South Korea’s Convenience Store Culture

A Love Story

Typical snacks and fast food sold at a South Korean convenience store. Image courtesy of Sharon Hahn Darlin. (CC-BY-2.0)

ast summer, I came across the Bodega Project: a series of articles from Electric Literature profiling convenience stores across New York City. This intimate and colourful portrayal of the city’s inhabitants correctly recognises convenience stores as pillars of urban life. The project’s premise immediately resonated with me because of my experience living in South Korea. Convenience