Useful Information

Weather

The weather in early winter is cold.
Temperatures range from low of 5˚C to high of 18˚C in November. Fore more details, click here!

Time Difference

The Korean local time is 9 hours ahead of GMT. Korean time is the same as Tokyo time.

Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most shops are open from 10:00 to 22:00 through the entire week.

Electricity

The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hz. The outlet has two round holes and is the same type used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries. Always check the power supply before using your equipment.

Foreign Exchange and Banking

The monetary unit is the Won (KRW, denoted by ₩). Korean monetary units are 10, 50, 100, and 500 coins, and 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 notes. The exchange rate is approximately KRW 1,079/USD 1 (as of February 2018). All major credit cards such as American Express, Visa and Master Card are accepted for payment of hotel bills.

Emergency & Useful Phone Numbers

  • - Local calls

    For local calls within the same area or city, just dial the telephone number. For another area or city, please dial the 'area code' before the telephone number. (E.g. for calls from Seoul to Gwangju, please dial the area code for Gwangju (062) before the telephone number. However, the area code should be dialed when using a mobile phone.)

  • - International Calls

    For international calls, first dial the international access code (001, 002 or 008), the country code, area code and the recipient's number.

  • - Emergency
    • Police 112
    • Fire and Ambulance 119
    • Medical Emergency 1339

Useful Websites

- Korea National Tourism Organization: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/
- Gateway to Korea: http://www.korea.net/
- Cultural Heritage Administration: http://english.cha.go.kr/cha/idx/SubIndex.do?mn=EN
- Korea Immigration Service: http://www.immigration.go.kr/indeximmeng.html