Costco in Korea

Category : Surviving in Korea
Nov 28, 2014

Having a hankering for some good-ol’-fashioned Western food? Are you craving a homemade cold cut sandwich or bacon & eggs with peanut butter toast? The ingredients for all of the above are available at Costco, and the prices aren’t bad either.

 

Membership options

Two different membership cards are available for purchase at Costco. The basic card, which is for the “Gold Star Membership”, costs 35,000KRW annually. The Gold Star Membership also allows members to request an additional card for someone else in their household.

 

Alternatively, you can purchase a Business Membership for 30,000KRW. However, unless you work for a government agency, non-profit, or have your own business, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get the 5,000KRW membership discount in this case.

 

Memberships can be paid in-store with cash, or online here.

 

What about my Costco card from home?

Yes, you can use your Costco card from the US, UK, Canada, or Australia when in Korea. Conversely, you can take your Korean card back home. Just remember to renew it when your membership is about to expire.

 

à General Tips

  1. Costco parking lots are crowded. If you’re just going to grab a bag of frozen veggies and a value pack of chicken, taking public transportation is highly recommended. If you’ve got more stuff even consider grabbing a taxi home instead of fighting for a parking spot.  Remember to bring lots of reusable bags to make your trip back pain-free.
  2. Shoppers’ opinions vary regarding when the best time to beat the rush is – some say a couple hours before closing on weeknights, while others recommend Sunday mornings (many people are in church at that time, leaving you to have a less busy shopping trip).
  3. Most people recommend going hungry and ending your shop with a trip to the food court, which has cheap and familiar-tasting Costco pizzas, hot dogs, and other fast food eats.

 

Getting There

Below is the contact information and directions for all eight Costcos in Korea.

àCostco Website

 

Costco Yangpyun (Seoul)

  1. Address: 156, Seonyu-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu,Seoul, Korea (65, 3-ga, Yangpyung-dong) 
  2. Phone: 02-2679-1234
  3. Hours: 8:00 – 22:00

Closed: Second & fourth Sunday of each month, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Day

Directions to Yangpyung

Costco Daegu

  1. Address: 97, Gumdan-ro, 
    Buk-gu, 
    Daegu, Korea 
    (1817, Sangyuk-dong) 
  2. Phone: 053-380-1234
  3. Hours: 9:00 – 22:00

Closed: Second & fourth Sunday of each month, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Day

Directions to Daegu

Costco Daejeon

  1. Address: 41, Oryu-ro, Joong-gu, 
    Daejeon, Korea 
    (116-3, Oryu-dong)
  2. Phone: 042-539-1234 
  3. Hours: 9:00 – 22:00

Closed: Second & fourth Sunday of each month, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Day

Directions to Daejeon

Costco Yangjae (Seoul)

  1. Address: 159, Yangjaedae-ro, Seocho-gu, 
    Seoul, Korea 
    (217-6, Yangjae-dong) 
  2. Phone: 02-572-5959
  3. Hours: 8:00 – 22:00

Closed: Second & fourth Sunday of each month, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Day

Directions to Yangjae

Costco Sangbong:

  1. Address: 336, Mangwoo-ro,
    Joongrang-gu,
    Seoul, Korea 
    (81, Sangbong-dong) 
  2. Phone: 02-439-1144 
  3. Hours: 8:00 – 22:00

Closed: Second & fourth Sunday of each month, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Day

 

Directions to Sangbong

Costco Ilsan:

  1. Address: 25, Jangback-ro,
    Ilsandong-gu, Goyang City,
    Gyeonggi Province, Korea
    (1312, Baekseok-dong) 
  2. Phone: 031-904-3300 
  3. Hours: 8:00 – 22:00

Closed: 1st and 15th day of each month, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Day

Directions to Ilsan

Costco Busan:

  1. Address: 137, Gurak-ro,
    Suyeong-gu,
    Busan, Korea
    (195-1, Mangmi-dong) 
  2. Phone: 051-757-7100
  3. Hours: 9:00 – 22:00

Closed: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Day

Directions to Busan

Costco Gwangmyeong:

  1. Address: 40, Iljik-ro,
    Gwangmyeong City, 
    Gyeonggi Province, Korea 
    (163-3, Iljik-dong) 
  2. Phone: 02-2083-3700
  3. Hours: 9:00 – 22:00

Closed: 2nd and 4thSunday of each month, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Day

Directions to Ulsan

 

 

Gabrielle interned as a Content Creator for Work'n'Play during her exchange trip to Chung-Ang University in 2012-2013. She graduated from Vancouver Island University in May 2014 with her BA in Global Studies. She is now a Master's student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, Canada. The things she misses most about her year in Korea are: going for makgeolli + jeon with friends, exploring Seoul's new and old hidden treasures and getting to practice Korean every day. You can connect with her on Twitter at @MsGabrielle or email her at gabrielle.bishop@hotmail.com.

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