I knew this was going to be fun immediately on arrival. Look at the happy faces on my fellow shoppers!
Well, this Costco is designed almost exactly like the ones I've visited in the USA. Big, huge warehouse on one floor (unlike the other crowded, two-story Costco I had previously visited in Korea). I assume land must be quite cheaper there in Gwangmyeong.
Since I arrive at dinner time, I decided to begin with a trip to the cafeteria. It was a little hard to get to the cafeteria after you entered the store - in fact I think you're not supposed to, due to the fact I had to cut through an unused checkout lane to get there.
The menu was almost the same as I've been used to, but they added a new Hot Turkey and Pastrami with Cheese sandwich to the menu. I decided to order this with a cup if clam chowder. Alas, the clerk explained the chowder wasn't hot. Not sure if this is normal or a temporary problem. Puzzled, I just ordered the sandwich. As I walked to the table area, a lady was giving out free samples of this new sandwich to everyone. I ended up with 1-1/3 sandwiches for the price of one.
Even though the store is bigger than others, the dining area is much smaller. Fortunately I to had to wait a few minutes to get a table, though I had to share with some other folks. Other than that, it was relaxing and pleasant dinner.
On to shopping, no surprises. I found my few usual essential Costco items. I did note this 84 inch television they had on sale for only $24,000!!! I could carry it home, so I had to pass.
Bottom line - the store is well laid out. I didn't find it particularly crowded, even on a Friday night. Hopefully they'll add more tables and buy a stove to heat the chowder, but from now on this is my "local" Costco. Highly recommended.