Chinese travellers can now use Alipay in all Starbucks across South Korea
Alipay, the world's largest online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, is now available for Chinese mainland travelers at over 1,150 Starbucks branches across South Korea. Alipay is the first third-party mobile payment method enabled nationwide at Starbucks Korea. Adding to the ease of use, Chinese travelers can pay for their beverages in renminbi via Alipay.
"Starbucks branches are among the most visited places by Chinese travelers in Korea. We will continue to introduce Alipay to more local merchants, including restaurants and shops to make Chinese travelers' journey as convenient as at home," said Danny Chung, General Manager of Alipay Korea.
Alipay has also been available in Pyeongchang and Gangreung, making it convenient for Chinese Olympics spectators to pay with ease in South Korea. Around 400 merchants in the area accept Alipay. More than half of these are convenience stores, while others include local restaurants, over 20 Starbucks locations, and retail stores.
Merchants in South Korea began accepting Alipay in 2015 and the mobile payment method is now available at various types of merchants across Korea, including convenience stores, restaurants, coffee shops, department stores, duty free shops and retail brands. Alipay users can also enjoy instant tax refunds at four major airports in Korea.