Are there Apple stores in Korea ?

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

 

When I first arrived to Korea, I needed a converter plug for my Apple Powerbook. I asked around. I was given an apologetic look and an explanation that there weren’t many Apple stores in Korea.

I was told there was one store in Seoul called Frisbee. Whuh?

How can there not be tons of Apple stores in Korea?

Well, maybe you should ask it’s Korean competitors Samsung and LG

The fact is there were more stores than I was led to believe… they just weren’t exactly Apple stores. They were resellers.

Are there Apple stores in Korea ?

Although PCs are still the preferred computer in Korea, it’s really iPhone that gave Korea a reason to open the doors to Apple.

 Korea has two certified Apple Reseller stores. Prices at both stores are competitive to Apple prices,  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. Frisbee is the most accessible with locations in Seoul, Daegu, Busan and Daejeon.  It  also looks and feels like a regular Apple store and they have customer service in English . 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.  There is a trick to ordering Apple products however, so keep reading.

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. But 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.

Option 1: The only way to order your product online from Apple via the Frisbee site is  you need a Korean credit card.

How you do pay without a Korean credit card?

Most expats don’t have a Korean credit card. Getting them can be as challenging as getting a Korean phone. But the interesting thing about the Korean community is that there’s trust in the community. .. And a flexibility with foreigners.

Option 2: If you can’t get a Korean credit card, then ask 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. I didn’t have a Korean credit card nor did I know someone who could lend me theirs, so the sale boy let me place my order using his card and I would reimburse him on the spot with cash.

Updated note: It used to be difficult to get a Korean credit card but these days, KEB (the bank of expats) issues credit cards if you hold a working visa and contract.

 Have you seen any Apple stores in Korea? 

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I’ still finding the apple store in Pusan,

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

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[…] cases, the import item is cheaper that the official product for the market. This is the case for the iPhone in Korea. Anyone in their right mind would just buy the cheaper, identical item, as the money saved could […]

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

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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!!!!

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    @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. 😉

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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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[…] you can buy Apple products. Grrrl Traveler correctly describes two retail stores in her post here. In addition, it is important to know that there IS an authorized service center in Seoul, very […]

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