Kookmin Bank’s Check Cards for Foreigners

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Banks in Korea have developed check card plans targetting specific groups with reward and discount offers based on the perceived interests of each one. Apparently, there are check cards with specific discounts for women, businessmen, students, company employees, mothers, frequent travellers, etc. Here are KB’s ‘Welcome Check Card’ plans for foreigners. With any of these cards, you can withdraw cash from the ATM, pay for your purchases, and earn reward points and discounts!

1.Welcome Plus Check Card (Pop card + T-money)

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If your card usage in the previous month is at least 200,000 won, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • 5% discount at Emart, Lotte Mart and Homeplus (on weekends)
  • Phone bill (SKT, KT and LG U+) 2,000 won discount
  • Amusement parks (Everland, Seoul Land & Lotte World) 30% discount
  • Beauty (Olive Young) 10% discount
  • Pharmacy 5% discount
  •  GS25 convenience store 5% refund
  • Prepaid T-money service (Pop Card)

2. Welcome Plus International Student Insurance Check Card (Pop Card + T-money)

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If your card usage in the previous month is at least 200,000 won, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • 5% discount at Emart, Lotte Mart and Homeplus (on weekends)
  • Phone bill (SKT, KT and LG U+) 2,000 won discount
  • Amusement parks (Everland, Seoul Land & Lotte World) 30% discount
  • Beauty (Olive Young) 10% discount
  • Pharmacy 5% discount
  •  GS25 convenience store 5% refund
  • Prepaid T-money service

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What is Pop T-money Card?

It is basically a prepaid public transportation card which can also be used as point card. The points accumulated can be used in purchasing items through T-money. You can accumulate points from the following establishments: Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 12.37.45 PMScreen Shot 2016-04-13 at 12.37.53 PMScreen Shot 2016-04-13 at 12.38.04 PMScreen Shot 2016-04-13 at 12.38.59 PM3.  Welcome Check Card

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If your card usage in the previous month is at least 200,000 won, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • 10-15% discount at Outback, VIPS, TGIF, Bennigans & Seven Springs
  • 20% discount at CGV, Megabox & Primus
  • 30% discount at Everland, Lotte World & Seoul Land
  • 10-15% discount at Coffee Bean
  •  Jeju Air 10% discount
  • Olive Young 10% discount
  • Kyobo Bookstore 3% discount
  • GS25 convenience store 5% discount

If your card usage in the previous month is at least 300,000 won, you’re entitled to 5% transpo discount (bus & subway) if you applied for transportation card. Foreigners are required to have a deposit of 30,000 won for the postpaid transportation card service.

If your card usage in the previous month is at least 700,000 won, you’ll enjoy free banking transactions. Bank transfers are free of charge for internet, phone and smart(phone) banking. Withdrawals at KB ATM are also free of charge.

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Download the information sheets in pdf file (in Korean only):

Though the check cards usually have Visa, Master Card or Union Pay mark on them, they’re not automatically available for use overseas. If you want to use your check card abroad, request for it upon application or before your departure. For more inquiries, call KB customer service center at 1599-4477.

Happy banking in Korea!🙂

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