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Are there Apple stores in Korea ?

 

ARe there Apple stores in Korea? You bet there are.  Photo: Hightouch.kr

Attention all Mac and Apple fans, you can get your Apple fix in Korea too!

When I first arrived to Korea and realized I needed a converter plug for my Apple Powerbook, I was given an apologetic look and an explanation that there weren’t many Apple stores here. I was told there was one store in Seoul called Frisbee.

How can Korea not have tons of Apple stores?

Well, maybe you should ask Samsung, LG and the like… But in fact, there are more stores than I was led to believe…

Are there Apple stores in Korea ?

It’s really iPhone that gave Korea a reason to open the doors to Apple. While PCs are still the preferred computer in Korea, the market might be changing. Thus, Korea has two certified Apple Reseller stores. Prices at both stores are competitive to Apple, so you won’t be getting it any cheaper than the U.S., unless the Korean won is high.

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Frisbee

Frisbee is my preferred Apple reseller store as it’s the most accessible and has stores in many locations. It  looks and feels like a regular Apple store (check out The Marmot’s Hole’s photos of the store )! If they have a product out of stock, you can order it from Apple through their site and the store will let you know when it arrives.

They’re stocked with similar items, they have customer service in English and they have locations in Seoul, Daegu, Busan and Daejeon.

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a# shop

a# is a store I discovered when I visited CoEx Mall in Seoul. It doesn’t seem as convincing of an Apple store as Frisbee, as they aren’t dedicated primarily to Apple products, nor do they mimic it’s floor plan. They stock Apple computers, gadgets and accessories.

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How do you order Apple products in Korea?

This is where it gets tricky.

I needed a USB to ethernet converter for my new Macbook Air. Frisbee didn’t carry it at any of their locations and Apple online doesn’t ship to Korea.

No. The only way is to order your product from Apple via the Frisbee site and to place an order online, you need a Korean credit card.

 

How you do pay without a Korean credit card?

The odd thing about Korea is that there’s much trust between people and the community. .. And a flexibility with foreigners. If you can’t get a Korean credit card, then many people will say to find a Korean person to make the purchase for you.

Simple and hard as that.

In my case, I was in the Myeongdong Frisbee in Seoul and needed to order that converter cable for my laptop. I didn’t have a Korean credit card nor did I know someone who could lend me theirs, so the saleguy let me order my cable using his card. I reimbursed him on the spot with cash.

Out of the kindness of my salesperson (who offered to use his credit card to make the buy; all I had to do was pay him the cost in cash), I was able to order my adapter.

Updated note about credit cards: It used to be difficult to get a Korean credit card but I these days, I hear KEB issues credit cards to expats if they hold a working visa and contract.

 Have you seen any Apple stores in Korea? Let me know where you’ve found them or if there are any stores you can find Apple products or repair.

11 Comments

  1. John says:

    Is there an apple store in the airport? could i buy an iphone on a layover at Incheon?

  2. Joe lee says:

    Apple online store does ship to Korea
    apple.co.kr

  3. dan says:

    if you don’t have Korean friends and you live in Korea, you are missing out on the whole point of living in Korea! But if you are brand new here, I can understand that it can be hard to make friends with Korean nationals. It is worth your time to go out of your way–your Korean friends can help you find Apple stores and everything else you need!!!!

    • @Dan: I totally agree! Making Korean friends is the best way to go and there’s a lot they can fill you in on in the culture! And then, if you can’t make Korean friends (its not always possible) then it’s also fun to stumble upon things and explore them yourself. 😉

  4. Actually, there are a few licensed resellers in Korea. In addition to Frisbee and a#, Alfie can be found throughout Seoul. The above stores are resellers of Apple products and not repair centers.

    To get your Apple products repaired or to purchase replacement parts, one needs to visit a UBase repair center. They are the contracted official Apple repair center. I’ve had the following work done while in Korea:

    1) replace the keyboard
    2) replace the on-board mic

    Both of these were done under AppleCare purchased in the US.

    3) purchased Korean (European) power cords so I don’t have to use an adapter.
    4) swap out a hard drive for a larger drive.
    5) swap out the mother board.

    While one can make purchases from the online store, UBase is usually faster. One can even bring in the part number and have them order it for you.

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