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Online Shopping While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 @ 01:05 PM

While I didn’t enjoy buying clothes online in America, I did enjoy shopping online for certain things. After all, these days the best deals are online. While living and teaching English in Korea, I came across an ad on the subway. It was advertising an online shopping mall called G-Market. Turns out, it’s the biggest online shopping site inKorea. One can say it’s the E-Bay of Korea.  Here’s a quick review of G-Market’s online shopping website.


  1. Language can be switched from Korean to English. Just click “ENGLISH” on the top right corner of the site.
  2. Delivery is quick inKorea. SinceKorea is such a small country, usually delivery takes 1 to 2 days.
  3. Browsing and searching is a breeze. Just like E-Bay and Amazon, you can simply search through its’ search engine, or look through the very well organized categories.
  4. Bargains are definitely there, but inKorea, online shopping offers a steeper discount compared toAmerica.
  5. Pictures, pictures, and MORE pictures! Just for one item, you’ll find that the seller posts several pictures from different angles.
  6. “Membership Benefits” is a program G-Market offers where you can rack up points called “Mileage” and “Stamps”. With these points you can use it towards getting a discount or free delivery.

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  1. Purchasing can get a bit frustrating due to Korea’s bank security measures. A “Security Certificate” must be downloaded on your computer in order to use your Korean Debit/Credit Card. In order to do this, you must be enrolled in online banking with your Korean bank.
    An alternative is to simply use your American Debit/Credit card or Paypal.
  2. Choices can be too much at times. If you’re a picky or bargain shopper, expect to find yourself browsing around for an hour just to decide and buy one item.
  3. Details can get overwhelming. Most sellers give so much information and photos that the scroll bar to your right is less than half an inch.


Well, I hope this helped you get acquainted with Korea’s biggest online shopping website. Anyone else know any other great Korean websites?


Teach in Korea!

Yoon escaped from Los Angeles, California after finding himself hating his job at the bank. Knowing of opportunities to teach English in Korea, he took this chance to take on the excitement of living in a foreign country. Thankfully, Aclipseplaced him at a great Chungdahm branch in Jamsil. He is enjoying almost every moment of it and would like to share his experience with you through his blog.

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