In the very last hour of scouting we stumbled into surface mount part heaven, the place we have always been looking for.
Feet tired, batteries dead, and SD cards full – we almost didn’t bother to climb yet another flight of stairs. On the third and four floors of “building A“* there are dozens of shops selling SMD parts by the meter and reel.
Resistors, capacitors, inductors, chips, connectors, name it. Microchip, Atmel, Analog Devices, Maxim, and more were all available from distributors with small glass offices packed with boxes and parts.
By the time we were there most were closed. It isn’t browser friendly, and it’s definitely not intended as a tourist destination. You’re best off with a Korean speaking guide, we were shown around by a local we met earlier in the day. Hacker Space Seoul hopes to make this easier on visitors to any part of Cheonggycheon by mapping out friendly shops that they like to use. See the highlight of our trip below.
Let us know if there’s a name. Sae Eun Sang Ga, or Sae Eun Arcade. Thanks Paco!
Parts on reels in piles. You can walk in and make a request, but this isn’t browser friendly. This is probably what the offices of the smaller eBay dealers from China look like.
Piles of reels in office and sitting in the hallways.
Lots of kits and hobby projects. Many on display in the window. One of the few shopper friendly places.
A Microchip distributor advertisement.
Reels sitting in hallways of floor 4.