Chances are, during your stay in Korea, you’re going to need new glasses or a haircut. You may be the kind of adventurous person who doesn’t mind the language barrier and will bravely head out to whichever shop strikes your fancy.
Hair salon – Lee Chard
When I came I went to a hair salon by the name of Kim Shin that had 1 girl who could speak decent English. Unfortunately, she moved back to Australia during the summer so I went without a stylist for awhile. My co-worker gave me a heads up about a gal named Seung Ah at the Lee Chard salon (you’ll see *tons* of these around) near Tanbang station in Daejeon.
I must say I love this location. They always treat you well. The decor is rather fancy-schmancy. The best thing is that it’s so cheap. Haircuts will run you about 12,000 won. I just got my hair colored and bangs trimmed for 44,000 over the weekend.
You can get there a few ways.
– City Hall station – go out exit 1 or 8 and walk straight for about 5-10 minutes. When you see the Home Plus cross the street and go left. There’s a Coffee Bean cafe on the ground floor, and Lee Chard is on the 2nd.
– Tanbang station – exit 3 – walk straight a bit and turn right. It’ll be on your right.
– Taxi – you can say “Tanbang yeok [station]” or “Tanbang Home Plus” (note: the last time we said that the driver seemed a little confused, but when we said “Tanbang station” he knew where to go).
Last time I picked up glasses and contacts I went to the Yuseong Home Plus near my apartment. They didn’t speak much English, but I had my prescription from home, so it was only a matter of picking a pair I wanted, waiting about 20 min, and paying. Not bad. This weekend, however, I decided to look for another place. I figured I needed my prescription updated anyway.
The process was very easy. They have a number of showcases with different kinds. You’re free to pick out whichever ones you want and try it on. The optometrist spoke a little English which was great since he checked my eyes while I was there. By the way, if you didn’t already know, glasses are incredibly cheap in Korea. I got 2 pairs of glasses for 105,000 won (about $105) total — total. There was a sale on lens that day, so instead of paying 60,000 for 2 I got them for 30,000. Dang yo. I just had to wait until the next day to pick them up.
[EDIT] Since writing this post, Taeguk Optical has moved/closed. I haven’t been to another glasses store yet, but when I do I’ll make a new post. In the meantime, I’ve been told Davichi over by City Hall is supposed to be good.
That should cover you for hair and specs should you live in Daejeon. Happy to answer questions in the comments or by email. 🙂