VISA / IMMIGRATION
Foreign nationals entering the Republic of Korea are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa. However, many are permitted visa-free entry for a limited time under certain conditions.
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Korea`s official monetary unit is the won.
The Korean currency consists of a ten thousand, fifty thousand, and one thousand, five thousand won note, and five hundred, one hundred, fifty and ten won coins.
When you need to exchange your foreign currency into Korean won, visit a bank, exchange service center, or an authorized exchange.
Bank 9:00 am - 4:00 pm except Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
Exchange service center 9:30 am - 10 pm, everyday
Authorized exchange 24 hours in hotels and 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at other places.
Please be advised to take your receipt.
Koreans officially follow the Gregorian calendar, even though there are a few holidays that are based on the lunar calendar. During the official holidays, offices and banks are closed but palaces, museums, most restaurants, department stores, and amusement facilities are open.
Seollal and Chuseok are the most important traditional holidays for Koreans, so millions of people visit their hometowns to celebrate with their families during these times. On Seollal, Koreans hold a memorial service for their ancestors and perform sebae, a formal bow of respect to their elders as a New Year’s greeting.
Official Korean Holidays
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
- Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day)*
- Independence Movement Day (March 1)
- Children’s Day (May 5)
- Buddha’s Birthday*
- Memorial Day (June 6)
- Liberation Day (August 15)
- Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)*
- National Foundation Day (October 3)
- Hangeul Day (Korean Alphabet Day, October 9)
- Christmas (December 25)
*Dates change each year - for this year please visit KTO's website
ELECTRICITY / VOLTAGE
The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts.
The outlet has two round holes and is same type as that of which are used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries.
If you do not have a 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.
Korea is the most wired country in the world, boasting some of the fastest 4G globally. Wifi is often provided in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Korea, as well as most hotels. In addition, across Seoul and many popular tourist sites are equipped with free Wi-Fi - great to help international visitors to stay connected with friends and families at home, and share those great photos of Korea. PC rooms and internet cafes are also readily available and mostly 24 hours in operation.
HELPFUL NUMBERS WHEN IN KOREA
Tourist Information Helpline 24/7, 1330
This is a 24 hour travel information helpline that is available for any traveller to use and can be useful as a translation service and can be used from overseas when planning your journey.
Emergency Medical Information Center, 1339
At the Emergency Medical Information Center, trained medical personnel (doctors, nurses and paramedics) are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 12 locations nationwide. Upon receiving an emergency call, a medical staff member gives basic first aid instructions over the phone or calls an ambulance to transport patients to a medical center for further emergency measures
Information Service – International Call 00794
International service “00794” is a telephone operator service that provides any information related to making international calls including foreign subscription number, national codes, area codes, etc
International Call Service 00799
International call service “00799” is a telephone operator service used to make international calls from Korea. The Service features station-to-station calls (forwarding the receiver’s number to the operator for direct connection), collect or reverse charge calls (charging the receiver for the international call) and interpretation calls (having interpretation during the international call).
Tourist Complaint Center 02-735-0101
Tourist Complaint Center strives to resolve complaints from tourists in Korea as well as to improve tourism services by informing and providing consultation to relevant agencies. Complaints and inquiries can be filed via email or fax.