Korean Supermarket E-Mart Life in Korea Series Dongbaek, Yongin

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Aug. 22, 2013

In this travel video we visit a Korean Supermarket E-Mart to go on a much needed shopping excursion as part of our life in Korea series. This particular E-Mart is located in Audrey's area of Dongbaek, Yongin however, one can find these kind of Korean department stores all over the country. In this video we show you some very random clips: cheese that was locked up, snails sold for pets, mountaineering and hiking equipment, baseball caps, rice cookers, spam Sam randomly sampling Korean food several times. Aside from selling local delicacies one can find all kinds of foreign and imported types of foods and goods. One of our personal favorites is the cherry coated New York style cheesecake that is found in the frozen food section. Koreans are really sensitive to high quality service and it is reflected throughout the many sample stalls found throughout the supermarket. One could literally almost have an entire meal just by hitting up all of the stalls to sample what is on offer. In fact, I once knew of a foreign teacher who was broke doing just that. Aside from those gaming the department store, once can find many other staff members who are readily available to help you find just what you're looking for. Korean department stores such as E-Mart are popular for shopping and can get very crowded at times. If you want to have the store to yourself I recommend coming on Sunday morning when many people are recovering from a night out or are attending a local church. This is quite a silly video hopefully you'll appreciate our quirky humor and strange scenes which are plentiful. E-mart (Hangui) is the largest retailer in South Korea. There are 127 stores across the country.12 It was founded on 12 November 1993 by Shinsegae, and was the first discount retailer in South Korea.3 E-Mart is the oldest and largest discount store chain in Korea with total sales volume exceeding US 9.4 billion in 2009. It was established in 1993. With aggressive new store openings and acquisition of Wal-Mart Korea in 2006, E-Mart is enjoying its retail leadership in the discount store market. E-Mart is also the first Korean retailer to advance into China with the aim to become one of top leading global retailers. As of January 2011, there are 27 stores in China.