UTC/GMT+9 hours, referred to locally as KST (Korea Standard Time).
The official language of Korea is Korean, but English is spoken at most hotels, restaurants, shops and in all the main tourist sites. All public transportation signs and information are also printed in English.
The standard electricity supply is 220-volt AC at 60 Hz. Two types of round, two-pin sockets are used: Type C “Europlug” and Type F “Schuko.”
Bills & Money Exchange
The standard unit of currency in Korea is the Korean Won(KRW). Currency exchange can be done at the airport as well as the most banks by presenting your passport. As of June 25, 2015, the exchange rate is approximately USD 1 to KRW 1,129.
Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays.
Telephone / Mobile
To make an international call from Korea, first dial International Phone Call Carriers (001, 002, 005, 008, 00365, 00700), then Country code + Area Code + Phone Number. You can also purchase a prepaid SIM Card that can be used in Korea. Mobile rental services are available at the airport or at major hotels.
ATM (Automated Teller Machines)
Travelers who carry internationally recognized credit cards can get a cash advance in Korean Won at ATMs installed at airports, major hotels, department stores and tourist attractions.
Although tipping is not customary, about 10% tip may be welcomed for service.
City bus is the most common means of transportation in Seoul which are classified to three different colors: green, blue, and red. The basic fare is KRW 1,200 for the green and blue buses, and KRW 2,150 for the red bus. The Seoul Subway is efficient, clean, safe, and very easy to use. The basic fare for most zones is KRW 1,200. Taxies are also plentiful and relatively inexpensive in Seoul. Regular taxi fares begin at KRW 3,000 and increase by increments of KRW 100 based on the time and distance traveled.
|Korea Tourism Organization||http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto|
|Gateway to Korea||http://www.korea.net|
|Seoul Metropolitan Government||http://english.seoul.go.kr|
|Korea Immigration Service||http://www.immigration.go.kr/indeximmeng.html|
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade||http://www.mofat.go.kr|
|Incheon International Airport||http://www.airport.or.kr|
|Gimpo International Airport||http://www.airport.co.kr/gimpoeng/index.do|