Korean Costco 101

A reader wanted to know more about where Costco was located in Korea. Well, good news! There are multiple locations!
Costco has stores in Seoul, Busan, Daejeon, Daegu, and Ilsan. It costs W35,000 (about $30) for a membership.
Here are a few Q&As from the Asian Costco website (English and Korean available) that could be helpful.

 Where can I use my Costco membership?
Your membership is good at more than 530 Costco locations worldwide. For a complete list of locations, visit [www.costco.com]
 Why do I have to show my membership card upon entrance to the warehouse?
Since our members pay a fee to shop at Costco, we allow only Costco members to shop. Your picture appears on the card because
your membership card can be used only by you and is non-transferable. Your picture also prevents unauthorized use should your card
ever be lost and stolen.
 What are Costco’s hours of operation?
General hours for all warehouses are : Monday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Yangpyung/Yangjae only are open daily 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

 Why am I asked to show my receipts as I exit the warehouse?
Staffing the doors is our most effective method of maintaining accuracy in inventory control. It benefits both Costco and our
members. This practice ensures that you received everything you paid for and were not overcharged or our undercharged for any
 What types of payment does Costco accept?
You may pay by cash or Samsung Card. We do not accept other credit cards because their fees would increase the costs to us and our
 May I bring in a friend who’s not a member?
Yes. You may bring up to two guests into the warehouse each time you shop, though only Costco members may purchase items.
 Why are there no express lines?
The answer is two-fold. First, the majority of our members typically purchase a large quantity of products during their shopping visits to our warehouses. Currently, the typical member purchases an average of 14 Items each and every time he or she shops. Secondly, operating an express checkout line adds additional overhead costs, thereby driving up our cost of doing business.
 Why are there no dressing rooms?
We are trying to adhere to a no-frills policy. This means keeping our costs as low as possible. Dressing rooms take employees to staff them as well as floor space that could be better utilized. But, remember our return policy: if something doesn’t fit, just bring it back for a full refund.
 How do I return merchandise?
Bring your merchandise and receipt directly to our membership desk for a full and courteous refund. It is helpful (but not required) if you bring the original packaging and literature as well.


  1. C.W. Bush says:

    I've not had the pleasure of visiting a Korean Costco just yet, but I fell in love with the chain when I was in the US. Hopefully the Aussie ones open soon.


  2. Natalie says:

    The Costco in Busan is slightly difficult to find. We put directions to it on our blog, as we couldn't find any English directions when we were looking online, and the first day it took us 4 hours of wandering, and we still didn't find it!



  3. Kris says:

    Is there a Costco near Yongin? I will be moving to Korea in August for a teaching position (used Teach ESL Korea recruiting as well. Love your blog!


  4. Kris says:

    Is there a Costco near Yongin? I am moving to Korea in August, I also used Teach ESL Korea to find a job teaching science. Love your blog!


  5. Costco membership card superb and use more then 530 outlet locations in world.Its prefect card for shopping and saving money..


  6. Ana Morris says:

    Haven't been to any Costco store. Maybe I'd try it when I come back.


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