At what age can you buy alcohol or cigarettes in Korea?
You must be legally considered an adult if you want to purchase drinks or cigarettes in South Korea.
Here's a simple way to check if you are an adult in Korea.
Are you at least 19 years old? (If yes, go to Step 4. If no, go to Step 2.)
Is your 19th birthday going to be in this year? (If yes, go to Step 4. If no, go to Step 3.)
You are not an adult yet and you can't buy drinks and smokes, at least not legally, in Korea.
You are considered an adult and you can legally purchase alcohol and cigarettes in Korea.