When I became a teacher in Korea, just about everything was new; new foods, new friends, new place to live and of course new students. Living and teaching in Korea has been and continues to be an adventure. There are tons of things to do and lots of new people to meet. I’m making strides on completing my bucket list in Korea before I head home in June. However, it’s nice to find some familiar things in Korea that is reminiscent of living in the U.S. One of my favorite places to shop for knick knacks in New Jersey, was The Dollar Tree which is a huge 99c store. At The Dollar Tree, you could find everything from food to furniture and even clothes for relatively low prices. I’m glad that Korea has a store like that, it’s called Daiso.
Daiso (다이소) is a great place to shop for many things for your home and for personal use as well as for your classroom while teaching English in Korea. Daiso is known within the foreign community as Korea’s 99-cent store. Although, like 99-cent stores in the U.S., everything isn’t 99 cents. At Daiso, you can many items that you will need, and chance are, it’ll be priced lower than larger chain stores like E-Mart and HomePlus. Although you won’t find foods like fruits or vegetables at your neighborhood Daiso, you can find a variety of candy bars, nuts of all variety, and potato chips.
Here are some other things you can expect to find at your local Daiso.
For your kitchen. I found myself admiring the dishes in Daiso today. I’ve found that Korea has a knack for having the cutest things ever. It’s possible to find plates, cups and bowls, eating utensils, tupperware, pots and pans, and cooking utensils. It’s also possible to find dish drainers, decorative items for the cupboards, dish detergents and everything else you would need to start making home cooked meals.
Stationery. Everything from pens, paper, stickers, markers and paper goods can be found at Daiso, which are great to use while teaching English. I’ve also seen picture frames, calendars, dry board erasers and many other items for the classroom or your personal office.
Personal Care. In this isle, you can find items like bodywash, soaps, and shampoo. There's also face washes, creams and make-up. You're like to find items like make-up applicators and nail care items as well.
For the Home. Daiso pretty much carries every thing for your home with the exception of furniture and bed linens. There are window treatments, small decorative items, do it yourself gadgets like wall single wall-hangers, which can also be used to hang cooking utensils or wall decorations in your Korean apartment. You will also find wall mirrors and personal mirrors, plants, pet care, and many other miscellaneous items.
I often shop at Daiso for my laundry needs as there are Tide (Brand) detergent sold at Daiso. I also get body wash and my face cleanser and Nivea (Brand) night cream from there. But whatever your needs are while teaching English in Korea, you're likely to find many familiar and useful items at your neighborhood Daiso.
Nailah Rivers was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the United States with her family at the age of seven. She graduated Rutgers University in 2011 with a degree in psychology. Her sophomore year in college, she knew for sure that she would pursue a teaching career with a focus on elementary school. After a risky move to Miami, Florida in 2011, Nailah decided to take a chance and apply to teach English in South Korea with Chungdahm Learning. She is currently teaching in Pohang, South Korea and is having a good time teaching and learning. Follow her blog to get the inside scoop on teaching abroad.Follow Nailah on Pintrest!