Useful Information

Time Difference / Business Hours
Korean time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9). Business hours for banks are generally from 09:30 to 16:30 on weekdays only. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. ATMs are widely available. Major department stores are open from 10:30 to 19:30, including Sundays, but smaller shops tend to open earlier and close later every day.

 

Currency & Bank

1) Currency
Korea’s currency is the won. There are 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 won bills. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 100, and 500 won. (1 and 5 won coins are not widely in circulation)
 
2) Bank
Banks can offer some of the best exchange rates to travelers. Banking hours can vary, but most business hours are from 09:00 to 16:00. ATMs typically operate until 23:00, but many are open 24 hours. ATMs can also be found at convenient stores, but generally charge a higher transaction fee. ATMs that accept international cards are common, especially in areas frequented by foreigners; look for ATMs with a “Global” sign or the logo of your bank. Global ATMs offer multi-languages.
 
3) Credit Cards

Accepted, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take Traveler’s check in US Dollars. The exchange of foreign currencies may be made at Jeju International Airport. The exchange services are also provided at ICC Jeju. [Banking hours: 9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM, From Monday to Friday]

 

Exchange Rate
-1
USD
1,000
KRW
-1
EUR

Credit Cards
The unit of Korean currency is the Won (₩/KRW). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000 and ₩50,000.
Currency exchange: Foreign banknotes and traveler’s check can be exchanged at foreign exchange banks and other authorized moneychangers.

 

Emergency Phone Number

According to a survey conducted 2015, South Korea was chosen as the world’s safest nation among 120 countries. South Korea has never been under attack from terrorist group. Possession of guns as well as drugs are prohibited and penalized by law. Also Perfect order reigned throughout the country.

129 Medical Emergency, First Aid Services
119 Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
112 Police

 

Climate

Korea’s climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoon climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short, summer is hot and humid, and winter is cold and dry with abundant snowfall. Temperatures differ widely from region to region within Korea, with the average being between 6 °C (43°F) and 16 °C (61°F).

Element Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Minimum
temperature(℃)
-6.1 -4.1 1.1 7.3 12.6 17.8 21.8 22.1 16.7 9.8 2.9 -3.4
Maximum
temperature(℃)
1.6 4.1 10.2 17.6 22.8 26.9 28.8 29.5 25.6 19.7 11.5 4.2
Rainfall(mm) 21.6 23.6 45.8 77.0 102.2 133.3 327.9 348.0 137.6 49.3 53.0 24.9

 

Electricty & Voltage
The electricity supply commonly used in Korea is the 200-volt 60Hz system. Because most newly built hotels and houses have the 220-volt wiring installed, you are advised to check your electronic equipment beforehand.

 

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.
 

Tipping

ipping is not a traditional custom in Korea. A 10% service charge will be added to your bill at all tourist restaurants and hotels. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or provides an extra service.
 

Hangeul


Hangeul was invented by King Sejong in 1446 with assistance from some scholars to give the people an alphabet that was easy to read and write. Throughout the world, there are some 3,000 spoken languages but roughly only 100 alphabets . Among these, only hangeul was systematically invented without influence from any other language. Hangeul is a very scientific alphabet and is designated by UNESCO as an important part of the Memory of the World Heritage. As a result of the Korean Wave and Korea ‘s economic prosperity, desire to learn hangeul and the Korean language is exploding.

 

English Korean Korean Pronunciation
How are you? 안녕하세요? Annyeong-haseyo?
Thank you. 감사합니다. Gamsa-hamnida.
Yes. 예. Ye.
No. 아니요. Aniyo.
I am sorry. 미안합니다. Mian-hamnida.
I enjoyed the meal. 잘 먹었습니다. Jal mwogeot-sseumnida.
Please give me some more of this. 이것 더 주세요. Igeot deo juseyo.
The check, please. 계산서 주세요. Gyesanseo juseyo.
Do you take credit cards? 카드로 계산할 수 있습니까? Kadeuro gyesan halsu isseumnikka?
How much is it? 얼마입니까? Eolma-imnikka?
It is ________won. __________원 입니다. ___________won imnida.
5,000 오천 O-cheon
10,000 Man
15,000 만오천 Man-o-cheon
20,000 이만 I-man
30,000 삼만 Sam-man
where is the restroom? 화장실 어디입니까? Hwajangsil oedi-imnikka
Goodbye. 안녕히 계세요. Annyeonghi gyeseyo.

 

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