가게 – Corner Store

가게 is the Korean word for corner store or supermarket. The word is commonly used in speech, yet in the signs of so-called 가게 it seems much more likely to find the word 슈퍼, Konglish for supermarket, 마트, as in the English word mart, or else 편리점, the Korean word for convenient store. In fact at this point, I don’t have any photos of signs which actually say 가게 in the sign.

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These days, somewhat sadly in my opinion, Western-style convenient stores or I might even say, Japanese-style, since they resemble more Japanese-style convenient store are becoming more common – unfortunate to me, because I think the mom-and-pop stores have more charm. For more on the convenient store, look at www.koreasigns.coms/signs/convenientstore/

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Can you see the small that says 담배 (cigarettes) above. Pretty much, every 가게 has this sign. You can also see stacks of cardboard boxes which hold instant nootlle packs. Except for dairy products, 가게 sell mostly things that keep for a long time, like soft drinks, snacks, and a variety of instant food. It’s good manners to bring a gift when visiting a Korean’s home, and people often drop by a 가게 en route to buy some bottled drinks. When visiting a friend’s new place, it’s customary to bring toilet paper and laundry detergent, which are readily available at a 가게.

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The 가게 above doesn’t even have a name.

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Some 가게 have video machines in front, attracting local kids.