When it comes to convenience, Korean convenience stores take it to the next level – truly worthy of their name. When you come to South Korea for the first time, you can notice convenience stores on almost every corner. They sell everything from essentials to food. But, did you know that they even have mail services?
The Scope of Korean Convenience Stores
There are so many things you can purchase at a convenience store in Korea. You can have a quick bite, a full meal, and pick up any essentials you might need. From kimbap to fresh underwear, convenience stores truly have it all.
However, one thing you may not be aware of is that many Korean convenience stores offer mail services. You can send packages and letters right from your local convenience store! From my experience, GS25 and CU offer the best mail services in Korea.
If you work a normal job or live in a more remote area, getting to a post office can be quite tricky. Korean post offices usually only operate during normal work hours and aren’t open on weekends. Plus, there is no drop-off available at most post offices in South Korea.
How to Use Mail Services at Convenience Stores
At both GS25 and CU there is a machine that looks like a small ATM with a scale attachment. On the screen of this machine, you can find the option to send parcels, documents, or letters. You will have to enter account information.
And so, you should either make an account with the convenience store online by accessing their official websites. Or, you can ask the convenience store clerk to assist you. Once you are logged in on the machine, you can follow these simple procedures:
- First, you will need to weigh your parcel or envelope. After you confirm the weight, you need to fill out your information and the information of the person you are sending the package to.
- Next, you will need to print the label and stick it on the box or envelope
- Finally, leave your parcel in the collection pile in the store. Your payment will be processed at the counter.
The price of convenience store mail services starts at 4,000 won and increases with each kilogram and the location you are sending it to.
This service is fast and reliable, but be aware that there is a limit on the size and weight you can send! They accept boxes not more than 30kg. You should also wrap your package before coming to convenience stores, so keep that in mind. You can buy boxes online or at the post office.
Additionally, if you have a package that requires a signature, but you will not be home at the time of delivery, you can have it sent to a convenience store instead. When you go to pick up your package, the only thing you will need is your ID.
Both CU and GS25’s mail services are available 24/7. So, now you can easily pick up and send packages on your own schedule.
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