The Korean Post

Category : Surviving in Korea / Visa/Legal Issues/Tax
Nov 28, 2014

The country’s postal service is second to none and therefore it goes without saying that the Korean Post deserves its number one on Korea’s Customer Satisfaction Index (KSCI) for the twelfth consecutive year.  The Korean Post deals with all postal services. There are post offices located all over the country and the service is fast, cheap and user friendly. Read on to learn more!

 

Fast Info!

  1. Hours of operation are from 9:00-18:00 or from 9:00-16:00 for financial postal services.
  2. There are thousands of post offices, post boxes and post counters located all over the country. You can check out a location finder map here.
  3. Some post offices are open on Saturday from 9:00-13:00. If you can’t get off work before 6pm, go on Saturday! There are four post offices open on Saturdays in Seoul:
  • Seoul Jung Ang Post Office: Myeongdong Station, line 4
  • Seoul Yangcheon Post Office: Mokdong Stadium, line 5
  • Seoul Seocho Post Office: Yangjae Station, line 3
  • Seoul Yeoido Post Office: Yeoido Station, line 5 and 9
  1. The Korean Post Head Quarters:

Gwanghwamun Post Office Seorin-dong Jongno-gu Seoul (Seoul 110-110 Korea)

 

Addresses in Korea

Korean addresses are ordered so that the most general information (country) goes first and the most specific information (house number) goes last. For some reason, it took me an unusually long time to wrap my head around the concept. As well, addresses can be written in English. If you can put your (sender’s) address in Korea and English, it can’t hurt. If you’re sending a package within Korea try to write it in Korean. Address packages sent to western addresses in the western way and address packages sent within Korea in the Korean way. If you’re stuck follow this guide.

 

Let’s compare a foreign address to a Korean Address:

 

Western Addresses

Example

Recipient’s Name

Building #, Street Name

Town/City, Province/State/County

Country

Postal Code/Zip Code

Kathy Jones

3562 Main Street

Toronto, Ontario

Canada

H4B K1A

 

 

Korean Addresses

Example written in English

Example written in Korean

Country

City(시), District Office (Gu/구), Ward (Dong/동)

Building #, Building Name, Unit #

Recipient’s Name

Postal Code

The Republic of Korea

Seoul, Youngsan-gu, Itaewon-2 dong

1420-17 KB Tower, room 604

Kim Jihyeon

163-059

대한민국

서울특별시,용산구,이태원2동

1420-17 KB 타와, 604호

김지현

163-059

 

 

Tell your family/friends to write your Korean address following the western style when they send something to you in Korea from a western country (using the Korean address above as an example):

Korean Address Written the Western Way

Example in English

Recipient’s Name

Unit #, Building #, Building Name

Ward (Dong/동), District Office (Gu/구), City(시),

Country

Postal Code

Jihyeon Kim

Room 604, 1420-17, KB Tower

Itaewon-2 dong, Youngsan-gu, Seoul

The Republic of Korea

163-059

 

Mail Zones

This chart details the mail zones that Korea uses to categorize mail and prices. Prices differ for each zone and each category of mail (letters, parcels, express). Find what country you are mailing to, and then remember the zone. Look up the zone and the corresponding price in the charts below.

 

Mail Service

Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Letter Post

Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao

Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore

USA, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, England, Greece, Italy, - Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Albania, Belarus, Czech, Hungary, Poland Romania, Ukraine, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syrian Arab Rep, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Guam, Saipan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Cuba, Haiti, Dominica, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon, Western Samoa

Surface Post

Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong

Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore

Canada, Finland, France, Germany, England, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Netherlands, Ireland

Mexico, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Argentina

EMS and Air Parcel

Taiwan, Macao, Thailand, The Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Mongolia

Bangladesh, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan

Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Albania, Belarus, Czech, Hungary, Poland Romania, Ukraine, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq ,Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syrian Arab Rep, Turkey, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Guam, Saipan , Afghanistan

Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Cuba, Haiti, Dominica, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon, Western Samoa

EMS and Air Parcel (Specified Zones)

S Zone 1

S Zone 2

S Zone 3

S Zone 4

S Zone 5

S Zone 6

Japan

Hong Kong, Singapore

China

Australia

USA

England, Spain, France

                 
 

 

Delivery Times

This chart shows delivery times for different countries. This is for regular surface delivery, not EMS or air mail.

Countries

Estimated Delivery Time

Japan, Hong Kong

20-30 days

China, Taiwan

40-60 days

Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia

50-70 days

Vietnam, Philippines, India, Bangladesh

70-90 days

Pakistan, South Africa, Russia

90-120 days

Australia, New Zealand

50-70 days

Canada, United States

50-70 days

Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina

100-120 days

Germany

50-70 days

Great Britain, Netherlands, France

70- 90 days

Spain, Remote Islands

80-100 days

Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland

100-120 days

 

Pricing for Letters and Small Packets

The chart below shows how much it costs to send letters from Korea either by surface or by air. Letters sent by surface are not priced according to zone. There is one price by weight. For letters sent by mail, prices are determined by zone and by weight. Not all prices are shown, for a full list visit the Korean Post Website.

 

Letters by Surface

Small Packets by Surface

Letters by Air

Weight

(grams)

KRW

Weight

(grams)

KRW

Weight (grams)

Zone 1 (KRW)

Zone 2 (KRW)

Zone 3 (KRW)

Zone 4 (KRW)

Up to 20

410

Up to 100

860

up to 10

500

540

610

630

“20

540

600

680

740

50

830

250

1,630

“40

720

860

1,080

1,210

“50

840

980

1,280

1,480

100

1,240

500

2,390

“60

970

1,110

1,480

1,740

“80

1,220

1,360

1,880

2,270

250

2,080

1,000

4,130

“100

1,510

1,610

2,280

2,800

“200

2,450

3,120

3,960

5,130

500

3,640

2,000

5,430

“300

3,390

4,630

5,650

7,670

“500

5,270

7,650

9,020

12,640

1,000

5,720

Postcards

“800

8,090

12,180

14,070

19,620

By Surface

By Air

“1,000

9,910

15,210

17,440

24,280

2,000

9,360

260 won

350 won

“1,500

14,090

21,500

25,870

33,800

“2,000

18,270

27,790

34,290

43,320

                   

 

Parcels

This is the chart for mailing parcels from Korea. It is broken down by parcels sent by surface, by air and by economy air. Economy air is usually cheaper than regular air delivery. Packages are put on planes when there is extra room in the cargo. There is also a greater chance that the packages will get lost, it takes much longer and it’s not always available. Ask about it at the post office if you’re set on saving money. Parcel prices are again broken down by zone and weight. Not all prices are listed. Please check the Korean Post Website for a full list.

 

Weight

(Kg)

Surface Parcels

 

Air Parcels

SAL Parcel (economy air)

Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

S

Zone1

S

Zone

2

S

Zone3

S

Zone4

S

Zone5

S

Zone6

KRW

up to 2/

up to 0.5/

up to 1

10800

11900

13000

14100

12200

16400

18600

19700

15400

16000

15100

16000

19300

18500

16300

〃4

14100

15200

17300

19500

24100

36100

41500

58500

23800

25900

27200

37900

48800

41200

39100

〃6

17300

18400

21700

25000

31000

47500

54500

82000

28500

31600

34200

51400

67500

54200

54300

〃8

20600

21700

26000

30400

38000

58800

67600

105500

33300

37200

41100

64800

86100

67100

69500

〃10

23900

25000

30400

35800

45000

70100

80600

129000

38100

42900

48100

78300

104800

80100

84700

〃12

27100

28200

34700

41300

51900

81400

93600

152500

42900

48500

55100

91800

123500

93000

100000

〃14

30400

31500

39100

46700

58900

92700

106700

175900

47700

54200

62,000

105,300

142,200

106,000

115,200

〃16

33600

34700

43400

52100

65800

104000

119700

199400

52500

59800

69000

118800

160900

119000

130400

〃18

36900

38000

47800

57600

72800

115300

132800

222900

57200

65500

75900

132200

179600

131900

145600

〃20

40200

41300

52100

63000

79700

126600

145800

246400

62000

71100

82900

145700

198300

144900

160800

 

 

EMS (Express Mail Service) / Registered Mail

You don’t need to Fedex or DHL a package. Korean Post has EMS. You can send letters, documents and parcels by EMS. Korea offers EMS to 143 countries. Packages will arrive within 3 to 5 days and mail going to Tokyo and Hong Kong will arrive in 2 to 4 days. You can track your packages online at the tracking portal of the Korean Post website.

 

Registering your mail means that you pay extra to ensure there is tracking applied to your package. It’s a good option to choose for things going a long distance around the world, however not all destinations have registered mail (for example: you cannot register mail going to Canada). Registered mail has guaranteed delivery because of the tracking. You will be given a receipt with a tracking number. You can follow the number online at the tracking portal. If there is a problem you can find out exactly where your mail is.

 

Prohibited Mail

As you would expect, you cannot send drugs, weapons, or animals through the mail. You also might get dinged a customs’ charge for sending expensive luxury goods or when receiving certain items. Check our article on Korean Customs Regulations for those details.

 

Domestic Mail

If you thought the international post in Korea was efficient, it doesn’t even compare to domestic services. Express post is next day or same day delivery. You may express parcels up to 30kgs. The regular service takes no more than three days. A 50g letter cost 290KRW while a 25g letter costs 270KRW. If you want to register your mail it costs 1,500KRW.

 

Tips

  1. Stamps aren’t licked in Korea. You must glue them. Sometimes they will be stickers.
  2. You can buy envelopes and boxes (up to 20kg) at the post office. They are cheap and sturdy.
  3. The post offices all have glue, pens, and tape so you can address and seal your packages properly. It will save you a bit of time to do it before but it’s not necessary.
  4. Take a number as soon as you arrive. You don’t want to wait longer than needed.
  5. Post offices accept cash or card.

Check the Korean Post Website for tons of info on services, prices and regulations

 

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Lindsey lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea for over 5 years. While there, she dabbled in different areas of work and explored the culture. She spent time teaching elementary students, business English to adults and high school students about college preparation. She also studied Korean, wrote blogs and tasted as many foods as she possibly could including fermented skate fish. Over the years, Lindsey developed a love for Korea and the culture. She is keen to share her knowledge of Korea with others and she will always consider Korea a second home.

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