New Daiso!

It’s Spring of 2015, and a start of a new year! Last semester, we introduced a wonderful place called Daiso (다이소), the “Korean dollar store, but better”. Originally, there was one by the exit 9 of Wangsimni Station (왕십리역). However, it was not the most convenient of locations, about a 20 to 25 minute walk from the on campus housing building. There were many times where I wished to go to Daiso, but felt too lazy to walk the distance back with a handful of heavy stuff.

Luckily for us, Daiso has opened up a new location! It is only 10 minutes away from the Residence Hall 2, or even closer if you live in Smartville and Roseville (less than 2 minutes)! As we explained before, Daiso is a cheap alternative to the local EMart or other department store where you go to get your basic needs. Toothbrushes, laundry baskets, pens and pencils, snacks, notebooks, trashcans, coat hangers, even house plants, Daiso has it all. The prices are very friendly to your wallet, with things at a much cheaper price than anywhere else. Usually the costs are only 500 won to 4,000 won, and rarely over the price of 5,000 won.


For reference, the new Daiso is located right next to Yankee Candle (1st floor), in the same building as Illy Coffee Shop (2nd floor). Across the street, there is a Baskin Robbins and Angels & Bean Café.

The entrance is not big, and easy to pass by so make sure you don’t miss it! The entrance will lead you downstairs to the brightly lighted store.


IMG_2273You will see the vast variety of items that you’ll be able to purchase with signs hanging from the ceiling (in both KoreanIMG_2274 and English) so that you can navigate your way through the store.


In the front right, there is snacks, drinks, ice cream, writing utensils, notebooks, stationary, and of the like. On your left, there are the cosmetics and bathroom items, like brushes, hair ties, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower caps, nail polish, bathroom cleaner, and so on. Towards the back, there are items like cooking utensils like pots, pans, chopsticks, spoons, cups, plates, and etc. Also, there are some organizing containers with divided compartments that I find useful. As you can tell by this list, there is a long list of things that Daiso sells, so definitely stop by to explore all your options!

If you live near Wangsimri station, then check out our other article about the Wangsimni Daiso here ( This might be closer to your living quarters if you don’t live in Residence Hall 2, Smartville, Rosevill, or Hyosung.

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Article by Wonmi from the USA

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