Returning home? Or have parcels to mail back home? Korean parcel shipping services are the way to go!
Aside from the typical international shipping couriers like DHL, FedEc .etc, South Korea also has various international shipping services at more affordable rates. This includes KoreaPost, CJ logistics and Lotte logistics. Due to the range of companies available, Korean shipping services tend to be highly price competitive and dependable.
One of the most common ways to ship your parcels home is via Korea Post. Most wheel their luggage of items to the post office, where they will purchase the post office boxes and pack their items on the spot. Tape, scissors and other materials are provided at larger post offices for free (eg. Seodaemun-gu post office).
You will find plenty of articles written regarding the use of Korea Post through a quick Google search.
Written by: Carmen, Class of 15.5, in July 2017
Most UD students in UIC choose to move to Sinchon from Songdo after freshmen year as most major classes are held in Sinchon. A significant number of international students in the HASS and ISED majors also choose to live in Sinchon for a period of time in college to experience life in Seoul. Because moving between cities (or even within Seoul) can be such a hassle some times, we've summarized some options, with translations, that you can consider when moving your boxes of belongings!
1. Parcel Delivery Services
Korean parcel delivery services are highly popular in the country. They offer services at affordable prices because there is keen competition in the industry. It is also convenient because they pick up your parcels at your doorstep and deliver to the doorstep of your destination. There are several parcel delivery service providers you can consider, such as the Korean Post Office, Hyundai Logistics, Lotte Global Logistics, yes2424 .etc. Because these are Korean parcel delivery services, their websites for delivery service registration are also in Korean. You can consider using an international parcel delivery service (DHL, UPS etc), but these tend to be a lot more expensive than the Korean options.
(I) Hyundai Logistics (현대택배) / Lotte Global Logistics (롯데택배)
(Lotte Logistics acquired Hyundai end 2016; they are now essentially the same thing)
(III) Korea Post Office
Instead of using a parcel delivery service, you can also contact the movers to move your belongings for you. The benefit of such a service is the instant delivery from one place to another. You can also join the driver in his truck as he transports your boxes to the new location. This service can be especially useful if you return to Korea in the middle of the break and would like to move your boxes from the Songdo dorm storage room to your new apartment.
There is a range of movers operated in either English or Korean to choose from. You can find a list of them on AngloInfo Seoul here.
Because moving is such a tricky process in Korea especially if you aren't fluent in Korean, many of your upperclassmen will recommend that you find a good place to stay for the rest of your time in Seoul~ In any case, we hope you find this post useful when you move! :)
Created by: Carmen, Class of 15.5, in January 2017.