When planning your trip to Korea, some of you may decide not to bring any bedding/living essentials as it takes up a lot of space in your luggage. It is actually cheaper to just buy some essentials in Korea—but where? This blog will give you very detailed directions on where you could buy your supplies around campus.
Supplies you might need to buy when in Korea (although keep in mind, the list provided are optional if you bring it from your home country). We also have a blog regarding some expenses to expect at CAU which tells you how much certain items will cost you as well as other essentials you may need. It is also better if you bring cash.
- Mattress sheet (optional) one is provided
- Toilet paper
- Tissues/ paper towels
- Laundry softener
There is a small Daiso near the CAU Hospital where many students tend to purchase their school supplies and home supplies. Daiso mainly sells house items that range from kitchenware (mugs,utensils) to cleaning products (laundry detergent). Daiso provides good quality products for an affordable price.Address: 161-1 Seodal-ro, Dongjak-gu Seoul
Directions: Take the main gate exit and turn right walk down the main Heukseok street. Continue to keep walking down “Heukseok” street until you see the CAU Hospital intersection. Once you are in front of the hospital, you will see the street called “Seodal-ro”. Turn left on that street and walk down 50 meters and you will see Daiso on the left hand side.
E-mart Everyday Branch
There are two different E-mart branches where you could find the supplies you need. The E-mart Everyday branch is the closest to CAU but it’s smaller and carries less supplies. If you are looking to buy snacks or groceries, E-mart is the place to go.Address: 97-2 Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Directions: Take the main gate exit and turn right walk down the main Heukseok street. Continue to keep walking down “Heukseok-ro” street until you see the CAU Hospital intersection. Once you are in front of the hospital, you will see the E-mart Everyday sign across the street.
E-mart Yongsan Branch
Address: 55 Hangang-daero 23-gil, Yongsan-gu Seoul
Directions: Take Bus #151 to get to Emart – Yongsan Branch. Bus #151 is located across the CAU Hospital. Once you are on the bus, it will take you directly to I-Park mall and you will not need to transfer. Although, make sure you get off the bus at “Sinyongsan Station”. You will see the E-mart in I-Park mall located right next to Yongsan Station.
ELLE is a small shop which sells different varieties of bedding essentials. There might be a language barrier between you and the owner. Also, this place is little farther than usual and should take you about 10 minutes to get there.
Address: 277-1 Yangneong-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Directions: Take the back gate exit and make a left at the intersection. You will need to walk up the “Heukseok-ro” street until you hit the main intersection of “Sangdo-ro” and “Yangyeong-ro”. Make a left at “Yangneong-ro” and continue walking and across the street of “Yangneong-ro” intersection you will see a small shop called “ELLE”. There should be a convenience store named “GS25” right beside it. Conveniently, there is a pedestrian cross walk right in front of ELLE.
Heukseok Market is a local outdoor market which sells variety of items from Korean food items to pillows. It is a must go area around CAU but you will need to bring cash with you. It is also really close to the E-mart everyday. Since it is a local market, many workers do not understand English so it is recommended for you to know some Korean or have a Korean friend who can assist you.
Address: 5 Seodal-ro 14ga-gil, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Directions: The market is located in an alleyway near the E-mart Everyday. Refer to some pictures provided above regarding the Emart everyday. After you get to Emart, you will need to make a left on Seodal-Ro and continue to walk to the down the Seodal-Ro. The market is located on the back of the E-mart building.
We hope that these suggestions and step by step instructions help you find your essential items when you arrive at CAU!