Eating and Shopping on Chuseok

During two holidays a year in Korea, the Korean’s take a break from their vigorous working schedules:  Chuseok and Lunar’s New Years.  As a result, you’ll find many businesses closing down as a result.  In case you depend on your local selection of restaurants for your daily diet due to your extra small kitchenette, you might read the guide below to plan for these 2 big Korean holidays.

It was a brutal month in September for me where I couldn’t find much time to do anything besides work, eat and sleep.  The big holiday came up on me unexpectedly and I thought I might be a bit limited with my food options for the 3 day weekend.  However, I was pleasantly surprised that there was more open than I was expecting.  

As I walked out of my place in the afternoon of the first day of the holiday (Saturday), I noticed the typical delivery scooters buzzing around the neighborhood.  And a recent trend that may be more prevalent here in Seoul, but seems to be growing in the country is a larger presence of pets.  So, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the following business was open here on the holiday:

Also, after walking for another minute or two, I saw this Lotteria delivery driver with his scooter parked in front of one of the many who would be using his services today:

Open on Chuseok (2012)

  • Major franchises: Lotteria, McDonalds, Burger King, Pho Bay
  • Major Coffee chains: Starbucks, Angels in Us, Dunkin Donuts
  • Western restaurants like Johnny Rockets
  • Some supermarkets like Lotte My Super or your local supermarket

  • E-mart
  • Daiso

  • COEX Mall next to Samsung station – some shops will be open – Inquiries: +82-2-6000-0114 (Korean, English)
  • Namdaemun – depends on the store, but some should be open – Inquiries: +82-2-752-1913 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Myeongdong – some of the businesses will be open – Inquiries: +82-2-774-3238 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Bon Jook (Korean porridge franchise)
  • Misoya – Japanese food franchise

  • Convenience Stores (full of people wanting to eat instant ramen)

Closed on Chuseok (2012)

  • Itaewon
  • Dongdaemun – Hello apm (closed Sept 29-30), Doota (closed Sept 29-30), Migliore (closed Sept 29 & Oct 1)
  • I Park Mall
  • Lotte Dept Store
  • Hyundai Dept Store (closed Sept 30, but not sure about the 1st yet – Inquiries: +82-2-547-2233 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Galleria Dept Store (closed Sept 30-Oct 1)
  • Shinsegae Dept Store (closed Sept 30-Oct 1)
  • Techno Mart (closed Sept 29-30)
  • Yongsan Electronics Market (closed Sept 29-Oct 1, but 1st level will be open on the 29th and the 1st)
  • Pho Hoa
  • Local Korean restaurants and any business that’s mostly operated by Korean employees



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