About Seoul, Korea

Seoul is the capital city of Korea divided into two major areas by the Hangang River: Gangnam (Literally South of the River) and Gangbuk (North of the River). It is a dynamic city that never sleeps, home to new inventions being developed daily and fast-changing fashion, food and lifestyle trends. It is also the center of hally (Korean Wave), attracting millions of K-pop fans from all over the world. The city’s convenient public transportation options that include a well-organized subway system connecting Seoul to Gyeonggi-do Province and the outskirts of Gangwon-do Province and the high-speed communications networks are very attractive features among tourists. And having been the capital of the Joseon Dynasty, called “Hangyang” during the time, Seoul is also home to ancient palaces and relics that have been well-preserved for over 600 years.

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Useful Information

1) Time Difference

Korean Standard Time is UTC/GMT +9 hours / No daylight savings time

2) Climate

The average temperature range in October is between 12 degrees to 15 degrees Celsius. In the evenings, a light jacket would be advisable. A hat and comfortable shoes are recommended for some tours. Check the Weather Forecast.

3) Currency

Korea’s currency is the won (₩). Paper money comes in denominations of 1,000 won (Cheon Won); 5,000 won (Oh Cheon Won); 10,000 won (Man Won); and 50,000 won (Oh Man Won). Coins come in 10 (Sip), 50 (Oh Sib), 100 (Baek) and 500 (Oh Back) won.

4) Credit Cards

Major international credit cards are commonly accepted at most hotels, department stores, restaurants, and shops. Restaurants and shops generally display signs indicating what cards they accept.

5) Electricity

The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts. The outlet has two round holes and is the same type used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries. The multi-voltage travel adapter are available at hotel's front desk. You can find it at a duty-free shop, convenience shop at Incheon Int'l Airport, or Yongsan Electronics Shopping Town.

6) Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 9:00 am to 06:00 pm on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Major stores are open every day from 10:30 am to 08:00 pm including Sundays.

7) Emergency Call

1339: Medical Emergency
119: Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
112: Police
129: First Aid Services

8) Useful Websites

Korea Tourism Organization: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr
Gateway to Korea: http://www.korea.net
Seoul Tourism Organization: http://www.miceseoul.com
Visit Seoul Net: http://english.visitseoul.net/index
Seoul Metropolitan Government: http://www.visitseoul.net
Korea Immigration Service: http://www.immigration.go.kr
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: http://www.mofat.go.kr
Incheon International Airport: http://www.airport.kr