The weather is getting a little too hot to spend the whole of the weekend outside and so we made a trip down to the famous Swedish Store IKEA. Firstly this post will focus on the Shopping and part 2 (Coming Soon) will focus on the Food.
To cover a few small negatives quickly we went on a Saturday and it was very busy, we arrived shortly after 10am and it was already busy both in the parking area and inside. Secondly the location is a little remote and so if you’re visiting via public transport, plan ahead.
Now onto the positives; the store is huge it goes on for a long ages and you could easily spend a whole day there. Products are nicely displayed and prices are clear and simple. There are plenty of staff around to help (although speaking Korean helps). There is a free map which helps you find the products you’re looking for and areas to focus on. The restaurant (more details in part 2) is in the middle of the store, and serves as a welcome pit-stop. At the end the check out area (even on a Saturday) was well staff and pretty quick.
We only spent around ₩65,000 ($60) and walked out with a couple of bags of homeware items, a few toys and a desk lamp.
Overall IKEA is affordable, interesting and a nice way a spend a few hours. The main downside is the poorly managed parking area and of course it’s super busy on weekends.
Pictures from IKEA Korea (Seoul) – Shopping
IKEA Seoul Location Map / Direction and Links
Firstly here is the Official Website: http://www.ikea.com/kr/en/
IKEA is Seoul is located just outside of Seoul in Gwangmyeong but on the edge of Anyang, close to Gwangmyeong Station (A KTX Station). The closest Subway station is Seoksu Station (Line 1) and the number 5627 operates close to the store. However it’s better if you drive or travel as group and take a taxi. As it’s not easy to access via public transport.
Here is a Map:
Tim & Jeonghye