Free Stuff and Discounts for Your Birthday in Korea! – Seoulistic

Free Stuff and Discounts for Your Birthday in Korea!

If you’ve watched our video on Birthdays in Korea, you know that the birthday boy or girl usually pays for their friends.

Things can get kind of expensive if you’re popularity master. So to help you save some cash and have a good time, here are a few suggestions for having a blast on your birthday when in Korea!

Note: All services here require signing up for membership cards at the stores or on websites. That means 1) you need to know some Korean (or have a Korean friend to help). And 2) if you’re a foreigner, you need to sign up with your Korean Alien Registration Card. If you’re Korean, you probably don’t need this information 😉

Sign up for a Happy Point Card here and you’ll get:
1. Dukin Donuts – Coupon for 1 free donut & 1 free coffee. You’ll also get a 20% discount on cakes. (But… who buys cakes for themselves?! :P)
2.  Baskin Robbins – Free single regular scoop ice cream with purchase of a cake. Also, order a “Blaster” and get a free “Blaster” of the same kind.
3. Paris Baguette – 1 Free “Cloud Like Double Cream Bread” (geez, what a name!) and 10% off cake purchases.
Note: Coupons are mailed or can be printed out from

Sign up for a CJ Card and you’ll get a bunch of stuff. But here are a few highlights:
1. Restaurants – 10,000 won discount at any VIPS, China Factory, Seafood Ocean
2. Olive Young – 3,000 won discount with any purchase over 20,000 won.
3. CGV – Free popcorn and drink.
Note: Coupons are mailed or can be printed out from

Register at these sites for other birthday discounts:

Starbucks – Free tall drink of your choice
Outback Steakhouse – choose between free glass of wine or free appetizer
Mr. Pizza –  Get 20% off your purchase
Missha –  10,000 won off any purchase over 30,000 won

Signing up for all of these can be a pain in the butt, but if you’ve got a favorite sign up and claim your birthday goods!

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. Sam Tsai says:

    niceeee…. it’s a shame I’m not going to korea on my birthday

  2. Veronica A. says:

    I bought myself a birthday cake this year ;n; Next year I’m giving myself a trip to the Land of the Morning Calm so these are some wonderful tips! 😀 Thanks for all the great info as always, Seoulistic!

  3. meoww says:

    These are great tips but i am still weak in my Korean. Wish there was an English site for all the point cards and smart wallet 🙁

  4. Stanley says:

    A very useful website for anyone visiting Seoul.
    Keep it up !!

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