Useful Information

PASSPORT & VISA

All visitors to the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and visa. Visitors with roundtrip tickets from countries who have a special agreement with Korea may be exempt from the visa requirement, and can stay in Korea visa-free for up to 30 days, or 90 days, depending on the type of agreement between two countries. When uncertain as to the requirements for the entry visa to Korea, please contact the Korean embassy or a consulate as early as possible.
For more information http://www.mofat.go.kr/ENG/visa/application/index.jsp

LANGUAGE

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.

CURRENCY & EXCHANGE

The unit of currency is the Korean Won (Indicated as ₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Bank notes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000 and ₩50,000. Foreign bank notes and traveler's checks can be converted into Korean Won at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. International credit cards, such as Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB are widely accepted at major hotels, department stores and restaurants. (http://fx.keb.co.kr)

(As date of April 28, 2014)

ELECTRICITY

Outlets for 220 Volts/60Hz are dominant in Korea. In order to convert the power into 110 volts please contact the hotel housekeeping and current transformer will be available.

BUSINESS HOURS

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.

TAX & TIPPING

Value-added tax is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. Tipping is not customary in Korea. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. Thus, you do not necessarily have to prepare for extra charges since it will be included in the bill.

EMERGENCY CALL

1339 : Medical Emergency

119 : Emergencies for Fire / Rescue & Hospital Services

112 : Police

129 : First Aid Patients

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