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Korea

Useful Information

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Before Departing Your Country

Passport & Visa

  • - Valid passport and Korean Visa are needed for all visitors to Republic Korea.
  • - Exemption :
    Visitors with round-trip tickets from countries that have a special agreement with Korea can stay in Korea up to 30days, or 90 days, depending on the type of agreement between the two countries.
  • - For more information, Click here.

Time Difference

  • - Korean Standard Time: UTC/GMT +9 hours (Daylight Saving Time is not applied in Korea)
  • - What time is it in Korea now? Click here.

Climate

Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoonal climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Spring
Spring lasts from late March to May and is warm. Various flowers, including the picturesque cherry blossom, cover the nation's mountains and fields during this time.

Summer
Summer lasts from June to early September. It is a hot and humid time of the year.

Autumn
Autumn lasts from September to November, and produces mild weather. It is the best season to visit Korea.

Winter
Winter lasts from December to mid-March. It can be bitterly cold during this time due to the influx of cold Siberian air. Heavy snow in the northern and eastern parts of Korea makes for favorable skiing conditions.

Check Today’s Weather in Korea, Click here

Internet

Internet service is often provided in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Korea. PC rooms and internet cafes are also great places to go for and they are mostly 24 hours in operation. In addition, many of popular tourist sites are equipped with free Wi-Fi connections as well help international visitors to stay connected with friends and families back at home.

Mobile Phone Rentals and Roaming Service

As soon as visitors arrive at Korea's major airports, including Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae and Jeju international airports, you can proceed to 'roaming center' desks and get your mobile devices connected immediately with local network service provider after a simple registration. In addition to roaming services, SIM Card purchase, Wi-Fi egg rentals and even smart phone or other mobile gears are available. More information about fees, location of roaming desks and other details are found from the websites listed below.

[Korea’s Representative Roaming Service Carriers]

SIM Card Purchase (Korea SIM card)

Travelers can purchase SIM cards from the major retail stores, convenience stores or from the website of the respective service providers. More often than not, this service is cheaper than roaming phones, therefore preferred communication service by a large number of business travelers.

[SIM Card Sales Location]

Duty Free Allowance

For items that are taxable, US $600 per capita from the total dutiable value shall be exempted from imposition of duty tax. For amounts that exceed the duty exemption, duty on the amount over will be charged per capita. Also, the liquor and cigarette exemptions are only permitted for those over 19 years of age.

1 bottle of liquor (less than 1 liter, not over US $400) / 1 carton of cigarettes (200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco) / 2 ounces of perfume (about 60㎖)

Language

Korean (Official Alphabet: Hangeul)
- Basic Characters: 14 consonants & 10 vowels
Consonants

(g, k)

(n)

(d, t)

(r, l)

(m)

(b, p)

(s)

(ng, silent)

(j)

(ch)

(k)

(p)

(t)

(h)
Vowels

(a)

(ya)

(eo)

(yeo)

(o)

(yo)

(u)

(yu)

(eu)

(i)
Learn Korean
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Korean Currency

Korea’s official monetary unit is the won.

Bills
Coins
Traveler’s Checks
Traveler's checks can be exchanged for cash at banks or exchange booths. A number of stores still accept the checks instead cash, nonetheless, the form of credit cards, debit cards have become more preferred means by travelers. Thus trading checks is hardly observed nowadays as there is seemingly decreasing number of stores that offer this service.
Credit Card
Most of the businesses in Korea widely uses and accepts payment by credit cards at major hotels, department stores, large restaurants, and stores. Visa, Master, American Express and other credit cards can be used; however do check the service availability before making purchase as some stores may not be subject to this service.
Exchanging Money
When you need to exchange your foreign currency into Korean won, visit a bank, exchange service center, or an authorized exchange. (Bank business hour: 09:00-16:00, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.)
Currency Coveter
www.xe.com/currencyconverter (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Tipping and Value-added Tax (VAT)

  • - Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea.
  • - Value added tax and service charges are usually included in the consumer price. However, service charges and VATs may not be included in the fees charged by some hotels and luxurious restaurants.
  • - Tax Refunds for Non-residents and Foreigners:
    For more information, Click here.

Electricity & Voltage

  • - Voltage: 220 volts
  • - The outlet has two round holes and is the same type used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries.
  • - If you do not have a multi-voltage travel adapter, you can borrow one from your hotel’s front desk. If you want to buy one in Korea, you can do so at a duty-free shop, convenience shop at Incheon International Airport, or Yongsan Electronics Shopping Town.

After Arriving in Korea

Business Hours

Banks
  • • Weekdays: 09:00 - 16:00
  • • Weekends and Public Holidays: Closed
    ※ Exception: Standard Chartered Bank 09:30-16:30 / EVERRICH Bank 09:00-16:30
Government Offices and Organizations
  • • Weekdays: 09:00 – 18:00
  • • Weekends and National Holidays: Closed
Post Offices
Department Stores
  • • Weekdays: 10:30 - 20:00
  • • Fri-Sun: 10:30 - 20:30

    ※ Typically, department stores are closed one day a month (usually Mondays). However, closings vary according to each store.

Foreign Exchange Banks in Airports

Incheon International Airport

Upon arrival, inbound travelers can easily convert their money into the local currency at bank branches and money changers located in the airport. The hours and locations vary by bank, so we recommend checking in advance. (Note: Standard hours of money changers are 06:00-21:00 but some locations may operate until 22:00 or 23:00)

Category Shinhan Bank KEB Hana Bank Woori Bank
Services provided General banking, currency exchange, traveler's checks, etc.
Operating hours 09:00-16:00
Location B1F
Transportation Center
B1F
Passenger Terminal West
B1F
Passenger Terminal West
Website www.shinhan.com www.kebhana.com www.wooribank.com
Gimpo International Airport

Upon arrival or before departure, travelers may exchange their currency and take care of other banking needs at the booths available at the airport. The hours and locations vary by bank, so we recommend checking in advance. (Note: Standard hours of money changers are 06:00-21:00 but some locations may operate until 22:00 or 23:00)

Category Shinhan Bank Woori Bank
Services provided General banking, currency exchange, traveler's checks, etc.
Operating hours 09:00-16:00
Location Domestic Terminal 1F - Gate 5 Domestic Terminal 1F - East
Website www.shinhan.com www.wooribank.com

Seoul Public Transportation

Seoul's public transportation system is well known for its cleanness and cheap fare. By using buses and subways, there is practically no place that you cannot reach in Seoul. Fares are based on distance traveled, and the standard fare (up to 10km) is 1,250 won for adults; additional 100 won is charged for every 5 km.

For details, please refer to the homepage of Seoul Transport Operation and Information Service: Click here

Food in Korea

Hansik : Exploring Korea's True Flavor

In Korea, there is no end to what people can see and experience, but trying Korean food is on the top of most to-do lists that visitors cannot wait to cross off! The Korea Tourism Organization has chosen the following 14 best dishes that are rated “must-eat” items by locals as well as international visitors. So let’s explore these fourteen bests that are sure to impress you with Korea’s true flavor!

Bibimbap / Samgye-tang / Bulgogi / Naengmyeon / Kimchi / Sundubu-jjigae / Mandu / Galbi-jjim / Jeyuk-bokkeum / Pajeon / Japchae / Gimbap / Tteok-bokki / Dak-gangjeong Food Story : Bibimbap Food Story : Samgye-tang Food Story : Bulgogi Food Story : Naengmyeon Food Story : Kimchi Food Story : Sundubu-jjigae Food Story : Mandu Food Story : Galbi-jjim Food Story : Jeyuk-bokkeum Food Story : Pajeon Food Story : Japchae Food Story : Gimbap Food Story : Tteok-bokki Food Story : Dak-gangjeong

Helpful Contacts

Emergency Call
  • • Police Department Tel: 112
  • • Fire Department Tel: 119
  • • Medical Emergencies Tel: 1339
1330 Korea Travel Hotline
  • • Tel: 1330
  • • Website: www.visitkorea.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Tourist Complaint Center
  • • Website: www.touristcomplaint.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • • Tel: 1330 (in Korea), +82-2-1330 (from overseas)
Diplomatic Missions in Korea
• Website: www.mofa.go.kr (Korean, English)
LOST 112 (Lost & Found Information)
  • • Tel: 182
  • • Address: 97, Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
  • • Website: www.lost112.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Local Telephone Directory (Assistance)
  • • Tel: Local area code + 114
  • • In order to obtain the contact and location information of a business, dial an area code followed by “114” and say the name of the business
BBB Korea (Before Babel Brigade)

Medical Facilities

There are many hospitals where some English is spoken. International clinics at large general hospitals like Severance Hospital, Asan Medical Center or Samsung Medical Center are recommended.

Severance Hospital
134, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Website: www.iseverance.com
International Clinic Tel: +82-2-2228-5800
Inquiries: +82-1599-1004 (Korean)
Clinic Hours:
08:30-17:30 on weekdays
08:30-12:30 on Saturdays
On Sundays and public holidays, only emergency services are available.
Asan Medical Center
388-1, Pungnap-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Website: www.amc.seoul.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)
International Clinic Tel: +82-2-3010-5001 (English)
Inquiries: +82-1688-7575 (Korean)
Clinic Hours:
09:00-16:00 on weekdays
On weekends and public holidays, only emergency services are available.
Samsung Medical Center
50, Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Website: www.samsunghospital.com
Services available in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Russia, etc.
International Clinic Tel: +82-2-3410-0200 /0226 (English)
Inquiries: +82-2-3410-3000 (Korean)
Clinic Hours:
09:00-17:00 on weekdays
On weekends and public holidays, only emergency services are available.

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