Koreans are professionals when it comes to 홈쇼핑 “Home Shopping”, and you’ve probably heard of a few websites to shop from like Gmarket, Interpark and Coupang. But these websites are mostly in full Korean, so if you’re not fluent yet, we found you some Korean online shopping malls in English. Whether you’re looking for groceries, fashion, cosmetics or even technology and furniture, they’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the best websites that will make your life easier (and cheaper) in Korea.
Gmarket is the most famous website to order online and Korea’s number 1 shopping site. Lucky for you, Gmarket is available in English for foreigners living in Korea but ships also worldwide. Global Gmarket sells pretty much everything, with categories including Fashion and Beauty, Baby and Kids, Grocery and Healthy food, Household Supplies, Home and Kitchen, KPOP goodies, Sports, Motors and Tools, Digital and Electronics.
All types of payment methods are accepted such as foreign credit cards, Paypal, etc.
11th Street is another nice website to shop from. It is available both in Korean and English and delivers everywhere Korea and even abroad (look for the “International shopping” tag). Like Gmarket, you will find all the categories you can think of, with a large choice of items to choose from. For a nicer and easier “home shopping” experience, you can download their app on Play store or Apple Store.
Hyundai Hmall is the online shopping mall for Hyundai Department Store and offers a variety of products in such categories as fashion, beauty, baby and kids, sports, and home. Note that it might not be the best online mall to shop for food as it only sells processed food, coffee, and tea. Hyundai Hmall is also available on smartphones, and you can download the app by following the links up above.
Interpark is really famous in Korea, and one of the go-to home shopping websites. Like its Korean counterpart, Interpark Global provides all types of goods, but the English website is more focused on selling concert tickets and K-pop goodies. You will still be able to shop for fashion, makeup and skincare, grocery, electronics and many more. Interpark also ships internationally and you can download the app on Play Store or Apple Store.
Yesstyle is well known outside of Korea for Korean fashion and beauty. This website ships fashion, beauty, accessories, and lifestyle (arts and crafts, sports, homeware, etc.) products only. Note that you won’t be able to find food and electronics on Yesstyle. For Japan enthusiasts, the website also offers Japanese fashion, beauty and lifestyle products.
France Gourmet is an online shop specially dedicated to French delicacies. You will be able to find French dairy, cheese, and spices, but also French style meat made from Korean meat. Moreover, you can find rare products such as French foie gras, saucisson (salami), pâté, etc. France Gourmet also does catering and some of their recipes are available on their website.
iHerb Korea is well known to foreigners trying to engage in a healthy lifestyle in Korea. The website provides mostly vitamins, supplements, healthy foods, sports supplements (protein shakes, etc), and even herbs, homeopathy and cosmetics made of natural ingredients. For mothers living in Korea, a large section of the website is dedicated to baby and kids with healthy and/or organic food, bath products, skincare, supplements, diapers, and many more to discover on the website.
You can check our 10Mag article to get a step-by-step guide to order on iHerb.
When Korean’s need large quantities, they go to Costco.. If you’ve been to one of the stores, know that you can also find all their products on their online shopping mall. For those who don’t know Costco, the store sells food as well as furniture, appliances, electronics, healthy foods and supplements, fashion, etc.
However, be aware that to be able to buy from both online and offline stores, you will need to get a membership card, which price ranges from 33,000 Won for a regular one to 80,000 Won for a card with discount advantages. In addition to the membership card, you can only pay by credit card, real-time account transfer and LG U+ Pay Now. However, in the case of credit card payment, only Samsung Card is accepted (starting May 2019, only Hyundai Card will be accepted). Gift Cards are not accepted at Costco Online.
DabaGirl is a Korean fashion website where you can find clothes, accessories, lingerie, fitness clothing and shoes. This website will appeal to those who like a more mature, feminine and sexy look that you could find in Kdramas. Sizes go up to Large. You don’t need a Korean credit card as the website accepts payment with foreign credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, AmericanExpress, UnionPay, Discover and also Paypal.
Just One is a Korean website selling clothes, shoes, accessories, fitness clothing, and bags. This online shopping mall is particularly interesting for its “happy fit 77~88” category where you can find daily and fitness clothes that go up to size XL. This Korean fashion online shop has a more casual and cute style, with lots of cozy wool pieces. Foreign credits cards are accepted.
Hotping is a shopping mall offering clothes, shoes, accessories, and intimates. This shop has a very diverse clothing style that will fit many tastes. Few clothes are free size, but most pants and other clothing (shirts, dresses, etc.) go up to size XL. Be sure to check the measurement grid details on each item description to get your matching size.
Many female foreigners who have lived in Korea have at least once heard of the famous store Style Nanda. Style Nanda carries unique fashion, and people love this store for its runway, model kind of style that you cannot find elsewhere. The online store sells clothes, accessories, shoes, bikinis and more. You can even find makeup and skincare, known under the trending brand 3CE. Sizes are available up to Medium.
Chuu is a Korean fashion brand selling both cute clothes and sexy, feminine clothing. You can also find accessories, shoes, lingerie, fitness clothes, skincare, and makeup. Clothing sizes go up to size L, and for lingerie, you can shop up to a Korean F cup. Chuu also has a special line called “-5kg”, for jeans that make you appear 5kg thinner. The shopping mall also ships worldwide.
Codibook. is a shopping mall with a more casual style of clothing. There, you can browse through clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, etc. There is even a section reserved for mens clothing. One of the distinct features of this website is that it proposes full outfit ideas, to give you some tips to find the perfect match for your new clothes. Codibook also ships worldwide, and you can sometimes enjoy free shipping (see conditions on their website).
If you didn’t know, Ikea is available in Korea, and has a couple of stores just outside of Seoul, in Goyang and Gwangmyeong. Due to location aspects, visiting the offline store might not be the easiest option for you if you don’t own a car, so we invite you to check the Ikea online shop. You will be able to find everything that is available in the stores, such as furniture, textile, lighting, kitchenware, etc. The delivery service ranges from 5,000 won for small parcels to 59,000 won for furniture.