Watch out Samsung! The first Apple Store in South Korea will be in your hometown city

Watch out Samsung! The first Apple Store in South Korea will be in your hometown city
Apple is encroaching on Samsung's back yard as it is working on opening its very first Apple Store in South Korea. Apple has released a statement this morning that confirms that it will build the store in Seoul, which is Samsung's hometown. Apple has already started posting job notices for the store and the Apple corporate website lists 15 such openings.

Local news agency Yonhap says that construction is taking place in a southern district of Seoul. The Store should be open for business this coming November, according to the same report. Currently, South Korean consumers can buy the iPhone through re-sellers and from Apple's online store.



Reportedly, Apple considered other locations like Gangnam and Garosu-gil. The latter is a tree-lined street full of bars, restaurants, cafes and bookstores. Despite the off-beat atmosphere, Apple decided to build its first South Korean Apple Store in Seoul, which is the capital of the country.

source: Apple via AppleInsider

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29 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apple has always been successful in South Korea, this should be great for the Apple users there.

7. Tizo101

Posts: 542; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

do they do really do 'really' well in S.Korea?

14. Macready

Posts: 1823; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The last numbers I see say 15% market share (19% for LG, 61% for Samsung).

24. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

They are doing quite well there. It is more noticeable among youngsters.

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

yeah a Gangnam style Apple store.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ugh, don't bring that back.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Unnecessarily baiting fans to start a war on your own turf.

5. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Worst writer I ever saw, an iSheep post an article say himself using Android devices. We can see fanboys wars everywhere at this website, caused by a writer who wanted to make haters.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Agreed there, @Nathan_ingx. But a forum like this has always featured flamewars, regardless of who's baiting it.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Are you guys seriously complaining that the title wasn't "borring" enough? What a buncha crybabies.

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Why don't just put title to "The first Apple Store in South Korea will coming soon"? iBiasArena? Why you want to makes haters everywhere?

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

To increase their ad revenue.

9. Tizo101

Posts: 542; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

the funny thing about these ads that we are being shown is that we are the least likely to buy stuff due to ads coz we are not the average consumer.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And the even funnier thing about these ads is that they are not being displayed most of the time. I honestly do not see the point of clickbating to start flamewars, because it won't increase ad revenue due to the vast majority of users having this site blacklisted.

12. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Surprised they didn't have a store there already.

25. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Apple refused to open one despite many pleas from Korean fans for long years.

13. Stranded87

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Apple builds its first South Korean store in the capital? Shocking. Also, pretty sure Gangnam and Garosu-gil are part of Seoul.

15. sabretigger

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Why wouldn't it be in Seoul..

32. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

It is in Seoul.

17. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Sorry Hallyu, their goes your neighborhood ;)

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

He will blame it on the Japanese.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31058; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Maybe this will be the kick in the ass Samsung needs, to start building more brick and mortar stores. This has been nothing but good for Apple, and they've benefitted greatly from it.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have never understood why they have no brick and mortar stores either. Even if they just put them in the large cities. I think they would benefit from them.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31058; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Benefit greatly.

23. aegislash

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Samsung has their 'Samsung Experience' areas inside of Best Buy...but that's about it. It'd be great to see them get into developing their own stores. But honestly....Samsung has such a strong fanbase and seem to be doing quite well as is. People know the name, know the products, and where to get said products. I feel that OEMs whom do a sh*t job at advertising their products *cough* HTC *cough* would benefit more from having physical stores.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

That's one of many reasons why I just cant commit to Samsung or android. No real support in case you got a question for quick resolution. Brick and mortar stores would be a huge plus. And NO, the "Samsung representative" sales guy at Best Buy is a joke!

29. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Pretty much every sales guy at Best Buy is...just sayin'.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31058; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

100% agreed.

31. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Reportedly, Apple considered other locations like Gangnam and Garosu-gil, [but] Apple decided to build its first South Korean Apple Store in Seoul, which is the capital of the country." -Alan F. (PhoneArena) Another poorly and incorrect article written by Alan F. (no surprise). Having just read the original article by Apple Insider, it appears that Alan F. is just making up stuff. Gangnam and Garosu-gil are actually neighborhoods in Seoul, not separate cities as implied by Alan F.

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