The common Korean hardware store looks nothing like Home Depot.  It’s usually a small storefront with ladders, wires and plungers displayed in front.  Stateside, I’m used to strolling down the aisles and fondling the merchandise.  As soon as you enter a hardware store in Seoul someone will ask “What is it you need?”  While the selection is slimmer, the service is better and you can get most anything fixed or installed the same day for a reasonable fee.  We updated an electric wall socket (one outlet to two) for a mere 8,000W (approx. 8 USD) and that’s no job for an amateur.

Exterior of my neighborhood hardware store.