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Uncle Potato
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Does anyone know if there's a store in Seoul where I can buy Settlers of Catan?

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Most bookstores (especially Kyobo and Bandi & Luni's) carried Settlers when I was there. The Korean version has enough English on it that you can play without speaking Korean - granted you will already need to know the rules. See construction costs picture:


Lubicon.com has Settlers on their website:
http://lubicon.com/shop/goods/goods_view.php?goodsno=690
If you have a Korean friend with a credit card you could order it online (Korean online stores don't seem to accept foreign credit cards). If you want to try buying from Lubicon in person they have a board game cafe on the 7th floor of Doosan Tower (Doota!) with a reasonable selection of games. From the subway Doota! is a 3 minute walk from Dongdaemun Stadium Station (Exit #14) or Dongdaemun Station (Exit #8). Of course, knowing how fast things change in Seoul, the cafe could be gone by now.



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Thanks Shaun.

I was hoping to find an English version, but wasn't too hopeful. Neither my wife nor I have played before. I'll let you know if I end up going that route, though.

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If you aren't able to find Settlers in English there is a terrific .pdf of the rules here on BGG. The .pdf even includes rules for 2-players.

http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/40528

I also found that going to a board game cafe in Seoul was always good for learning a new game. More often than not the clerk in the cafe would start teaching us the game whether we wanted him to or not!

 
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...and worst case scenario, I'm sure you could find any number of people on BGG who would gladly send you an English copy of Settlers in exchange for a copy of Lexio from Korea. It sounds like Lexio is pretty hard to find in North America as of late.
 
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There is a store by Entrance 1 of Namdaemun Market called Alpha. It is a stationary, art, and office supply store. On the third (I think) level there is a toy section, and on one shelf there is a selection of Euro-style boardgames. I saw Settlers among them today, though it is a Korean version. Your second option is to go to the Dongdaemun Toy Market. It is a bit tricky to find if you can't read Korean because it is down a side street. Look for the German Pharmacy ("Doe-gil Yak-gook" - 독일약국) when you exit the Dongdaemun Subway Station (the exit closest to the Great Gate) and turn down the side alley with toy stores flanking both sides. At the first large intersection of alleyways is a large toy store with "Lego" signs all over it. They sell some Euro-style boardgames, Settlers usually among them (also in Korean). The third and most expensive option, as already suggested, is to check out the large bookstores (Kyobo, Yongpoon and Bandi & Luni's) around Jongno and Gwanghwamun. They too sell boardgames, but also usually in Korean. [Edit] One more option is the Toys'R'Us by the Guil Subway Station. They too have a pretty decent selection of the more popular Euro and classic boardgames.
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If you want an English version, you can probably special order it at Kyobo bookstore.

There is a person there that handles special orders. While it may just be for books though, it doesn't hurt to ask.
 
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