My cousin Mary, who's based in Southern California, asked me a favor to send a postcard from Korea and address it to her daughter's school. Sam is currently in first grade, and one of the lessons in her Social Studies class is to locate places on the map through the use of postcards. I thought this was a fun way to teach kids about geography, and a nice way for relatives and friends to reconnect outside of social media.
And so I went hunting for postcards and easily found them at one of the souvenir shops in Myeongdong. A set costs 5000 won (around Php 200 or $4), and contains 12 postcards depicting some of the famous tourist spots in South Korea. It's a good thing there's a post office in our neighborhood, just a stone's throw away from where we live.
|Hello, Korea Post!|
|Inside the Korea Post.|
|Our number from the queue number machine.|
There's a table near the waiting area where you will find various types of mailing forms - Air, Surface, EMS, just to name a few. They also have pens, in case you forgot to bring one; a calendar for date reference; a calculator if you want to compute the postal rates for yourself; reading glasses, in case you can't see clearly what you're filling out, and tissue, just because.
|Mailing forms, and other things that you will need to send mail.|
|Markers, packaging tape, glue...|
|Box sizes and their corresponding rates.|
|Waiting for our number to be 'called'.|
|Hassle-free service, brought to you by the Korea Post.|
I fished for change from my coin purse, and placed it on the plate in front of the counter. The postal clerk then took my payment and printed my receipt. It was a painless, hassle-free transaction, and I was very much impressed! All the more after I got word from my cousin that my postcard arrived in a few days' time!
|My postcard for Ceana, my goddaughter and daughter of Icar aka My Charmed Mom.|
|Korea Post office in Myeongdong.|
|Marker for Young Sik Hong, father of the Korean postal system.|
To know more about the rates and fees and the zones covered, visit the Korea Post website.