For a little while now, I’ve always wanted to do some online shopping at foreign websites here on South Korea. Unfortunately, shopping at for example play store and amazon requires a working credit card. I do have one, but since it’s linked to my parents’ (this one is for emergency use actually) it leaves me with a bit of guilt everytime I buy one of those 1000 KRW games at google play store. And for graduate
drones students like me, the bank set a high requirement when I want to make a credit card (1 million won deposit in a deposit account, meaning you can’t withdraw from it)
But turns out that you can actually use a check card for this problem, but you need to be a bit specific when requesting the bank’s teller. You can use a check card that has Visa / Master Card written on it. However, by default they won’t give you this card, and the capability for international transaction is disabled.
You’ll need an alien card and passport for this one. Just go to a woori bank branch, and ask for a visa check card. But this is something that you absolutely need to do: ask for international transaction capability to be activated. They don’t activate this by default, and yesterday I tried to register my card at google wallet several times to no avail. Wonder why can’t they just make things easier 😐