This morning, I went to the post office to send something to my sister in the Philippines. If you’re a foreigner living in Korea, it’s not really that difficult to send a parcel to your home country. Post offices are everywhere and you can easily recognize them by their red signs and distinctive logo as shown in the photo below.
The Korean term for post office is 우체국 (Woo-Che-gook). If you want to ask someone where the post office is, just say “woo-che-gook- eo-di-ye-yo?”
Packing is self-service at Korean post offices. There is a section where you can pack your items. Packing materials like boxes, tape and pens are provided, but boxes are available for a small fee. You can also pack your items before going to the post office. They don’t really check what’s inside. Just make sure there’s no prohibited item in your package.
Once you’re done packing, fill out the EMS form. You have to list down (in English) the items and declare the value. Then, get a priority number. You will be asked to show your ID, so don’t forget to bring your ARC with you. Finally, you will be given the sender’s copy of this form and you’ll receive a mobile receipt of the transaction. So easy, right?
Later in the afternoon, I received a text message from Korea Post informing me that my parcel was already at Incheon International Airport, ready for its flight to Pinas.