The Top 6 Korean Shopping Apps [2020]


Looking to get your shopping fix in Korea without leaving the house?

Want to know which apps to use?

Shopping, apps and speed are kind of important in Korea. It’s only natural that there’s some amazing shopping apps with convenience and fast delivery on another level.

Here are the 6 most popular ones in Korea.

We’ll also go over which are used by each generation.

Let’s dive right in!

The Top 6 Korean Shopping Apps

What are the top 6 shopping apps most used by Koreans?

The Top 6 Korean Shopping Apps - Chart

As of May 2020 based on monthly active users (MAU), the most popular apps are:

  1. Coupang
  2. Danggeun Market
  3. 11STREET
  4. Gmarket
  5. WeMakePrice
  6. TMON

Coupang is not just a Groupon knockoff anymore. It was ranked first in Korea for every age group thanks to its rocket delivery, which takes less than 24 hours. Coupang has pretty much everything under the sun at reasonable prices. It’s still looking to grow and is now searching for international talent to take it overseas.

Danggeun Market is the new kid on the block. It has a great concept of connecting buyers and sellers of secondhand items in their neighborhood or community. It quickly increased its number of users by 182% in a year.

8 out of 10 of my friends started using this app to buy Starbucks Summer Ready Bags and Color Changing Reusable Cold Cups as they were a huge hit in Korea. Look for them to keep growing and adding new features.

11STREET, Gmarket, WeMakePrice and TMON may be the old guard of shopping apps, but they’re still relevant. It remains to be seen if they can stay competitive with the shiny new apps that are all the rage.

What are the top 6 Korean shopping apps most used by each generation?

Korean teens use Coupang, ABLY, zigzag, Danggeun Market, StyleShare, and MUSINSA the most, which are mainly for fashion/clothing.

People in their 20s use Coupang, Danggeun Market, zigzag, MUSINSA, 11STREET and idus.

Koreans in their 30s and 40s use Coupang, Danggeun Market, 11STREET, Gmarket, WeMakePrice and TMON, which are mostly traditional shopping apps.

People in their 50s and above use Coupang, Danggeun Market, 11STREET, Gmarket, Home&Shopping and GS SHOP the most.

Other apps

Besides the above apps, Market Kurly is pretty popular for buying groceries. It’s especially great if you live in Seoul or Gyeonggi-do since it delivers fresh goodies by 7AM the next morning.

Conclusion

Korea has a variety of easy-to-use shopping apps with blazing fast delivery.

Most are in Korean, but you can expect English versions as they expand abroad. Just try not to get addicted to them!

Let us know which apps you use in the comments!

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