Pancoat 팬콧: A super-Korean clothing brand

20 10 2013

I first noticed a trend in Korean dramas that people would wear brightly-colored sweatshirts and T-shirts that had cute, animated animal characters on the front. I didn’t realize what it was until I came to Korea. It was Pancoat!

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If you want to look Korean and wear something that I’m pretty sure is just popular in Korea, get some Pancoat clothing. It’s a little on the pricey side, but I bought some Pancoat things because I was wanting as many Korean things I could have. Then when I’m back home, I can still have pieces of Korea with me.

I know it’s just clothing, but people need to wear clothes everyday, and clothes express you as a person. I’ll be much happier back home wearing clothing that reminds me of my time here.

The duck character is Pancoat’s most popular character. It’s their trademark sign.

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Review
The clothes are good quality and sturdy—meaning good stitching and fabric. The leggings and sweatpants are thick and cozy.

The sizes run from XS to XL. I’d have to say that the sizes are pretty similar to USA sizes (I’m saying this because many Korean clothes run very small). I normally wear a size L sweatshirt back home, and I also bought a large size Pancoat sweatshirt here. My other sweatshirt is an XL because I prefer more loose-fitting things. It’s just perfect! Think about how clothes shrink a bit after you dry them.

Many clothes are unisex, so many of the T-shirts are more of a guy’s size. I bought a size S T-shirt. The girl-style polos I think run smaller though, because they are meant for girls, so I would probably buy a size L. Actually, I just ordered an XL polo. We’ll see how it is.

How to buy/order:
Here is a link to Pancoat’s website:  Click here

Here is a link to GMarket, an online “Korean-Amazon” that sells Pancoat clothing (plus anything else you could want). Many sellers ship to the USA. The prices are pretty true to Pancoat’s store price: Click here

Notes: The clothing is seasonal. During spring and summertime, they have really cute polo dresses and collared shirts. I went to the Pancoat shop  today (Oct. 20) because I wanted to get some things before I leave, but the lady said they only sell collared T-shirts during summer. I was bummed out, but I managed to find the shirt I wanted from a seller on GMarket.

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WILK (Why I Love Korea): Reason 3: Delicious barbecue buffets

1 10 2013

I live in Cheonan. Here are two meat buffets that I have been to. I also ate at a meat buffet in Seoul, but I don’t remember the name or directions. Out of all three, Mammoth Meat is by far the best one I’ve been too (ambiance, price, taste and service).

1) Dino Meat
Directions from Ssangyong-dong Yongam Mall (쌍용동 용암마울): Take bus 12 heading towards Shinsaegae. It is about 3-5 stops away. You will see it directly across from the bus stop where you get off. There are around 8-11 meats to choose from. You sit on the floor, but they honestly have the most comfortable butt cushions that I’ve ever sat on. It felt like Tempur-Pedic! Price is 16,000 won a person.

2) Mammoth Meat
Directions: Near the Lotte Mart that is by the Post Office, McDonalds, Baskin Robins, and Holic Cafe: Face out the door of Lotte Mart (looking across the street you will see the Holic Cafe in the building across the street on the 2F). Walk across the street and weave in and out of the side streets. You will find it.

It has a great ambiance, service and the food is wonderful. You can select from around 7-10 different meats. Unlike Dino Meat, there is also a large selection of delicious side–including steamed, skewered fish cake, potato salad, mandoo, ddeokbokki, and other salads. Price is only a measly 11,900 won per person! Unbelievable!

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Thank you Kari Killion Stiles for these pictures.





WILK (Why I Love Korea): Reason 2: Smart shopping

1 10 2013

There’s nothing more annoying that driving into a parking space, only to see that a lazy shopper blocked it by leaving their shopping cart there. In Korea, there aren’t many “parking lot” areas that I’ve noticed. Many people take public transportation. But, for people who do drive, the parking is usually in a tall, spiraled parking garage.

Despite that, I noticed a Korean trend for storing shopping carts. The American stores should pick it up!

When you go to most larger grocery stores, the shopping carts are all inter-connected by chains with a lock on them. To get a cart, you just put in one 500 won coin (~50 cents) and slide the lock. It releases a cart. When you’re leaving, you just connect the cart back to the rest of the other neatly-connected carts. You even get your coin back!

If we had these, people would be much more inclined to return their carts to the correct place. Also, many stores line the exits with this certain material that you can’t roll carts over. So unless you want to be really obvious and desperate, you won’t pick up the cart to carry it over.





WILK (Why I Love Korea): Reason 1: Couple’s clothes

1 10 2013

When you see a girl and guy dressed in anything that’s the same, you know they are dating! Many Korean couples wear couples clothing—meaning they dress in the same outfits.

This can simply be wearing matching shoes, shirts, hats or scarves. Or, in more extreme cases, they literally may be wearing the exact same outfit.

I once saw a couple who had on the same hat, shirt, coat, pants, shoes and—get this—backpack! They must have been going on a trip somewhere. I think it’s super cute and adorable. I wish this trend was in the US. I know when Kyle comes to visit, we will be getting matching clothes.

I’m going to continue to update my photos with cute matching couples.

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