Electronics shopping in Seoul

Written by admin on July 11, 2008 – 2:46 pm -

I often receive queries if there is an equivalent of Radio Shack in Seoul or South Korea for that matter. Radio Shack is an electronics and parts store that is available throughout the continental U.S. and a few other countries. In fact there was an official Radio Shack store in Makati located at the car park near SM. 

Even with the prevalence of internet shopping, I often want to see and touch the goods that I purchase so above is a google earth photo of Yongsan and I’ve labeled the buildings with a short description of what’s where over there.

A – IPark Mall

      1F – Camera’s / Navigation / Gadgets
      2F – Home Appliances
      3F – Home Appliances
      4F – Computers  Console games (Xbox, PS2, PS3, Nintendo)
      5F – Computers / Musical Instruments / Pro Audio and DJ Equipment
      6F – Home Appliances / Computers

B – ET Land 

      B   – Electronic Parts / Tools / Test and Measuring Equipment
      1F – Home Appliances (LCD TV’s, Washing Machines / Recliners / Vacuum Cleaners / Heaters)
      2F – Camera’s / Mobile Phones / Gadgets / Hifi Audio and Home Theater )
      3F – Computers
      4F – Computers
      5F – Food Court / Console Games (XBox, PS2, PS3, Nintendo) / Hobby Shops 

C – Mobile phones / Tools

D – Computers / Peripherals / Cables

E – Tools / Lighting Fixtures / CCTV 

F – Lighting Fixtures

Lastly Yongsan RC, where they sell remote control vehicles such as cars / planes and helicopters. The staff are really nice and friendly.

So how do you get there? Find your way to Yongsan subway station and you should be right smack in the middle of the iPark Mall.

Other places that sell gadgets, electronics and hobby shops :

Technomart Gangbyeon (Gangbyeon) Subway Line 2
Technomart Sindorim (Sindorim) Subway Line 2
Kukje Electronics Center (Seocho) 

I will update this post as more information is gathered.



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Written by admin on July 11, 2008 – 1:39 pm -

It’s been a while since I last posted something, this has been mainly due to work related reasons. I had a little break in my work schedule yesterday so I decided to hop on the subway and make a beeline for Technomart Sindorim to purchase an airsoft rifle. I had recently joined a group of airsoft enthusiasts based in Anyang, most of them are American and Canadian, but there are a number of Filipinos too which is great. 

Airsoft or ‘Survival games’ as it’s called here on the peninsula, is a game where you shoot a gun that fires plastic BB rounds. The game is based on the honor system and calls on a players honesty to admit when they have been hit and remove themselves from the playing field. The sport is also quite popular in the Philippines.

I’ll be having my first game with the team this weekend, weather permitting.

Below is a photo rifle that I purchased. Its a Western Arms M4 rifle similar to what is issued to the U.S. Special Forces.

For all intents and purposes it feels like a real gun and works like a real gun with the exception that it fires plastic bb’s. 

The team is called Ghosts Airsoft and is probably the only foreign team in the ROK. Anyone is welcome to  attend the games held every Sunday. If you don’t have a gun don’t fret as there are loaner guns available most of the time. Interested? check out the club homepage here.


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Information Superhighway at 35,000 ft

Written by admin on July 2, 2008 – 1:34 pm -

In most computer related diagrams the internet is often referred to as the cloud and this couldn’t be more true with the launch of Gogo.  Gone are the days when a 14 hour transpacific flight was as fun as a trip to the dentist to have a root canal. These days even cattle class passengers have all the tools to entertain themselves, from video games for the kids to keep them from asking ‘are we there yet?’ to the latest feature blockbusters at their fingertips. Now internet junkies no longer have to put off their need to be online as Gogo launches an internet service for passengers on American Airlines and Virgin America. This isn’t a new thing as a company called Connexion launched a similar service between 2005-2006 albeit was not successful. My guess is that it was too expensive to maintain as Connexion used satellites for connectivity whereas Gogo employs ground based stations in the continental United States. For the rest of us living elsewhere I guess we can forget about shopping online at 35,000 ft for now as most of transpacific and regional flights have to cross vast bodies of water.

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Is it safe in Seoul?

Written by admin on July 2, 2008 – 8:36 am -

I would have to say that Seoul is one of the safest cities to travel or live in.  So safe in fact that my kids go to the mall with their friends without any adult supervision as early as eleven years old, something that I wouldn’t let them do in Los Angeles.

One of the reasons could be that the city is practically blanketed in both private and goverment CCTV’s (Closed Circuit Television). I’m pretty sure that the cops won’t drop down on you the instant a thief is spotted but more importantly it serves as a deterrent to a would be criminal as there would now be evidence to aid the authorities in apprehending him or her.

The other reasons could be because of the constant patrols of cops through the city streets and more importantly because you can’t own a gun. Heck even the police only carry at .22 cal, a gun thats probably got as much stopping power as a BB gun. I can recall asking my colleagues if bank robberies occur in South Korea and he said rarely. I just thought to myself that it wasn’t because of all the CCTV’s but probably because you would have to cart off a whole truck load of cash to make it worthwhile.

So the next time you’re in Seoul always remember that Big Brother is watching!




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