Philippine Store in Seoul

I brought my son to Samsung Jeil Hospital in Chungmuro yesterday for his Hepatitis A and Japanese Encephalitis vaccines. I paid 86,000 won for them and the consultation. We could have gotten the vaccines for less at a government hospital but my husband doesn’t trust them. My son didn’t cry of course. The only time he cried with an injection was when he was 10 days old.

After the short doctor’s visit and an hour of playing at the hospital’s playground, we went to KC Philippine Store in Itaewon. It is located near the Philippine Embassy and they’re open daily except on Saturdays (according to them). When I entered the store, the saleswomen were busy watching “My Girl” on their TV screen and just glanced at me. They didn’t bother to greet a Filipina customer but when an American entered the store, they said “Hi!”

I could get Filipino goods at Hyewha-dong on a Sunday, but I often don’t have time because it’s always family weekend for us. Aside from Hyewha, Philippine products are also sold at the Foreign Food Mart in Itaewon, near Whatthebook (where you could buy English books at a cheaper price than Kyobo, Bandi & Luni’s, Libro or Youngpoong). I’d been patronizing the bookstore since 2004 when they were still located near the Muslim Mosque. It is owned by a friendly foreigner named Chris, who always bother to say “Hi!” even to a brown Filipina, and his Korean wife, who is equally friendly.

KC Philippine Store has a variety of Philippine products. They have lumpia wrappers (3,5000 won and 5,000 won), Purefoods hotdog (24,000 won for a kilo), Cheez Whiz (10,000 won for a big bottle) and even Extraderm (5,000 won). They have a photocopying machine (100 won a page) and ID picture taking too (8,000 won) for your Embassy-related needs. They also have Filipino food. (Didn’t bother to ask as when the last time I ate there in 2006, I paid 6,000 won for a viand and a cup of rice)

The store’s products are a little bit more expensive than at Hyewha, but then you’ll have to consider that they’re paying for their space and the convenience of finding more goods at one place. They are located near exit 3 of Noksapyeong Station (Line 6, Brown) or you can take Bus 0013 and 0015 and stop at Itaewon Market.

The Foreign Food Mart is located near Itaewon Station exit 3. They have American, Indian, Thai and Filipino goods. You could even get lamb, basmati rice, and veggies that aren’t cultivated in Korea. I’m really not sure but the one time I went there at lunctime they were closed and I waited several minutes for them to open. It’s safer to go there late in the afternoon. I prefer their grocery set-up (I don’t like someone asking me what I want and following me around) and the Philippine products they sell are slightly cheaper (e.g. Purefoods Sisig is 500 won less).

If you’re interested to get the TFC on Demand, you can call 010-2010-8881. I tried to call the number but the phone just kept on ringing. I waited five minutes before I called again and the phone was turned off. Maybe I’m not just lucky.

I tried to take pictures of the Philippine Store but the lady owner forbade me after two shots. So I just have here a map and the TFC Ko leaflet.

43 comments

  1. Parang nagugulat pa kayo sa mga Pinoy, compared to a Korean grocery that we regularly go to in the U.S. the Korean shop keepers are friendly to everyone and more especially to their fellow Koreans, now walk over to the Filipino store eh masungit lahat ng tindera hangang sa kahera.

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  2. @cher >> so it isn’t just me… hehehe

    @emil >> you’ve got a point… friendly naman mga pinoy pero ewan ko ba kung bakit yung mga salespeople natin eh hindi masyado… punta ka NBS, CDR-King, SM, minsan hesitant ka pa na istorbohin sila sa kuwentuhan nila LOL!

  3. ate betchay…what do you mean brown filipina? you look light to me…do they really look down on you if your dark there? and why do they follow you around in the store?

  4. Wow! A Muslim Mosque, Indian, American, and Thai food stores?! Korea is more foreigner friendly than I thought!

    Although that mention of the clerk ignoring you but not Americans is messed up…

  5. Naalala ko nung nagpunta kami sa Phil Embassy

    Napagkamalan kaming “Pastor” nung ale na nagtitinda ng pastillas sa loob ng Embassy.

    Thank you Ate sa pag pirma as “witness”

  6. Betchay, sila ba yung magasawa na may ari ng Philippine Products Store?

    Nung pumasok kami sa store ay di rin kami pinansin. So, lumabas muna kami at nag-ikot sa Itaewon. Nung bumalik kami sa store at bumili ng product nila ay kinausap na rin kami ng mag-asawa.

    Bumili ako ng

    Bagoong
    Tuyo
    Laurel
    Paminta
    Chicken Breading

    at higit sa lahat uminom ng malamig na SMB

  7. malayo ako sa seoul…meron bng philippine store na nagdedeliver via regular mail???miss ko na kasi phil.. food…thnks…God bless

    1. Hi I’m Michelle from Dongducheon City, I have a Philippine Market business here and I offer door to door delivery 택배. For those interested to buy Philippine products please visit our site po.. http://www.philippine-market.com And don’t worry, hindi po ako masungit gaya ng iba, me and my korean husband are very friendly.. thank you!

  8. hi pano po ako makakabili ehh ang lau lau ko po sa seoul d2 po aq sa jinju gus2 ko po talga ng tender juicy hotdog lalo na po buntis aq nguan gus2 ko po ng pilipino food so pano po kaya un sana po makabili po ako sana lang po tnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx phams_george@yahoo.com plz send message here

  9. ate pinapa ask po ng frnd q kung i hold dw po ba xa sa pg uwi nya dhil paso na ang bisa nya at pnablocklist na xa ng promoter nya..sna po mlamn nya agad..thank u po n godbless

  10. @ Betchay

    “They didn’t bother to greet a Filipina customer but when an American entered the store, they said “Hi!”

    — I think this is a very common practice. Thats why sometimes i think we Filipinos dont have the right to complain regarding discrimination against us in general, because we among ourselves cant sort that out. Ive been to that store too, and i can attest that they really are not so friendly.

    For those who wants to buy Filipino goods, check this website http://www.seoulmarket.net/shop/goods/goods_list.php?category=015&page=1

  11. Wag na magtaka sa ugali ng Pinoy,lalo na when they’re in foreign country,mga masusungit at suplada, akala mo kung sino na.Kahat pa sa Pinas mga tindera sa mall ganun din, nasaan na kaya yung ugali natin na hospitable at friendly?,kadami ko nakikita dito sa NY mga pinoy ni hindi manlang mag smile pag binabati mo ng “hi” or kumusta,eh obvious naman nananagalog sila, ay naku, mas mababait pa nga yata mga Korean, i’ve been to Korea for 13 years,makukumpara mo talaga iba sila sa customer.

  12. How about mga employee sa Philippine embassy, mga mababait ba sila sa kapwa pinoy pag humihingi ng tulong,lalo na sa mga TNT? i missed Korea, lalo na pagpupunta sa church sa Hyewha si Father Glen pa ba ang Pare?

  13. well uyz sad 2 say this pro as i experienced mbabait tlga ang mga korean specially s elders..yun lng pro ms concern aq s pinoy food d2 s incheon mron bang store n ganun tnx

  14. dito ako ngayon sa Philippines. Gusto ko mag-export ng mga goods from Philippines to korea. but the problem is wala pa akong contact person na may filipino store para madalahn kp ng goods fron the Philippines.. baka may kakilala kayo help me naman oh.. just send the name and contact number.

  15. Epal talaga ang ibang pinoy saka wherever other Filipino goes mahilig pa rin sumingit sa pila like what happen the other week when we are in Supermarket a guy which is for sure not a Korean national and not an Indian man because he looks like me just made his way into the counter bringing two bottles of liquor, my husband who’s in the line point it to me, and guess what the guy did, he look with his sharp eyes to me (us). “Super kapal, naningit na nga sa amin siya pa ang ganang tumingin ng masama…wala talagang hiya.” It is understood that we have a bunch of loads compare to his two bottles I just hope he knows what courtesy means, it is also okay if he smile shyly rather than look at us with his sharp eyes.

  16. te michelle yoo-gusto ko po mapuntahan yong stores nio some day,anu po ba dapat sabihin sa taxi papunta jan?and meron po ba din kayo mga paninda like fresh veges.basil,papaya,mint?thanks:)

  17. Help please!!! I leave here in Gyeonggido Osan, I want to know if there is a philippine restaurant near here. thanks

  18. hindi lng po 100won ang one page of each xerox copy nila kundi 500 won. hayy…. ang mahirap sa mga pinoy kapwa pinoy ang pinahihirapan nila.

  19. i mean tagalog po at magkano po yung price nia by won? ung makapal pu ah ung may old and new testament..thanx po

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