On last Sunday, we visited the Flower city Yangjae in southern of Seoul to buy some plants and flowers for our new apartment. We were only in retail area, because other sections for cut flowers, wholesale, equipment’s, ect. were closed. Eventhough it was really huge, with various kinds of beautiful vegetation. Some of those, I’ve never seen anywhere before.
Big super markets such as Lotte-mart or e-mart in Korea are also known as “mega marts”. They are usually located in a huge shopping area, with a lot of parking lots. And there you can find almost everything. Basically, their concepts are same as concepts of western super markets, but here are for me the biggest 5 differences:
The title may sound strange for you, but if you’re from Europe or especially Germany, you may understand why: all stores there are usually closed on Sunday and public holidays. Only the gas stations are opened, but only until 11pm and you have to somehow get there.
Some days ago, we arrived in Seoul and sudently found out, that we forgot some (important) items, for example toothpaste, hairspray and so on. It was on a public holiday and late. And to be honest, I didn’t want to move any more after a long flight from Germany to Seoul.
Luckily, convenience stores are very popular in Seoul. Checking on the internet, we could find 3 stores, that we can reach within a minute – 7 eleven, CU or GS25. And all were open 24h, even during weekend and on holidays! So cool! Let’s go for a super quick shopping!