Buying Gold and Silver in South Korea

Flag of South KoreaSouth Korea, officially referred to as the Republic of Korea, is one of most urbanized countries in the world, with half of its population living in high rise buildings. The country was formed in 1948 and is based on a democratic and anti-communist ideology. South Korea is a Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic and is home to huge brands such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai. The value of the country's exports and imports totals about 85% of its GDP, which is the main reason for its high-income country status.

South Korea treats gold and the gold market as in contrary to being just a commodity or investment option solely for rich people. It makes efforts to make bullion more accessible to the masses by introducing smaller gold bars weighing between 3.75 grams and 100 grams. The commemorative coins of Seoul 1988 Olympics minted by KOMSCO are the most popular coins from South Korea. Although it is the 7th largest producer of gold, not much of the gold is sold over the counter in a formal manner. 

Commodity & Futures Markets in South Korea:

Korea Exchange (KRX)
Created under the Korea Stock & Futures Exchange Act, KRX was formed by merging three exchanges: Korea Stock Exchange, Korea Futures Exchange, and KOSDAQ Stock Market. With over 2000 listed companies, it has a combined market capitalization of $1.2 trillion. The company was founded on 27 January 2005, and it has gold futures and mini-gold futures as commodity instruments. However, there are eligibility criteria for trading of gold bullion on the KRX gold market - it must be imported or produced by KRX designated companies and it must have a fineness of at least 99.99%, a weight of at least 1 kg, the dimension should be rectangular or similar, bars must have marks like assay stamp of refiner, serial number or bar, weight, and fineness engravings.

Government and Private Mints in South Korea:

Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation (KOMSCO) 80-67 Gwahak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-713 South Korea +82 4 2870 1114

Founded in 1951 and located in Daejeon, the primary function of KOMSCO Co. Ltd. is to design, develop and produce currency in both banknotes and coin forms. In addition to currency, KOMSCO also produces cheques, stamps, and passports for the South Korean Government.

Poongsan Hwadong 1606-1, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea, 137-877 +82-2-3471-4586

Poongsan Hwadong was appointed as a distributor of commemorative coins for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and the authorized dealer of more than 20 major World Mint Bureaus. In addition to being an authorized distributor for Perth Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, Poongsan Hwadong is also accredited for supplying gold bars from brands such as PAMP and KOMSCO.

Tax on Precious Metals in South Korea:

The upper limit of the (VAT) sales tax rate charged to consumers based on the purchase price is 10%.

Since we are not tax experts, Bullion Exchanges strongly advises you to cross check with a tax professional before making any precious metals investments in South Korea.

Shipping-to rates:

The import duty rate for importing a 1-kilo gold bar into South Korea is 8%, the import VAT is 10%, when classified under Jewelry & Watches>Jewelry of precious metals>Gold Jewelry | necklaces & neck chains: without jadeite/rubies - gold rope. Additional taxes may apply.

Local Gold and Silver Dealers in South Korea:

1. Coinstore Address: 589-13 Pajnag-dong Jangan-gu, Suwon Kyungi-do (440-290), South Korea Phone number +82 505-882-1285, +82 10-7264-8581 Hours of Operation: 9 am to 6 pm Services: Retail and Wholesale. Specialties: US Coins, Dollars, Gold Coins, Modern Coins, World Coins, Commemoratives, and Currency.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
2. Hwadong Co. Ltd. Address: 1466-14 Seocho Dong, Seocho-Gu, Seoul, 137-070 South Korea Phone number +82 2 3471 4594, +82 2 3471 4586 Hours of Operation: 9 am to 6 pm Services: Retail,   Newsletter, and Auctions. Specialties: US Coins, Dollars, Gold Coins, 20th Century Coins, Commemoratives, Modern Coins, Bullion Coins, Ancient Coins, World Coins, and Currency.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
3. Power Coin Address: Nice Building, 5F, 551 Ho Power Coin, Saimdang-ro 28, Seocho-Gu, Seoul, 137-876 South Korea Phone number +82 010 3592 2544, +82 010 5061 2644 Hours of Operation: 10 am to 8 pm Services: Buying and Estate Liquidation. Specialties: Gold Coins, World Coins, and Modern Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS NGC PMG
4. Poongsan Hwadong Co., Ltd Address: 2F 351, Hyoryeong-ro, Seocho-Gu, Seoul, 137-877 South Korea Phone number +82-2-3471-4586 Services: Auctions, Assists Collectors with Submissions, and Collector Sales. Specialties: World Coins.
Authorized Dealer: NGC PMG NCS
5. Nara Auction Co., Ltd. Address: Seoul, 04529 South Korea Phone number + 82 2 778-3009
Authorized Dealer: NGC PMG
6. Ohsung K&C Co. Ltd. Address: 307 Chungjung-Library B/D, #105 Myung-Dong 2GA, Chung-Gu Seoul, 100-810, South Korea Phone number +82 2 7556633
Authorized Dealer: NGC
7. Hyungki - Hong Address: Pocheon-si, South Korea Phone number +82 31 541-6479
Authorized Dealer: NGC PMG
8. HypeironGold LTD. Address: 3F 182, Bun-Young-roDaldong ULSAN, Republic of Korea Phone number +82 52 267 4136
9. Korea Gold Exchange 3M Co., Ltd. Address: (110-370) 4th Fl., Korea Gold Exchange, 188-1, Myo-dong, Jongno-gu, SEOUL Phone number +82-2-741-6313 Services: Wholesale and Retail.

Smelters & Refineries in South Korea:

Smelters extract various metals from the ore and create refined precious metals products. Silver and gold smelting is typically conducted by a professional precious metals refinery, such as Bullion Exchanges. South Korea also has numerous plants where refining silver and gold are performed. Pick a gold or silver refinery listed below or allow us to help you in melting gold or silver for you:

LS-Nikko Copper 148 Sanam-ro, Onsan-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, Korea +82-2-2189-9887
Korea Zinc Company Ltd. Youngpoong Building, 142, Nonhyun-dong Gangnam-gu 135749 Seoul +82-2-5193416
TORECOM Corp. 78, Asan Valley Dong- ro, Dunpo-Myeon, Asan, 336-875 South Korea +82 4 1537 6114