This article is a guide to some of the coin and currency shops in Seoul, Korea.It is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the coin shops one can find in Seoul, but it IS an attempt to review some of the major brick-and-mortar vendors of collector coins and banknotes in Seoul.At the top of the stairs on the third floor take a LEFT and go down the hallway to Sujipbank, and RIGHT to go to O-Seong.You will see that the door to Sujipbank is slid shut (because they had the air conditioner on whenever I have visited), but just slide the door open and enter. Kim Jung-sik, and I had purchased many coins from him in the past.I have purchased several mint sets and graded coins from Sujipbank, and I have to say that this is a great place to shop for coins in Seoul!Mind you, the prices are not the lowest, but they are honest about what they sell, and they have NO PROBLEM letting you take a look at their inventory (especially if they are not too busy! Because of the way Sujipbank does business, I always end up purchasing something from this store on every visit to Korea.While these shops may change or go out of business after this review has been written, the majority will probably still be in their current locations: All of the shops with the best inventories in the arcade in 2012 were advertised in locally-published Korean coin and currency catalogs going back to the 1990s, and they are STILL in business in the same locations.
As it was Mike´s first trip to Korea, he had no idea where to go to find the coin shops, but he DID find the Hoehyeon Underground Shopping Center (in Korean, 회현지하상가 or 회현지하쇼핑센터), an underground shopping arcade that houses the largest concentration of coin shops in Seoul.
On the same floor as Sujipbank, across the hallway, is O-Seong (오성케이엔씨, or 오성닷컴 / soojip.com), operated by Mr.
Han Chang-joo, a publishing, auction, and retail business giant of Korean numismatics. Han publishes several books on Korean coins and currency, including the venerable yearly currency price guide and use its catalog numbers for Korean coins. Han is also responsible for editing and publishing the most important books (if not the ONLY books! The store in this building has an extensive inventory of Korean coins and banknotes, but he also has a business in the nearby Hoehyeon underground arcade. Han’s retail business has had some of the most popular and higher-end South Korean coins in its inventory over the years.
Behind the chimneys is a street that leads to the Chinese Embassy.
On this street are several Chinese restaurants, and among them are three coin stores.