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10 Interesting things you may not know about 'Duty Free' shops

By AllK_Maknae   Wednesday, March 8, 2017   43,611   102   0



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Korea is a beautiful place, especially when it comes to shopping! While street vendors and classic boutiques may be all the rage, we can't forget the magic of "Duty Free." "Duty Free" shops are all the rage in Korea and if you don't know why, this list will be your new best friend! Check out 10 things you didn't know about "Duty Free" shops in Korea!

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1. Location

"Duty Free" shops are particular and aren't just everywhere you go. You can only find them at international travel zones such as the airport or seaports. 

2. Premier Tax-Free

There are a lot of wordy jargon involving the "Duty Free" shops, but this term is something you want to know! "Premier Tax Free" is a system in place used to pay for a portion of the taxes that would normally be included in the sale but then the goods are presented to customs and the sum is reimbursed on exit. Translation - all purchases are tax free! This saves anywhere from 7% - 33% on sales tax.

3. Your Guest Pass

Don't save your airplane ticket just for scrapbooking, you need to prove you are visiting the country with either your passport or plane ticket stub in order to shop at the "Duty Free."

4. Citizenship alters discounts

It may seem a bit unfair, however, U.S. citizens receive substantially higher duty exemptions than normal when they visit or transit certain locations.

5. Beauty Product Paradise

While the "Duty Free" usually caters to high-end luxury brands and cigars, South Korea's shops offer a lot of beauty products that out beat stores like TheFaceShop and Nature Republic's discounts and sales. For example, you can purchase 25 face packs from brands like TonyMoly or Missha for only $15. That is a steal!

6 . Alcohol

Get ready to sing PSY's "Hangover" because that is what you will have after you buy all the luxury imported liquor. Local and imported alcohol can be purchased at the "Duty Free" so you can avoid paying the insane prices at the local bars later.

7. Tech-savvy Shoppers Beware

While the "Duty Free" may be a shoppers heaven, selling everything far and between, electronics are deemed to be a not-so-great purchase at the "Duty Free." Depending on your location, some reviewers revealed that the items are claimed to be outdated, older models from bulk retailers. 

8. Know your limits

Unfortunately, this paradise does have its quantity limitations. Depending on the place, there are limitations to the amount of items you can buy - especially in regards to alcohol and cigarettes. 

9. Don't overspend 

Know your budget and know your countries budget too! Some countries require you pay your countries tax on certain "Duty Free" items and costly expenses. Americans returning from overseas trips must pay 3% on the first $1,000 worth of merchandise over an $800 allowance. Do your research before you swipe your credit card like crazy.


Believe it or not, South Korea is known for having the biggest and best "Duty Free" shops around! The world's largest airport "Duty Free" is located in Incheon Airport, with over US$1.85 billion in sales in 2016. Jeju Island also sports a luxury "Duty Free" shop at the 'Lotte Hotel Jeju' as well that is popular among travelers all across Asia who are visiting the island!

*This article has been sponsored by JEJU TOURISM ORGANIZATION

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tonyc Thursday, March 9, 2017

Duty free shops in Korea do not only exist in airports/seaports.You can also find them inside the city, for instance, the Lotte Duty Free branch inside the COEX mall.

ebilfairy tonyc Thursday, March 9, 2017

See now that's an interesting fact lol

latam_kpop Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dude Really.... -_- Duty Free shops exist in almost, for not saying in all, countries in the world, in the exact same place (airports, etc) even in my country Honduras, that is a "third world country" (thanks to the corrupted political party that is governing us) we have those, and are waaaayyyy cheaper than SK.

senaakaba21 Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dear Allkpop, duty free in Korea isn't cheap at all. MCM sold in Korea is waaayyyyyy expansive than the one sold in Harrods.

nolaeione Thursday, March 9, 2017

prob unrelated, but the CEO's love life, competition between his children and their family tree is interesting to read, like typical kdrama

federick Thursday, March 9, 2017

How much did AKP earn from this promotion?

katiririn Thursday, March 9, 2017

Really akp? You didn't tell what somebody might not know about Korea's duty free, you just told the facts everyone can search from internet..... Well, here's couple facts: It's really convenient how some cosmetics shop in the city give you tax-free instantly if your purchase is over 50,000won. You just have to show them your passport to get tax-free. Also, Lotte department store in Myeongdong, besides offering duty free services, they have small post office to  send your purchase straight to home. Oh, btw, they have duty free shops elsewhere also than in airports or middle-of-nowhere locations. And my final advice; don't buy from airport duty free, at least don't buy cosmetics there, it's expensive af compared to city prices.

ebilfairy Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wow how interesting..........

bringmelights ebilfairy Thursday, March 9, 2017

ikr, who needs fanwars when there's this...

BakaKaori Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The real name of this article is "10 Boring Things We Have to Tell You About Duty Free Shops So They'll Pay us for Advertisement"

Kariyu Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Am I the only one thinking of Taeil and 'Lotte Duty Free'....

Bella_Li Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I thought this article's actually going to tell me what I don't know about duty free shops or secrets or shopping hacks or stuff like that... but it's just mainly facts ._.

trogdorthe8th Bella_Li Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Right? I realized about half way down the list I was wasting my time reading this. Although if and when I'm fortunate enough to travel to Korea, I'll definitely take advantage of the beauty shops

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