be super expensive, or pretty cheap. I recommend going with the reasonable option. I paid about 15,000 won for mine, and picked it up from Emart. It’s kind of in an odd section…you can find it near the rice cookers. Anyway, this is totally worth it!!!! You can sleep with it at night, or simply warm up your bed.

In Korea they mainly use the types you sleep on top of, so there is also a “sleep” mode. A lot of people worry about a fire starting though (if you have the blanket on all night). So if you are worried, just put in on for 10-15 minutes before you go to bed, then shut it off. When you are bundled up at night, it should remain insulated and warm, even with the electric blanket shut off. Check your bed size before you buy one!

3. Using the Heat (Ondol) sparingly (온돌)

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I have a set technique/method on how I use my ondol. I only turn it on when I get home from school, and my room is really chilly because it’s off all day. I turn it on for an hour or two, then shut it off. My room stays warm for most of the night, thanks to the weather stripping and insulation. I wear slippers and a sweater and long pants obviously, and I use the electric blanket when I go to bed. This thereby eliminates the need for me to use the heat when I go to sleep.

If I’m really sick, or home for a weekend, I’ll usually run the ondol for much longer. Several hours. Honestly, ondol is the most expensive thing to use. Koreans jack up heating costs during the winter time because everyone is using it.

How to Use Your Ondol:

http://www.waygook.org/index.php?topic=3889.0

Easy to Learn Korean 388, 391 – Hot water and heated floors

4. Buying a Small Heater (미니히터)

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If you are really cold, you can buy mini electric heaters or fans on gmarket. I heard it raises electricity costs though. So I don’t totally 100% recommend this, because it can also be quite dangerous. However, for short periods of time, and for keeping your legs warm as you sit at your desk (at home or at school), it may be worth it. The mini fans only cost about 10,000 won (~$10) or less.

Other tips

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Buy any common things you would wear or use if you were cold back home! Wear warm slippers, get a warm fuzzy pajama set (극세사잠옷) that they sell in Korea, or wear a zip up sweater. Buy one of those cheap fuzzy, thin blankets (무릎담요) that your students carry around with them at school. I got mine 1+1 for only about 5,000 won on gmarket. They look small and thin, but they are super insulated and feel like they are heating your body. You can wrap them around your shoulders, or use it as a lap blanket. I even bring mine to school and use it at my desk while I work.

Saving money is important, but remember that your health is more important. If you’re really cold, use the ondol. That’s what it’s there for!~ Anyway, I hope this post was helpful. Stay healthy and warm this winter 🙂

How to Reserve and Cancel Bus Tickets in Korea (+Useful Korean to use at the bus terminal)

Hello everyone! I’ve decided to make a guide on how to reserve your bus tickets in Korea. For this guide, I’ll be doing an intercity bus reservation on the intercitybus website. This guide will also be pretty much the same on bustago’s website, and on the bustago app and the intercitybus app.

I’ll also be covering how to cancel bus reservations, where/how to pick up your reserved tickets at the terminal, and some useful Korean phrases to use at the bus terminal. Hope you all find this useful!

Things You Need

  • A Korean check card (debit, atm card)
  • Alien registration card
  • A smartphone/or PC

Table of Contents

  • How to Reserve Bus ticket guide
    • Step 1 – Website
    • Step 2 – Input reservation info
    • Step 3 – Choose your bus
    • Step 4 – Accept terms & conditions
    • Step 5 – Select your seat
    • Step 6 – Payment
    • Confirmation Page
  • How to Cancel Your Bus ticket guide
    • Step 1 – Website
    • Step 2 – Select your reservation
    • Step 3 – Cancel your ticket
    • Confirmation Page
  • Picking up your tickets at the terminal & Useful Korean phrases to use at the bus terminal

 

Step 1

Go to https://www.busterminal.or.kr/

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Step 2

Input reservation information

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On the left side of the website, you need to fill out your reservation information. Whether you want a one way or roundtrip ticket, the departure city, destination city, date of departure and time. The bottom section is grayed out because I’m only booking a one way ticket. After you filled out your information, click the bottom button “조회”.

Step 3

Choose your bus

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A list of buses with times, bus grades, and companies will be generated. The company doesn’t really matter. Pick your time carefully, and check the number of seats available. On the far right next to the blue “보기” section, look to the left. The numbers in the parenthesis tell you how many seats are left that you can book, and the ones to the left tell you the total # of seats on that bus.

Bus Grades/Classes Explained

There are usually 3 types of bus grades/classes (일반= regular, 우등=excellent, Night excellent=심야우등). Regular buses have regular sized seats that are arranged 2 by 2. Excellent buses are much roomier, with large arm rests, and there’s 2 by 2 seaters, but also single seats along the right side of the bus. They are usually 4,000~5,000 won more expensive than the regular grade. The night buses are the same as excellent buses, just they run later at night for a discounted price.

I prefer the excellent or night excellent buses. For the extra comfort, and for the single seaters, it’s totally worth it. If you travel alone to other cities…and if the trip is really long, I recommend booking in advance and grabbing one of those super roomy single seaters. If your trip is less than 2 hours long, I think it’s fine to take a regular bus. But for trips 2 hours+, and if you travel alone, I recommend the excellent. Think super comfy chairs that can lean back, and also have an adjustable foot rest. You also have a lot more leg room.

*Note 1: Remember, trips that are 3 hours or longer have a 15 minute rest stop, or multiple rest stops. However, trips under 3 hours do not.
*Note 2: Also, buses to local cities run super frequently (ie. I’m from Gumi, so there’s tons of buses running to nearby cities like Daegu, Daejeon, and Gyeongju/Pohang). Usually they run on the half an hour, and thereby you can’t usually do bus reservations online. They run so frequently that you have to buy them at the bus terminal, and there isn’t assigned seating. Think of it like a shuttle bus.

When you are done, click “다음.”

A pop up window appears, confirming your departure date. If it’s correct, click “확인.”

Step 4

Accepting terms & conditions

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These are just terms and conditions. Make sure you check any boxes you see, and accept them, then click “다음.”

Step 5

Selecting your seat

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Next, you need to select the number of tickets, then choose your seat. Choose the number of tickets, then pick your seat. In the seat diagram below it tells you that seats marked with an x are booked and you can’t choose them. The clickable boxes are the available seats. I checked #6, a single seat.

Now onto the next page…

Step 6

Payment

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Double check everything is correct for your reservation on the top section, then next, time to get out your debit card. Fill in as directed in the screenshot above!

After that, scroll down and click “예약하기” and a pop up window appears, click  “확인.”

Confirmation Page

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Once you arrive on this page, you are done! Your reservation is complete. You can double check all your info on top, and if you get text alerts when using your debit card in Korea, like I do, you will get a text within the next minute or so. The intercity bus website/app charges your card immediately after you reserve~ The bottom blue button 예약조회 is just to review your reservation information.

Now onto ticket cancelation…

How to Cancel Your Bus Reservation

So the website/app has all these weird terms/conditions outlining cancelation fees. According to the website, if you cancel 2 days in advance, you get a full refund. After a certain amount of time, you can be charged 10%, and if you don’t cancel your reservation but don’t take your bus, you get charged 20%. However, I’ve noticed that as long as you cancel within a few hours beforehand, you get a full refund.

Also, if you happen to get to the terminal late and miss your bus, don’t freak out like I used to freak out. Do try to make your bus, but if you go up to the ticket counter in the bus terminal, they’ll gladly issue you a ticket for the next bus and will cancel your old ticket with a full refund.

Conclusion is…always reserve your bus tickets in advance if possible! Doing bus reservations can pretty much only help you, not hurt you. Not to mention its a good idea to reserve if you are going to popular destinations, or if you go somewhere, and need to get back home by a certain time. Bus tickets do actually sell out. You may end up stranded if bus is the only way home.

So now onto the cancelation guide! Remember, you can also cancel via the app~

Step 1

Go to https://www.busterminal.or.kr/

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Click the buttons as shown. You can also “change” your bus reservations instead of canceling them, but I find it easier just to always cancel, then to book a new reservation.

Step 2

Search for your reservation

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Input the card number of the Korean check card (debit card) you used to originally make/book your reservation.

Step 3

Select Your Reservation

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Next, you’ll be taken to a page that lists your recent reservations. The top 2 are tickets I already used and reserved (when going to Seoul). The bottom 3rd one is the most recent, and as you can see, it hasn’t been used yet. This is indicated by the clickable buttons. The left one I circled means “cancel” and the one to the right is the “change your reservation” option I mentioned earlier. From what I recall you can change your bus time, or you can change your seat.

Step 4

Cancel your ticket

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Review the ticket, and make sure it is the correct one. Then if it’s correct, hit the cancel button circled at the bottom.

The next window that pops up will tell you if you are going to get a full refund, or have to pay fees (you could be charged 10% or 20% of the ticket price, and only be refunded partially). In my case, as seen below, there’s a 0원 fee, meaning I’m getting a full refund back!

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Confirmation Page

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This page confirms that your cancelation has been completed. You can click “확인” as I circled below to exit the page, but at this point, your cancelation is already done whether you click the button below or not~

And that’s it!!! If you have any other comments, questions, suggestions, feel free to do so below.

Useful Korean Phrases to Use at the Bus Terminal

After making a reservation you can usually pick up your tickets at any of the touch screen kiosk stands! Here’s a photo of the brand new, shiny, super duper great kiosks at my bus terminal in Gumi…

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If you click the top orange “인터넷예약밝권” on the screen you just swipe your card afterwards and either your tickets will print, or you select your tickets on the screen and they’ll print. Just about all kiosks at all bus terminal look exactly like this.

And in the case where you can’t get your tickets to print…yeah this happens to me a lot in Seoul for some reason…speaking Korean comes in handy.

Buying tickets at the counter

  • _ (Destination name)_ one please/two please/three please.
  • _(Destination name)_ 하나요/돌이요/셋이요.
  • Ex: 구미 하나요.

Getting reserved tickets at the counter

  • I made a reservation.
  • 예약했어요.

Make sure to give them your debit card. Sometimes they ask you where you’re going, so you may need to tell them your destination.

ex:  a: 예약했어요. b: 어디 가세요? a: 동서울이요.

If you missed your bus…

  • I missed my bus. What should I do?
  • 버스 놓쳤어요. 어떡해요?

 

  • Can I receive a refund?
  • 환불받을수있어요?

 

  • Cancel my ticket, please (hand them/hold out the ticket while saying)
  • 취소해주세요.

Finding your bus/general bus questions

  • Does this bus go to _(Destination name)_?
  • 이 버스 _(Destination name)  가요?

How to Order Online in Korea

So finally, here is my step-by-step guide on how to order online in Korea! I’m using Aritaum for the purposes of this guide, because I just recently made an online purchase today. Anyway, this guide should apply to almost all Korean websites, and you should be able to use it to help you for all of your online purchasing needs!~

Let’s get started!

Things You Need

  • A username/be registered on the site you plan to shop on
  • A Korean bank account
  • Make sure you use Internet Explorer only (if you don’t have IE, use a cell phone)
  • Make sure you turn off Active X filtering
  • Allow/use pop up windows
  • Any popup windows asking to install, you should install. A lot of Korean websites require certain security programs to be installed.

Some Useful Korean Vocabulary

  1. 선택 = Choose/select
  2. 선택하세요 = Make a selection (ie. choose the color you want)
  3. 바로구매 = check out only that 1 item immediately
  4. 장바구니 = cart/shopping cart
  5. 위시리스트 = wishlist
  6. 결제 완료 = Payment complete
  7. 주문조회 = Check order history

Step 1

Selecting/Adding items to your shopping cart

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First you need to add the items you want to your cart. Browse the website, and make your selections. To add items to the cart click “장바구니.”

Step 2

Shopping Cart

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Edit the items in your cart here. When you are ready to checkout, choose one of the 3 options on the bottom right. I always click “전체상품 주문” (order all items in cart). 

Step 3

Checkout

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Okay for checkout, check if you have any coupons, then make sure your billing address is filled out. But, if you registered already, this should already be filled out for you. Also, check if you can get any free gifts! Usually you can select gifts if you spend a certain amount and there’s an event going on, or if you spend a certain amount you can usually pick some free samples.

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This section here is underneath the billing section. This is the shipping address. If you want the billing/shipping to be the same, just fill in the left bubble “주문고객과 동일.” However, as in my case, if you are shipping it somewhere else, fill in the right bubble “신규배송지.”

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As you can see, there are a bajillion payment options. For this guide, and for most of my online shopping, I stick to the standard bank transfer option. You can transfer on the internet banking website, from your mobile banking app, or I believe you can do it via ATM as well. Select the “무통장입금 (가상계좌)” option. Next, make sure you have the “동의” box checked off, and finally,  click “결제하기” to continue with payment.

Step 4

Making the payment

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This is probably the most annoying and time consuming part. You need to fill out your bank/payment info so you can make the bank transfer after completing the order. This part is important…again, make sure you have turned off Active X filters, allow pop up windows, and install all pop ups. To make payments online, you need to install security programs that pop up, and this window pops up separately, as you can see in the screenshot.

I did this part all in Korean, because some payment services don’t have an English language option. However, in this case, if you look at the bottom left, you can change this part into English. Anyway, for the Korean version, simply check off the top box “전체동의합니다.” Saves you the effort of checking every single box. Click the bottom right blue button “다음” to continue on.

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Simply fill out the fields as pictured. Click “다음” when you are finished, and ready to continue.

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Last page. Confirm everything is correct. Make sure the total amount is correct, your bank name, your name, and your email address. When you are set, click “확인.”

…and you have completed your purchase~ BUT WAIT…! Don’t forget!

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That’s it. You have completed your order. BUT YOU STILL AREN’T FINISHEDYou only filled out/confirmed your payment info, you now have to send the company payment for them to ship out your order. Make your bank transfer, and your order is usually shipped within 1 business day, and you will usually receive it in 1-3 business days.

You will receive emails/texts when you complete your order (it asks you to transfer the money, and will provide the banking info in the text message as well), and it will also email/text you when they receive your payment. If they do not confirm received payment, it probably means you made a mistake.

*Tips: Don’t worry if you click off this page. You can view order history and check on your order, or view the bank transfer information/account number again. All is not lost.

You can check your order history to make sure everything went smoothly. Company websites always update the status of your order. It will go in these steps…

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Here’s a mini guide for tracking your orders/viewing the status…

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And that’s all there is to it! I hope you found this guide helpful, and from now on, with this guide, you can shop on all kinds of Korean websites! ❤