about korea

24-28 May 2021 Coex, Seoul, Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea is a country visited by approximately ten million international travellers every year.

With its long history in culture and tradition, the country has a lot to offer to travellers. Continue reading to learn general information about Korea before visiting.

The Korean peninsula, roughly 1,030 km long and 175 km wide at its narrowest point, is located in Northeast Asia. With Seoul as its capital city, Korea's total land area is 100,033km2. Korea's neighbours include Japan to the east, China to the west, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) across the northern border.

Population

The total population of Korea is approximately 51,780,579 (as of January 2020), with most of the population residing in the Seoul metropolitan area. Outside of Seoul, other large and economically advanced cities such as Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju and Ulsan also have higher population densities than other cities in Korea.

Weather

Korea's climate is typically temperate with four distinct seasons. The period when the WFC 2021 will be held is the end of May which is one of the most beautiful seasons in Korea. The weather is warm and humid, and it is best to do outdoor activities. The average minimum and maximum temperatures are 16℃ and 27℃ respectively (60-80℉).

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  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Currency

The won (symbol: ₩ or code: KRW) is the currency of Korea. 50,000/10,000/5,000/1,000 won notes are most frequently used in everyday life.

Bank Business Hours 09:00-16:00
* Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Foreign Exchange Banks in Airports
(Incheon / Gimpo International Airport)
06:00-21:00
* Some locations may operate until 22:00 or 23:00.

Korean Bills

  • fifty thousand won
    (o-man-won)
  • ten thousand won
    (man-won)
  • five thousand won
    (o-cheon-won)
  • one thousand won
    (cheon-won)

Korean Coins

  • five hundred won
    (o-baek-won)
  • one hundred won
    (baek-won)
  • fifty won
    (o-sip-won)
  • ten won
    (sip-won)

Time Zone

Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9) and does not have daylight savings time. Current Time in Korea: Click here

International Call

International dialing code in Seoul, Korea is +82-2(Area code). Please omit (0) when dialing from overseas.

Credit Cards

Major international credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are commonly accepted at most hotels, department stores, restaurants, and shops.

Restaurants and shops generally display signs indicating what cards they accept.

Tax

Value-added tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to meals and other services and is added into the bill.

Culture

Electricity and Voltage

Voltage: 220V 60Hz
The outlet has 2 round holes and also used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey and many other countries. You can buy multi-adapter at the airport/the duty-free shops/convenience stores or borrow from the hotel's front desk.

Tipping

Korea is not considered a “tipping country”. There is no need to pay an extra 20% when dining out, grabbing a drink at a bar, or taking a ride in a taxi. A 10% service charge will be added to your bill at all tourist restaurants and hotels.

Emergency & Useful Contacts in Korea

Emergency calls (24 hours)
  • Police: 112
  • Fire & Ambulance: 119
  • Emergency Medical Information Center: 1339
  • Local Telephone Number Guide: 114
For overseas visitors
  • Seoul's Dasan 120 Call Center: 120 (for foreign language: 09:00-19:00)
  • Seoul Global Center: 1688-0120 (09:00-18:00, weekdays only)
  • Korean Tourism Organization Information: 1330 (24 hours)
Medical Care
  • International Medical Center at Yonsei Sinchon Severance Hospital: +82-2-2228-5880
  • International Health Care Center at Seoul National University Hospital: +82-2-2072-0505
  • International Health Care Center at Seoul St. Mary's Hospital: +82-2-590-2932

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