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Traveler’s Essentials

Climate & Weather

Korea exhibits four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Participants are entitled to enjoy longer daytime with clear sky and perfect average temperatures of 22 Celsius degrees and/or 71.6 Fahrenheit in June.

Currency & Foreign Exchange

Currency in Korea is South Korean Won (KRW) and there are four bill nominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000. As of August 22, 2017, 1 US Dollar is equivalent to 1,135 South Korean Won. Foreign currencies are conveniently exchangeable at airports, major hotels, bank branches and foreign exchange booths.

Time Difference

Korea Standard Time(KST) in nine hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time(GMT+9)

Currency Exchange Booth

- Tour City (2F, City airport)
- Address : 22, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Operating Hours : 06:00~19:00
* All Banks in COEX are available.


Standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC at 60Hz (with 2 round holes). Some hotels may provide outlet converters for 110 and 220 volts. Participants are advised to check with the hotel beforehand or bring an adapter.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards like VISA, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club are widely accepted, but some small shops, restaurants and traditional markets only accept cash. For cash withdrawal or exchange, banks and ATMs are easy to find throughout Korea.

SIM Cad & Pocket WiFi

Korea’s major mobile carriers are SK Telecom, KT and LG U+, which all have information and rental counters at Incheon International Airport. Prepaid calling plans are available through phone rentals or USIM purchases. PLAY WiFi offers pocket WiFi rental service.
SKT – www.sk.co.kr KT – www.kt.com PLAY WiFi – www.playwifikorea.com


T-money is a prepaid transportation card in Seoul that can be used for any public transportations and in convenience stores and other shops with T-money signs indicated in front.


Korea is home to over 50 million nationals and foreign residents. Korean is the official language and Koreans are characterized as overtly friendly, courteous, affectionate and diligent. English, Chinese and Japanese are commonly used in signs and foreigners may communicate with Koreans in English without any hassle in urban areas.

Tipping & Taxes

Tipping is not a customary practice in Korea. Generally, 10% Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied in the total payable. Some upscale restaurants and hotel facilities may charge another 10% Service Charges, which should be included in the bill. Visitors can receive a refund on a receipt for a minimum purchase of KRW 30,000.

Business Hours

Government office hours are from 09:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday. Shops, restaurants and shopping malls are generally open from 10:00 to 22:00. Banks are open from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays only.

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