Convenience stores first came to Korea in 1989, and they have developed continuously.
There are mainly 5 chains: GS25, CU, 7ELEVEn, MiniStop, Emart24.
Convenience stores usually saturate the urban landscape.
The vibrant glow of their neon signs light up every street, aveneu and alleyway of Korea's cities.
It's not uncommon to find two stores from the same chain staring each other down from accross the street.
In big city, most of the large apartment buildings have one of these stores at ground or basement level.
With most of life's necessities just a short elevator ride away,
residents can go days or even weeks without leaving the building!
While evloving, they have had many services besides the sale of stuffs to buy.
First, Korean convenience stores are open 24/7,
so if you wake up at 9PM, you don't have to worry about rushing to the supermarket before it closes.
Need something to eat? No problem! You can grab a rice ball, a corn dog or even some decent sushi.
There are various types of food, from snack, drink, meal box and instant food to freshly friend chicken.
You can find singlel-serving meals and smaller packs of daily necessities from convenience stores.
Some convenience stores are even famous for their food.
For example, the fried chicken at the MiniStop comes highly recommended by locals.
The GS25 chain has its own brand of ramyeon, which is sold in cooperation with Hong Seok Cheon, a Korean celebrity.
It's available exclusively at their stores and comes in several varieties.
You can even get delivered all of these by using app.
Second, you can buy and charge the transportation cards.
If you don't like carrying bundles of cash when you go out, opt for one of these cashless cards!
These transportation cards allow you to ride on public transportation, saving you the hassle of buying single trip transport tickets.
You can also used them to pay for your purchases at convenience stores.
Sometimes there will be discount if you use certain card.
Third, You can send parcels.
It is fast, reliable and affordable.
For first time user, it is advisable to register an account online to enjoy convenience and discount.
Before sending the parcel, you may log into your account and enter the details including the items you are sending,
its estimated value and the addresses of the sender and recipient.
Next, you will need to bring the parcel to one of the nearby convenience stores.
You will see a small machiine with a wheighing scale in the shop, usually located near the hot water dispenser.
Log in to your account the and retrieve the details entered, weigh the parcel and confirm the weight and print the label.
Then tear off the part of the label with the address detail and paste on the parcel,
place the parcel at the collection corner in the shop and finally bring the remaining label and pay at the counter.
There is a limit on the size and weight of the parcel.
They accept the largest boxx sold in post office(box number 6) and the maximum weight is 30kg.