After years of keeping us guessing, it’s finally here, folks! Ikea opened just after we left Korea for our time in the US. I was walking through those yellow and blue doors within a week of returning. Ikea Korea is just lovely. I’m not sure if it really is the semi-posh version of Ikea or if it’s just that it’s new, but it seemed fancier than usual. Parking was easy. There are three levels and I found my usual favorite spot right next to the exit. The first 100 feet or so inside of the store was shoulder to shoulder crowded, but it eased up as we got deeper into the store. It’s not nearly as expensive as was rumored, although certainly more expensive than the Ikea stores I’ve been to in Sweden, Germany, and the US. The most extreme price hike seems to be on larger furniture items (20-30%??), which I wasn’t in the market for anyway. I picked up a coat rack, a little bench, small storage boxes, and some home decor items. Welcome to Korea, Ikea! I’m thrilled that you’re here!