13 Sept 2015 | Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea —
At long last, I’ve stepped foot in the iconic furniture retail shop called IKEA. There’s only a small area of Ikea inside a mall back in my hometown.
Danny and I didn’t have a list of whatsoever furniture we need (or we think we need) because there’s not much space in our tiny room. But, we still agreed to visit the store and look around.
Going on a weekend is not a good idea, we waited for about 30 minutes to get inside the parking lot. But, when we got in, there were actually plenty of vacant parking spaces. Hmmm…
Stepping inside the store, it was swarmed with shoppers, young and old. Some were not even buying anything and many, especially kids, were just sitting and even lying down on the display. They also provide free pencil, map and shopping note
At around 6pm, since we couldn’t find anywhere else around to eat. We decided to have our dinner at their restaurant. Again, we queued in line. Fortunately, the food was quite appetizing and affordable.
We grabbed 2 different dishes of salmon, 2 pieces of fried chicken legs, a slice of cheesecake and 2 glasses of unlimited drinks. Everything costed us about ₩22,000 only and the taste wasn’t bad, either.
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”
After eating, we resumed our shopping and finally, we grabbed some items – a plastic organizer for my cosmetics, a glass cleaning wiper, and a flower vase. Then, we ended our Sunday tour at the Lotte Premium Outlet just beside Ikea. As its name suggests, everything there is pricey and branded.
TIP: To get the most of one’s shopping at Ikea, at least a half day should be allotted.
Note: This is based on our honest opinion and personal experience only.
Address: 17, Iljik-ro, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do
Store – 10:00 to 22:00
Restaurant – 9:30 to 21:30