I bought baseball game tickets at Busan Bank today. Yes, you can buy baseball tickets at the bank. Go Lotte Giants!
I can pay bills for gas or electricity at the bank. I used to count my coins and pay in exact change with my bill to the teller. Now I am emboldened to use the bank’s bill paying machine. You know, when I can manage to figure out which it is. So I paid my electricity bill today at the bank (isn’t it funny to think you used to pay utility companies directly and they would go to the banks themselves in America). I inserted my Korean bank book. I pressed the first button. No, I couldn’t read it. I pulled off the bottom part of my bill and put it on tray in the machine and it got sucked in. I pressed the button that wasn’t cancel. I entered my pin number. I got a receipt and my bank book back. I left the bank poorer.
Korean banks have bank books. They don’t use Western style checks (and frankly after the 1960s, why would you?) in South Korea. Instead they have debit cards, credit cards, mobile banking, online banking, and bank books. The bank books are inserted into ATMs and bill paying machines. With the ATM you will get a chance to record your latest transactions in your account to your book, deposit money, withdrawal money, or get some check-like money order something (obviously I haven’t used that strange function).