General Information

Exchanging
Money

When you need to exchange your foreign currency into Korean won, visit a bank, exchange service center, or an authorized exchange (hotels or travel agencies). Upon arrival, you can easily convert your money into the local currency at bank branches and money changers located in the airport.

General Bank Business Hours 09:00-16:00

* Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Foreign Exchange Banks in Airports
(Incheon / Gimpo International Airport)
06:00-21:00

* Some locations may operate until 22:00 or 23:00.

The won (symbol: ₩ or code: KRW) is the currency of Korea and there are KRW 1,000 / 5,000 / 10,000 / 50,000 won notes. There are 10, 50, 100 and 500 won coins as well.

weather

During the summit in October, Korea will be enjoying the season of autumn. This time of the year, there is a light precipitation and with a low humidity, fresh weather continues. With a cool breeze in the morning and the evening, it would be great to have a light jacket.

Location Average Temperature(℃)
Daejeon 15.4℃ (10.9~20.8)
Incheon 15.7℃ (12.1~19.9)
Seoul 22.5℃ (11.6~22.5)

※ Based on the average temperature of October, 2017

Time
difference

Korean time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9).

Capital City Time Difference Capital City Time Difference
Beijing -1 New York -13
Bruxelles -7 Paris -7
Hochiminh -2 Santiago -13
Istanbul -6 Singapore -1
London -8 Sydney -1
Los Angeles -16 Tokyo 0
Moscow -6 Wellington -3
internet

Internet service is often provided in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Korea. PC rooms and internet cafes are also great places to go for and they are mostly 24 hours in operation.

Electricity and
Voltage

The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts (and 60 Hertz, or cycles), and the outlet has two round holes.

SIM Card Purchase
(Korea SIM card)

It is possible to purchase SIM cards from the major retail stores, convenience stores or from the website of the respective service providers. This service is cheaper than roaming phones, therefore preferred communication service by a large number of business travelers.

Duty Free
Allowance

For items that are taxable, US $600 per capita from the total dutiable value shall be exempted from imposition of duty tax. For amounts that exceed the duty exemption, duty on the amount over will be charged per capita.

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.

Credit Cards

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

Tipping 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.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy normally opens from 9:00 to 20:00. It sells not only prescription medicines but also common medicines.

Convenience
Store

There are numerous convenience stores in Korea running for 24/7 selling all kinds of goods including drinks, snacks, toiletries, first-aid medicines, etc.

Taxi

In Daejeon, the base rate of a taxi is KRW 2,800. After 2㎞, it costs KRW 100 per 150m.

visa

Some countries may require a travel visa.
Please refer to (VISA Navigator) for the further information.
If you need any supporting documents a visa application, please contact us via regi_idfwds2018@dairy.or.kr