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안녕 하세요!! I have the problem about this. I often hear these two words. I'm still confused to distinguish the two. Like:

백화점 갈래? (Do you want to go to market?)

or

편의점 갈래?

what the difference between both? 감사합니다!!! greetings from Indonesia!

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There are different types of shopping places that are common.
Sometimes translations don't tell you all; certainly, 백화점 is definitely not a market. It should be translated "department store". But it's good to know more about them. Department store (백화점) in Korea are generally high-class and expensive.

Here are some of the most common types of stores you'll encounter in Korea:

  • 백화점: as mentioned above: department store, usually high-end and expensive
  • 편의점: convenience store
  • 시장: market, usually outdoors, sometimes covered but still outdoors. Cheap.
  • 마트:a supermarket (though it can be very small); usually specializes in food but sells other common things as well
  • 대형마트: very large supermarket
  • 아웃렛 (sometimes you hear 아울렛): Outlet Mall; large mall that allows brand name stores to sell directly; it's supposed to be cheaper there.
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